What’s Your Favorite Movie Blockbuster?

Even though summer isn’t here for almost a month, the summer movie season is already upon us. With The Avengers currently breaking all sorts of records, I thought it might be fun to see what your favorite blockbusters were.

Jaws? Star Wars? Titanic? Avatar? Which cinematic blockbuster did you find yourself returning to, and why? Let me know in the comments!

  • Tito Pannaggi

    I have two; “Windjammer – The Voyage of Chritian Radich” (Louis De Rochemont III + Bill Colleran 1958) and “South Pacific” (Joshua Logan 1958).

    • Claude Bedell

       I completely agree on Windjammer. During OpSail in 1976, the Christian Radich was at the South Street Seaport in Manhattan and I went on a tour of it. That was fascinating. I also agree on South Pacific. I’ve seen that about 20 times.

  • Ales

    Loved Independence Day.

  • Turtle445

    JAWS gripped the nation and had everyone looking over their shoulders at the beach!  Great acting and action

  • Bonnerace

    JAWS.  For the time it came from, great.  RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK: one of my all-time favorites.  I’ve never seen a reaction from an audience to what seemed to be a straight adventure film.  Last, AVATAR.  UNBELIEVABLE in a lot of different ways.  I’ve never seen a modern film that kept my attention/interest as much as it does.  Looking forward to the sequels.

  • rnbw

    The original Star Wars (1977) and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

  • Kentgravett

    Lawrence of Arabia

  • Chris

    Jaws.  Not only did it cause me to jump in my seat but repeated viewing clued me in on how a director works, how an editor works, etc.
    Side note:  One year my wife wanted to go to D.C to visit her brother and his family and then go to Boston for a SF convention.  I initially said no because we couldn’t afford it.  But, then, one day when she was at work, I was watching Jaws on TV and remembered that it was filmed on Martha’s Vineyard, which is just a short distance from Boston.  I called her to tell her that we were going after all-expense be damned- and after the con, i was taking her to Martha’s Vineyard for 3 days.  She thought it was so romantic until I said, “That’s where they filmed Jaws!”

  • Valsmail

    The first one I remember really well was An American in Paris…the next really big one for me was Raiders of the Lost Ark…so much to see you had to go multiple times to get it all.

  • Steve in Sacramento

    Like a lot of fans, I’ve soured quite a bit on the whole Star Wars empire… but I’ll still go with the original STAR WARS as my favorite, followed closely by RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (as a couple of other people here reminded me), and, yes, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. Also, BEN-HUR is a personal all-time fave of mine, even if it came out long before the now-traditional “blockbuster” phenomenon began (?).

  • luigi from NYC

    Tthe 1st Cinerama Production — THIS  IS  CINERAMA —
    Premiered in 1952 @ the Broadway Theatre –
    in Upper Times Square — Manhattan
    30 Sept 1952 —

    i saw it in December 1952
    during the Christmas Recess –
    i was 14 at the time —

    over its 2 year run — i viewed it 6 more times –

    FOR  THOSE  INTERESTED  !

    go to Youtube –
    Carefully type these 4 words –
    in the Youtube Search Box –

    This Is Cinerama Trailer

    you’ll get an idea as to what   CINERAMA   was like –

    Ligi From NYC

     

  • Brygolf

    towering inferno

  • Brygolf

    towering inferno

  • Movie Fan

    “The Exorcist” with Linda Blair…The first three “Alien” movies…The original “Poseidon Adventure”…”The Magnificent Seven.” Not perfect movies, but fantastic in the way they drew me in and made me forget I was sitting in a movie theater.

  • anonymous

    AVATAR is by far the most compelling and beautiful of the action blockbusters. I have seen it now 7 times and never tire of it.
    BEN HUR is second. The Heston version.
    Never liked the STAR WARS franchise………nor a Trecki person.

  • Trystan

    The wonderful “DOCTOR ZHIVAGO”, without a doubt!

    • anonymous

      Can’t get past that the plot was about a man commiting adultry. Can try to glorify it all you can but still he was sleeping around and cheating on his wife and the woman was just as bad. 

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/WQ2BSTMDEES4RIKGT4ECSVRE5I Whirlpooloff

        If I had two chicks like that interested in me, I’d be sleeping around too.  Loosen up!

