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2020-08-08 10:52:55 AM  
personally nostalgic about a few years' summers, though up top, easily 1982.
 
2020-08-08 11:03:01 AM  
1984

Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones, and Beverly Hills cop.
Karate Kid, Gremlins, and Spinal Tap.
Top Secret, Neverending Story, and Buckaroo Banzai.
Terminator, Nightmare On Elm Street, and Last Starfighter.
Amadeus, Purple Rain and Footloose.

1984 had it all.
 
2020-08-08 11:27:31 AM  

bloobeary: 1984

Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones, and Beverly Hills cop.
Karate Kid, Gremlins, and Spinal Tap.
Top Secret, Neverending Story, and Buckaroo Banzai.
Terminator, Nightmare On Elm Street, and Last Starfighter.
Amadeus, Purple Rain and Footloose.

1984 had it all.


That was a great summer of movies.
 
2020-08-08 11:31:23 AM  
1980

Hollywood Nights
Blues Brothers
Airplane
Cheech & Chongs Next Movie
Caddyshack

Also my last real summer of doing nothing. No job, no organized sports, just graduated 8th grade and loved every second of that summer.
 
2020-08-08 1:13:23 PM  

Daniel Boone's Farm: 1980

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Blues Brothers
Airplane
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Saw both when I was living in the burbs of Chicago.  Blues Brothers - folks were dancing in the aisles to the musical numbers and the theater was full.

Airplane - saw it with a good friend who's a pilot with his own plane at the time.  He burst out laughing twice in the movie: first with the sound of the plane flying (props vs. jet) and the second when Striker was in the cockpit going over the controls.  (Possibly "Choke?")  Good memories
 
2020-08-08 2:06:23 PM  
1939.   It is considered by many to be Hollywood's greatest year.

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2020-08-08 2:32:57 PM  

bloobeary: 1984

Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones, and Beverly Hills cop.
Karate Kid, Gremlins, and Spinal Tap.
Top Secret, Neverending Story, and Buckaroo Banzai.
Terminator, Nightmare On Elm Street, and Last Starfighter.
Amadeus, Purple Rain and Footloose.

1984 had it all.


Yup
Best year for music too
 
2020-08-08 2:52:08 PM  

cretinbob: bloobeary: 1984

Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones, and Beverly Hills cop.
Karate Kid, Gremlins, and Spinal Tap.
Top Secret, Neverending Story, and Buckaroo Banzai.
Terminator, Nightmare On Elm Street, and Last Starfighter.
Amadeus, Purple Rain and Footloose.

1984 had it all.

Yup
Best year for music too


It was a  very good year.
 
2020-08-08 2:55:15 PM  

freakay: cretinbob: bloobeary: 1984

Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones, and Beverly Hills cop.
Karate Kid, Gremlins, and Spinal Tap.
Top Secret, Neverending Story, and Buckaroo Banzai.
Terminator, Nightmare On Elm Street, and Last Starfighter.
Amadeus, Purple Rain and Footloose.

1984 had it all.

Yup
Best year for music too

It was a  very good year.


damn each of those movies has a great personal story to them that usually involved something idiotic while driving to the theater or a date that was either awesome or awesomely bad..  I feel bad for kids today, stuck at home watching netflix movies...
 
2020-08-08 3:50:34 PM  
I said 1982, twas on the list, I'm off.
 
2020-08-08 4:20:30 PM  

freakay: cretinbob: bloobeary: 1984

Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones, and Beverly Hills cop.
Karate Kid, Gremlins, and Spinal Tap.
Top Secret, Neverending Story, and Buckaroo Banzai.
Terminator, Nightmare On Elm Street, and Last Starfighter.
Amadeus, Purple Rain and Footloose.

1984 had it all.

Yup
Best year for music too

It was a  very good year.


I was thinking 1984 too.
 
2020-08-08 4:53:19 PM  
1982

E.T., Poltergeist, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, The Thing, TRON, The Road Warrior, Conan the Barbarian, Rocky III, The Secret of NIMH, Fast Times at Ridgemont High
 
2020-08-08 5:01:00 PM  

levitcleos: personally nostalgic about a few years' summers, though up top, easily 1982.


Yes, 1982 was the first answer I had.
 
2020-08-08 5:15:43 PM  
Just googled 1991, the year I turned 18.

Teminator 2
Backdraft
Straight Out of Brooklyn
Thelma and Louise
City Slickers
Jungle Fever
Naked Gun 2 1/2
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
The Rocketeer
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
Boyz N The Hood
Hot Shots!
Point Break
The Commitments
Doc Hollywood
and Hudson Hawk!!!

