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List Rules Movies 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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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Back to the Future Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson Back to the Future is a 1985 American comic science fiction film. It was directed by Robert Zemeckis, written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale, produced by Steven Spielberg, and stars Michael J. Fox, ...more

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a 1991 American science fiction action thriller film written, produced and directed by James Cameron. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert ...more

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Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Men in Black Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg Men in Black is a 1997 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, produced by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald and starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. ...more

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Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Independence Day Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox Independence Day is a 1996 American science fiction disaster film co-written and directed by Roland Emmerich. The film stars Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, ...more

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Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Apollo 13 Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris Apollo 13 is a 1995 American historical docudrama film directed by Ron Howard. The film stars Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, and Ed Harris. The screenplay by William Broyles, ...more

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Spider-Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Spider-Man 2 Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, James Franco Spider-Man 2 is a 2004 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi and written by Alvin Sargent from a story by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, and Michael Chabon. The sequel to the 2002 film ...more

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Coming to America is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Logan2011 added Coming to America Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones Coming to America is a 1988 American comedy film directed by John Landis, and based on a story originally created by Eddie Murphy, who also starred in the lead role. The film also co-stars ...more

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Die Hard 2 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Die Hard 2 Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo, Dennis Franz Die Hard 2 is a 1990 American action film and the second in the Die Hard film series. It was released on July 4, 1990. The film was directed by Renny Harlin, and stars Bruce Willis as John ...more

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A League of Their Own is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
A League of Their Own Madonna, Tom Hanks, Rosie O'Donnell A League of Their Own is a 1992 American comedy-drama film that tells a fictionalized account of the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Directed by Penny Marshall, the ...more

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The Patriot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
The Patriot Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman The Patriot is a 2000 film directed by Roland Emmerich.

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Despicable Me 2 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
carlybobarly added Despicable Me 2 Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig Despicable Me 2 is a 2013 computer animated comedy film written by Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul.

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The Amazing Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
The Amazing Spider-Man Emma Stone, Sally Field, Martin Sheen Production on Spiderman 4 was halted in January 2010 and will be revamped as a new project. It is rumored to be a 3D film - and it is also rumored to not be called Spiderman 4. Marc Webb is the ...more

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Transformers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Transformers Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Odette Annable Transformers is a 2007 American science fiction action film based on the Transformers toy line. The film, which combines computer animation with live-action, is directed by Michael Bay, with ...more

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Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Armageddon Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler Armageddon is a 1998 American science fiction disaster thriller film, directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and released by Touchstone Pictures. The film follows a group of ...more

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War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
War of the Worlds Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum War of the Worlds is a 2005 American epic science fiction disaster film and a loose adaptation of H. G. Wells's novel The War of the Worlds, directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Josh ...more

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Men in Black II is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Men in Black II Michael Jackson, Will Smith, Rosario Dawson Men in Black II is a 2002 American science fiction action spy comedy film starring both Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. The film also stars Lara Flynn Boyle, Johnny Knoxville, Rosario Dawson, ...more

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South Park: Bigger, Longer & U... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut George Clooney, Minnie Driver, Isaac Hayes South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut is a 1999 American adult animated satirical musical comedy film based on the animated television series South Park, and produced, co-written by and ...more

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The Perfect Storm is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
The Perfect Storm George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane The Perfect Storm is a 2000 American biographical disaster drama film directed by Wolfgang Petersen. It is an adaptation of the 1997 non-fiction book of the same title by Sebastian Junger, which ...more

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The Devil Wears Prada is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
The Devil Wears Prada Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum, Meryl Streep The Devil Wears Prada is a 2006 comedy-drama film based on Lauren Weisberger's 2003 novel of the same name. This screen adaptation stars Anne Hathaway as Andrea Sachs, a college graduate who ...more

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Hancock is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Hancock Charlize Theron, Will Smith, Jason Bateman Hancock, formerly known as John Hancock and Tonight, He Comes, is an superhero film directed by Peter Berg and starring Will Smith, Jason Bateman and Charlize Theron. The story was originally ...more

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Cats & Dogs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Cats & Dogs Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, Jeff Goldblum Cats & Dogs is a 2001 American-Australian action-comedy film, directed by Lawrence Guterman. The screenplay by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra centers on the relationships between cats and ...more

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The Firm is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
The Firm Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Gary Busey The Firm is a 1993 American legal thriller film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter, Hal Holbrook, and David Strathairn. ...more

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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is a 2009 American 3-D computer animated comedy adventure film, and the third installment in the Ice Age series. It was produced by Blue Sky Studios and ...more

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Big Trouble in Little China is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Big Trouble in Little China Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, John Carpenter Big Trouble in Little China is a 1986 American action film directed by John Carpenter, and starring Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun and James Hong. The film was released in the United ...more

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Adventures in Babysitting is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Adventures in Babysitting Elisabeth Shue, Vincent D'Onofrio, Penelope Ann Miller Adventures in Babysitting is a 1987 American comedy film written by David Simkins, directed by Chris Columbus, and starring Elisabeth Shue, Maia Brewton, Keith Coogan, Anthony Rapp, Penelope Ann ...more

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Superman Returns is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Logan2011 added Superman Returns Marlon Brando, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth Superman Returns is a 2006 American superhero film directed and produced by Bryan Singer. It is based on the DC Comics character Superman and serves as an homage sequel to the motion pictures ...more

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Phenomenon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Logan2011 added Phenomenon John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Kyra Sedgwick Phenomenon is a 1996 American romantic fantasy drama film directed by Jon Turteltaub, written by Gerald Di Pego, and starring John Travolta, Kyra Sedgwick, Forest Whitaker, Robert Duvall, and ...more