  • Bjodrie

    I liked Pearl Harbor.

  • bryankr

    Pearl Harbor was really good! Star Wars, I loved! The Patriot, loved that one also!

  • Leonsagrav

    Ben Hur. The very best!

  • Wayne P.

    Does anyone else think Gone with the Wind was the first true blockbuster?  At about 4 hrs. long and because of its epic scope it should at least be considered…of course, am not sure what time of the year in 1939 it actually was released, but that shouldnt matter since the topic didnt limit us to summer!

  • Josephr40

    Laurence of Arabia

  • Csandeaux

    West Side Story is my favorite blockbuster. I love also Gone with Wind.

  • billgrove57

    I agree with rnbw. Those two knocked me out the first time I saw them. FANTASTIC!!!!!!

  • Hlynnknits

    Jaws for sure!

  • Ptallent

    Great Escape James Garner/Steve McQueen and others and Longest Day with everyone 

  • C Lupton

    E.T. – not the best, but the one I saw 11 times in the summer of 1982. Maybe it was the era, maybe my point in life, but I’ve never seen any movie in theaters that often 

  • YR

    The Godfather

  • Gary Vidmar

    JAWS was probably the most influential summer blockbuster of all time, particularly for the industry.  THE EXORCIST was a Christmas blockbuster almost as phenomenal. 
    GONE WITH THE WIND was probably the most anticipated and enduring blockbuster in the first hundred years of cinema.

  • Beansarelli

    Guess mine would have to be Jurassic Park.  The roar of the TRex was so loud I could feel it rumbling in my chest.  Effects were awesome (though the people in the movie were barely tolerable).  The dinosaurs were amazing.

  • Papajohn92649

    Breaker Morant…………….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sageaqua

    Disney’s Snow White, It was the second talky in a fully animated film, but I grow up thinking it was the first. It did for animation what few films have been able to do since. It got the audience to fear for a cartoon character. Now that’s impressive. Going to Slow White during the depression at a 25 cent each ticket and the film doing well enough to pay for Disney Land. I’ve got to give the prize to Snow White.

  • Wade

    Lawrence of Arabia and Dr Zhivago  both great David Lean movies

  • Roger Lynn

    The Towering Inferno,and The Poseidon Adventure were bot awesome and spectacular

  • Feuerbob

    star wars just like everybody else in 1977

  • Magman

    I liked Dirty Dancing and Rocky as my favorite Blockbusters. The reason being is that both films did not get support from the studios and were not even projected to be sucessful until they were released.
    Goes to show the big studios aren’t always right as to what the public likes. 

  • Publius

    This is a hard one to answer since I have so many favorites to choose from.  I guess “Gone With The Wind,” will always be a favorite because I liked the way history is weaved into the story; “The Sound of Music” I remember seeing in the theatre when I was a boy, and I’ve always loved the film because of the music and the way Robert Wise shot the film.  I always wanted to see Abe Gance’s “Napoleon” because I hear it was a gem of a widescreen theatre experience.  I don’t know if you could call “South Pacific” a blockbuster, but I took it as such and I was intrigued by the lense filters they shot in the picture.

  • jumbybird

    From views, Star Wars… I haven’t even seen Avatar.

  • Debbie

    I liked Psycho
    The Hunt for Red October
    Ben Hur

  • billyboy53

    SPARTACUS,  MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (BRANDO VERSION), LAWRENCE OF ARABIA,  AND OF COURSE GONE WITH THE WIND.

  • Tbone

    star wars it changed the genre

  • SteveInSedona

    The Magnificent Seven.

    “We deal in lead, friend.”

    So many great lines.

  • Bobdog501

    Raiders of the Lost Ark

  • Melkior

    The Matrix.

  • Nana3g

    “Towering Inferno” 

  • Joanie

    The Ten Commandments,West Side Story,King of Kings,Sound of Music,The God Father,and
    The Alamo.

  • R-gordon-7

    Bertolucci’s “The Last Emperor” – The 218
    minute Special Edition version available on the Criterion 4 DVD dox set but sadly & inexcuseably not
    on Criterion’s woefully inadequate Blu-Ray release which contains only the shorter 165 minute version…

  • Nbrawdy

    Jaws,  Truly classic movie and it changed summer films forever.

