It goes without saying, here at Skylight Cinema we love watching movies. Not only do we provide the screens, projectors, sound system, support equipment and technicians needed to host your event, we also come armed with endless film recommendations. However, we thought we’d challenge ourselves to come up with our top 15 bucket list films that are bound to be outdoor cinema crowd pleasers.
Shawshank Redemption (1994)
What a classic. Based on the novella by Steven King, two imprisoned men find strong friendship, solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. We’re pretty sure this film is on your bucket list already.
The Notebook (2004)
Pass us the tissues. The Notebook is arguably one of the most romantic films, telling the tale of summer romance between a poor yet passionate lumber mill worker and wealthy 17-year-old heiress. Social differences (and some annoying parents) tear them apart, but will their love stand the test of time?
Forrest Gump (1994)
“Run, Forrest, Run” – what a line! Starring the legendary Tom Hanks, a good-natured but simple-minded man from Alabama tells his life story to other people while waiting at a bus stop. It is one of love, drama and unintentionally influencing several historical events in 20th century America.
Donnie Darko (2001)
This film’s creepy man in a bunny costume still gives us spine chills. This cult classic features a troubled teenager who is similarly plagued by visions of this large rabbit, and is manipulated into committing a series of crimes.
Winner of 4 Oscars, it’s safe to say E.T. is one of the most beloved stories of all time. When a gentle alien becomes stranded on planet earth, a troubled young boy takes him into his suburban California house and eventually tries to help him get back to his homeland.
Fight Club (1999)
When an insomniac office worker and a soap salesman start an underground fight club, their lives change forever. One of our all time favourites, this is a film about rivalry, love, power and hidden agendas.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings (2001)
Any Lord of the Rings geeks out there? It’s been sixteen years since the trilogy ended, but still we can’t get enough. The Fellowship of the Rings can be watched time and time again, and is an outdoor cinema classic.
Dirty Dancing (1987)
A sweet daddy’s girl goes with her family to a summer resort, and ends up falling for the camp’s dance instructor. Jam packed with amazing dance scenes and dramatic romance, this is one of those ‘must see’ movies. Plus, we have many hilarious memories of trying to reenact the ‘Dirty Dancing lift’.
Jurassic Park (1993)
Cloned dinosaurs roaming free on a theme park island. What’s not to love? Directed by the one and only Steven Spielberg, the island’s critical security systems are shut down and it becomes a race for survival.
We never thought a children’s animation could be so emotional! A great family friendly choice, UP features a seventy-eight year old man travelling to Paradise Falls in his home lifted by thousands of balloons. Inadvertently taking a young boy with him, it’s a tale of adventure and unexpected friendship.
Schindler’s List (1993)
Based on a true story, a greedy German businessman becomes an unlikely humanitarian in the midst of the traumatic German Nazi regime. Turning his factory into a sanctuary, he saves 1,100 jews from being gassed at the Auschwitz concentration camp. A timeless classic.
This is the perfect pick for an outdoor drive-in screening. A mysterious man (aka Ryan Gosling) has multiple jobs as a car mechanic and Hollywood stuntman. Whilst also moonlighting as a getaway driver, he finds himself falling for his neighbour. This one will keep you on the edge of your car seats.
Casino Royale (2006)
Possibly our favourite James Bond film, 007 sets out on his first ever mission with a licence to kill. In typical James Bond style, he must defeat a private banker to terrorists in a high stakes game of poker. But things aren’t what they seem.
Oh Amélie. An adorable, naive girl in Paris decides to help and put right the lives of those around her. Wonderfully French and beautifully shot, young Amélie finds herself on an unexpected quest that leads to love. Plus the soundtrack is amazing.
The Truman Show (1998)
Last but not least, it’s The Truman Show. One of those films that will stay with you for life, an insurance salesman discovers his whole existence is actually a reality TV show. The question is, how will he react?
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