June is traditionally the showpiece of cinema’s blockbuster season.
Except this year will be quite different; albeit due to exceptional circumstances.
2020 had initially been set to welcome the likes of Wonder Woman 1984 in June, as well as Candyman, In the Heights, Greyhound, Soul and Top Gun: Maverick.
However, the current June slate remains empty, with several of those postponed titles pushed back as far as the summer of 2021.
Disney’s Artemis Fowl, initially set for cinemas in May, will at least arrive on Disney+ in June.
But that’s pretty much it.
With the majority of cinemas closed and populations still in lockdown across the world, studios have strategically avoided any fresh content until mid-July at the earliest.
In contrast, June 2019 offered Toy Story 4, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Men in Black: International and The Secret Life of Pets 2.
Meanwhile, 2018 had Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Incredibles 2 and Ocean’s Eight.
Many of the industries’ earlier entries, now widely regarded as classics, arrived on the scene during the month of June.
As such, there are a host of renowned titles that are competing to finish in my list of the Top 10 June releases of all-time.
So it was no easy feat.
Check out the final standings below:
10. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
While it might be considered a controversial entry on the list, Edge of Tomorrow is a brilliant sci-fi/action blend.
Starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, the film is based on a screenplay adapted from the 2004 Japanese light novel All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.
The movie grossed over $370.5 million worldwide during its theatrical run, earning positive reviews from critics.
9. Wonder Woman (2017)
The first of many comic-book/superhero concepts considered for a place on the list, Wonder Woman is undoubtedly the best the DC Extended Universe has to offer.
Having appeared a year earlier in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Gal Gadot’s long-awaited solo debut was truly remarkable.
It grossed over $821 million worldwide, and its sequel – Wonder Woman 1984 – is now scheduled for release this August.
8. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Staying on that superhero tack comes the superior entry from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy.
Winning an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, Spider-Man 2 also grossed $789 million worldwide.
But perhaps more importantly, even today after the expansive and lucrative Marvel Cinematic Universe, it is considered one of the most influential and best superhero films of all-time.
7. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
The opening act in Steven Spielberg’s popular franchise opened on June 12, 1981.
Earning $389.9 million worldwide, Raiders of the Lost Ark was the highest-grossing film of the year, and is often considered one of the greatest films ever made.
Spielberg went on to add a further three films to the franchise, with an eagerly anticipated fifth instalment in development.
6. Batman Begins (2005)
Few can argue against Christopher Nolan’s input to the Batman franchise being the best.
His trilogy, pitting Christian Bale in the title role, is one of the strongest superhero/comic-book trilogies out there.
Batman Begins was the first in Nolan’s trilogy, and while many consider it’s sequel The Dark Knight to be the best Batman film of all-time, it’s predecessor was incredibly influential.
5. Ghostbusters (1984)
Dial back the clock several decades and we welcome the original Ghostbusters movie to open the top five.
The first comedy film to employ expensive special effects, initial concerns regarding the hefty budget threatened to derail the project.
There was also little faith in the film’s potential for box-office success.
Thankfully, Ghostbusters was met with huge response, becoming a financially, culturally and historically significant venture.
4. The Lion King (1994)
The 32nd film in Disney’s animated library, The Lion King is one of their most popular originals.
Newer fans may be more familiar with the 2019 live-action remake; though the animated original is still superior.
A box-office haul of $968.5 million, in addition to the $1.6 billion gained by the live-action remake, makes The Lion King a pretty formidable box-office machine.
3. Toy Story 4 (2019)
My second animated choice sees a fairly recent entry make the cut as high as number three.
It’s the highest-grossing film to feature on this list, with a total worldwide gross of just under $1.1 billion.
The fourth instalment in the popular franchise is teeming with nostalgia, emotion and humour; and one of my most cherished animated features of all-time.
2. Jaws (1975)
Spielberg returns to the list with one of his earliest directorial efforts, one which effectively launched his transition from mere director to household name,
The shark-based thriller is seen as one of the greatest films ever made, and the prototypical summer blockbuster (boasting a June 20 release).
1. Jurassic Park (1993)
The greatest June release of all-time? Another Spielberg venture, of course.
Despite it’s obvious candidacy, the film was only recently selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress – in 2018.
Still, few people could deny that Jurassic Park is one of the greatest movies of all-time, regardless of genre.
So there we have it. The ten best films of all-time to be released in the month of June.
While there may be no entries forthcoming for 2020, perhaps something from 2021 or 2022 can push it’s way into the list.
Jurassic World: Dominion and Venom: Let There Be Carnage are the two most notable films currently pencilled in to arrive in a year’s time.
For now, we can only count down the days until normality resumes – or something at least resembling that – and when we can venture down the aisle (the cinema one!) again.