The Top 10 July 4th Weekend Movies

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July 4th is one of the most coveted weekends of the whole year to release a blockbuster. Naturally not every film released on or around July 4th has it a home run (looking at you Michael Bay for those awful Transformers sequels). But in other cases the best movie of the summer comes along with our Independence Day. Here are our top ten films released for July 4th weekend.



Photo Credit: Transformers (2007)-

I may have just bashed director Michael Bay’s sequels, but the 2007 original was a lot of fun. Sure, it isn’t the best movie in the world but the action was awesome and the script was funny. It was a fun summer blockbuster that was certainly better than the likes of Spider-man 3 and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer which premiered before it that summer.



Photo Credit: Superman Returns (2006)-

A lot of people bash this superhero epic, but it has a lot going for it. The story is incredibly well told even if it isn’t the Superman story people were expecting. Also Kevin Spacey is perfect as Lex Luthor, no one can deny that. The next question is if Zach Snyder’s Man of Steel can grab audiences in a way that this one failed to do. If not hopefully people will revisit this film with a new appreciation.



Photo Credit: War of the Worlds (2005)-

Surprisingly, this is the only Steven Spielberg movie released around July 4th. Even Jaws was released more in the middle of June than for the holiday weekend. But this sci-fi film had a big human heart at the center of it with the father-daughter relationship wonderfully put on screen by Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning. The ending was a bit, well, terrible, but everything before then was pretty great, even if it has been forgotten.



Photo Credit: The Patriot (2000)-

Mel Gibson kicked red coat butt in perhaps the most appropriate July 4th film ever. Jason Isaacs played a perfect villain in the movie as well. Featuring the defining moments of the Revolutionary War, this was an inspirational summer war film that reminded us of why we celebrate the holiday to begin with.




Photo Credit: Independence Day (1996)-

Obviously this one had to make the list. It may not be a great movie but it is a great time. Featuring an all star cast including Will Smith, Bill Pullman, and Jeff Goldblum, this sci fi epic is one of the best disaster movies ever made. Evey iconic building you could think of get obliterated over the course of the film. Plus, it all takes place on July 4th.



Photo Credit: South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (1999)-

Yes, one of the best movies to ever come out of a TV show had a release around July 4th. The South Park movie is absolutely hysterical and a true classic for fans of the show. Breaking the formula of the show, the movie is a musical, and as you know Trey Parker and Matt Stone have won Tonys for their song writing abilities.



Photo Credit: Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)-

This is simply one of the best sequels of all time. Everything about it is just way more interesting than the original. The action scenes dazzle to this day and the film became a classic shortly after its release. Boasting a better plot and far more interesting characters than the original, this sequel is an exciting thrill ride that continued two staples in cinema culture, the Terminator franchise and James Cameron’s career.



Photo Credit: Men in Black (1997)-

Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones have unbeatable chemistry in this different take on the traditional buddy cop movie. Instead, they are government agents who try to protect the world from aliens in secret. The humor and the action make the film great, but its the smarts that really make it special.




Photo Credit: Back to the Future (1985)-

Another zany yet smart sci fi flick is added to the list. Robert Zemeckis’ classic film had everything come together so perfectly to create one of the most iconic sci fi films of all time. It also spawned one of the most successful trilogies in film history. The best thing about it is the relationship between Marty McFly and Doc Brown as the two have become iconic characters in their own right.



Photo Credit: Spider-man 2 (2004)-

This modern classic is easily one of my favorite films. The Spider-man series started out well enough with the original in 2002, but this sequel improved on it incredibly. Spider-man 2 is leaner, smarter, and just all around better. Doc Ock is a far better villain than the Green Goblin. But what really grounds it is the amazing romance between Peter and Mary Jane, which has yet to be topped in any comic book movie to date.



Any films you remember from July 4th past better than these ten? Sound off below!





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