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by james-heyward | created - 19 Aug 2011 | updated - 10 Jul 2013 | Public

Movies that inspired past and present Universal Studios Florida rides and attractions

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1. The Terminator (1984)

R | 107 min | Action, Sci-Fi

84 Metascore

In 1984, a human soldier is tasked to stop an indestructible cyborg killing machine, both sent from 2029, from executing a young woman, whose unborn son is the key to humanity's future salvation.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, Paul Winfield

Votes: 753,901 | Gross: $38.40M

2. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

R | 137 min | Action, Sci-Fi

75 Metascore

A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her teenage son, John Connor, from a more advanced and powerful cyborg.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick

Votes: 937,532 | Gross: $204.84M

3. T2 3-D: Battle Across Time (1996 Video)

Not Rated | 21 min | Short, Action, Sci-Fi

Three freedom fighters attack a large corporation to prevent a future apocalypse.

Directors: John Bruno, James Cameron, Keith Melton, Stan Winston | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick

Votes: 7,310

4. The Simpsons (1989– )

TV-PG | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

The satiric adventures of a working-class family in the misfit city of Springfield.

Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Harry Shearer, Julie Kavner

Votes: 342,688

5. The Simpsons Movie (2007)

PG-13 | 87 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

80 Metascore

After Homer accidentally pollutes the town's water supply, Springfield is encased in a gigantic dome by the EPA and the family are declared fugitives.

Director: David Silverman | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 297,249 | Gross: $183.14M

6. Earthquake (1974)

PG | 122 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

56 Metascore

Various interconnected people struggle to survive when an earthquake of unimaginable magnitude hits Los Angeles, California.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, George Kennedy, Lorne Greene

Votes: 12,869 | Gross: $79.70M

7. Disaster! A Major Motion Picture Ride... Starring You! (2008 Video)

15 min | Short, Comedy

Guests are introduced to Lonnie, an Assistant Director who casts guests for scenes that he needs to be shot in the soundstages. Guest are then taken into a screening room where Frank ... See full summary »

Director: Jay Torres | Stars: Stephanie Adams, Kevin Allen, Kenneth Babel, Elizabeth Bailey

Votes: 117

8. Men in Black (1997)

PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

71 Metascore

A police officer joins a secret organization that polices and monitors extraterrestrial interactions on Earth.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D'Onofrio

Votes: 488,942 | Gross: $250.69M

9. Back to the Future (1985)

PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

87 Metascore

Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the eccentric scientist Doc Brown.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover

Votes: 968,287 | Gross: $210.61M

10. Back to the Future Part II (1989)

PG | 108 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

57 Metascore

After visiting 2015, Marty McFly must repeat his visit to 1955 to prevent disastrous changes to 1985...without interfering with his first trip.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson

Votes: 441,539 | Gross: $118.50M

11. Back to the Future Part III (1990)

PG | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

55 Metascore

Stranded in 1955, Marty McFly learns about the death of Doc Brown in 1885 and must travel back in time to save him. With no fuel readily available for the DeLorean, the two must figure out a way to escape the Old West before Emmett is murdered.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen, Thomas F. Wilson

Votes: 371,978 | Gross: $87.73M

12. I Love Lucy (1951–1957)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

A daffy woman constantly strives to become a star along with her bandleader husband and gets herself in the strangest situations.

Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley

Votes: 20,999

13. Ghostbusters (1984)

PG | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

71 Metascore

Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis

Votes: 332,785 | Gross: $238.63M

14. Ghostbusters II (1989)

PG | 108 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

56 Metascore

The discovery of a massive river of ectoplasm and a resurgence of spectral activity allows the staff of Ghostbusters to revive the business.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis

Votes: 172,105 | Gross: $112.49M

15. Twister (I) (1996)

Approved | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

68 Metascore

Bill and Jo Harding, advanced storm chasers on the brink of divorce, must join together to create an advanced weather alert system by putting themselves in the cross-hairs of extremely violent tornadoes.

Director: Jan de Bont | Stars: Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes, Jami Gertz

Votes: 165,330 | Gross: $241.72M

16. Twister: Ride It Out (1998 Video)

PG-13 | 12 min | Short, Action

A spin-off ride from the film 'Twister'.

Director: Cecil D. Magpuri | Stars: Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton

Votes: 152

17. Despicable Me (2010)

PG | 95 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

72 Metascore

When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better.

Directors: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud | Stars: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews

Votes: 474,906 | Gross: $251.51M

18. Psycho (1960)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

97 Metascore

A Phoenix secretary embezzles forty thousand dollars from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin

Votes: 556,844 | Gross: $32.00M

19. The Mummy (1999)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

48 Metascore

At an archaeological dig in the ancient city of Hamunaptra, an American serving in the French Foreign Legion accidentally awakens a mummy who begins to wreck havoc as he searches for the reincarnation of his long-lost love.

Director: Stephen Sommers | Stars: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo

Votes: 373,137 | Gross: $155.25M

20. The Mummy Returns (2001)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

48 Metascore

The mummified body of Imhotep is shipped to a museum in London, where he once again wakes and begins his campaign of rage and terror.

Director: Stephen Sommers | Stars: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo

Votes: 288,558 | Gross: $202.02M

21. Jaws (1975)

PG | 124 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

87 Metascore

When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community, it's up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary

Votes: 520,066 | Gross: $260.00M

22. Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)

TV-PG | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Professional writer and amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher uses her intellect, charm, and persistence to get to the bottom of every crime she encounters.

