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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Kary's Top Ten All-Time Favorite Summer Movies

In honor of the days of driving recklessly, living dangerously and working in fast food – this is my first installment of useless summer facts and fun.

Some of the funniest, scariest, most romantic movies of all time fall under the category of SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER. We all have those movies that remind us of the fun times in our lives – the young times in our lives. This list is a personal compilation of my favorites. Please feel free to add to and incorporate your own selections. The only rule is that the original release of the movie must be between May and August of any given year.

Kary's Top Ten

1. Raiders of the Lost Ark, June 1981 – the ultimate original summer adventure and the gold standard by which all others are measured

2. Ghostbusters, June 1984 – Who you gonna call? One of the funniest movies of all time and the embodiment of everything a summer movie should be

3. JAWS, June 1975 – I still will not go deeper than my knees in the ocean because of this movie

4. Top Gun, May 1986 – is there any woman over the age of 40 who didn't want to be on the beach during that volleyball scene?

5. Pirates of the Caribbean, July 2003 – a new wind blowing for the summer movie genre and the most notable adventure movie in over a decade

6. Batman, June 1989 – the beginning of the superhero's reign over the summer box office

7. Animal House, July 1978 – I've got one word for you "TOGA"

8. Cars, June 2006 – could have included any number of animated films because there are several that are worth seeing even if the kids aren't with you. This one is just my fav but Toy Story, Wall-E, Finding Nemo are all worth your time

9. Independence Day, July 1996 – Space Aliens and Will Smith 'nough said.

10. Jurassic Park, June 1993 – Seriously, I could do a Top 10 on Speilberg alone – The man is a summer movie genius

Other notables that didn't make my top 10 – Star Wars, Grease, Alien, Airplane, Caddyshack, The Blues Brothers, E.T., Risky Business, Return of the Jedi, Vacation, The Karate Kid, Back to the Future, Dirty Dancing, Bull Durham, Big, Apollo 13, Men In Black, Armageddon, Gladiator, Transformers, Iron Man, The Hangover, Inception

Here is a website that lists top movies by release dates. Take a stroll and reminisce. Spend a little time then leave me a comment letting me know which movies spark a memory or add a new selection of your own.

And most importantly – HAVE FUN!!!! It's summer time.