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The Best Movies About Vacations 

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List Rules Films about vacations, family trips, and time off from school. Vote up the best vacation movies.

There’s nothing better than the holidays or summer break when we can finally break away from our normal, boring schedule and head off on an amazing trip! Family vacations and other trips are some of the most memorable times in our lives. It’s no wonder so many movies have been made about vacation stories. What are the best movies about vacations? Vote for the vacation films you think are the best below and see what comes out on top!
 
The movies featured on this list all center around a vacation in one way or another, from the worst family trips people have ever taken to some truly miserable, but hilarious, bachelor party trips. This list features some very inspirational, sweet films and some very funny, comedy based movies. There's a vacation for everyone!
 
This list ranks the best movies about vacations including, Jaws, Weekend at Bernie’s, Taking Woodstock, Dazed and Confused, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Almost Famous, Super 8, The Seven Year Itch, The Endless Summer, Sleepaway Camp, Meatballs, Adventureland, The Great Outdoors, and Little Miss Sunshine. Vote up the best vacation movies below or add one you love that isn't already on the list.
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase, Juliette Lewis
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is a 1989 Christmas comedy film directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik. It is the third installment in National Lampoon's Vacation film series, and was written by ...more

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#14 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #20 of 625 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Moviesfeaturing The Funniest Lines From 'Christmas Vacation'

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Chevy Chase, Christie Brinkley, John Candy
National Lampoon's Vacation, sometimes referred to as Vacation, is a 1983 Technicolor comedy film directed by Harold Ramis and starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid, Dana Barron, ...more

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#19 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #22 of 1,198 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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Annette Bening, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy
The Great Outdoors is a 1988 American comedy film starring Dan Aykroyd and John Candy. Annette Bening and Stephanie Faracy co-star. Robert Prosky, Lucy Deakins and Lewis Arquette have supporting ...more

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#475 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #299 of 625 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #193 of 460 The Most Quotable Movies of All Time

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Chevy Chase, Christie Brinkley, Randy Quaid
Vegas Vacation is a 1997 comedy film directed by Stephen Kessler. It is the fourth installment in National Lampoon's Vacation film series, and was written by Elisa Bell, based on a story by Bell ...more
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Chevy Chase, Anthony Michael Hall, Beverly DAngelo
European Vacation is a 1985 comedy film. The second film in National Lampoon's Vacation film series, it was directed by Amy Heckerling and stars Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo. Dana Hill and ...more

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#370 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #144 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #190 of 217 The Worst Sequels Of All Time

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Mike Tyson, Bradley Cooper, Heather Graham
The Hangover is a 2009 American comedy film, co-produced and directed by Todd Phillips and written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. It is the first film of The Hangover trilogy. The film stars ...more

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#95 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #3 of 1,198 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Vacations
Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack
Stand by Me is a 1986 American coming of age comedy-drama adventure film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O'Connell. Based on the novella ...more

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Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, Skeet Ulrich
Weekend at Bernie's is a dark comedy film written by Robert Klane and directed by Ted Kotcheff. The film stars Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman as young insurance corporation employees who ...more

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#130 of 1,198 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #135 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

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Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler, Bella Thorne
Blended is an upcoming comedy film written by Ivan Menchell and Clare Sera and directed by Frank Coraci.

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#317 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #19 of 57 The Best and Worst of Adam Sandler

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Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider
Jaws is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter Benchley's novel of the same name. The prototypical summer blockbuster, its release is regarded as a ...more

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#47 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Moviesfeaturing Behind The Scenes Of Every Death In ‘Jaws’listed on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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James Earl Jones, Denis Leary, Karen Allen
The Sandlot, also known as The Sandlot Kids, is a 1993 American coming-of-age film Comedy directed by David M. Evans, which tells the story of a group of young baseball players during the summer ...more

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#87 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #121 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Filmsfeaturing What Ever Happened To All The Kids From The Sandlot?

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Billy Crystal, Danielle Harris
City Slickers is a 1991 American western comedy film directed by Ron Underwood and starring Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Bruno Kirby and Jack Palance, with supporting roles by Patricia Wettig, ...more

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#121 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #87 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Filmslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Donald Trump, Macaulay Culkin, Tim Curry
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is a 1992 American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. It is the second film in the Home Alone series ...more

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#145 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #175 of 1,198 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Timelisted on The Highest Grossing 90s Movies

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John Candy, Joey Lawrence, Rip Torn
Summer Rental is a 1985 comedy film, directed by Carl Reiner and starring John Candy. The film's screenplay was written by Mark Reisman and Jeremy Stevens. An original music score was composed ...more

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Salma Hayek, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock
Grown Ups is a 2010 American buddy comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan, and written by Adam Sandler, who also stars in this film. Besides Sandler, the film co-stars Kevin James, Chris Rock, ...more

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#994 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #639 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss, Charlie Korsmo
What About Bob? is a 1991 comedy film directed by Frank Oz, and starring Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss. Murray plays Bob Wiley, a psychiatric patient who follows his egotistical psychiatrist ...more

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#517 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #64 of 1,198 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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Robin Williams, Kristin Chenoweth, Josh Hutchersonm
RV is a 2006 American road comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, produced by Lucy Fisher and Douglas Wick, written by Geoff Rodkey, and starring Robin Williams, Jeff Daniels, Cheryl Hines, ...more

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#645 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #5 of 26 The Funniest Comedy Movies About Parenting

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Bill Murray, Kristine DeBell, Matt Craven
Meatballs is a 1979 Canadian comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman. It is noted for Bill Murray's first film appearance in a starring role and for launching Reitman into a distinguished career of ...more

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#419 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #170 of 591 The Best '70s Movies

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Spider-Man: Far From Hom... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Vacations
Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya
Spider-Man: Far From Home is a 2019 American superhero film directed by Jon Watts, based on the Marvel Comics character. While on a vacation trip to Europe with his friends, Peter Parker is ...more

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Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Kyle Chandler
Super 8 is a 2011 American science fiction horror film written, co-produced, and directed by J. J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg. The film stars Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, and Kyle ...more

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Amy Smart, Andy Dick, Jimmy Kimmel
Road Trip is a 2000 American road-comedy film written by Todd Phillips and Scot Armstrong and directed by Phillips. The film, featuring an ensemble cast including Breckin Meyer, Seann William ...more

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#1,190 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #134 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey
Dazed and Confused is a 1993 coming of age comedy film written and directed by Richard Linklater. The film features a large ensemble cast of actors who would later become stars, including ...more

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#131 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #127 of 1,198 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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Like Father is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Vacations
Like Father
Kristen Bell, Kelsey Grammer, Seth Rogen
Like Father is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Lauren Miller Rogen. A workaholic woman (Kristen Bell) who is left at the altar takes her honeymoon trip anyway with her overachieving ...more
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Diane Lane, Sandra Oh, Kate Walsh
Under the Tuscan Sun is a 2003 American romantic comedy drama film written, produced, and directed by Audrey Wells and starring Diane Lane. Based on Frances Mayes' 1996 memoir Under the Tuscan ...more

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Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette
Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 American comedy-drama road film and the directorial film debut of the husband-wife team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The screenplay was written by ...more

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#174 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #169 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever