Ranking the Best & Worst Independence Day Blockbusters


10. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

While Meryl Streep earned plaudits for her turn as a fashion diva/bitch, many forget that this highly entertaining movie put Emily Blunt on the map.

9. Transformers (2007)

Despite what you may think of the franchise, the first Transformers was an entertaining blast of a film—even if you had to put up with Shia LaBeouf for two hours.

8. The Perfect Storm (2000)

This George Clooney drama-thriller ends on a tragic note, but the rest of the film is exhilarating.

7. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)

Though not nearly as good as Terminator 2, this sequel is significantly better than most people remember, boasting solid action sequences and a surprising ending that, while not uplifting, makes sense (which is more than can be said about the subsequent sequels).

6. Superman Returns (2006)

Not the flop some people think, Superman Returns was a solidly made film that simply suffers from the fact that it isn’t the action extravaganza many wanted it to be. And then people complained about Man of Steel.

5. Armageddon (1998)

While dumb in many ways, this Bruce Willis-starrer has everything a summer blockbuster should have: lots of action, excitement and laughs.

4. Spider-Man 2 (2004)

While it’s starting to feel a bit dated these days, Sam Raimi’s massive blockbuster is a lot of fun—and features an interesting, well-developed villain.

3. Men in Black (1997)

Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones make the ultimate odd couple in this immensely satisfying action-comedy that still is just as entertaining as the day it was released.

2. Independence Day (1996)

What list would be complete without the ultimate Independence Day movie… ID4!

1. Apollo 13 (1995)

Though ID4 may be the best “summer blockbuster” on this list, Apollo 13 is undoubtedly the best overall movie… an exciting, superbly made drama-thriller that also serves as a testament to the strength of American ingenuity.

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By Erik Samdahl
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