Not bad.  Lots of good sequels, good mix of drama, action and comedy.  I'll give it *** out of *****.
 
2020-08-08 5:23:32 PM  
The best summer for movies? 2020, no contest.

I've been doing nothing but watching movies non stop for months. Any other summer I would have spent more time going places.
 
2020-08-08 5:42:35 PM  
1977.
Jaws and Star Wars in the same year. Although My friend Dave spoiled some of Jaws for me.
 
2020-08-08 6:00:05 PM  

Dahnkster: 1939.   It is considered by many to be Hollywood's greatest year.

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The one thing against it, despite so many great movies, is that Hollywood hadn't really invented the "blockbuster" yet.  Stupidly, they cranked out a bunch of good ones for people to see, not put all their eggs in one basket and surrounded it with crap.
 
2020-08-08 6:11:31 PM  

EdgeRunner: The best summer for movies? 2020, no contest.

I've been doing nothing but watching movies non stop for months. Any other summer I would have spent more time going places.


I'm slowly catching up on the stacks of DVDs I hadn't got around to.  Today, it's Richard III with Laurence Olivier from 1955.  Two and a half hours though, so I'm breaking it up.  Somehow I get sidetracked during the week with TV that I've seen in reruns over the last 40 years or so.
 
2020-08-08 6:17:38 PM  
Summer of 74 -
Blazing Saddles.
 
2020-08-08 6:18:02 PM  

Dahnkster: 1939.   It is considered by many to be Hollywood's greatest year.

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We, as a nation, became John Wayne after 1939. It's a shame about what might have been.
 
2020-08-08 6:32:43 PM  

Billy Liar: EdgeRunner: The best summer for movies? 2020, no contest.

I've been doing nothing but watching movies non stop for months. Any other summer I would have spent more time going places.

I'm slowly catching up on the stacks of DVDs I hadn't got around to.  Today, it's Richard III with Laurence Olivier from 1955.  Two and a half hours though, so I'm breaking it up.  Somehow I get sidetracked during the week with TV that I've seen in reruns over the last 40 years or so.


With all the streaming service content I've made a nice dent in the list of movies that I always wanted to get to someday.  Strangely enough, I watched the Olivier Richard III on Kanopy a few weeks ago.  He really is great, in ways I didn't appreciate when I was younger.

Last night:  The Duellists, some very early Ridley Scott, with Keitel and Keith Carradine.  Really enjoyed it.  Up next:  Z
 
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2020-08-08 6:52:00 PM  

Hypnotic Harlequin: bloobeary: 1984

Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones, and Beverly Hills cop.
Karate Kid, Gremlins, and Spinal Tap.
Top Secret, Neverending Story, and Buckaroo Banzai.
Terminator, Nightmare On Elm Street, and Last Starfighter.
Amadeus, Purple Rain and Footloose.

1984 had it all.

This is correct.  1984 is the greatest year in cinema history.

Also includes Splash(my first Tom Hanks film!), Romancing the Stone, Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo (the most memetic movie ever), Repo Man, Night of the Comet, CHUD, Blood Simple(Coen Bros debut film!), The Toxic Avenger, Dreamscape, The Hills Have Eyes, Ninja III: The Domination, Frankenweenie(Tim Burton's debut film!), Dune, Ice Pirates, The Brother From Another Planet,and many more.


I think I saw about 8 of those in a theater. I was 13 that year. Now I lived in a small town in Wyoming, so it might have been later than summer. Movies often didn't make it to town until months after they were released.

It took about 6 months before Star Wars made it to town. I remember it as the first movie we went to with an actual line that went around the block, and it was cold and snowing. Probably between Halloween and Thanksgiving. (Cold and snowing could still be May/June sometimes). The next year we flew to San Diego and visited with family friends. Star Wars was still playing there, so we saw it again in a theater.

No love for 1980? Empire Strikes Back, Caddyshack, Airplane!, and The Shining all came out the same week in 1980.
 
2020-08-08 6:53:22 PM  

whatshisname: 1977.
Jaws and Star Wars in the same year. Although My friend Dave spoiled some of Jaws for me.


You're in a safe place here, because, well, Dave's not here man.
 
2020-08-08 7:32:09 PM  

Snapper Carr: 1982

E.T., Poltergeist, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, The Thing, TRON, The Road Warrior, Conan the Barbarian, Rocky III, The Secret of NIMH, Fast Times at Ridgemont High


The first year that I can remember seeing more than 1 or 2 movies in the theater; I was 7 that summer.  Things were different back then, my mom even took a 7 year old to Poltergeist.  And I got to see The Thing at the drive-in, as God intended
 
2020-08-08 7:36:28 PM  
What ever summer Empire Strikes Back was out.
 
