In theory, this summer’s blockbusters performed exceptionally well. A number of heavy hitters such as Zootopia and Captain America: Civil War and more movies than ever have finally hit .
However, the shockingly high earnings of films like Suicide Squad only tell half of the story. Although DC’s super villain ensemble grossed , Suicide Squad was also while the likes of Ghostbusters received ,
, which doesn’t bode well for audiences who are forced to pay more and more to see summer blockbusters as time goes on. Fortunately, that’s where Netflix comes in.
While streaming movies at home may not replicate the cinematic experience in full, bathroom breaks are more readily available and there’s no need to sneak in your own cheaper brand of popcorn with fear of being caught by eagle-eyed attendees. Best of all though, every summer blockbuster you would ever need is available from the comfort of your armchair — so join us as we reveal 12 of the best available to stream on Netflix right now.
1. Jurassic Park (1993)
While Steven Spielberg’s first journey into dinosaur territory features neither , the original Jurassic Park was an incredible adventure 65 million years in the making and boy does it show.
Has any other summer blockbuster instilled such a sense of awe in its audiences? From the moment that we first enter the park, Spielberg maintains a perfect balance of wonder and tension that refuses to let up until the credits finally roll. If you’ve somehow never got round to watching Jurassic Park, now’s the time to fire up your Netflix account and devour this classic summer blockbuster in all its glory.
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2. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
Pixar proved that animated sequels don’t have to suck with the likes of Toy Story 3 and , but while that studio takes the spotlight in terms of awards and critical acclaim, Dreamworks have also proven that they’re more than capable of delivering their own impressive animated blockbusters.
How To Train Your Dragon was a huge hit for Dreamworks back in 2010, so it would have been easy for the studio to lazily retread the same story line again for the sequel, but for our second foray into the world of dragons, Dreamworks crafted a surprisingly intricate story that appeals to children and adults alike.
Themes of animal welfare and parental abandonment resonate far more than you would expect, and it’s incredibly refreshing to see an animated protagonist successfully overcome a physical disability without it becoming the central theme of the story.
3. The Fast and the Furious (2001)
When The Fast and the Furious first hit theaters, no one could have predicted quite how successful the franchise would be, developing into a globe-spanning, billion dollar series that somehow continues to gain more and more credence with each instalment.
The Fast and the Furious may not share the budget of movies released later in the franchise, but the adrenaline rush of the film’s best race sequences still holds up remarkably well today — and for those of you who have only just caught onto the series, we highly recommend you head back to where it all began with this first movie.
Vin Diesel impresses in a breakout role and it’s easy to see why Paul Walker’s death touched so many people when you see the actor’s charismatic performance in his early role of his.
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4. Back to the Future (1985)
Time travel movies can be tiresome and difficult to watch if not handled right, but Robert Zemeckis’ first entry in the Back to the Future franchise remains one of the best takes on the genre ever, and has since become one of the most iconic sci-fi films ever made.
Marty McFly’s journey back to the 1950s has had an indefinably strong impact on pop culture that’s still seen regularly in everything from Family Guy to Rick & Morty. If you haven’t seen Michael J. Fox in his best role yet than prepare yourself for a double dose of ’50s and ’80s nostalgia that could very well equate to the most fun film streaming on Netflix right now.
5. Grease (1978)
You probably know the words to every song from this classic musical without even realising it, but until you’ve actually watched John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John share some ‘Summer Loving,’ you haven’t lived.
Just like Back to the Future, a rewatch of Randal Kleiser’s crowd-pleasing hit evokes nostalgia for both the ’70s and the ’50s era in which Grease is set. The catchy songs and impressive dance numbers will make you long for a summer fling of your own and those double entendres are too much fun to resist.
6. Serenity (2005)
While we wait patiently for Joss Whedon to finally direct that for a while now ( ), fans of and should drop everything they’re doing and immediately watch Serenity if they haven’t already.
Sure, the fact that it’s a spin-off from a cancelled TV show may not instil much faith in non-believers, but Whedon’s continuation of the epic story he began in Firefly is undoubtedly one of the greatest sci-fi movies ever made, containing more thrilling set pieces and genuinely strong characterisation than half of the movies on Netflix.
Serenity’s failure to light up the box office at the time of its release is one of the all-time great travesties of cinema, but fortunately Netflix is here to save the day and recruit you as another Browncoat in the legion of fans that the franchise developed since first airing in 2002.
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7. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Spielberg’s second entry on this list is arguably even more iconic than Jurassic Park, telling the story of a lonely boy’s encounter with a homesick alien who’s been separated from his parents.
Spielberg’s signature themes of childhood and friendship coalesced here to create what many regard as the perfect movie, one that isn’t afraid to shy away from the realities of a broken family while simultaneously soaring on the possibilities of imagination and wonder.
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8. Stardust (2007)
Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class and Kingsman: The Secret Service number among some of the most inventive and exhilarating blockbusters of the last few years, but out of every movie in director Matthew Vaughn’s filmography, Stardust is arguably the most fun, despite often being overlooked by audiences.
Before fairytales came back in vogue, Vaughn’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust achieved what the likes of Mirror, Mirror and Snow White & The Hunstman failed to, which is to bring the magical tone of fairytales to life on the big screen.
Michelle Pfeiffer and Claire Danes both impress with standout performances, but what intrigues us most is seeing Charlie Cox and Henry Cavill star in early roles before they took on superhero parts as and respectively.
9. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Not every billion dollar movie franchise starts out as a theme park ride, but then not every billion dollar movie franchise stars Johnny Depp in one of the most bizarre yet mesmerizing roles of his career.
Captain Jack Sparrow undoubtedly became the largest draw of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, but there’s still a lot to enjoy in the first film even when he’s off screen, including cavalier performances from the rest of the pirate cast and some impressive action sequences on the high scenes.
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10. The Mummy (1999)
Finally, we would be failing in our duties if we didn’t recommend Universal’s campy yet super-entertaining Mummy reboot from the late ’90s, which featured the now largely-forgotten Brendan Fraser in ultimate action hero mode.
The Mummy delights in paying homage to the old black-and-white classics it draws inspiration from, but the advancement of special effects finally brought this tale to life in a way that old-school Hollywood directors could only dream of.
Make sure you add The Mummy to your play queue as soon as possible, before the upcoming reboot of the franchise hits cinemas. In terms of sheer fun and entertainment, there’s no way in hell they’re going to improve upon this one.
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