Welcome to round two of our summer movie showdown.
We gathered 32 of the greatest movies and put them head-to-head in a battle in which you’ll choose the ultimate summer movie.
Plenty of popcorn was spilled in the first round. The Goonies edged out Gremlins; Back to the Future slimed Ghostbusters; John McClane lay a beating on Maverick; Bruce Wayne kicked Tony Stark’s ass; Trekkies zapped Independence Day; Star Wars mauled Jaws; Riggs and Murtaugh manhandled Ethan Hunt; Transformers used the Killing Curse on Harry Potter; Luke used the Force to vanquish Spidey; Swayze beat Swayze; T-Rex shredded Cobb’s dreams; Terminator narrowly beat Captain Jack Sparrow; Indy topped Marvel’s Avengers; Forrest Gump beat lovable ET (I was pretty sore about that one); and Aliens steamrolled over The Sixth Sense.
This week’s matchups are in the survey below.
Below are your recaps of the Round One matchups
Goonies (54%) vs. Gremlins (46%)
A lot of you felt this was a hard one to decide. Both films reminded many of you of your childhood. But quite a few of you thought Gremlins was more of a Christmas film.
“At first I thought, ‘No fair!’ because I love both equally. But now it's 2013 and I see Gremlins as a Christmas movie and not a summer movie, so Goonies wins by default”
“Gremlins is still one of my favorite memories from my childhood, let's hope they never do a remake and ruin it.”
“To this day I watch Goonies at least two-three times a year.”
“I'm going for the Goonies. It is a timeless classic you could relate to as they are all human characters. Tough choice though.”
Ghostbusters (38%) vs. Back to the Future (62%)
Another tough one for many of you, but time travel beats ghosts this time.
“But the cute Marty McFly wins out. How can you beat going back in time with your mother falling in love with you? And the Flux Capacitor? Come on! Adventure and eye candy. Timeless.”
“This was hard and I hate you guys for making me choose. I give it to McFly.”
“BTTF was so new and interesting. Loved Ghostbusters as well, it was just a little darker. They pretty much equal, but great Scott, BTTF was just a little more innovative.”
“Another tough choice, but I'll pick Back to the Future only because the whole trilogy was good. The second Ghostbusters was mediocre to put it politely.”
Die Hard (64%) vs. Top Gun (36%)
“Top Gun was great for its time but Die Hard defies time and Yippie ki-yay will be remembered but Top Gun is now known more for its music.”
“No contest. Some may call Top Gun the greatest action movie of the 80's. I call Die Hard the greatest action movie of all. Nothing has topped it for its simple attention to details. McLane's shirt goes from white to brown green showing his been through some s--- that night.”
“Bruce Willis' smart ass detective whoops Tom's Ass”
The Dark Knight (55%) vs. Iron Man (45%)
Tony Stark may have been this summer’s box office champ. But no amount of gimmicks could help him topple Chris Nolan’s Bruce Wayne.
“Dark Knight changed what superhero movies origin stories look like. Iron Man was awesome but more for its perfect casting of RDJ than the movie itself.”
“The Dark Knight is a great movie. It really has to do with Ledger's incredible performance. Take that away and it would still be a good movie.”
“Batman is like an old friend. Stay loyal to friends.”
“Two words: Heath Ledger!!!!”
Star Trek (54%) vs. Independence Day (46%)
“Are you kidding me???!!! Spock.....enough said!”
“Loved Independence Day, but the reboot of a classic with an edgier Spock...sorry Will Smith, hearing the fat lady sing has nothing on that.”
“J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek was a wonderful rendition of the characters (from someone who watched the original series and all the movies).”
“Star Trek - while I love Independence Day - I am a diehard Trekkie - and this was as good as it gets - you can just keep going.”
“Is this even a question? Star Trek is an iconic franchise.”
Star Wars (72%) vs. Jaws (23%)
A lot of you complained about the matchup, but you were pretty unanimous when it came time to choose.
“NO FAIR!! both are awesome, but I'm a huge SW nerd so I'll choose that.”
“ARRRRGGHH. Again I hate you for making me choose this but I choose outer space even though JAWS is probably the better movie and what gave me the fascination with sharks.”
“Really, put these 2 up against each other this early? After Die Hard these would likely be the 2nd and 3rd best summer movie. Why eliminate one now???”
“Why did you pit these two against each other? If you ask me, they are #1 and #2 all time summer movies. Sucks to take one out.”
“Star Wars has been around forever.”
Lethal Weapon II (66%) vs. Mission: Impossible (34%)
This could be subtitled: Cruise loses again.
“I'm not too old for this s---. Lethal Weapon series is just too much of a classic to be beat by Mission Impossible.”
“Why couldn't Star Wars or Jaws bump one of these mediocre movies out instead of battling head to head? Lethal Weapon by a hair...”
“Despite Mel's more recent issues, he was awesome as renegade cop Martin Riggs.”
“Summer of 89 had a good crop of movies. Lethal Weapon 2 was one of them.”
“Violent buddy cop movie versus Hollywood's tiniest man. Lethal Weapon II takes it. Plus, Joe Pesci as Leo Getz for the win.”
