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The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend

Updated July 6, 2020 4.3k votes 335 voters 11.4k views59 items

List RulesMovies released over the July 4th holiday.

What are the best movies released over the July 4th weekend? Movies that came out over the Independence Day weekend include a lot of major blockbusters. Films that get a July fourth release are big: Think 'Transformers,' Spider-Man 2' and pretty much any film starring Will Smith. Movie studios know that by early-July, movie goers are craving some epic movie entertainment, and in recent years, they've definitely delivered. Vote for the July 4th movie releases you loved the most, vote down any you thought were duds and feel free to re-rank these films in any order you want.

Over the past couple of decades, more and more major films have gotten July 4th weekend release dates. Why? Because, quite frankly, long holiday weekends are perfect for movie goers. Need proof? Check out this list of some of the best movies released on Christmas Day. People looking for an escape from the Independence Day festivities (and probably the heat) are more than happy to sit back and relax in a cool, dark theater and be totally swept away for a few hours by a great film. 2012's summer blockbusters included 'The Amazing Spider-Man,' which was released on July 3, 2012.

How many movies about July 4th have actually come out over the July 4th weekend? Actually, just one, but it's a biggie: the Will Smith sci-fi/action movie 'Independence Day' was released on July 3, 1996, and wound up grossing more than $50 million in its opening weekend. Several other Will Smith movies are on this list, including 'Men in Black' and 'Men in Black II,' 'Hancock' and 'Wild Wild West.' For a time, the man seriously ruled the Fourth of July when it came to movie releases.

Highly anticipated 2013 summer movie releases due out in early July included 'Despicable Me 2' and Disney's 'The Lone Ranger,' so it seems, at least for now, this trend towards huge Independence Day movie releases will continue.
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  • 1

    The Amazing Spider-Man

    Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone
    124
    36

    Released2012

    Directed byMarc Webb

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    Back to the Future

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd
    120
    43

    Released1985

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

  • 3

    War of the Worlds

    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman
    105
    35

    Released2005

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

  • 4

    South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

    George Clooney, Minnie Driver
    106
    38

    Released1999

    Directed byTrey Parker

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    Transformers: Dark of the Moon

    Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Shia LaBeouf
    54
    22

    Released2011

    Directed byMichael Bay

  • 6

    Apollo 13

    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard
    60
    31

    Released1995

    Directed byRon Howard

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    Public Enemies

    Johnny Depp, Christian Bale
    49
    20

    Released2009

    Directed byMichael Mann

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    Phenomenon

    John Travolta, Robert Duvall
    47
    19

    Released1996

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

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    Spider-Man 2

    Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst
    53
    34

    Released2004

    Directed bySam Raimi

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    Despicable Me 2

    Russell Brand, Steve Carell
    35
    16

    Released2013

    Directed byPierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

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    The Lone Ranger

    Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter
    39
    25

    Released2013

    Directed byGore Verbinski

  • 12

    Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde

    Reese Witherspoon, Sally Field
    35
    21

    Released2003

    Directed byCharles Herman-Wurmfeld

  • 13

    The Patriot

    Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger
    42
    30

    Released2000

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

  • 14

    Independence Day

    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum
    88
    86

    Released1996

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

  • 15

    Armageddon

    Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis
    38
    26

    Released1998

    Directed byMichael Bay

  • 16

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong
    84
    85

    Released1991

    Directed byJames Cameron

  • 17

    Men in Black II

    Michael Jackson, Will Smith
    41
    34

    Released2002

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

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    The Way, Way Back

    Steve Carell, Amanda Peet
    27
    17

    Released2013

    Directed byJim Rash, Nat Faxon

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    Baby's Day Out

    Cynthia Nixon, Lara Flynn Boyle
    27
    19

    Released1994

    Directed byPatrick Read Johnson

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    Scary Movie 2

    Anna Faris, Tim Curry
    25
    16

    Released2001

    Directed byKeenen Ivory Wayans

  • 21

    Transformers

    Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf
    44
    40

    Released2007

    Directed byMichael Bay

  • 22

    Men in Black

    Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones
    85
    95

    Released1997

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

  • 23

    The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle

    Robert De Niro, Whoopi Goldberg
    24
    17

    Released2000

    Directed byDes McAnuff

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    Summer of Sam

    Mira Sorvino, Jennifer Esposito
    21
    15

    Released1999

    Directed bySpike Lee

  • 25
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    Like Mike

    Brenda Song, Jimmy Kimmel
    22
    18

    Released2002

    Directed byJohn Schultz