  • Whp1

    Lawrence of Arabia. I lived for six years in the Middle East and upon returning, I saw Lawrence again and realized how many subtle things were in that movie that I missed entirely the first time! It captured the Arab mind astonishingly well.

  • Hayes1760

    Ben Hur

  • CalifSunshine

    HOW THE WEST WAS WON in Cinerama……so big you felt the water on the rafts
    and the thundering herd of buffalo!!  Great panarama of scenery across the U.S.A.

  • WT

    The blockbuster films that I liked were the ones that I had to wait in line for two hours to get tickets, and I thought that they were worth the wait.  They were Jaws, the Ten Commandments, ET, Steel Magnolias, Friday the 13th, Gone With the Wind, Alien, Aliens, Star Wars trilogy, and the Harry Potter movies.

  • Pacerdad

    Back to the Future!!  JAWS!  Can’t wait for it to come out on Blu-ray!  Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade!  Better than The Temple of Doom.  Batman (1990)!  We stood in line for an hour!  Dances with Wolves.  (I think that one came out in the winter though)!  Stood in line for 2 hours to see it!  All of them are good flicks!!

  • depressed

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind .

  • Nils Goering

    Back when I was a kid, Blockbuster films were major events.  There were ads in the newspapers announcing their arrival weeks before their opening date and you bought your tickets ahead of time as though you were going to a Broadway play.  And, the film(s) only played at one theatre in the area (I think they were called ‘Roadshow Engagements’).  Showings at neighborhood theatres didn’t happen until a month or more after the film’s initial release.  The Big Blockbusters in this era of filmmaking/moviegoing included: THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, BEN HUR, THE ALAMO, SPARTACUS, WEST SIDE STORY, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, MY FAIR LADY, THE SAND PEBBLES and the Cinerama epics THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BROTHER’S GRIMM, HOW THE WEST WAS WON, GRAND PRIX and ICE STATION ZEBRA.  I’m sure there were more but these are the ones I recall.  It was a very special feeling attending one of these events. You felt cool and privileged if you were one of the happy few who saw the film before any of your friends – also, the movie studios prepared elaborate magazine souvenir programs that you could purchase for a nominal fee.  Somewhere between the seventies and now this wonderful way of promoting a film went by the wayside.  The last big blockbuster event that I attended that was released on this scale was the original 1977 release of STAR WARS.  The opening scene with the rumbling of the starship and its appearance on screen with spaceguns blazing remains an unforgettable experience.  It was the last great ‘Blockbuster’ film and moment for me and remains a top favorite.

    • cinemabon

      Back when people read newspapers, large ads would announce – 70mm, stereo or surround sound, exlusive roadshow print, etc. These venues also offered big theaters with large screens and huge auditoriums. Those days will never return. The movie palaces in cities all across America have succumb to the wrecking ball. Seattle, San Francisco, LA, NY, and Chicago have managed to preserve a few of those theaters, but most are gone with the wind.

  • Bigloutexan

    EL CID back in 1961

  • http://www.sowhowins.com/ SimbasGuard

    The Lion King, It just struck an emotional cord with me. I saw it three times in 1994, once in 2003 for it’s I Max release and Five times in 2011 for it’s 3D release. 

  • Trippy Trellis

    GONE WITH THE WIND

  • Jyogis

    Gone With The Wind

  • Trex6981

    The Ten Commandments

  • Carren

    “Fried Green Tomatoes” with its stories of women who were transformed due to a variety of experiences they had gone through. I suspect it reminds me of women in my own life about whom I have tender memories. The other movie I still love to watch if “Mad Hot Ballroom,” another tale of people — this time teachers and their students in NY — who all have the same goal … to be winners in a ballroom dance contest.  Again, the people involved go through experiences that transform them …  And one I enjoy rewatching is “The Alzheimer’s Hit Man” — the American title of a foreign movie which is just what this title says … there is a twist in this man’s life that makes him do a 180. Gee, maybe my choices indicate that I perhaps need to or want to transform myself?? 

