16 Best Backyard Movies to Show This Summer
There’s nothing like a great movie projected on the big screen. Set up a backyard cinema for awesome family films and guaranteed fun for all.
Travel back to Tatooine and to a galaxy far, far away. Everyone loves the classic 1977 version of the Force franchise, which is also the most kid-friendly of the bunch. Get prepared for retro thrills with Jawas, the Cantina showdown, and Princess Leia’s epic strength. May the Force be with you. Here are 10 more tricks for a flawless backyard party.
If you’ve got a spare baseball diamond in your neighborhood, that’s the best place to set up the big screen for this heartwarming classic film about America’s favorite pastime. A group of neighborhood kids must contend with the mean old man who lives just beyond the sandlot where they like to play ball. Get ready for your vacation with these 12 best-ever beach movies.
Pixar ramped up its stellar animation for this classic tale about the fierce bond between father and son. Marlin and Nemo are so relatable you’ll forget they’re a pair of clownfish. And don’t forget about Dory, their scene-stealing blue tang friend. The cool and undulating undersea flora looks awesome against a dark backyard sky. Kids will love it and adults can’t help but be moved. Here are some more of the best movies to watch with Dad on Father’s Day.
This one will hit you right in the feels! Get ready to explore your inner world of joy, sadness, anger, fear, and disgust in this Pixar crowd-pleaser with a message about the emotional balance between the good and the bad. The beloved character Bing Bong will take everyone back down memory lane. You’ll be shook.
The Wizard of Oz
There’s no place like home—especially when you want to settle in for a great movie! Follow the yellow brick road in this must-see classic that always captures the attention (and hearts) of audiences, and has been ever since its premiere in 1939. When Dorothy opens the black & white door on the technicolor Munchkinland, your backyard crowd won’t be in Kansas anymore.
The Sound of Music
The hills will be alive and looking awesome on your backyard movie screen backdrop. Sing along to The Sound of Music. New viewers and those who’ve seen it before alike love the epic love story about a wayward nun, her militaristic boss, and the seven mischievous kids who pull them together. Check out these 10 backyard games that will make your next BBQ epic.
Frozen (Sing-Along Edition)
Everyone’s seen it a million times and they’re still ready for a million times more. So let it go and blast frozen fractals all around your backyard this summer. It’s best shown on a warm summer night with melted s’mores when everyone could use some snowy scenes on the big screen. Here are some more of the best movie musicals everyone will want to sing along to.
Careful what you wish for because Zoltar will provide. Tom Hanks rose to stardom in this sweet and funny romp about a boy mystically transported into the body of a grown man. He manages to get the girl, an awesome NYC apartment, and the perfect day job as a toy tester! Pull out your electric floor piano for extra fun.
Back to the Future
This classic action flick still packs a punch. Take a blast to the past in the iconic adventure starring Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly. He’s the kid who time-travels back to the 1950s and hangs out his teenaged parents. Keep your eyes on the 80s “it” car—the DeLorean with the epic license plate OUTATIME. Check out the best Fourth of July movies to watch with the whole family.
The Karate Kid
Wax on, wax off, Daniel-san. Get ready for this epic and endlessly lovable underdog tale. There are sequels, remakes, and even a web series, Cobra Kai, but the original is still the best. Ralph Macchio and Elisabeth Shue star as high schoolers looking for romance in the midst of snotty popular kids who are obsessed with karate. Enter Mr. Miyagi, played by Pat Morita in an Oscar-nominated performance. He saves the day with wisdom, stealth, and authentic karate skills.