Stars: Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak, Louis Herthum

Votes: 16,589

23. Hercules & Xena: Wizards of the Screen (1997 Video)

6 min | Short, Action

Members of the audience fight against stage performers set to a specially created Xena/Hercules movie.

Director: Ryan A. Harmon | Stars: Michael Hurst, Lucy Lawless, Renée O'Connor, Kevin Smith

Votes: 114

24. King Kong (1976)

PG | 134 min | Adventure, Horror

61 Metascore

A petroleum exploration expedition comes to an isolated island and encounters a colossal giant gorilla.

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Charles Grodin, Jessica Lange, John Randolph

Votes: 28,101 | Gross: $52.61M

25. Fear Factor (I) (2001–2012)

TV-PG | 60 min | Game-Show, Reality-TV, Thriller

Doing scary stuff to win prizes.

Stars: Joe Rogan, Meghan Allen, Meg Daleske, Monica Gonzales

Votes: 6,016

26. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

PG | 115 min | Family, Sci-Fi

91 Metascore

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, Dee Wallace

Votes: 346,384 | Gross: $435.11M

27. The Blues Brothers (1980)

R | 133 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

60 Metascore

Jake Blues, just released from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and his brother Elwood were raised.

Director: John Landis | Stars: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Cab Calloway, John Candy

Votes: 171,371 | Gross: $57.23M

28. Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast (2003 Video)

5 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Follow Jimmy Neutron and Carl Wheezer as they find out how to stop King Goobot and his schemes in the world of Nicktoons.

Director: Mario Kamberg | Stars: Debi Derryberry, Rob Paulsen, Frank Welker, Paul Greenberg

Votes: 111

29. The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera (1990)

8 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Dick Dastardly and Muttley have kidnapped Elroy Jetson. Yogi Bear and Boo Boo pilot a rescue mission, time warping through Bedrock, Scooby-Doo's Haunted Castle and Jetsons City.

Director: Mario Kamberg | Stars: Joseph Barbera, Michael Bell, Jeff Bergman, Greg Burson

Votes: 36

30. Swamp Thing (I) (1990–1993)

30 min | Sci-Fi

The adventures of a man-turned-muck monster. Swamp Thing was once a man named Alec Holland, but after being caught on fire, doused with strange chemicals, and dumped into the Louisiana ... See full summary »

Stars: Mark Lindsay Chapman, Dick Durock, Scott Garrison, Kevin Quigley

Votes: 680

31. The Birds (1963)

PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

87 Metascore

A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette

Votes: 159,375 | Gross: $11.40M

32. Shrek (2001)

PG | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

84 Metascore

A mean lord exiles fairytale creatures to the swamp of a grumpy ogre, who must go on a quest and rescue a princess for the lord in order to get his land back.

Directors: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson | Stars: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow

Votes: 577,643 | Gross: $267.67M

33. Barney & Friends (1992–2009)

TV-Y | 30 min | Family

From pretending to be a pilot on a make-believe airplane to pretending to be a pirate in search of buried treasure, Barney's friends discover that creativity lets them soar in the wings of imagination!

Stars: Bob West, Julie Johnson, Dean Wendt, Carey Stinson

Votes: 4,057

34. Miami Vice (1984–1989)

TV-14 | 48 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Resplendent with authentic 1980's music, fashion and vibe, "Miami Vice" follows two undercover detectives and their extended team through the mean streets of Miami.

Stars: Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago, Olivia Brown

Votes: 21,400

35. An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991)

G | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

A family of Emigre mice decide to move out to the west, unaware that they are falling into a trap perpetrated by a smooth talking cat.

Directors: Phil Nibbelink, Simon Wells | Stars: James Stewart, John Cleese, Amy Irving, Phillip Glasser

Votes: 22,049 | Gross: $22.17M

36. Shrek 4-D (2003 Video)

TV-PG | 13 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey are on their way to the hotel where Shrek and Fiona will spend their honeymoon when they encounter Lord Farquaad's ghost. Farquaad sends his henchman, Thelonious, ... See full summary »

Director: Simon J. Smith | Stars: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow

Votes: 4,169

37. King Kong (1933)

Passed | 100 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.

Directors: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack | Stars: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher

Votes: 75,202 | Gross: $10.00M

38. Men in Black Alien Attack (2000 Video)

4 min | Short, Action, Sci-Fi

The Men in Black have relocated - to Universal Studios Florida. MIB Special Services has created an edutainment-type attraction called The Universe and You, out of which Intergalactic Alien... See full summary »

Directors: David C. Cobb, Lyonal Coleman, Linda Hassani | Stars: Will Smith, Rip Torn, Gregg Berger

Votes: 3,539

39. Back to the Future... The Ride (1991 Video)

Unrated | 4 min | Short, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Sitting in a flying DeLorean, the audience gets rocked when traveling through several times.

Director: Douglas Trumbull | Stars: Christopher Lloyd, Thomas F. Wilson, David de Vos, Stephanie de Vos

Votes: 1,930

41. Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem 3D (2012 Video)

14 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Gru, one of the world's greatest villains and fathers, has invented a new weapon, the Minion Gun, a machine capable of turning ordinary humans into Minions. He has let his three daughters (... See full summary »

Stars: Steve Carell, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Elsie Fisher

Votes: 644

42. Transformers: The Ride - 3D (2011 Video)

11 min | Short, Action, Adventure

The Autobots attempt to defend the Allspark from Megatron and the Decepticons.

Director: Thierry Coup | Stars: Frank Welker, Tom Kenny, James Remar, Peter Cullen

Votes: 552



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