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Innerspace is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Logan2011 added Innerspace Meg Ryan, Dennis Quaid, Martin Short Innerspace is a 1987 science fiction comedy film directed by Joe Dante and produced by Michael Finnell. Steven Spielberg served as executive producer. The film was inspired by the 1966 science ...more

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Terminator 3: Rise of the Mach... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Arnold Schwarzenegger, Claire Danes, Kristanna Loken Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is a 2003 American science fiction action film, directed by Jonathan Mostow and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes, and Kristanna Loken. ...more

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Public Enemies is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Public Enemies Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Channing Tatum Public Enemies is a 2009 American biographical crime drama film directed by Michael Mann and written by Mann, Ronan Bennett and Ann Biderman. It is an adaptation of Bryan Burrough's non-fiction ...more

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Transformers: Dark of the Moon Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Shia LaBeouf, John Malkovich Transformers 3 is a 2011 action sci-fi film directed by Michael Bay and written by Ehren Kruger.

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The Great Mouse Detective is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
The Great Mouse Detective Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone, Frank Welker The Great Mouse Detective is a 1986 American animated mystery film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation, originally released to movie theaters on July 2, 1986 by Walt Disney Pictures. The ...more

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carlybobarly added The Way, Way Back Steve Carell, Amanda Peet, AnnaSophia Robb The Way, Way Back is a 2013 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash in their directorial debut. The film stars Liam James, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison ...more

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Wild Wild West is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Wild Wild West Salma Hayek, Will Smith, Kevin Kline Wild Wild West is a 1999 American steampunk western action-comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. A big-screen adaptation of the 1965–1969 TV series The Wild Wild West, it stars Will Smith, ...more

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Blown Away is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Logan2011 added Blown Away Jeff Bridges, Tommy Lee Jones, Forest Whitaker Blown Away is a 1994 action thriller film starring Jeff Bridges and Tommy Lee Jones. It was directed by Stephen Hopkins.

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carlybobarly added The Lone Ranger Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Armie Hammer The Lone Ranger is a 2013 action adventure film written by Ted Elliott, Justin Haythe and Terry Rossio and directed by Gore Verbinski.

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Legally Blonde 2: Red, White &... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Reese Witherspoon, Sally Field, Jennifer Coolidge Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde is the 2003 sequel to the 2001 film, Legally Blonde. It was produced by MGM, with Reese Witherspoon again starring as Elle Woods, Luke Wilson, Sally ...more

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Baby's Day Out is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
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Scary Movie 2 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Logan2011 added Scary Movie 2 Anna Faris, Tim Curry, James Woods Scary Movie 2 is a 2001 American parody film and the second film of the Scary Movie franchise. Though part of the first Scary Movie '​s tagline read "...No sequel", this film's tagline ...more

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The Adventures of Rocky and Bu... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle Robert De Niro, Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle is a 2000 American live-action/animated adventure comedy film produced by Universal Pictures, based on the television cartoon The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show ...more

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Larry Crowne is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Larry Crowne Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, Bryan Cranston Larry Crowne is a 2011 American romantic comedy film starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. The film was produced and directed by Hanks, who co-wrote its screenplay with Nia Vardalos. The story ...more

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Judge Dredd is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Judge Dredd Sylvester Stallone, Diane Lane, James Earl Jones Judge Dredd is a 1995 American science fiction action film directed by Danny Cannon, and starring Sylvester Stallone, Diane Lane, Rob Schneider, Armand Assante, and Max von Sydow. The film is ...more

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Summer of Sam is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Logan2011 added Summer of Sam Mira Sorvino, Jennifer Esposito, Adrien Brody Summer of Sam is a 1999 American crime thriller film that recounts the Son of Sam serial murders. It was directed and produced by Spike Lee and stars John Leguizamo, Adrien Brody, Mira Sorvino, ...more

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About Last Night is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
About Last Night Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Megan Mullally About Last Night is a 1986 American romantic dramedy film. The film was directed by Edward Zwick, and stars Rob Lowe and Demi Moore as Chicago yuppies who enter a committed relationship for the ...more

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Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers:... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Logan2011 added Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie Amy Jo Johnson, Jason David Frank, Karan Ashley Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie is a 1995 American superhero film based on the television series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The film stars the regular television cast of Karan Ashley, ...more

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The Shadow is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Logan2011 added The Shadow Alec Baldwin, Ian McKellen, Tim Curry The Shadow is a 1994 American superhero film, directed by Russell Mulcahy and starring Alec Baldwin, John Lone, Penelope Ann Miller, Ian McKellen, Peter Boyle, Jonathan Winters and Tim Curry. It ...more

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Boomerang is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Boomerang Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock Boomerang is a 1992 American romantic comedy film directed by Reginald Hudlin. The film stars Eddie Murphy as Marcus Graham, a hotshot advertising executive who also happens to be an insatiable ...more

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Eclipse is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Eclipse Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, commonly referred to as Eclipse, is a 2010 American romantic fantasy film based on Stephenie Meyer's 2007 novel Eclipse. It is the third installment of The Twilight ...more

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Kit Kittredge: An American Gir... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Stanley Tucci, Jane Krakowski, Abigail Breslin Kit Kittredge: An American Girl is a 2008 American comedy-drama film directed by Patricia Rozema. The screenplay by Ann Peacock focuses on the American Girl character Kit Kittredge, who lives in ...more

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Kiss of the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Logan2011 added Kiss of the Dragon Bridget Fonda, Jet Li, Tchéky Karyo Kiss of the Dragon is a 2001 English-language French action thriller film directed by Chris Nahon, written and produced by French filmmaker Luc Besson, and starring an international cast of Jet ...more