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The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside 

Vince Cooley
Updated July 20, 2020 2.2k votes 413 voters 46.7k views 40 items

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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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
Bootsdad added Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

Released: 1993

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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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Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

Released: 1985

Directed by: Richard Donner

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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Things You Have To Ignore In Order To Enjoy Watching 'The Goonies' #15 of 355 The Best Rainy Day Movies #3 of 522 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

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Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

Released: 1975

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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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Surprising Facts, Small Details, And Trivia Most People Don't Know About 'Jaws' #53 of 355 The Best Rainy Day Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
carlybobarly added Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

Released: 1985

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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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Surprising Facts You Didn't Know About Back to the Future #8 of 355 The Best Rainy Day Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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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

Released: 1981

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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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12 Stories That Prove The Making Of 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark' Was An Adventure Behind The Scenes Too #22 of 355 The Best Rainy Day Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones

Released: 1986

Directed by: John Hughes

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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Interesting Details From 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' That Made Us Stop And Look Around #12 of 355 The Best Rainy Day Movies #1 of 522 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

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The Shining is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
ToddButler added Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

Released: 1980

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

Released: 1987

Directed by: John McTiernan

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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Killer Details In ‘Predator’ That Fans Have Hunted Down #232 of 355 The Best Rainy Day Movies #26 of 522 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

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Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
Valley Forge added Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

Released: 1995

Directed by: Ron Howard

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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#129 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #15 of 553 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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National Treasure is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Sean Bean

Released: 2004

Directed by: Jon Turteltaub

National Treasure is a 2004 American adventure film produced and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was written by Jim Kouf, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Cormac Wibberley, and Marianne ...more

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Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

Released: 1982

Directed by: 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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#95 of 241 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #91 of 522 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #545 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

Released: 1986

Directed by: Rob Reiner

Stand by Me is a 1986 American coming of age comedy-drama adventure film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O'Connell. Based on the novella ...more

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Behind-The-Scenes Stories From 'Stand By Me' That Prove The Film Shaped The Child Actors #112 of 355 The Best Rainy Day Movies #9 of 522 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

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Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

Released: 1965

Directed by: Robert Wise

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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The Blues Brothers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
Rod McCrea added Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Steven Spielberg

Released: 1980

Directed by: John Landis

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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#39 of 194 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #44 of 522 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #99 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Dazed and Confused is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
Clark Benson added Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey

Released: 1993

Directed by: Richard Linklater

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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#296 of 355 The Best Rainy Day Movies #71 of 133 Movies That Should Never Be Remade #219 of 553 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

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The Patriot is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
Valley Forge added Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman

Released: 2000

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

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 378 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #149 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #61 of 553 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

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Galaxy Quest is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
Valley Forge added Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen

Released: 1999

Directed by: Dean Parisot

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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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

Released: 2009

Directed by: J.J. Abrams

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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The Lost History of 'Star Trek: The Beginning,' The Gritty Prequel Film That Never Was #236 of 355 The Best Rainy Day Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Star Trek II: The Wrath ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
Valley Forge added Kirstie Alley, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

Released: 1982

Directed by: Nicholas Meyer

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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#143 of 522 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #231 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #78 of 553 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

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The Lost Boys is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim

Released: 1987

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

The Lost Boys is a 1987 American teen horror film starring Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Kiefer Sutherland, Jami Gertz, Corey Feldman, Dianne Wiest, Edward Herrmann, Alex Winter, Jamison Newlander, ...more

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#117 of 355 The Best Rainy Day Movies #23 of 522 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #145 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
Rod McCrea added John Cusack, Molly Ringwald, Joan Cusack

Released: 1984

Directed by: John Hughes

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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Meatballs is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
ToddButler added Bill Murray, Kristine DeBell, Matt Craven

Released: 1979

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

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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The River Wild is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
Bootsdad added Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, John C. Reilly

Released: 1994

Directed by: Curtis Hanson

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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#35 of 88 Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked #8 of 29 The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping #10 of 13 13 Movies That Remind You The Outside Sucks Anyway

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Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

Released: 1999

Directed by: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez

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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Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside
Jonathan Groff, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Lin-Manuel Miranda

Released: 2020

Directed by: Thomas Kail

Hamilton is a 2020 American musical drama film directed by Thomas Kail, it is a recording of the Lin-Manuel Miranda's 2015 Broadway musical of the same which is based on the 2004 biography ...more