Our 25 Favourite Summer Blockbusters of the 1990s

By Germain Lussier on at

For the first time in most of our lifetimes, your local movie theater won’t have a summer blockbuster season. The covid-19 pandemic took care of that, pushing most of the big-budget popcorn films scheduled for this year’s summer months into fall, spring, or even next summer. Since we can’t enjoy summer blockbusters cinemas this year, we’re taking it as an opportunity to remember the great summer films of the past.

We’re going decade by decade, starting with the ‘80s, and now moving onto the ‘90s, arguably the most formative decade in terms of summer blockbusters ever. Before we get to the list, a few things to remember. First, we’re Gizmodo – we cover sci-fi, fantasy, and horror movies. So Speed? The Rock? Apollo 13? Not eligible. Second, we qualified “summer” as any film with a release date between May 1 and August 31. Third, we’re ranking these rather loosely, taking into account not just their quality, but their immediate cultural impact as well as long-term staying power. Films that were regarded highly then and still stand the test of time rank higher than a film that bombed upon release and later enjoyed success.

To start, here are a few other films released during that time that we considered but ultimately did not make this list: Back to the Future Part III, Darkman, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, Universal Soldier, Cool World, Honey I Blew Up the Kid, The Crow, Waterworld, Mortal Kombat, Last Action Hero, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Austin Powers, The Lost World, Desperado, The Craft, Deep Impact, Godzilla, Mulan, The X-Files, Blade, The Mummy, and Wild Wild West. That’s ridiculous, right? So many good (or at least memorable) movies. Check out what did make the cut below.