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The Best Summer Camp Movies 

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Updated November 14, 2019 2.2k votes 382 voters 29.4k views 37 items

A list of the best summer camp movies ever made, ranked by film fans' votes. This list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about summer camp are at the top of the list. If there are any great films you think we missed, please feel free to add them yourself. 

The films on this list are the most famous summer camp movies of all time, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already if you're a fan of the often-funny sleepaway camp movies.
This list answers the questions, "What are the best summer camp movies?" and "What is the greatest summer camp movie of all time?" and contains items like Camp and Sleepaway Camp 3.
Various bits of information are included with these popular summer camp movies, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. So whether you're watching these movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these are some good summer camp movies to enjoy. Then check out our list of classic summer movies.

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Aaron Hager added Bill Murray, Kristine DeBell, Matt Craven

Released: 1979

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

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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Ben Stiller, Jerry Stiller, Judd Apatow

Released: 1995

Directed by: Steven Brill

Heavyweights is a 1995 comedy film directed by Steven Brill and co-written by Brill with Judd Apatow. Heavyweights is about a fat camp for kids that is taken over by a fitness guru named Tony

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Aaron Hager added Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

Released: 1980

Directed by: Sean S. Cunningham

Friday the 13th is a 1980 American slasher film directed by Sean S. Cunningham and written by Victor Miller. The film concerns a group of teenagers who are taken out one by one while attempting ...more

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Aaron Hager added Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Amy Poehler

Released: 2001

Directed by: David Wain

Wet Hot American Summer is a 2001 satirical comedy film directed by David Wain from a screenplay written by David Wain and Michael Showalter, starring Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, ...more

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Aaron Hager added Jessica Alba, Christopher Lloyd, Burgess Meredith

Released: 1994

Directed by: Jonathan Prince

Camp Nowhere is a 1994 film directed by Jonathan Prince, written by Andrew Kurtzman and Eliot Wald, and starring Christopher Lloyd, Jonathan Jackson and Jessica Alba in her film debut. The film ...more
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Aaron Hager added Lyle Alzado, Jim Varney, John Vernon

Released: 1987

Directed by: John R. Cherry III

Ernest Goes to Camp is a 1987 comedy film directed by John R. Cherry III and starring Jim Varney. It is the second film to feature the character of Ernest P. Worrell and was shot in Burns, ...more

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Aaron Hager added Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Kat Graham

Released: 1998

Directed by: Nancy Meyers

The Parent Trap is a 1998 romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Nancy Meyers, and produced and co-written by Charles Shyer. It is the second adaptation of Erich Kästner's German ...more

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Aaron Hager added Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth

Released: 2001

Directed by: James B. Rogers

American Pie 2 is a 2001 American comedy film and the sequel to the 1999 film American Pie and the second film in the American Pie film series. It was written by Adam Herz and directed by James ...more

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Aaron Hager added Mike Kellin, Katherine Kamhi, Robert Earl Jones

Released: 1983

Directed by: Robert Hiltzik

Sleepaway Camp is a 1983 exploitation slasher film written and directed by Robert Hiltzik who also served as executive producer. The film came at a time when slasher films were in their heyday, ...more

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Aaron Hager added Maureen O'Hara, John Mills, Hayley Mills

Released: 1961

Directed by: David Swift

The Parent Trap is a 1961 Walt Disney film. It stars Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara and Brian Keith in a story about teenage twins on a quest to reunite their divorced parents. The screenplay by ...more

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Aaron Hager added Ginger Lynn, Arielle Kebbel, Jennifer Walcott

Released: 2005

Directed by: Steve Rash

American Pie Presents: Band Camp is a 2005 direct-to-DVD comedy film. It is the first installment in the American Pie Presents series and fourth installment in the American Pie franchise ...more

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Aaron Hager added Diane Lane, Bill Paxton, Alan Arkin

Released: 1993

Directed by: Mike Binder

Indian Summer is a 1993 comedy drama film written and directed by Mike Binder. The movie was filmed and set on-location at Camp Tamakwa, a summer camp located in Ontario, Canada, where Binder ...more

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Aaron Hager added Matt Dillon, Tatum O'Neal, Cynthia Nixon

Released: 1980

Directed by: Ronald F. Maxwell

Little Darlings is a 1980 teen film starring Tatum O'Neal and Kristy McNichol and featuring Armand Assante and Matt Dillon. It was directed by Ronald F. Maxwell. The screenplay was written by ...more

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Aaron Hager added Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Edward Norton

Released: 2012

Directed by: Wes Anderson

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Aaron Hager added Joaquin Phoenix, Kelly Preston, Lea Thompson

Released: 1986

Directed by: Harry Winer

SpaceCamp is a 1986 American space adventure film based on a book by Patrick Bailey and Larry B. Williams and inspired by the U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. Directed by Harry Winer from ...more

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Aaron Hager added Christina Ricci, Christopher Lloyd, Anjelica Huston

Released: 1993

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

Addams Family Values is a 1993 American dark comedy film, which is the sequel to the 1991 American film The Addams Family. It was written by Paul Rudnick and directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, and ...more

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Aaron Hager added Michael J. Fox, Adam Baldwin, Robert Klein

Released: 1985

Directed by: Larry Elikann

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Released: 1980

Directed by: Joseph Ruben

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Released: 1984

Directed by: Ken Wiederhorn

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Released: 2008

Directed by: Matthew Diamond

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Released: 1995

Directed by: Andy Tennant

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Aaron Hager added Walter Gotell, Renée Estevez, Pamela Springsteen

Released: 1988

Directed by: Michael A. Simpson

Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers also known as Nightmare Vacation II is a 1988 horror-comedy film and a sequel to the movie Sleepaway Camp, written by Fritz Gordon and directed by Michael A. ...more
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Aaron Hager added Isaac Hayes, Vincent Pastore, Chad I Ginsburg

Released: 2008

Directed by: Robert Hiltzik

Return to Sleepaway Camp is a 2008 horror film written and directed by Robert Hiltzik. A follow-up to 1983's Sleepaway Camp, it ignores the events of previous sequels Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy ...more
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Aaron Hager added Michael J. Pollard, Mark Oliver, Tracy Griffith

Released: 1989

Directed by: Michael A. Simpson

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Released: 2010

Directed by: Paul Hoen

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