As much as it's the season to spend time on the beach and outside, summer is also the time for movies. It's the best way to get out of the heat, to escape from work, responsibility and the everyday. These 11 movies are the best of the best summer releases from from the past 40 years. They're funny, explosive, and terrifying- and all deserve a big bucket of popcorn.
1. Independence Day (1996)
Someone should have told the aliens that invading Earth on July 2 was a bad idea: It gives Americans just enough time to rally and strike back on July 4, doubling down on Independence Day. Packed with mega-destruction (and a then-record 3,000 special effects shots) and some great aerial dogfights, the movie features Will Smith as a fighter pilot, Bill Pullman as the most kick-ass president ever and Jeff Goldblum as a geek with a plan to take down the invading mother ship.