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The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend

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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
    Transformers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
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    Transformers

    Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf

    Released2007

    Directed byMichael Bay

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    Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
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    Armageddon

    Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis

    Released1998

    Directed byMichael Bay

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    Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
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    Back to the Future

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Big Trouble in Little China is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
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    Big Trouble in Little China

    Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    Despicable Me 2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
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    Despicable Me 2

    Russell Brand, Steve Carell

    Released2013

    Directed byPierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

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    Cats & Dogs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
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    Cats & Dogs

    Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon

    Released2001

    Directed byLawrence Guterman

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    Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
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    Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

    Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig

    Released2009

    Directed byCarlos Saldanha, Mike Thurmeier

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    Superman Returns is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
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    Superman Returns

    Marlon Brando, Kevin Spacey

    Released2006

    Directed byBryan Singer

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    The Patriot is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
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    The Patriot

    Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger

    Released2000

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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    The Amazing Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
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    The Amazing Spider-Man

    Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone

    Released2012

    Directed byMarc Webb

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    Coming to America is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
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    Coming to America

    Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn Landis

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    Men in Black II is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
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    Men in Black II

    Michael Jackson, Will Smith

    Released2002

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

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    War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
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    War of the Worlds

    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman

    Released2005

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    The Devil Wears Prada is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
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    The Devil Wears Prada

    Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum

    Released2006

    Directed byDavid Frankel

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    The Perfect Storm is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
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    The Perfect Storm

    George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg

    Released2000

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

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    Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
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    Independence Day

    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1996

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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    South Park: Bigger, Longer & U is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
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    South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

    George Clooney, Minnie Driver

    Released1999

    Directed byTrey Parker

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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong

    Released1991

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
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    Men in Black

    Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone

    Released1997

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

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    Phenomenon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
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    Phenomenon

    John Travolta, Robert Duvall

    Released1996

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

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    Eclipse is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
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    Eclipse

    Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene

    Released2010

    Directed byDavid Slade

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    Hancock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
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    Hancock

    Charlize Theron, Will Smith

    Released2008

    Directed byPeter Berg

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    The Last Airbender is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
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    The Last Airbender

    Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone

    Released2010

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

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    Savages is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
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    Savages

    Salma Hayek, Blake Lively

    Released2012

    Directed byOliver Stone

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    Innerspace is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
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    Innerspace

    Meg Ryan, Dennis Quaid

    Released1987

    Directed byJoe Dante

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