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The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside

Updated July 20, 2020 2.5k votes 436 voters 52.5k views40 items

List RulesVote 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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    Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
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    Jurassic Park

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
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    The Goonies

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Donner

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    Jaws is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
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    Jaws

    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1975

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
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    Back to the Future

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Indiana Jones and the Raiders  is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
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    Released1981

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    The Shining is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
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    The Shining

    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall

    Released1980

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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    Ferris Bueller's Day Off is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
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    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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    Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
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    Apollo 13

    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard

    Released1995

    Directed byRon Howard

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    National Treasure is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
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    National Treasure

    Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger

    Released2004

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

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    Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
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    Stand by Me

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Released1986

    Directed byRob Reiner

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    Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
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    Hamilton

    Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jonathan Groff

    Released2020

    Directed byThomas Kail

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    Predator is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
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    Predator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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    The Lost Boys is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
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    The Lost Boys

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Released1987

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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    The Blues Brothers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
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    The Blues Brothers

    Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin

    Released1980

    Directed byJohn Landis

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    The Patriot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
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    The Patriot

    Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger

    Released2000

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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    The Thing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
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    The Thing

    Kurt Russell, Keith David

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    The Italian Job is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
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    The Italian Job

    Charlize Theron, Kelly Brook

    Released2003

    Directed byF. Gary Gray

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    Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
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    Star Trek

    Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison

    Released2009

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

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    Galaxy Quest is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
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    Galaxy Quest

    Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman

    Released1999

    Directed byDean Parisot

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    The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
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    The Sound of Music

    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer

    Released1965

    Directed byRobert Wise

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    The River Wild is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
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    The River Wild

    Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon

    Released1994

    Directed byCurtis Hanson

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    Dazed and Confused is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
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    Dazed and Confused

    Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich

    Released1993

    Directed byRichard Linklater

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    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kha is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
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    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    Kirstie Alley, William Shatner

    Released1982

    Directed byNicholas Meyer

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    Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
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    Sixteen Candles

    John Cusack, Molly Ringwald

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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    Meatballs is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
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    Meatballs

    Bill Murray, Kristine DeBell

    Released1979

    Directed byIvan Reitman

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