2020-08-08 7:39:19 PM  

duckpoopy: What ever summer Empire Strikes Back was out.


That was the first movie I ever saw in the theater.  I was 4 and Dad picked me up early from daycare and took me to see it.  I was mesmerized, needless to say.
 
2020-08-08 7:50:30 PM  
Summer of 1993 wasn't too bad. Menace II Society, Cliffhanger, Jurassic Park, The Firm, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, So I Married an Axe Murderer and The Fugitive all came out May-August. 

True Romance and Dazed and Confused in September.

Although February was arguably the best month that year: Groundhog Day, Army Of Darkness, El Mariachi and Falling Down.
 
2020-08-08 8:24:53 PM  
The answer is probably 1984, but for me it's '88. Parents took the whole family to the drive in(!) for Who Framed Roger Rabbit, (8pm) and Lethal Weapon (10pm). I was supposed to go to sleep before the second movie.

'88 also has Naked Gun, Bloodsport, Die Hard, Totoro, Beetlejuice, Coming to America, etc. Good year.
 
2020-08-08 8:25:12 PM  
1984 beats 1982. Top 4 movies in box office:

1    Ghostbusters 
2    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom    
3    Gremlins     
4    The Karate Kid

Honorable mentions:

Purple Rain
Tightrope(kinky Clint Eastwood!)
Revenge of the Nerds(this has aged well)
Red Dawn(Americans band together to fight a common enemy, implausible but still entertaining)
The Last Starfighter(cutting edge special effects)
Top Secret!(1984's The Thing, great movie few went to see)

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

That was a year when even the movies that didn't hit big like everyone thought they would were still amazing theatrical experiences.
 
2020-08-08 8:32:52 PM  
'88 or '84 are the correct answers.
 
2020-08-08 8:33:56 PM  
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Last night:  The Duellists, some very early Ridley Scott, with Keitel and Keith Carradine.  Really enjoyed it.  Up next:  Z



so...many...braids!

/actual thing at the time to help stop blades
 
2020-08-08 8:34:45 PM  

bloobeary: 1984

Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones, and Beverly Hills cop.
Karate Kid, Gremlins, and Spinal Tap.
Top Secret, Neverending Story, and Buckaroo Banzai.
Terminator, Nightmare On Elm Street, and Last Starfighter.
Amadeus, Purple Rain and Footloose.

1984 had it all.


I was about to do some Googling, but no need to now. Nothing can top this.

/I'm pretty sure my Summer was going to include Speed. Without looking up the year and what other movies came out, it just feels like that Summer kicked ass movie-wise for a kid my age.
//Just looked it up, 1994. Pretty insane year for movies as well, especially for a 12 year old, but still doesn't beat 1984.
 
2020-08-08 8:40:25 PM  

FrostbiteFallsMN: Daniel Boone's Farm: 1980

<snip>
Blues Brothers
Airplane
<snip>

Saw both when I was living in the burbs of Chicago.  Blues Brothers - folks were dancing in the aisles to the musical numbers and the theater was full.

Airplane - saw it with a good friend who's a pilot with his own plane at the time.  He burst out laughing twice in the movie: first with the sound of the plane flying (props vs. jet) and the second when Striker was in the cockpit going over the controls.  (Possibly "Choke?")  Good memories


I saw it at a packed theater at Woodfield in Schaumburg. The entire place was doubled over with laughter. Never forget it.
 
2020-08-08 8:41:05 PM  

SecretAgentWoman: I said 1982, twas on the list, I'm off.


How's the chickens doing?...
 
2020-08-08 8:51:02 PM  
Can't believe no mention of 1988 yet.  Some inferior sequels that were huge at the time (Back to the Future 2, Ghostbusters 2) plus some legitimately great movies (Do The Right Thing, When Harry Met Sally, IJ and Last Crusade, lots more).  And Batman of course

https://www.boxofficemojo.com/year/19​8​9/
 
2020-08-08 8:58:10 PM  

FrostbiteFallsMN: Blues Brothers - folks were dancing in the aisles to the musical numbers and the theater was full.



How I yearn for a cinema experience like that, with the audience so involved.
 
2020-08-08 9:05:23 PM  

Naido: Can't believe no mention of 1988 yet.  Some inferior sequels that were huge at the time (Back to the Future 2, Ghostbusters 2) plus some legitimately great movies (Do The Right Thing, When Harry Met Sally, IJ and Last Crusade, lots more).  And Batman of course

https://www.boxofficemojo.com/year/198​9/


Batman was arguably the first modern blockbuster, where it was conceived to be bigger than Jesus instead of someone's working on this movie and the studio decides it looks promising and puts some effort into marketing.
 
