Sit down, grab a cherry Icee, and remember these Fourth of July flicks with us.

Sit down, grab a cherry Icee, and remember these Fourth of July flicks with

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Why It Made for an Epic Fourth of July: Fourth of July weekend was a big one for the Rubin clan—at least regarding the multiplex. (It was also a big weekend for almost getting hit by a wayward firework that launched itself at me, then veered away from my Michael Jackson muscle tee/half-shirt combo just in the nick of time, but that's another story. ) It's when I saw Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? , and Speed—for which I was on crutches and also SUPER HIGH, though presumably my family didn't know that at the time.

Why It Made for an Epic Fourth of July: There is really no reason for this movie—about three underage brothers who set out into the wilderness with a Super 8 camera to capture the country's most dangerous wildlife for no reason other than kids lie to their parents and are sensationally stupid—should have been included on a list of best-performing, and therefore supposedly most beloved, Independence Day movies.

Why It Made for an Epic Fourth of July: Somehow, for some reason, Summit Entertainment decided to make the third Twilight installment a summer tent-pole movie when it had previously been a November staple.

Why It Made for an Epic Fourth of July: There were many reasons to anticipate this franchise reboot, despite the fact that the first Spider-Man trilogy had only wrapped five years prior, but it really only needed two of them to promise a success: Gwen Stacy, and Not Tobey Maguire.

Why It Made for an Epic Fourth of July: Sure, after 17 years of South Park, the antics of Trey Parker and Matt Stone's foul-mouthed kids may seem commonplace, but back in 1999—after only two years on the air—they were still controversial and new, pushing hard on the bleeding edge of humor and good taste.

This movie had everything you could crave in a celebration of American independence in the late '90s: alpha male Bruce Willis, hyper-chiseled Ben Affleck, flags! , nubile Liv Tyler, nuclear bombs, space shuttles, an iconic skyline being ripped apart by asteroids like it was made of crepe paper, an ultimate power ballad brought to you by Aerosmith, more flags! , a humanity uniting presidential speech and an ovary-squeezing slow-motion walk by a bunch of roughneck impromptu astronauts on their way to save Earth.

Why It Made for an Epic Fourth of July: Well, for starters it's called Independence Day and it's about the world coming together to battle an alien invasion on July 4th.

Why It Made for an Epic Fourth of July: The Eddie Murphy rom-com Boomerang might not have been epic in the way that, say, Independence Day was epic, but it will certainly be burned into my brain until the day I die.

Why It Made for an Epic Fourth of July: The Space Race couldn't have been better tailored to July 4 blockbusters if they'd planned for it.

Why It Made for an Epic Fourth of July: It's an unspoken truth—in both life and this list—that big summer blockbusters tend to be bro-heavy affairs.

Why It Made for an Epic Fourth of July: What could be more American than a Superman movie?

Why It Made for an Epic Fourth of July: We wanted Savages to work. We wanted it so badly! 2012 was supposed to be the year our man Taylor Kitsch became a top line Hollywood star—a bankable, biggest-name-on-the-poster kind of guy.

Why It Made for an Epic Fourth of July: Even if you don’t remember where you were physically when you first saw Michael Bay's masterpiece, Armageddon, you remember where you were emotionally: wrecked.

Why It Made for an Epic Fourth of July: When Big Trouble came out I had just turned one year old, so I wasn’t at the theater.

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