'Grease' vs. 'Dirty Dancing': Vote for the Greatest Summer Movie Ever

Which nostalgic romance will shimmy through Round 1 of the Summer Showdown?

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Summertime means summer movies, and this year could be one of the biggest season's ever. But which blockbuster of the past is truly the best? We've pitted 32 of the most successful and beloved summer movies against each other. And now you get to decide which is your favorite. After four rounds of voting, only one movie will be left standing. Which title will be declared the greatest summer movie of all time?


Release date: June 16, 1978

If you don't have every word of every song in "Grease" memorized, you probably know someone who does. Probably several someones. Arguably the most popular movie musical of all time, "Grease" took us back to the summer of 1959, where Danny Zuco (John Travolta), a too-cool-for-school "greaser," falls in love with Sandy Olsen (Olivia Newton-John), a one-of-a-kind beauty just off the plane from Australia. Their courtship grows complicated when they begin their high school senior year that fall, which often prompts several song and dance numbers. Even 35 years later, it's still electrifying.

Dirty Dancing

Release date: August 21, 1987

The "chick flick" that's okay for dudes to like thanks to the presence of future "Road House" and "Point Break" star Patrick Swayze, "Dirty Dancing" tells the completely absurd but totally irresistible tale of Baby Houseman (Jennifer Grey) and her family's extended Catskills vacation during the summer of 1963, a summer of hot hoofin' and sexual awakening as the naive teen falls for the resort's been-around dance instructor, Johnny Castle (Swayze). Nobody puts this movie in a corner.

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