  • Jerfilm

    McLintock

  • Joe Burns

    I was a pre-teen in the early 60′s and the first 3 James Bond’s (Dr. No, From Russia With Love, and Goldfinger) swept the nation. There were lines around the block when Goldfinger premiered in Philadelphia. ‘How The West Was Won” was another of my favorites that I saw in the theater for the first time. But my favorites of ALL time, besides all of Bogarts films, have got to be “Kings Row” made in the Forties and ‘The High And The Mighty”. Anyone who says Ronald Reagan and John Wayne couldn’t act has NOT seen these films. John Wayne could project more with a facial expression, than most actors could with 10 pages of dialogue. Movies back then were all about telling a good story.

  • Fbusch

    I have to say that all those listed are great, although for different reasons. Myself being a SiFi nut, think seeing Star Wars 9 times in theaters during the original release, (I ran out of friends to take), and paying $120 for the first VHS release makes my alltime fav. Followed by Close encounters. I still watch the great escape, lawrence, jaws, longest day, and many others often. Here’s one that hit me hard….”Shall we dance?”,just makes you feel good. We all list favs due to personal little things that stick in our minds. (the theme from Mag. seven), The line, Live stem, dead stem,  from sand pebbles, Interesting no one listed the sequels to anything but star wars…. I even like the first 2 pirates of the carribean flicks.

  • Bobby Laguardia

    any beach movie with Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello

  • Franciscerino

    I saw “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World” in Cinerama. I don’t know how many times i’ve seen it since. but I’ll never forget that 1st time. I beleive there are more films, with Mad Mad world cast members in them, than from any other film.  

  • drea

    The Other Side of Midnight 

  • Sjbrpt

    Ben Hur

  • Sjbrpt

    also El Cid, Spartacus

  • Vntgedrumz

    The Guns of Navarone

  • Drday1

    Jaws and The Exocist, I remember waiting in line in NYC until my legs went numb ( 4 hours for the Exorcist ).Frigid cold for the Exorcist and rain for Jaws but the electricity in the air was like no other. It was before the computer driven animation so it was also more about story and acting which is why I love movies. Today, films are full of fancy tricks but acting and story telling suffer. I think the reason a silent film like last year’s The Artist gained so much attention was the acting, yes the acting and the story. It was not a blockbuster but it was my favorite movie last year. I also loved Terminator II. Yes, it was special effects but it made sense to the plot, the time it took place and it was excellent story telling…I mean it had it all.

  • Abbajones05

    The Jerk was one of the funniest movies and the one I use most of the lines in my daily life.

  • Designprose

    The Best Years of Our Lives

  • Karl Albert

      Dr. Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia, To Kill a Mockingbird, Anatomy of a Murder, The Best Years of Our Lives, Grand Prix, South Pacific, 2001: A space Odessey, Jaws, Gone With the Wind

  • Wallyz79

    Meet Joe Black, Star Wars, Big Fish, the Road Warrior, Penny Serenade 

  • Coolul007

    Dr. Zhivago 1st, The boys in Company C, as the best Viet Nam film ever.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MGMkid Michael Smith

    CLEOPATRA 1963 ~  I loved everything about it from the epic drama of its behind the scenes production, “Le Scandal” etc. to seeing it for the first time at the Pantages on Hollywood Blvd. when it opened. It was the end or an era that is for sure. Over the top and fabulous… a real going to the moives expericance that is lost today. Reserved seating, glossy programs, A curtain that opened. NO COMERCIALS! and an overture before the film began. It was an Event.

    • cinemabon

      Someone mentioned on another link to this site about going to films back in their golden era when we went to palaces downtown. If you remember those days, we’re a dying breed, my cinema buff friend. Roadshow prints, 70mm, stereo surround sound, big screens inside huge auditoriums with people who respected one another’s right to silence… oh to get my hands on a time machine!

      • http://www.facebook.com/MGMkid Michael Smith

        You bet Cinemabon. I I grew up in L.A. in the late 50′s and the 60′s. It was really a special thing to go to a roadshow engagement of a new movie. And I forgot to mention that some of those films ran for as long as a year in on theater in Hollywood in those days.

