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The 10 Best Action Summer Blockbuster Movies of All Time



Summers are more than just a changing season, they are a feeling. While there are several ways to enjoy the summer, like a beach trip or a family barbecue, one way to get the party started is to grab some warm popcorn and put on an action-packed summer blockbuster full of entertainment. Whether you’re having a movie night with your friends or a family getaway, here are ten of the best summer action movies that are perfect for your party.

10. Jurassic Park (1993) – Universal Pictures

Jurassic Park revolutionized cinema with its never-before-seen world full of dinosaurs created by Steven Spielberg and Oscar-winning special effects artist Stan Winston. The film was praised for its use of visual effects, relatable emotions, and grounded reality, making it the perfect combination of technology and human emotion.

9. Men in Black (1997) – Columbia Pictures

Men in Black is a deadly combination of action and comedy set in a sci-fi world full of aliens and extraterrestrial creatures. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones take charge as super-agents J and K, fighting tooth and nail to save the world from an intergalactic disaster and their own stupidity. It’s the perfect summer film to enjoy with friends and a couple of drinks, reveling in Will Smith’s comedic prime.

8. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) – Paramount Pictures

After Spielberg was denied the opportunity to make a James Bond movie, his best buddy George Lucas advised him to move on and create the best adventure film of all time. Spielberg gave birth to Indiana Jones, a roguish archaeologist with a penchant for all things thrilling and dangerous. Harrison Ford’s star power and a tightly-written narrative make this one of the best action/adventure films ever made.

7. Speed (1994) – 20th Century Fox

Jan de Bont’s Speed works on a simple premise; there’s a bomb under a local bus that will detonate if the speed falls below 50 mph. This simple premise successfully induces bouts of claustrophobia and paranoia as LAPD Officer Jack Travel (Keanu Reeves) is tasked with saving the day. The film went on to become one of the biggest hits of the year, grossing $14.5 million in its opening week.

6. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Roadshow Entertainment, Warner Bros. Pictures

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Mad Max: Fury Road is a work of cinematic art in which George Miller crafts a dystopian vision of the Australian outback, full of oddball characters and sepia-toned visuals. The film is especially known for its stunning visual effects and action sequences, predominantly shot in the Namibian desert, and is often regarded as one of the most thrilling action films of all time.

5. Inception (2010) – Warner Bros.

Christopher Nolan’s Inception is a brain-twisting cerebral experience that embeds concepts of science and technology deeply into the narrative. Nolan explores the fragility of the dream-state and how it can be easily manipulated provided it’s done by the right people in the right context. The film is often regarded as one of Nolan’s best works, winning four Academy Awards from eight nominations.

4. Spider-Man (2002) – Sony Pictures

Sam Raimi’s 2002 film laid the foundation for the Spider-Man franchise, crossing the $100 million mark in just three days. Tobey Maguire’s subtle yet assured performance as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, paired with Willem Dafoe’s terrifying portrayal as Green Goblin, created a new breed of superhero vs. super villain rivalry.

3. Top Gun (1986) – Paramount Pictures

Top Gun is the gold standard of summer flicks. From death-defying aerial acrobatics to lessons in friendship and loyalty, Top Gun was pure entertainment through and through. Fans still remember the iconic visual of Tom Cruise riding his motorcycle with a black jacket and aviators, managing to take our breath away.

2. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) – Tri-Star Pictures

James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger upped the ante in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, turning Schwarzenegger’s Terminator from a killer into a protector, pitting him against a more advanced cyborg in Robert Patrick’s T-1000. The film is widely considered the best in the Terminator franchise, creating the perfect battle between machines with the future of humanity at stake.

1. The Avengers (2012) – Marvel Studios

The Avengers is the culmination of years of patience by Marvel, as they assembled a team of superheroes and villains, creating a successful multiverse for fans to experience for the first time. Despite initial doubts about the viability of the project, The Avengers went on to become one of the biggest hits of the year, grossing over $1 billion in international ticket sales.

Summers are much more than a change in season, they’re a vibe. While there are many different ways to enjoy summer, like a trip to the beach or a family barbecue, one sure-shot way to get the party going is to get some warm popcorn and put on an action summer blockbuster full of populist frill and entertainment.


Whether it’s a movie night with a group of friends, or a family getaway, here are 10 of the best summer action movies that will be perfectly suited for your party.

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10 Jurassic Park (1993)

Jurassic Park
Universal Pictures

Jurassic Park ushered in a new era of cinematic innovation, as Steven Spielberg and Oscar-winning special effects artist Stan Winston created a never-before-seen world full of dinosaurs. Having been exceptionally praised for its use of VFX, Spielberg’s film was also tethered in relatable emotions and grounded in reality, making it the perfect combination between technology and human emotion.

