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The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend 

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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
Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

Released: 1985

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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Terminator 2: Judgment D... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

Released: 1991

Directed by: James Cameron

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Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

Released: 1997

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

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Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

Released: 1996

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

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Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

Released: 1995

Directed by: Ron Howard

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Spider-Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco

Released: 2004

Directed by: Sam Raimi

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A League of Their Own is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Madonna, Tom Hanks, Rosie O'Donnell

Released: 1992

Directed by: Penny Marshall

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Die Hard 2 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo, Dennis Franz

Released: 1990

Directed by: Renny Harlin

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Coming to America is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Logan2011 added Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones

Released: 1988

Directed by: John Landis

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Despicable Me 2 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
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Released: 2013

Directed by: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

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The Patriot is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman

Released: 2000

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

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The Amazing Spider-Man ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans

Released: 2012

Directed by: Marc Webb

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Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler

Released: 1998

Directed by: Michael Bay

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Transformers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Odette Annable

Released: 2007

Directed by: Michael Bay

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Men in Black II is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Michael Jackson, Will Smith, Rosario Dawson

Released: 2002

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

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War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

Released: 2005

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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The Firm is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Gary Busey

Released: 1993

Directed by: Sydney Pollack

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The Devil Wears Prada is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum, Meryl Streep

Released: 2006

Directed by: David Frankel

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South Park: Bigger, Long... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
George Clooney, Minnie Driver, Isaac Hayes

Released: 1999

Directed by: Trey Parker

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The Perfect Storm is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane

Released: 2000

Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen

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Hancock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Charlize Theron, Will Smith, Jason Bateman

Released: 2008

Directed by: Peter Berg

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Big Trouble in Little Ch... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, John Carpenter

Released: 1986

Directed by: John Carpenter

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Adventures in Babysittin... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Elisabeth Shue, Vincent D'Onofrio, Penelope Ann Miller

Released: 1987

Directed by: Chris Columbus

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Cats & Dogs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, Jeff Goldblum

Released: 2001

Directed by: Lawrence Guterman

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Ice Age: Dawn of the Din... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend
Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch

Released: 2009

Directed by: Carlos Saldanha, Mike Thurmeier

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