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The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside  

Vince Cooley
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List Rules Vote up and add only movies that are worth seeing at an outdoor screening.

Going to see an outdoor movie is one of the greatest pleasures during the summer months. Seeing movies outdoors under the stars with friends is alot of fun, but which movies are the best to see outside? 

Which movie is the best to see outdoors? Is there a movie genre that works better than others for outside viewing? Just because a movie is great doesn't mean that it is good to see outside with a bunch of strangers. Of course, there are some movies that are perfect for outdoor movie watching. 

This is a list of the best movies to watch outside. Vote up your favorite movies for outdoor movie night and add any that are missing. 

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Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin
The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The screenplay was written by Chris Columbus from a story by executive producer Steven Spielberg. The film's ...more

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#9 of 336 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #19 of 440 The Funniest '80s Moviesfeaturing Things You Have To Ignore In Order To Enjoy Watching 'The Goonies'

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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
Bootsdad added Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough
Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is the first installment of the Jurassic Park franchise. It is based on the 1990 novel of the ...more

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#3 of 336 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetimefeaturing 20 Things You Didn't Know About the Jurassic Park Franchiselisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider
Jaws is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter Benchley's novel of the same name. The prototypical summer blockbuster, its release is regarded as a ...more

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The Shining is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
ToddButler added Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers
The Shining is a 1980 British-American psychological horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, co-written with novelist Diane Johnson, and starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, ...more

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#6 of 257 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #39 of 336 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetimefeaturing The Making Of 'The Shining' Was A Bigger Nightmare Than The Film's Story

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Indiana Jones and the Ra... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
carlybobarly added Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen
Raiders of the Lost Ark is a 1981 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. The screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan was from a story by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman. It was produced by ...more

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#26 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Moviesfeaturing 12 Stories That Prove The Making Of 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark' Was An Adventure Behind The Scenes Toolisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
carlybobarly added Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson
Back to the Future is a 1985 American science fiction film directed by Robert Zemeckis. Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into ...more

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Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones
Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a 1986 American comedy film written, produced and directed by John Hughes. The film follows high school senior Ferris Bueller, who skips school and spends the day in ...more

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Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
Valley Forge added Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris
Apollo 13 is a 1995 American historical docudrama film directed by Ron Howard. The film stars Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, and Ed Harris. The screenplay by William Broyles, ...more

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers
Predator is a 1987 American science fiction action film directed by John McTiernan and was distributed by 20th Century Fox. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill ...more

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#140 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #68 of 336 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetimefeaturing Somehow, Making Predator Was WAY More Insane Than The Actual Movie

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Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter
The Thing is a 1982 American science fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter, written by Bill Lancaster, and starring Kurt Russell. The film's title refers to its primary antagonist: a ...more

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#116 of 257 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #7 of 769 The Best Horror Movies of All Time #928 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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The Blues Brothers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
Rod McCrea added Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Steven Spielberg
The Blues Brothers is a 1980 American musical comedy film directed by John Landis and starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as "Joliet" Jake and Elwood Blues, characters developed from ...more

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#83 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #63 of 336 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #30 of 440 The Funniest '80s Movies

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Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker
The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The film is an adaptation of the 1959 Broadway ...more

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#80 of 336 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetimefeaturing The Real Story Behind ‘The Sound of Music’ Is Far More Depressing Than The Filmlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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The Patriot is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
Valley Forge added Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman
The Patriot is a 2000 American epic historical fiction film directed by Roland Emmerich. Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) is driven to lead the his own group of men during the ...more

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#32 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #135 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #113 of 291 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry

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Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams
The Blair Witch Project is a 1999 American found footage horror film written, directed and edited by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez. The film was produced by the Haxan Films production ...more

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#197 of 257 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #185 of 336 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetimefeaturing Horrifying True Stories That Are Just Like The Blair Witch Mythology

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Galaxy Quest is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
Valley Forge added Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen
Galaxy Quest is a 1999 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Dean Parisot and written by David Howard and Robert Gordon. The film follows the adventures of a troupe of actors ...more

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Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
Rod McCrea added John Cusack, Molly Ringwald, Joan Cusack
Sixteen Candles is a 1984 American coming-of-age comedy film starring Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling and Anthony Michael Hall. It was written and directed by John Hughes.

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#65 of 336 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #57 of 304 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time #34 of 440 The Funniest '80s Movies

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Dazed and Confused is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
Clark Benson added Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey
Dazed and Confused is a 1993 coming of age comedy film written and directed by Richard Linklater. The film features a large ensemble cast of actors who would later become stars, including ...more

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Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
Valley Forge added Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison, Winona Ryder
Star Trek is a 2009 science fiction film directed by J. J. Abrams, written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, and produced by Damon Lindelof and Bryan Burk. It is the eleventh film based on the ...more

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#142 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Moviesfeaturing The 19 Coolest Starships In The 'Star Trek' Universelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Meatballs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
ToddButler added Bill Murray, Kristine DeBell, Matt Craven
Meatballs is a 1979 Canadian comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman. It is noted for Bill Murray's first film appearance in a starring role and for launching Reitman into a distinguished career of ...more

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#234 of 1,204 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #414 of 992 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #173 of 591 The Best '70s Movies

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Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn
The Magnificent Seven is an American western film directed by John Sturges and starring Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach and Steve McQueen. The picture is an Old West-style remake of Akira Kurosawa's ...more

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#312 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #5 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #311 of 460 The Most Quotable Movies of All Time

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Star Trek II: The Wrath ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
Valley Forge added Kirstie Alley, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is a 1982 sci-fi film written by Jack B. Sowards and Nicholas Meyer adn directed by Nicholas Meyer.

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The River Wild is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
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The River Wild is a 1994 adventure thriller film directed by Curtis Hanson and starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, David Strathairn, John C. Reilly, Benjamin Bratt and Joseph Mazzello as Roarke. ...more

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Austin Powers: Internati... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
ToddButler added Elizabeth Hurley, Will Ferrell, Carrie Fisher
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery is a 1997 American action comedy film and the first installment of the Austin Powers series. It was directed by Jay Roach and written by Mike Myers, ...more

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Charlize Theron, Kelly Brook, Mark Wahlberg
The Italian Job is a 2003 film directed by F. Gary Gray, written by Wayne and Donna Powers and produced by Donald DeLine. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Jason Statham, Edward ...more

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Star Trek Into Darkness ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
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Star Trek Into Darkness is a 2013 American science fiction action film. It is the twelfth installment in the Star Trek franchise and the sequel to 2009's Star Trek. J. J. Abrams directed a ...more

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