9 Men in Black (1997)

Men-In-Black-1997
Columbia Pictures

Men in Black is a deadly combination of action mixed with comedy, set against a sci-fi world full of aliens and extraterrestrial creatures. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones take charge as super agents J and K as they fight tooth and nail to save the world from an intergalactic disaster and their own stupidity. Men in Black is the perfect summer film to enjoy with a few friends and a couple of drinks, reveling in Will Smith’s comic prime.

8 Radiers of the Lost Ark (1981)

A scene from Raiders Of The Lost Ark, 1981
Paramount Pictures

After Spielberg was denied the opportunity to make a James Bond moviehis best buddy George Lucas advised him to move on and make the best adventure film of all time. Spielberg paid heed to his friend and birthed Indiana Jones, a roguish archaeologist with a penchant for all things thrilling and dangerous. Rather than being overly married to the spy/subterfuge genre, Spielberg’s vision for Indiana Jones was broad enough for it to have a mass appeal.

Add to that, Harrison Ford’s star power along with a tightly-written narrative, and you have one of the best action/adventure films to have ever been made.

Related: Every Indiana Jones Movie, Ranked

7 Speed (1994)

Speed
20th Century Fox

Jan de Bont’s Speed works on a simple premise; there’s a bomb under a local bus that will detonate if the speed falls below 50 mph. This simple premise successfully induces bouts of claustrophobia and paranoia as LAPD Officer Jack Travel (Keanu Reeves) is tasked with saving the day. The film went on to become one of the biggest hits of the year, grossing $14.5 million in its opening week.

6 Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky in Mad Max Fury Road
Roadshow Entertainment
Warner Bros. Pictures

Mad Max: Fury Road is a work of cinematic art in which George Miller crafts a dystopian vision of the Australian outback, full of oddball characters and sepia-toned visuals. Especially known for its stunning VFX and action sequencesthe film is predominantly shot in the Namibian desert and is often regarded as one of the most thrilling action films of all time.

5 Inception (2010)

inception movie ending - cliffhanger
Warner Bros.

Released in July 2010, Christopher Nolan’s Inception was a difficult film to make and a difficult film to gauge. As is with most of Nolan’s films, the director embeds concepts of science and technology deeply into the narrative, creating a brain-twisting cerebral experience.

With Inception, Nolan explores the fragility of the dream-state and how it can be easily manipulated provided it’s done by the right people in the right context. The film is often regarded as one of Nolan’s best works, winning four Academy Awards from eight nominations.

4 Spider-Man (2002)

Spider-Man 2002
Sony Pictures

Many fans would argue that Sam Raimi’s 2002 film is the best Spider-Man film in the franchise. Raimi’s film perfectly laid the foundation for the franchise to progress, crossing the $100 million mark in three days, and birthing an entirely new genre of filmmaking.

Tobey Maguire’s subtle yet assured performance as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, paired with Willem Dafoe’s terrifying portrayal as Green Goblin, created a new breed of superhero vs super villain rivalry; a trend that’s still being referenced in today’s superhero movies.

Related: Spider-Man: Every Movie in the Franchise, Ranked by Box Office Gross

3 Top Gun (1986)

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Paramount Pictures

Top Gun is the gold standard of summer flicks. The film managed to carve out a pop culture legacy that’s well revered and was recently reignited with its sequel, Top Gun: Maverick. From death-defying aerial acrobatics to lessons in friendship and loyalty, Top Gun was value entertainment, through and through.

Top Gun’s cultural importance holds true, as fans still remember the iconic visual of Tom Cruise riding his motorcycle with a black jacket and aviators, managing to take our breath away.

2 Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

terminator 2 judgement day 1991
Tri-Star Pictures

Following up on his 1984 hit The Terminator, James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger upped the antics in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Cameron and Co. turned Schwarzenegger’s Terminator from a killer into a protector, pitting him against a more advanced cyborg in Robert Patrick’s T-1000.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day is widely considered the best film in the Terminator franchise, creating the perfect battle between machines with the future of humanity at stake.

Related: Terminator Movies in Order: Chronologically and by Release Date

1 The Avengers (2012)

The-Avengers-2012 (3)
Marvel Studios

The Avengers is the culmination of years of patience by Marvel, as they assembled a team full of superheroes and villains, creating a successful multiverse for fans to experience for the first time. Despite initial doubts about the viability of the project, The Avengers went on to become one of the biggest hits of the year, grossing over $1 billion in international ticket sales.

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