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10. The Others (2001)

Director Alejandro Amenábar’s quiet WWII-era horror film – about a mother who keeps her photosensitive children locked in a Channel Islands mansion – is one of the scariest movies of the last few decades, one both beautifully and meticulously crafted, and featuring a career-best performance from Nicole Kidman. It was released on August 10 – odd for a studio horror film – and grossed more than 12 times its budget, shattering box office expectations. It was also a critical hit (with an 83% on Rotten Tomatoes) and is considered a modern horror classic.

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9. Blade (1998)

Blade is arguably the most important comic book adaptation of them all, the beginning of what would become one of Hollywood’s most profitable genres. Based on the Marvel character, Wesley Snipes is iconic as the titular vampire hunter. Blade has the distinction of being both a box office hit and a cult film, and for being the only Marvel film with a black lead – until Black Panther arrives next year, that is.

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8. The Sixth Sense (1999) / Signs (2002)

A bit of a cheat, admittedly, but director M. Night Shyamalan’s two earliest – and best – horror films made use of their August release dates in different ways. The Sixth Sense, released August 2, played the awards season game, while Signs, released August 2 three years later, rode the coattails of summer blockbusters. Both did exceptionally well in their respective arenas: The Sixth Sense was nominated for six Academy Awards and produced one of the most famous movie quotes of all time (“I see dead people.”), and Signs made half a billion dollars at the box office.

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7. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Disney and Marvel took a leap of faith with Guardians of the Galaxy, the motley-crew alien movie about a team of galactic criminals who are tasked with stealing a cosmic artifact. Though its set in the same universe as Iron Man and The Avengers, it’s decidedly weirder, with talking trees and raccoons, blue alien villains, and a straight-comedy vibe. It was a grand experiment that paid off: be it brand recognition or a growing national affection for Chris Pratt, Guardians became Marvel’s third highest-grossing film and the largest August domestic release of all time.

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6. The Fugitive (1993)

Based on the 1960s television series of the same name, this Harrison Ford-starring thriller – about a wrongfully convicted criminal on the run – is an absolute classic in its own right. Too dark for the Jurassic Park-eclipsing summer that was 1993, The Fugitive fits nicely in the August mold, and the release date didn’t hamper its awards potential. It was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture, and won the Best Supporting Actor award for Tommy Lee Jones, who plays the U.S. Marshal tracking Ford’s convict.

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