Biggest Summer Blockbusters of All Time by Year since 1975by pattap-21567 | created - 9 months ago | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public
(The Movie must be the worldwide highest grossing Film of the Summer Season) (The Summer Season is defined as the first Friday in May through Labor Day Weekend)
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1. Jaws (1975)
PG | 124 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community, it's up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down.
Votes: 519,578 | Gross: $260.00M
Worldwide Box Office: 470.6 Mio $ Budget: 7-9 Mio $ Quality: 5/5
2. The Omen (1976)
R | 111 min | Horror
Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the Antichrist? The Devil's own son?
Votes: 100,642 | Gross: $4.27M
Worldwide Box Office: 60.9 Mio $ Budget: 2.8 Mio $ Quality: 3/5
3. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the mysterious Darth Vader.
Votes: 1,147,820 | Gross: $322.74M
Worldwide Box Office: 503.0 Mio $ Budget: 11 Mio $ Quality: 5/5 Won the Summer against: Smokey and the Bandit
4. Grease (1978)
PG-13 | 110 min | Musical, Romance
Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?
Votes: 217,557 | Gross: $188.76M
Worldwide Box Office: 366.2 Mio $ Budget: 6 Mio $ Quality: 3/5 Won the Summer against: Jaws 2
5. Alien (1979)
R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.
Votes: 733,948 | Gross: $78.90M
Worldwide Box Office: ~104.9-203.6 Mio $ Budget: 11 Mio $ Quality: 5/5 Won the Summer against: Rocky II/Amityville Horror
PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
After the Rebels are brutally overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader.
Votes: 1,079,269 | Gross: $290.48M
Worldwide Box Office: 400.1 Mio $ Budget: 18-33 Mio $ Quality: 5/5 Won the Summer against: Airplane!
7. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure
In 1936, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before Adolf Hitler's Nazis can obtain its awesome powers.
Votes: 831,071 | Gross: $248.16M
Worldwide Box Office: 354.0 Mio $ Budget: 18 Mio $ Quality: 5/5 Won the Summer against: Superman II
8. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
PG | 115 min | Family, Sci-Fi
A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.
Votes: 345,257 | Gross: $435.11M
Worldwide Box Office: 663.4 Mio $ Budget: 10.5 Mio $ Quality: 5/5 Won the Summer against: Rocky III
PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the Rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy the second Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to help Darth Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor's trap.
Votes: 883,221 | Gross: $309.13M
Worldwide Box Office: 374.6 Mio $ Budget: 33-43 Mio $ Quality: 5/5 Won the Summer against: WarGames
10. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure
In 1935, Indiana Jones arrives in India, still part of the British Empire, and is asked to find a mystical stone. He then stumbles upon a secret cult committing enslavement and human sacrifices in the catacombs of an ancient palace.
Votes: 416,406 | Gross: $179.87M
Worldwide Box Office: 333.1 Mio $ Budget: 28 Mio $ Quality: 4/5 Won the Summer against: Ghostbusters/Gremlins
11. Back to the Future (1985)
PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.
Votes: 965,989 | Gross: $210.61M
Worldwide Box Office: 381.1 Mio $ Budget: 19 Mio $ Quality: 5/5 Won the Summer against: Rambo II
12. Top Gun (1986)
PG | 110 min | Action, Drama
As students at the United States Navy's elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom.
Votes: 269,894 | Gross: $179.80M
Worldwide Box Office: 353.8 Mio $ Budget: 15 Mio $ Quality: 3/5 Won the Summer against: Karate Kid II
13. Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)
R | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Axel Foley returns to Beverly Hills to help Taggart and Rosewood investigate Chief Bogomil's near-fatal shooting and the series of "alphabet crimes" associated with it.
Votes: 100,514 | Gross: $153.67M
Worldwide Box Office: 299.9 Mio $ Budget: 20 Mio $ Quality: 2/5 Won the Summer against: Dirty Dancing
14. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
PG | 104 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A toon-hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder.
Votes: 171,792 | Gross: $156.45M
Worldwide Box Office: 329.8 Mio $ Budget: 50 Mio $ Quality: 3/5 Won the Summer against: Coming to America
15. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure
In 1938, after his father Professor Henry Jones, Sr. goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, Professor Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. finds himself up against Adolf Hitler's Nazis again to stop them from obtaining its powers.
Votes: 649,098 | Gross: $197.17M
Worldwide Box Office: 474.2 Mio $ Budget: 48 Mio $ Quality: 5/5 Won the Summer against: Batman/Lethal Weapon 2
16. Ghost (1990)
PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
After a young man is murdered, his spirit stays behind to warn his lover of impending danger, with the help of a reluctant psychic.
Votes: 183,562 | Gross: $217.63M
Worldwide Box Office: 505.7 Mio $ Budget: 22 Mio $ Quality: 3/5 Won the Summer against: Total Recall
17. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
R | 137 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her teenage son, John Connor, from a more advanced and powerful cyborg.
