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The Best Outdoor Movies to See in Las Vegas This Summer

Best Outdoor Movies To See In Las Vegas
Superbad | Columbia Pictures
Superbad | Columbia Pictures

Why zone out like a zombie in front of a TV screen when you can go outside, enjoy the fresh air, and zone out like a zombie in front of a huge movie screen? In addition to tons of outdoor concerts, you can check out tons of outdoor movies in Las Vegas this summer. Some involve crazy car chases, some involve Lego, and about half of them are from the ‘80s.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Ferris Bueller's Day Off | Paramount Pictures

Beauty and the Beast

This free outdoor screening comes with a twist, with interactive "Before the Last Petal Falls" challenges for the audience (details TBA).

The Goonies

Grab a treasure map, do the Truffle Shuffle, and dig out your Cyndi Lauper cassingles for this ‘80s classic. There will be pizza for the kids and beer for adults, for hotel guests only.

Pulp Fiction

It’s free for hotel guests and children under 5, for some bizarre reason. Everyone else has to pay $5.

The Wild Life

Not to be confused with the 1992 hair metal album by Slaughter.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Imagine the trouble he’d get in if this was set in Vegas.

Blue Hawaii

A screening of the Elvis classic helps kick off the Casablanca’s Elvis Rocks Mesquite competition to see who’s the best King impersonator out there.

Grease

Rehearse your best Travolta moves and sign up for the ‘50s-style dance-off.

The Secret Life of Pets

Find out what pets do when their owners aren't around (aside from dropping a deuce on the carpet).

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Imagine the trouble he’d get in if this was set in Vegas.

Pete's Dragon

Further proof that “family friendly” is becoming normal in Vegas.

Minions and The Little Mermaid

Two animated movies on a free double bill.  

The Secret Life of Pets

Find out what pets do when their owners aren't around (aside from dropping a deuce on the carpet).

Sing

This free screening also features karaoke, if you’re so inclined.

The Angry Birds Movie

All things considered, it’s pretty good for a movie about an app.

Up

It’s OK to cry during the first 10 minutes.

The Departed

Martin Scorsese's best film (aside from Goodfellas, Taxi Driver, Casino, Raging Bull, and Mean Streets).

Mean Girls

Keep trying to make fetch happen.

Pete's Dragon

Further proof that “family friendly” is becoming normal in Vegas.

The Secret Life of Pets and A League of their Own

It's "doggie date night" for this double feature, so bring any pups who like cartoons and Madonna playing baseball.  
The Big Lebowski
The Big Lebowski | Gramercy Pictures

Top Gun

Get up to speed before Top Gun 2 hits theaters in 2019.

Jurassic World

The schlubby guy from Parks and Recreation slims down and fights dinosaurs.

Clueless and Mean Girls

Two classics about high school cliques on one great bill.

The Lego Batman Movie

Currently the best Batman movie since The Dark Knight.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

Sure, why not?

Star Wars: Rogue One

No Han Solo in this one but it’s still good.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

There’s no Harry Potter, but this spinoff is a delight.

The Big Lebowski

The dude abides, and expects you to drive some golf balls after the movie is over.

The BFG

The 2016 adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic.

Monsters Inc.

Monsters generate energy for their city by making children scream. Much better than fracking.

The Big Lebowski

The dude abides, and expects you to drive some golf balls after the movie is over.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl and Jaws

A double feature of bad things happening in the water.  

Elf

A Christmas movie in July? Sure!

Sing

Cars

Talking cars. Just because.

Bull Durham

What’s a summer without Kevin Costner playing baseball?

Frozen

Don’t let it go.

The Grinch

Another Christmas movie in July? Hell yeah!

The Little Mermaid

Please don’t brush your hair with the forks.

Mad Max: Fury Road

Two badass hours of driving and fighting. Also, why doesn’t Vegas have a flame-throwing guitarist?
Pineapple Express
Pineapple Express | Columbia Pictures

Moana

The Rock, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Disney’s first Polynesian princess make for a great trifecta.

Sing

This free screening also features karaoke, if you’re so inclined.

Scary Movie and Scream

How to make fun of horror movie cliches, in two very different ways.

Zootopia

A charming movie about parking tickets, the DMV, and talking animals.

How to Train Your Dragon

Spoiler alert: You will not actually learn how to train your dragon, but there will be food and beer.

The Great Outdoors

A nearly forgotten ‘80s movie featuring Dan Aykroyd and John Candy having a terrible summer vacation.

The Lego Batman Movie

Currently the best Batman movie since The Dark Knight.

The Lego Batman Movie

Currently the best Batman movie since The Dark Knight.

Finding Dory

Ellen DeGeneres reprises her best role.

It's Complicated

A movie about your old Facebook relationship status.

Superbad and Pineapple Express

A double feature of stoner flicks. Please don't light up by the pool.  

Star Wars: Rogue One

No Han Solo in this one but it’s still good.

World War Z

The highest-grossing zombie movie of all time, if you’re keeping track.

Father of the Bride

Steve Martin, national treasure.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

There’s no Harry Potter, but this spinoff is a delight.
Hitch
Hitch | Columbia Pictures

Hitch


Will Smith helps Kevin James try to get laid. Hijinks ensue.

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Rob Kachelriess has been writing about Las Vegas for Thrillist for more than three years. He is also the editor and writer for Luxury Estates International's seasonal publication and has seen his work appear in Vegas Seven, David Magazine, and Vegas Magazine. Follow him on Twitter @rkachelriess.