2020-08-08 9:13:12 PM  

whatshisname: 1977.
Jaws and Star Wars in the same year. Although My friend Dave spoiled some of Jaws for me.


Jaws was '75.
 
2020-08-08 10:00:13 PM  

Trainspotr: Summer of 1993 wasn't too bad. Menace II Society, Cliffhanger, Jurassic Park, The Firm, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, So I Married an Axe Murderer and The Fugitive all came out May-August. 

True Romance and Dazed and Confused in September.

Although February was arguably the best month that year: Groundhog Day, Army Of Darkness, El Mariachi and Falling Down.


Ahem. You're forgetting Super Mario Brothers.

Joking aside, 93 was it for me just because Jurassic Park. I was 8-9 and it was just the coolest goddamn thing I'd ever seen.

Btw, I really wasexcited for SMB, but I'm glad we waited for a rental on that one.
 
2020-08-08 10:07:13 PM  
1989 is pretty impressive

Lethal Weapon 2, Batman, Field of Dreams, Pet Semetary, Major League, Dead Calm, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Look Who's Talking, Dead Poets Society, Back to the Future 2, Born on the Fourth of July, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, The Little Mermaid, Ghostbusters 2, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Roadhouse, When Harry Met Sally, Casualties of War, Steel Magnolias, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Driving Miss Daisy, Glory, The Abyss, and UHF.
 
2020-08-08 10:13:48 PM  
Yeah, I'm actually shocked that '89 isn't on the list.
 
2020-08-08 10:31:07 PM  

bloobeary: 1984

Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones, and Beverly Hills cop.
Karate Kid, Gremlins, and Spinal Tap.
Top Secret, Neverending Story, and Buckaroo Banzai.
Terminator, Nightmare On Elm Street, and Last Starfighter.
Amadeus, Purple Rain and Footloose.

1984 had it all.


It was a great year to turn 17.
 
2020-08-08 11:43:09 PM  
Gotta go with 1984 too.

1999 as well. The Matrix, Galaxy Quest, The Phantom Menace, Office Space, Fight Club, Sleepy Hollow, The World is Not Enough, Deep Blue Sea, American Pie, Dogma, The Mummy, The Sixth Sense, The Blair With Project, The Iron Giant, Toy Story 2, The Boondock Saints, The Green Mile
 
2020-08-09 1:02:18 AM  
I got my first real six-string, bought it at the five-and-dime Played it 'til my fingers bled, Was the summer of '69
 
2020-08-09 2:15:43 AM  
I'm sure better summers existed, but I remember independence day quite vividly. Only movie I went to twice.
 
2020-08-09 3:11:52 AM  

OpenXor: Yeah, I'm actually shocked that '89 isn't on the list.


'89 is the summer.  Article fails without it.
 
2020-08-09 5:08:13 AM  
It's 1988.

Top 10:
1 Rain Man
2 Who Framed Roger Rabbit
3 Coming to America
4 Crocodile Dundee II
5 Twins
6 Rambo III
7 A Fish Called Wanda
8 Cocktail
9 Big
10 Die Hard

Honorable Mentions:The Last Temptation of Christ, Beetlejuice, The Presidio, Biloxi Blues, Dangerous Liaisons, Working Girl, Gorillas in the Mist, Stand and Deliver, Colors, The Accused, Mississippi Burning, Bull Durham, The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Married to the Mob, The Last Emperor, Hairspray, Tucker, Midnight Run, The Accidental Tourist, Running on Empty, The Milagro Beanfield War, Mystic Pizza, Willow, Action Jackson, Bloodsport, Frantic, Bright Lights, Big City, Eight Men Out, Bird, Cop, Alien Nation, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, U2: Rattle and Hum, Scrooged, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, I'm Gonna Git You Sucka

Bonus Anime:
Akira
My Neighbor Totoro
Grave of the Fireflies
 
2020-08-09 7:35:50 AM  
In 1984, my dad made me go out and run errands with him on Saturday, like he always did.

Only this time, we went to the movie theater and watched Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Thanks, Dad.
 
2020-08-09 8:34:26 AM  
1999 for me. Summer after finishing freshman year of college, so the nostalgia is deep.

Blair witch project
The matrix
Mystery men
Star wars episode 1
South Park
Summer of Sam
American pie
Bowfinger
13th warrior
Fight Club (came out in the fall)
 
2020-08-09 11:44:00 AM  

Dear Jerk: Dahnkster: 1939.   It is considered by many to be Hollywood's greatest year.

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We, as a nation, became John Wayne after 1939. It's a shame about what might have been.


Can't even have a thread about great summertime movies without the America bashing. Give it a rest, edge boy.
 
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