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The Best Movies About Vacations

Updated September 30, 2020 1.7k votes 297 voters 34.0k views45 items

List RulesFilms 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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    National Lampoon’s Vacation is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Vacations
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    National Lampoon’s Vacation

    Chevy Chase, Christie Brinkley

    Released1983

    Directed byHarold Ramis

    National Lampoon's Vacation, sometimes referred to as Vacation, is a 1983 Technicolor comedy... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    National Lampoon's Christmas V is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Vacations
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    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase

    Released1989

    Directed byJeremiah S. Chechik

    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is a 1989 Christmas comedy film directed by Jeremiah S.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Great Outdoors is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Vacations
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    The Great Outdoors

    Annette Bening, Dan Aykroyd

    Released1988

    Directed byHoward Deutch

    The Great Outdoors is a 1988 American comedy film starring Dan Aykroyd and John Candy. Annette... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    National Lampoon's European Va is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Vacations
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    National Lampoon's European Vacation

    Chevy Chase, Anthony Michael Hall

    Released1985

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

    European Vacation is a 1985 comedy film. The second film in National Lampoon's Vacation film... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Vegas Vacation is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Vacations
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    Vegas Vacation

    Chevy Chase, Christie Brinkley

    Released1997

    Directed byStephen Kessler

    Vegas Vacation is a 1997 comedy film directed by Stephen Kessler. It is the fourth installment... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Hangover is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Vacations
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    The Hangover

    Mike Tyson, Bradley Cooper

    Released2009

    Directed byTodd Phillips

    The Hangover is a 2009 American comedy film, co-produced and directed by Todd Phillips and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Vacations
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    Stand by Me

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Released1986

    Directed byRob Reiner

    Stand by Me is a 1986 American coming of age comedy-drama adventure film directed by Rob... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Weekend at Bernie's is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Vacations
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    Weekend at Bernie's

    Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman

    Released1989

    Directed byTed Kotcheff

    Weekend at Bernie's is a dark comedy film written by Robert Klane and directed by Ted... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 9
    Blended is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Vacations
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    Blended

    Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler

    Released2014

    Directed byFrank Coraci

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    Jaws is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Vacations
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    Jaws

    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1975

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Jaws is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Sandlot is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Vacations
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    The Sandlot

    James Earl Jones, Denis Leary

    Released1993

    Directed byDavid M. Evans

    The Sandlot, also known as The Sandlot Kids, is a 1993 American coming-of-age film Comedy... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Graduate is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Vacations
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    The Graduate

    Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft

    Released1967

    Directed byMike Nichols

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    The Talented Mr. Ripley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Vacations
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    The Talented Mr. Ripley

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett

    Released1999

    Directed byAnthony Minghella

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    City Slickers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Vacations
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    City Slickers

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Billy Crystal

    Released1991

    Directed byRon Underwood

    City Slickers is a 1991 American western comedy film directed by Ron Underwood and starring... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Summer Rental is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Vacations
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    Summer Rental

    John Candy, Joey Lawrence

    Released1985

    Directed byCarl Reiner

    Summer Rental is a 1985 comedy film, directed by Carl Reiner and starring John Candy. The... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Vacations
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    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

    Donald Trump, Macaulay Culkin

    Released1992

    Directed byChris Columbus

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    What About Bob? is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Vacations
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    What About Bob?

    Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1991

    Directed byFrank Oz

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    Super 8 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Vacations
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    Super 8

    Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka

    Released2011

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

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    Grown Ups is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Vacations
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    Grown Ups

    Salma Hayek, Adam Sandler

    Released2010

    Directed byDennis Dugan

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    Dazed and Confused is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Vacations
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    Dazed and Confused

    Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich

    Released1993

    Directed byRichard Linklater

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    RV is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Vacations
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    RV

    Robin Williams, Kristin Chenoweth

    Released2006

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

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    End of the Century is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Vacations
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    End of the Century

    Juan Barberini, Ramon Pujol

    Released2019

    Directed byLucio Castro

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    The Four Seasons is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Vacations
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    The Four Seasons

    Carol Burnett, Alan Alda

    Released1981

    Directed byAlan Alda

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    Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer V is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Vacations
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    Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

    Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg

    Released2018

    Directed byGenndy Tartakovsky

    Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is a 2018 American 3D computer-animated fantasy-comedy... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Under the Tuscan Sun is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Vacations
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    Under the Tuscan Sun

    Diane Lane, Sandra Oh

    Released2003

    Directed byAudrey Wells

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