Votes: 935,396 | Gross: $204.84M
Worldwide Box Office: 519.8 Mio $ Budget: 92-102 Mio $ Quality: 5/5 Won the Summer against: Robin Hood
18. Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)
R | 118 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh pursue a former LAPD officer who uses his knowledge of police procedure and policies to steal and sell confiscated guns and ammunition to local street gangs.
Votes: 148,741 | Gross: $144.73M
Worldwide Box Office: 321.7 Mio $ Budget: 35 Mio $ Quality: 3/5 Won the Summer against: Batman Returns
19. Jurassic Park (1993)
PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A pragmatic Paleontologist visiting an almost complete theme park is tasked with protecting a couple of kids after a power failure causes the park's cloned dinosaurs to run loose.
Votes: 803,059 | Gross: $402.45M
Worldwide Box Office: 912.6 Mio $ Budget: 63 Mio $ Quality: 5/5 Won the Summer against: The Fugitive
20. The Lion King (1994)
G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
A Lion cub crown prince is tricked by a treacherous uncle into thinking he caused his father's death and flees into exile in despair, only to learn in adulthood his identity and his responsibilities.
Votes: 872,268 | Gross: $422.78M
Worldwide Box Office: 763.7 Mio $ Budget: 45 Mio $ Quality: 5/5 Won the Summer against: Forrest Gump
21. Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)
R | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
John McClane and a Harlem store owner are targeted by German terrorist Simon Gruber in New York City, where he plans to rob the Federal Reserve Building.
Votes: 346,485 | Gross: $100.01M
Worldwide Box Office: 366.1 Mio $ Budget: 90 Mio $ Quality: 3/5 Won the Summer against: Batman Forever
22. Independence Day (1996)
PG-13 | 145 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind's best weapon is the will to survive.
Votes: 504,138 | Gross: $306.17M
Worldwide Box Office: 817.4 Mio $ Budget: 75 Mio $ Quality: 4/5 Won the Summer against: Twister
23. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
PG-13 | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A research team is sent to the Jurassic Park Site B island to study the dinosaurs there, while an InGen team approaches with another agenda.
Votes: 354,021 | Gross: $229.09M
Worldwide Box Office: 618.6 Mio $ Budget: 73 Mio $ Quality: 3/5 Won the Summer against: Men in Black
24. Armageddon (1998)
PG-13 | 151 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
After discovering that an asteroid the size of Texas is going to impact Earth in less than a month, N.A.S.A. recruits a misfit team of deep core drillers to save the planet.
Votes: 377,571 | Gross: $201.57M
Worldwide Box Office: 553.7 Mio $ Budget: 140 Mio $ Quality: 2/5 Won the Summer against: Saving Private Ryan
25. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
PG | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Two Jedi escape a hostile blockade to find allies and come across a young boy who may bring balance to the Force, but the long dormant Sith resurface to claim their old glory.
Votes: 669,477 | Gross: $474.54M
Worldwide Box Office: 924.3 Mio $ Budget: 115 Mio $ Quality: 3/5 Won the Summer against: The Sixth Sense
26. Mission: Impossible II (2000)
PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
I.M.F. Agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is sent to Sydney, Australia to find and destroy a genetically modified disease called "Chimera".
Votes: 296,703 | Gross: $215.41M
Worldwide Box Office: 546.4 Mio $ Budget: 125 Mio $ Quality: 1/5 Won the Summer against: Gladiator
27. Shrek (2001)
PG | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A mean lord exiles fairytale creatures to the swamp of a grumpy ogre, who must go on a quest and rescue a princess for the lord in order to get his land back.
Votes: 576,445 | Gross: $267.67M
Worldwide Box Office: 484.4 Mio $ Budget: 60 Mio $ Quality: 4/5 Won the Summer against: Pearl Harbor
28. Spider-Man (2002)
PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.
Votes: 653,376 | Gross: $403.71M
Worldwide Box Office: 821.7 Mio $ Budget: 139 Mio $ Quality: 4/5 Won the Summer against: Attack of the Clones
29. Finding Nemo (2003)
G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home.
Votes: 890,193 | Gross: $380.84M
Worldwide Box Office: 871.0 Mio $ Budget: 94 Mio $ Quality: 5/5 Won the Summer against: Pirates of the Caribbean
30. Shrek 2 (2004)
PG | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Princess Fiona's parents invite her and Shrek to dinner to celebrate her marriage. If only they knew the newlyweds were both ogres.
Votes: 392,430 | Gross: $436.47M
Worldwide Box Office: 919.8 Mio $ Budget: 150 Mio $ Quality: 4/5 Won the Summer against: Prisoner of Azkaban/Spiderman 2
31. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Three years into the Clone Wars, the Jedi rescue Palpatine from Count Dooku. As Obi-Wan pursues a new threat, Anakin acts as a double agent between the Jedi Council and Palpatine and is lured into a sinister plan to rule the galaxy.
