25 Movies and TV Shows to Veg Out With July 4th Weekend

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Why go outside when you can just have a Netflix marathon, amirite?

In a perfect world, we might suggest you spend your three-day weekend out in the sunshine, breathing in the fresh air and getting in touch with nature. But let's be honest — sometimes there's nothing more satisfying than vegging out in front of the TV (or laptop) with a good movie and a cold beer. No judgment. 

We've compiled a list of 25 movies and TV shows available on Netflix and HBO that are both entertaining and don't require a whole lot of brain power. So draw the curtains, shut out the sunshine and plop yourself in front of the nearest screen. It's binge time.

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1. Dirty Dancing 

Think of it as a pregame for Magic Mike XXL.

2. Clueless

Considering watching anything else? Ugh, as if!

3. On the Road

To get you in the mood for an angsty summer road trip. Also the perfect talking point for your upcoming Tinder date with that hipster obsessed with Kerouac

4. Chef

A feel good food porn film plus Sofia Vergara. Win-win.

5. Breakfast at Tiffany's 

All the '60s fashion and beauty inspiration you could ever need, plus a side of Audrey Hepburn sass.

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6. Jerry Maguire

You had me at (pre-crazy) Tom Cruise

7. Annie Hall

Finally understand your indie friend's obscure Woody Allen references.

8. Cake

Admit it — you want to see the role that turned Rachel Green (a.k.a. Jennifer Aniston) into a Serious Golden Globes Contender. 

9. The Interview

Now's your chance to see exactly what shenanigans James Franco and Seth Rogen pulled that got Kim Jong-un's panties in a twist.

10. Italian Job

Mark Wahlberg!

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11. The Disney Collection (Impossible to choose just one.)

Lilo and Stitch, Mulan and The Aristocats — oh my! 

12. Mean Girls

How many times can you watch this movie before getting over it? The limit does not exist!

13. 13 Going On 30

This movie goes perfectly with a glass of wine and a box of Razzles

14. Grease

Annoy everyone you know by singing "Grease Lightning" for days after watching this gem.

15. Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Live vicariously through Ferris during your less adventurous day off.

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16. Gone Girl 

Mourn the end of Bennifer II by staring longingly into Ben Affleck's eyes. 

17. The Fault in Our Stars

To help you get in touch with your summertime sadness. (Tissues not included.)

18. Bridesmaids

The perfect movie to get you in the mood for all those summer weddings. 

19. The Hangover

Your July 5th spirit animals. 

20. The Great Gatsby

Is there anything more American than a depressed millionaire? We think not. 

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21. Neighbors

A shirtless Zac Efron is the only reason you need to add this movie to your list.

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22. Gilmore Girls

Fast-talking at its finest. 

23. How I Met Your Mother

Your friends had to wait nine years to finally meet The Mother. Depending on your stamina, you'll be able to find out in mere hours. (Note: Pret-a-Reporter is not responsible for any adverse side effects that result from watching nine 26-episode seasons in a row.)

24. Friends

Ross and Rachel: Will they or won't they? Even if you know the answer, the tension never gets old. 

25. Freaks and Geeks

Pre-pubescent Jason Segel, Seth Rogen, and James Franco. Need we say more?