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The Greatest Movies To Watch Outside

Updated January 13, 2021 2.8k votes 456 voters 54.3k views73 items

List RulesVote up the 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 Park1
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    Jurassic Park

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • The Goonies2
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    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • Jaws3
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    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1975

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • Back to the Future4
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    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark5
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    Released1981

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • The Shining6
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    The Shining

    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall

    Released1980

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off7
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    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • Apollo 138
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    Apollo 13

    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard

    Released1995

    Directed byRon Howard

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  • Predator9
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    Predator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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  • Stand by Me10
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    Stand by Me

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Released1986

    Directed byRob Reiner

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  • National Treasure11
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    National Treasure

    Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger

    Released2004

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

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  • Hamilton12
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    Hamilton

    Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jonathan Groff

    Released2020

    Directed byThomas Kail

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  • The Blues Brothers13
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    The Blues Brothers

    Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin

    Released1980

    Directed byJohn Landis

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  • The Lost Boys14
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    The Lost Boys

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Released1987

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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  • The Thing15
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    The Thing

    Kurt Russell, Keith David

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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  • The Sound of Music16
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    The Sound of Music

    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer

    Released1965

    Directed byRobert Wise

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  • The Patriot17
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    The Patriot

    Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger

    Released2000

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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  • Dazed and Confused18
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    Dazed and Confused

    Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich

    Released1993

    Directed byRichard Linklater

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  • Star Trek19
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    Star Trek

    Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison

    Released2009

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

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  • Galaxy Quest20
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    Galaxy Quest

    Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman

    Released1999

    Directed byDean Parisot

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  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan21
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    Kirstie Alley, William Shatner

    Released1982

    Directed byNicholas Meyer

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  • The Italian Job22
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    Charlize Theron, Kelly Brook

    Released2003

    Directed byF. Gary Gray

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  • The Magnificent Seven23
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    The Magnificent Seven

    Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson

    Released1960

    Directed byJohn Sturges

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  • Sixteen Candles24
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    John Cusack, Molly Ringwald

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery25
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    Elizabeth Hurley, Will Ferrell

    Released1997

    Directed byJay Roach

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