        • cinemabon

          I ran several theaters in LA, used to go to the Pantages, Egyptian, and others on Hollywood Blvd including Tiffany’s up the road on Sunset. Can’t begin to tell you how many times I saw “Star Wars” at Grauman’s or went to the Cinerama Dome. I managed both the Sherman (burned) and the Nu-Art on Santa Monica. My best bud worked for The Hollywood Reporter and called me all the time for premiers at the Bruin and many other venues. That part of LA I will always miss.

  • Farrel

    Dr. Zhivago and the first two Chronicles of Narnia movies.

  • Silkcitycd

    Lawrence of Arabia… for the shear beauty and expansive cinematography juxtaposed against the the incredible performance of Peter O’Toole as T.E. Lawrence…  This film probably STILL explains more about how Arabs came to feel this way about Westerners….

    • cinemabon

      When Lean read “Seven Pillars of Wisdom” he knew he could not possibly make a film from such an epic work of literature. He based the film more on the memoirs of General Allenby, who had befriended and helped Lawrence after he returned to England. Allenby was largely responsible for helping spread the word about mythical “Lawrence of Arabia” and saved the young man from his continued bouts with masochism (Lawrence frequently tried to reinlist and have soldiers beat him as punishment). He lingered in the hospital six days after his motorcycle accident. Prince Faisal was nothing like Alec Guiness. Some described him as a spoiled rich kid who loved to play practical jokes on people. The “arabs” came to resent the US because we supported despots like the Shah of Iran. The film is largely a myth supporting another myth.

  • Ed

    For 2012, my favorite movie blockbuster is “Marvel’s Avengers”,,,BUT “The Dark Knight Rises” is
    coming out in July!

  • CRISSER872

    IN HARMS WAY WITH JOHN WAYNE

  • Jimjig

    “THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD” STARRING ERROL FLYNN HAS NEVER BEEN EQUALED.

  • ALLAN

    THE 1949 HIT, “SAMSON AND DELILAH,” STARRING HEDY LAMARR AND VICTOR MATURE. . .BUT WHY IS IT NO AVAILABLE ON DVD?

  • David

    “Birth of a Nation,” because it invented the concept of “blockbuster.”

  • Charles R. Corradini

    Sparticus-Kirk Douglas-Jean Simmons-Tony Curtis- An absolutely great picture,and a true story.

  • Papabill

    Patton.  George C. Scott captured the man perfectly

  • Disco Kid

    Grease! My eyes must have got as big as saucers when we drove up,walked up and the traffic backed
    up around the corner.must have been a mile at least.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D6GMWU5NQXQQMRXOQFL5ZWANYI Inupiaq

    Blockbusters. Few of my favorite movies have been blockbusters. I suppose I should relish these patches of common ground with fellow moviegoers. Here’s a chance to stand up for good scripts. My first choice would have to be Robert Bolt’s Lawrence of Arabia. Bolt also did A Man for All Seasons and Doctor Zhivago. Then there was Robert Towne’s Chinatown, right? And Bonnie and Clyde, and Greystoke, and that strange adaptation of Tom McGuane’s The Missouri Breaks. But Those weren’t blockbusters, as far as I know, so it must be time to close . .  . .

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003260193137 Kendall Combs

    Jaws & Titanic for sure :) But loved all of the Harry Potter flicks, Instinct, any of the older James Bond–Sir Sean Connery is the Bomb! No one can replace Sean as 007…

  • Nmemcg

    The Godfather

  • Nmemcg

    Other ones…Gone with the Wind, Casablanca.

  • Rheologuy

    I like many of the movies mentioned already, but not sure all are in the “Blockbuster” category.  Maybe some of mine aren’t either.  The movies with the biggest impact for me (and my children and teenage grandchildren!) was the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  Das Boot, Lawrence of Arabia and Spartacus maybe next most memorable.  Bridge on the River Kwai, Ben Hur, Wizard of Oz, Empire of the Sun, Mad, Mad, Mad World, GWTW, etc. etc.

  • Tico

    Sound of Music and Casablanca are hands down my most memorable movie events!!  Most others are movies I saw sometime ago…

  • Steve_Hartman

    Mine wasn’t a blockbuster; but I have seen if more than 30 times and it is, without a doubt, my all-time favorite.  From the 60′s – To Sir With Love, starring Sydney Portier. 
     