Transformers (57%) vs. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II (43%)
This one was a bit of a shock to me. I was certain the Boy Who Lived would topple Michael Bay’s Bots. I was wrong.
“Anyone over 20+ years of age couldn't care less about Harry Potter. Transformers appealed to ALL age groups, resurrecting a franchise long overdue.”
“Transformers was designed exceptionally well. Although, the plot was a little weak, the effects were stupendous.”
Return of the Jedi (73%) vs. Spider-Man (23%)
The Force was much too strong for Spidey’s web.
“You had to ask? Spider-Man is soooo bubble gum. Return of the Jedi - teenage rebellion :)”
“Return of the Jedi all the way, Spidey was really good, but how do you go up against a classic?”
“I really liked Spider-Man, but Return of the Jedi was a great ending to a great franchise for me, even though endless sequels or prequels are being made which are all terrible it was over with this one for me.”
Dirty Dancing (55%) vs. Ghost (45%)
In this Swayze vs. Swayze battle, Swayze won.
“Other than the pottery scene - does anyone remember what Ghost is even about? No one puts Baby in a corner.”
“Dirty Dancing all the way. Swayze's second best movie behind Roadhouse. It had a great soundtrack for that summer.”
“No one puts baby in the corner...no one...or else there will be dancing.”
“Why couldn't Jaws be in this one?”
“Nobody puts baby in a corner not even a Ghost.”
Jurassic Park (80%) vs. Inception (20%)
Director Chris Nolan might be the choice of fanboys everywhere, but he and Leo had nothing on T-Rex. This was an ass-whooping.
“Jurassic Park embodies every good thing about my childhood. There is nothing like watching this movie to bring back all my memories of being young.”
“Inception is a fantastic premise. But dinosaurs are waaaay cooler.”
“Inception was awesome, but seeing dinosaurs come to life is too insane to ignore.”
“Inception was too confusing.”
“Inception is a great film, but the scene in Jurassic Park where they see the dinosaurs for the first time is still one of my most favourite scenes in cinematic history.”
“No contest - did anyone understand Inception? Good, explain it to me then!”
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (63%) vs. The Hangover (37%)
The Wolfpack might have given us all a Vegas night we could aspire to, but Ferris' day off is one every teen dreamed about for five years of high school.
“OMG Ferris is a classic. We all wish we had a day off like that. The Hangover is more of a warning than a fun day.”
“The Hangover could have been written by a teen...Ferris Bueller is filled with great lines and smart writing without resorting to shock humor.”
“This is a tough one. One was in the area of Pop Culture and the other was in a much different time. Both excellent, but Ferris's day off is one that we all wish we had.”
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (51%) vs. Pirates of the Caribbean (49%)
This was our second-closest battle, with less than 50 votes separating the winner and loser.
“This was hard for me cause I loved the hell out of the first Pirates. It was the most enjoyable movie that summer. But Cameron and Arnie just brought a thrill ride with effects that hold up to this day.”
“Pirates gets Terminated by this game changing classic... Arnie all the way!”
“Pirates would've won, but the sequels ruined everything. T2 is amazing.”
“Tough call on this one... One catapulted James Cameron to mega A-list director. The other catapulted Johnny Depp to mega A-list actor. Rolling dice on this one...”
“Arnie at his peak, Judgment Day terminates Pirates.”
Raiders of the Lost Ark (68%) vs. The Avengers (32%)
All of Marvel’s heroes together in one super-movie weren’t big enough to take down swashbuckling Indy. I have to admit, I was a little surprised by the results of this one.
“Damn you with the hard choices! Avengers is a true blockbuster and flawless. Raiders takes it though.”
“Avengers is great, but Indy all the way. No major CGI, fun story.”
“Can I pick both???? This isn't a fair at all - I love both movies and both are on my iPhone!!!! Damn, I'd like to vote for both!”
“Raiders had one of the greatest opening sequences in movie history.”
“The Avengers was a $200,000,000 cartoon, while Raiders was fresh and absolutely spot on. Although, I'm thinking that Indy might have had a fear of the flying snake/lobster/shark thing from Avengers.”
Forrest Gump (51%) vs. E.T. (49%)
Again, another close battle, but Gump’s lovability factor slight edged out Steven Spielberg’s warm-hearted alien. I’m a little sad to see E.T. go.
“Again tough choice, but got to love Forrest. Run Forrest Run!!!”
“Nostalgia almost made this decision but life is like a box of chocolates...”
“I haven't seen ET in years. I’m choosing Forrest Gump because it's a movie to grow with. It can affect you differently each time you watch it.”
Aliens (63%) vs. The Sixth Sense (37%)
People loved Sixth Sense’s twist ending – and surprisingly didn’t hold some of M. Night’s more recent work against him – but James Cameron’s action sequences heavily tilted the vote in favour of Aliens.
“He sees dead people...but Sigourney Weaver kills aliens!”
“Ellen Ripley made it okay for women to kick ass.”
“The Sixth Sense had a never-saw-it-coming twist, but Aliens had you s----ing your pants the entire time. It wins!”
“The Sixth Sense was one of M. Knight Shyamalan’s better films, but Aliens was a bad-ass film with some kickass action sequences.”
“The Sixth Sense is a one-shot. Once you've seen it, the cat's out of the bag for replay value.”