Votes: 655,701 | Gross: $380.26M
Worldwide Box Office: 848.7 Mio $ Budget: 113 Mio $ Quality: 3/5 Won the Summer against: War of the Worlds
32. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
PG-13 | 151 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Jack Sparrow races to recover the heart of Davy Jones to avoid enslaving his soul to Jones' service, as other friends and foes seek the heart for their own agenda as well.
Votes: 623,557 | Gross: $423.32M
Worldwide Box Office: 1066.2 Mio $ Budget: 225 Mio $ Quality: 4/5 Won the Summer against: Da Vinci Code
33. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
PG-13 | 169 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Captain Barbossa, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann must sail off the edge of the map, navigate treachery and betrayal, find Jack Sparrow, and make their final alliances for one last decisive battle.
Votes: 566,472 | Gross: $309.42M
Worldwide Box Office: 963.4 Mio $ Budget: 300 Mio $ Quality: 3/5 Won the Summer against: Order of the Phoenix/Spiderman 3
34. The Dark Knight (2008)
PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Crime, Drama
When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, Batman must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.
Votes: 2,135,619 | Gross: $534.86M
Worldwide Box Office: 1003.0 Mio $ Budget: 185 Mio $ Quality: 5/5 Won the Summer against: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
35. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
PG | 153 min | Action, Adventure, Family
As Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) begins his sixth year at Hogwarts, he discovers an old book marked as "the property of the Half-Blood Prince" and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort's (Ralph Fiennes') dark past.
Votes: 430,906 | Gross: $301.96M
Worldwide Box Office: 934.5 Mio $ Budget: 250 Mio $ Quality: 3/5 Won the Summer against: Transformers 2
36. Toy Story 3 (2010)
G | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home.
Votes: 707,685 | Gross: $415.00M
Worldwide Box Office: 1066.9 Mio $ Budget: 200 Mio $ Quality: 4/5 Won the Summer against: Inception
37. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
PG-13 | 130 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Harry, Ron, and Hermione search for Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord as the final battle rages on at Hogwarts.
Votes: 708,673 | Gross: $381.01M
Worldwide Box Office: 1341.7 Mio $ Budget: 150-200 Mio $ Quality: 4/5 Won the Summer against: Transformers 3
38. The Avengers (2012)
PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are going to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity.
Votes: 1,207,262 | Gross: $623.28M
Worldwide Box Office: 1518.8 Mio $ Budget: 220 Mio $ Quality: 5/5 Won the Summer against: The Dark Knight Rises
39. Iron Man 3 (2013)
PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
When Tony Stark's world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution.
Votes: 711,887 | Gross: $409.01M
Worldwide Box Office: 1214.8 Mio $ Budget: 200 Mio $ Quality: 2/5 Won the Summer against: Despicable Me 2
40. Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)
PG-13 | 165 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
When humanity allies with a bounty hunter in pursuit of Optimus Prime, the Autobots turn to a mechanic and his family for help.
Votes: 287,735 | Gross: $245.44M
Worldwide Box Office: 1104.0 Mio $ Budget: 210 Mio $ Quality: 1/5 Won the Summer against: Guardians of the Galaxy
41. Jurassic World (2015)
PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A new theme park, built on the original site of Jurassic Park, creates a genetically modified hybrid dinosaur, the Indominus Rex, which escapes containment and goes on a killing spree.
Votes: 550,374 | Gross: $652.27M
Worldwide Box Office: 1671.7 Mio $ Budget: 150 Mio $ Quality: 4/5 Won the Summer against: Avengers:Age of Ultron
42. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
PG-13 | 147 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Political involvement in the Avengers' affairs causes a rift between Captain America and Iron Man.
Votes: 609,321 | Gross: $408.08M
Worldwide Box Office: 1153.3 Mio $ Budget: 250 Mio $ Quality: 4/5 Won the Summer against: Finding Dory
43. Despicable Me 3 (2017)
PG | 89 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Gru meets his long-lost charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother Dru who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist.
Votes: 99,027 | Gross: $264.62M
Worldwide Box Office: 1034.8 Mio $ Budget: 80 Mio $ Quality: 1/5 Won the Summer against: Spiderman: Homecoming/Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2
44. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
PG-13 | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
When the island's dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.
Votes: 233,444 | Gross: $417.72M
Worldwide Box Office: 1309.5 Mio $ Budget: 170 Mio $ Quality: 3/5 Won the Summer against: Incredibles 2
45. The Lion King (2019)
PG | 118 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery.
Votes: 136,623 | Gross: $540.08M
Worldwide Box Office: 1652.0 Mio $ Budget: 250-260 Mio $ Quality: 4/5 Won the Summer against: Spderman: Far From Home/ Toy Story 4