  • Pete

    You Only Live Twice – If only for the great line “I will personally look forward to liquidating you, Mr. Bond.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carolyn-Ferrante/100000671220210 Carolyn Ferrante

    “Jaws” — an unexpected blockbuster.  It was released as a summer fill-in movie…and “West Side Story.”  When you’re a Jet, you’re a Jet all the way…

  • Ravndlp

    E.T.  That was our favorite Blockbuster.

  • Geoff Moore

    Been trying to get a good copy of “Strong Medicine” mini-Series starring Patrick Duffy, Sam Neal, Dick Van Dyke and Pamela Sue Martin. Any Arthur Hailey Movie is a goer I have Hotel be good to see Airport etc on DVD Region1 or 2 or 4 is good preferably with SUbtitles that work for Region 2 and 4 thanks.

  • Chris

    Lawrence of Arabia.

  • Janet

    Hands down “The Godfather”.

  • Sandythejedi

    The Star Wars Saga! It relates to todays world and beyond. It primary deals with Good vs. Evil. It shows how one was for the good of all mankind and because of his lust for power, becomes the very evil that he has sworn to protect against. A fall from grace, as you will. a great film series. It does have a quite of bit of a religious theme within the film base.

  • Mike Wilkinson

    i would say dumb and dumberer with eric christian olsen. great movie. he is one of my favorite actors.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Susan-Woods/100000090516059 Susan Woods

    Without a doubt, it’s AVATAR!!!  Nothing else can compare.  Greed against innocense.  And the good guys win!!!

  • Stanleyginsberg

    My favorite, AND BEST film of all time is “Paths of Glory” 1957. It is directed by
    Stanley Kubrick and stars Kirk Douglas. I love it because of the great acting,
    writing and direction, and not because it is an anti-war film.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Elwood-Ballard/100003346114625 Elwood Ballard

    Lord of the Rings, X-Men, The Matrix,Resident Evil, Transformers, and anything with John Wayne or Steven Seagal.

  • West Winds

    Oh, gosh… I’m all over the board on this one: LOTR, Cleopatra (1963), Godfather Parts I and II (I didn’t care for Part III), Harry Potter (the first installment). And then there are my non BB’s: The World of Suzy Wong, Flower Drum Song, Pirates of the Caribbean; On Stranger Tides, Frenchman’s Creek (Fontain/DeCordova), any and all costume pirate stories (especially if they are done realistically with lots of different types of ships), and British mystery stories from the 1930′s and 1940′s. Oh, and Ronald Howard 38 installment series of Sherlock Holmes, and anything Basil Rathbone (especially with Nigel Bruce). I could go on and on; I just love movies (minus the commercials).

  • C Dale

    Nobodys mentioned   “3 days of the condor”.  It was exciting, believable, suspensful and very well done.

  • Michaelslight2000

    CLEOPATRA WITH ELIZABETH TAYLOR!

  • alanalanmustang

    Zulu

  • Johnny Sherman

    Star Wars and The Godfather !

  • Jamescrawford8

    We are talking blockbusters here ar’nt we?  Lawrence of Arabia : Zulu: Dr. Zhivago: Tora Tora Tora:  What about those?

    • Bearcasey

      Good taste! I own all of those.  Have watched them all 10+ times, Zhivago 25+ (I taught Russian history.)

  • Danimolifua

    How can you not mention The Ten Commandments!

  • Grumpywas2

    Well you said blockbuster, so it has to be Saving Private Ryan.  But I wouldnt have a movie collection without Young Frankenstein or The Princess Bride or some Marx Brothers.

  • cinemabon

    Although many films have brought huge lines to their openings, the term “blockbuster” was first used in the printed press for the 1973 film “The Exorcist.” While 1974 had many great films, the term was not used again until 1976′s huge blockbuster hit, “Jaws” which broke all records at the time. Since then, any movie that has sell out crowds is termed blockbuster, but it was first intended to imply a film so big, so phenomenal that it took the world by storm and became a lexicon for that year, such as other films that have followed – ET, Star Wars, Batman, Silence of the Lambs, Titantic, Lord of the Rings, etc.

