The 10 highest-grossing summer blockbusters of all time

The modern summer blockbuster began in June 1975, when a young director named Steven Spielberg made us scared to go back into the water thanks to the thriller "Jaws."

Since then, audiences have happily braved the dog days of summer for decades to stand in huge lines for movie spectacles like "Star Wars," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Jurassic Park," all its sequels, and more recently, all those Marvel movies.

By feeding people's hunger for franchises and action, this is the time of year when the movie business gets a good portion of its annual revenue. But only a handful of the blockbusters have stood the test of time as Hollywood's biggest summer earners ever.

Below are the highest-grossing summer movies at the domestic box office of all time:

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10. “Jurassic World” (2015) - $698 million

Unadjusted gross: $652 million

In this photo, cast member Chris Pratt poses at the premiere of "Jurassic World" in Hollywood, California, June 9, 2015.

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9. “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981) - $782 million

Unadjusted gross: $248 million

In this photo, actor Harrison Ford on the set of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'.

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8. “The Lion King” (1994) - $788 million

Unadjusted gross: $422 million

In this photo, a still is shown from the movie 'The Lion Guard,' an animated television movie and series that continues the story introduced 20 years ago in the acclaimed Disney animated film 'The Lion King.'

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7. “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace” (1999) - $798 million

Unadjusted gross: $474 million

In this photo, musicians perform during 'Star Wars: In Concert' at the Orleans Arena May 29, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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6. “Jurassic Park” (1993) - $812 million

Unadjusted gross: $402 million

In this photo, Sam Neill covers the mouth of Ariana Richards in a scene from the film 'Jurassic Park', 1993.

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5. “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” (1983) - $831 million

Unadjusted gross: $309 million

In this photo, actors Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford on the set of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi directed by Welsh Richard Marquand.

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4. “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) - $867 million

Unadjusted gross: $290 million

In this photo, actor Mark Hamill on the set of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back directed by Irvin Kershner.

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3. “Jaws” (1975) - $1.1 billion

Unadjusted gross: $260 million

In this photo, Richard Dreyfuss, left, and Robert Shaw lean off the back of their boat, holding ropes as they watch the giant Great White shark emerge from the water in a still from the film, 'Jaws,' directed by Steven Spielberg.

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2. “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” (1982) - $1.2 billion

Unadjusted gross: $435 million

In this photo, Henry Thomas riding with ET in his bike in a scene from the film 'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial', 1982.

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1. “Star Wars: A New Hope” (1977) - $1.5 billion

Unadjusted gross: $460 million

In this photo, actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford on the set of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope written, directed and produced by Georges Lucas.

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Note: All figures are from Box Office Mojo and adjusted for inflation.

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