Sunday, May 21, 2006

Top Twenty Best Summer Movie Seasons of My Lifetime Ever

Inspired by a prompt at The Hot Blog. Titles listed in rough order of awesomeness (with movies I saw in the theater in bold):

1. 1989 (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Batman, Dead Poets Society, Ghostbusters II, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Do the Right Thing, When Harry Met Sally…, The Abyss, The Karate Kid Part III, Turner & Hooch)

2. 1997 (Face/Off, Con Air, Air Force One, The Full Monty, George of the Jungle, My Best Friend’s Wedding, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Breakdown, Contact, The Fifth Element, In the Company of Men, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Hercules, G.I. Jane, Addicted to Love, Men in Black)

3. 1984 (Ghostbusters, Gremlins, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, The Karate Kid, The Muppets Take Manhattan)

4. 1990 (Dick Tracy, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Back to the Future Part III, Total Recall, Ghost, Die Hard 2: Die Harder, Duck Tales: The Movie, The Freshman, Problem Child, The Witches)

5. 1991 (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, The Rocketeer, Thelma and Louise, Madonna: Truth or Dare, Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, Problem Child 2, City Slickers, The Naked Gun 2 ½: The Smell of Fear, Backdraft, Point Break, Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead)

6. 1994 (Forrest Gump, Speed, True Lies, The Lion King, Wolf, Natural Born Killers, Maverick, The Client, Fear of a Black Hat, The Mask)

7. 2005 (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Murderball, Batman Begins, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, War of the Worlds, Hustle and Flow, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Grizzly Man, Cinderella Man, The Island, Mad Hot Ballroom, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, Wedding Crashers, Madagascar, March of the Penguins, Bad News Bears, Happy Endings, Me and You and Everyone We Know, The Baxter, The Aristocrats, Pretty Persuasion)

8. 1993 (Jurassic Park, The Fugitive, In the Line of Fire, Dave, Last Action Hero, What’s Love Got to Do With It, Cliffhanger, Much Ado About Nothing, Super Mario Bros.)

9. 2004 (The Terminal, Spider-Man 2, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, Before Sunset, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, Collateral, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Shrek 2, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Napoleon Dynamite, Garden State, The Village, The Day After Tomorrow, I, Robot, Fahrenheit 9/11, DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, The Stepford Wives, Super Size Me, Maria Full of Grace)

10. 2001 (A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Moulin Rouge!, Shrek, Ghost World, crazy/beautiful, The Fast and the Furious, A Knight’s Tale, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Anniversary Party, The Princess and the Warrior)

11. 1992 (Batman Returns, A League of Their Own, Sister Act, Death Becomes Her, Alien³, Patriot Games)

12. 1998 (Saving Private Ryan, Out of Sight, The Mask of Zorro, Can’t Hardly Wait, Bulworth, Armageddon, The Truman Show, Blade, He Got Game, The Opposite of Sex, Ever After: A Cinderella Story, Slums of Beverly Hills, There’s Something About Mary)

13. 2003 (Finding Nemo, Capturing the Friedmans, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, Down With Love, Dirty Pretty Things, X2: X-Men United, Bad Boys II, Seabiscuit, Spellbound, Thirteen, Bruce Almighty, The Italian Job)

14. 1996 (Trainspotting, Independence Day, A Very Brady Sequel, Mission: Impossible, The Frighteners, The Cable Guy, Tin Cup, A Time to Kill, Matilda, Kingpin, Twister, The Great White Hype, The Rock, Lone Star, She’s the One)

15. 1988 (Big, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Die Hard, Bull Durham, The Great Outdoors, Short Circuit 2, Big Top Pee-Wee, New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking, Mac and Me)

16. 1995 (Clueless, Apollo 13, Die Hard With a Vengeance, The Usual Suspects, Batman Forever, Babe, Il Postino, Waterworld, Crimson Tide, Nine Months)

17. 1985 (Back to the Future, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, European Vacation, Teen Wolf, The Black Cauldron, Follow That Bird)

18. 1999 (South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, The Thomas Crown Affair, The Sixth Sense, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Tarzan, The Blair Witch Project, Dick, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Arlington Road, American Pie)

19. 2000 (Gladiator, X-Men, What Lies Beneath, Bring It On, Mission: Impossible II, Scary Movie, Chicken Run, Hollow Man, Shaft, Road Trip, Coyote Ugly, Shanghai Noon, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, The Tao of Steve)

20. 2002 (Minority Report, Unfaithful, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Austin Powers in Goldmember, About a Boy, The Kid Stays in the Picture, Road to Perdition, Full Frontal, Spider-Man, The Bourne Identity)

20½. 1981 (Raiders of the Lost Ark)

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