  • Nancy

    Ben Hur!

  • wadams

    Time Share

  • Kenneth Morgan

    “Star Wars”, all the way.  While I like all six of the movies (seven, if you count “Clone Wars’, which I do), I have to admit I like the original best.

  • Fireandspice

    Tobacco Road

  • Elizabeth

    Jurassic Park easily my favourite.  It was a completely different film to anything previously made.

  • Sageaqua

    Jurassic Park very well done, but if you liked that you should also see  The Valley Of The Gwangi, King Kong – any or all of them and the 50’s and 60’ dinosaur creature films. All of them are fun. They may not be blockbusters – the first King Kong was. But they have their moments. Just a note about Jurassic Park, I found the movement and timing of the creatures off, but the detail was well done.

    • Elizabeth

      I think I have seen every dinosaur movie ever made including the 1925 movie of The Lost World. I have also seen the King Kong Movies and all The Godzilla movies. I especially loved Journey to The Centre of The World with Pat Boone & James Mason. Jurassic Park really made dinosaurs popular and started a new trend in Dinosaur movies.

  • Burt

    A Clockwork Orange… that was before cgi and the way movies were really made.

  • Big Fun

    Yeah it’s true, the first three Star Wars movies were good. I mean the real first three. 

  • Lisa Grove

    Blockbuster or not ~ the only movie I stood in a long line to see was THE EXORCIST.

  • Phil

    OMG, theres so many of them my choice would be Ten Commandments, Titanic, Saving Pvt. Ryan, Forest Gump, Red October, Crimson Tide, the 1st Ailen, The Mummy, Tears of The Sun, and all of the Die Hards !

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PODTFFPVEUXYHXVGNS5G5FWKGI DIRK

    THE TOWERING INFERNO! That Cast!!!  Or THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE (1972) or those Sens-o-Round Movies: EARTHQUAKE!!! Nothing like it!! Fun

  • Frank

    “The Egyptian” (1954) Victor Mature, Gene Tierney, etc.

    • Bearcasey

      I absolutely LOVE this movie.  I used it in my world history classes, so I’ve probably seen it 50-100 times.

  • DaniKate1

    My favorite  Ben Hur

  • Rwmacevoy

    Spartacus – Kirk Douglas showed real courage using a blacklisted screenwriter and not hiding that fact.

    • Wayne P.

      Kubrick was the master director that made this one work so well…look at the variation in his filmography…The Killing, Paths to Glory, Spartacus, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon and Full Metal Jacket, among others!

  • Fr22

    Casablanca

  • Jhong Dhu

    HAVE ROCKET WILL TRAVEL – Epic adventure Genius comedy Timeless entertainment 

  • rogerscorpion

     Lawrence of Arabia. The cinematography is breathtaking. Peter O’Toole’s searing performance was rated #1 of the 100 Greatest Film Performances, by Premiere Magazine. It MUST be seen in widescreen

  • rogerscorpion

     Lawrence of Arabia. The cinematography is breathtaking. It MUST be seen in widescreen, & Peter O’Toole’s searing performance was chosen as Premiere Magazine’s greatest film performance ever.

  • rogerscorpion

    No question. Lawrence of Arabia. The cinematography will take your breath. ( It MUST be seen in widescreen!) Peter O’Toole’s searing performance was chosen by Premiere Magazine as THE greatest film performance ever.

  • Oldeparse

    “Raiders of the lost ark”

  • eriksuperman

    My favorites are the Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter’s and,
    of course, my all time favorite Casablanca! 
    I saw the Blu-Ray remake last year, but there’s just something about the old,
    grainy version that lends an air of authenticity to the time period and Bogart’s
    panache!  I don’t get much to the theaters anymore, due to the price of
    tickets and all the pop-films coming out lately, but I found a cool way to get
    my movie fix for a lot less money.  I have Dish, and with the Blockbuster
    @ home movie package I get over 100,000 movies, games and TV shows!  I can
    get them by mail, at a BB store or streaming live, and when a Dish coworker
    told me it cost less per month than Netflix I switched over asap!  It’s
    fun browsing and seeing a lot of the new films alongside the old classics!

