10 Summer Popcorn Movies That Don't Suck

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Sure, it’s better in black and white, but Spielberg’s 1981 homage to Saturday matinee serials is still one of our favorite summer movies — a crackling, high-spirited swashbuckler with style, intelligence, and wit (it doesn’t matter how many times we see that swordsman gag, it still gets a laugh). Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones is one of the greatest of all movie heroes, and lest we forget, he is matched barb for barb (and shot for shot) by Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood, a rare female action role with an actual personality (try it out sometime, Bay). Three sequels of varying quality followed in the summers of 1984, 1989, and 2008.