'E.T.,' 'Tron,' 'Conan': Was 1982 Really the Best Summer for Movies Ever?

Stacking up the most memorable blockbuster seasons in history

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Austin's Alamo Drafthouse has, year after year, taken cinema obsession and programming ingenuity to new heights. This summer, however, they've outdone themselves: They're paying a 30th anniversary tribute to the summer of 1982 with a series of 35mm screenings, timed to the original opening weekends of the films that made up, in their words, "the greatest summer of movies... ever."

That's a tall claim, and one that requires further investigation. We've assembled below 10 possible contenders for that crown, along with the highlights of that particular season of movie-going

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Jason Bailey is the film editor at Flavorwire. He is the author of The Ultimate Woody Allen Film Companion.

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