  • patti5979

    Lord of the Rings, Star Wars movies with Harrison Ford and, of course, Harrison’s Indiana Jones movies, Avatar (not a series of movies, yet anyway, but I thought it was a beautiful to look at movie), the Mummy movies with Brendan Fraser, Lawrence of Arabia, Dr. Zhivago, Juriassic Park, Spartacus.

  • Craig

    EL CID. Charlton Heston, Sophia Loren.

  • victor0630

    Ben Hur, Gladiator. Spartacus.

  • Jparana

    Star Wars (original Trilogy), Lord of the Rings (Trilogy), Titanic, Avatar, Avengers, Harry Potter (1-4, not a fan of David Yates), Indiana Jones (first 3), Die Hard (1&2), Secret of my Success, E.T. and others.  I only included films that I saw on the big screen, there are many more (older than E.T. and Star Wars) that I have only seen on TV

  • Isis

    My personal favorite ~ “E.T.”

  • John

    Jaws. When I was young, my dad had a fishing boat in New Jersey. Jaws was so realistic to me because it captures the feel of the fisherman & the whole atmosphere of that way of life. And also the music is so great, the actors, and of course the great white shark!

  • Judy Lynn

    Titanic and Pirates of the Caribbean.

  • ALLAN

    Without a doubt, SAMSON AND DELILAH. . .”No man leaves Delilah!  (who would want to?)

  • Susan

    In its day is was a blockbuster. Partly for its romantic and layered story lines, A Summer Place was the perfect summer portrayal of forbidden love for attractive parental people as well as young people. It was visually perfectly filmed along beautiful beaches and within wealthy settings. The actors were at their stunningly best as the participants of what were then shocking affairs. Dorothy McGuire and Richard Egan were believable as a middle aged adulterous lovers. And Sandra Dee and Troy Donohue couldn’t have been a more desirable pair of teenaged victims of romantic hormonal overload. All four of them were achingly sad, joyous, wrong and right for their audiences. But the whole movie package was tied together by one of the most memorable music themes ever written. The theme of A Summer Place will project any female of that era into a summer reverie, that stops her in traffic, doing laundry, cooking a roast, changing a diaper or even holding hands with her beloved. For the three minutes that Percy Faith rendition plays, a lady fan of that day is young, warm and intensely in love with summer.

  • http://twitter.com/LarryCox6 Larry Cox

    I know my fav blockbuster is as corny as central Iowa, but I still like The Greatest Show on Earth, mainly for the big finale when Betty Hutton kicks ass and pulls the trainwrecked circus together and leads the parade through Sarasota and puts on the big show outside and the the last shot is of the turning wagon wheel and the music track blares “Hurray for the Circus.”

  • SMedlock

    The godfather, best ever

  • http://www.facebook.com/ron.thomas.58 Ron Thomas

    ma  and  pa  kettle

  • Carolyn E Naclerio

    The Lord of the Rings (Trilogy) and all the Harry Potter movies

  • Jim

    EL Cid, Ben-Hur, & Star Wars

  • Sanders_mike25

    Battle LA, Titanic, the Godfather trilogy, Goodfellas, Avatar, Saving Private Ryan, The Thin Red Line, Jurassic Park, Prometheaus, Million Dollar Baby, and Gladiator – all favorites and ones that I watch repeatedly.

  • Barryfleckmann

    “The Godfather” (1972).

  • Genraymel

    Jaws,Jurassic Park, All the Indiana Jones Movies,Titanic

  • Dilen2

    Top Gun.

    • Tito Pannaggi

      When I was young in the 50s I so too many
      Air-force films so I didn’t car to see another.

      Sorry,

  • Fbusch

    The first 3 starwars films, Lawrence of arabia, King Kong 1933, Them, Ben Hur, The longest Day, Jaws, Jurassic park, Any Harrison Fordfilms, Gladiator, Lord of the Rings trilogy, red october, Saving Pvt. Ryan, (very painful to me),Avatar, (the best cowboy western I’ve seen in a long time), Grendan Freasera Mummy series,many others as found, and oh yeah, Casablanca, Casablanca, Casablanca. Even a little flick called Key Largo. Guess I should just say all Bogy flicks!