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A list of the best summer camp movies ever made, ranked by movie fans with film trailers when available. This summer camp movie 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 movies about summer camp you believe we missed, please feel free to add them to the list 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. Click on these summer camp movie titles for more information about the films.

List contains items like Camp and Sleepaway Camp 3.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best summer camp movies?" and "What is the greatest summer camp movie of all time?"

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. Whether you're watching these summer camp movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these good summer camp movies can be enjoyed no matter what.
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Pedro Cerrano added 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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Ben Stiller, Jerry Stiller, Judd Apatow 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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Pedro Cerrano added Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Amy Poehler 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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Pedro Cerrano added Jessica Alba, Christopher Lloyd, Burgess Meredith 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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Pedro Cerrano added Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer 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 murdered one by one while attempting ...more

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Pedro Cerrano added Lyle Alzado, Jim Varney, John Vernon 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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Pedro Cerrano added Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Kat Graham 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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Pedro Cerrano added Christina Ricci, Christopher Lloyd, Anjelica Huston 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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Pedro Cerrano added Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth 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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Pedro Cerrano added Diane Lane, Bill Paxton, Alan Arkin 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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Pedro Cerrano added Matt Dillon, Tatum O'Neal, Cynthia Nixon 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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Pedro Cerrano added Mike Kellin, Katherine Kamhi, Robert Earl Jones Sleepaway Camp is a 1983 exploitation slasher film written and directed by Robert Hiltzik who also served as executive producer. The film is about the killings of teen campers at a summer camp. ...more

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Pedro Cerrano added Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Edward Norton Moonrise Kingdom is a 2012 American film directed by Wes Anderson, written by Anderson and Roman Coppola. Described as an "eccentric pubescent love story", it features newcomers Jared ...more

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Pedro Cerrano added Maureen O'Hara, John Mills, Hayley Mills 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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Pedro Cerrano added Ginger Lynn, Arielle Kebbel, Jennifer Walcott 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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Pedro Cerrano added Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas Camp Rock is a 2008 Disney Channel Original Movie starring the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato. The music is written by Julie Brown, Paul Brown, Regina Hicks and Karen Gist. The film is directed ...more

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Pedro Cerrano added Joaquin Phoenix, Kelly Preston, Lea Thompson 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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Pedro Cerrano added Walter Gotell, Renée Estevez, Pamela Springsteen 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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Pedro Cerrano added Isaac Hayes, Vincent Pastore, Chad I Ginsburg 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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Pedro Cerrano added Michael J. Fox, Adam Baldwin, Robert Klein Poison Ivy is a 1985 comedy television movie starring Michael J. Fox, directed by Larry Elikann, and written by Bennett Tramer. The film premiered on Sunday February 10, 1985, was produced by ...more

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Pedro Cerrano added Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam is a 2010 Disney Channel Original Movie and the sequel to the 2008 film Camp Rock. The film premiered on Disney Channel September 3, 2010. The film won the 2011 ...more

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Pedro Cerrano added Michael J. Pollard, Mark Oliver, Tracy Griffith Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland also known as Nightmare Vacation III is a 1989 horror-slasher film and the second sequel to Sleepaway Camp written by Fritz Gordon and directed by Michael ...more

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Pedro Cerrano added Paul Reubens, Kim Richards, Jason Hervey Meatballs Part II is a 1984 film that was a sequel to the 1979 movie Meatballs. The film starred Richard Mulligan, Hamilton Camp, Kim Richards, John Mengatti, Paul Reubens, Misty Rowe, John ...more

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Pedro Cerrano added Anna Kendrick, Don Dixon, Caitlin Van Zandt Camp is a 2003 independent musical film written and directed by Todd Graff, about an upstate New York performing arts summer camp. The film is based on Graff's own experiences at a similar camp ...more

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Camp Takota is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Summer Camp Movies
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carlybobarly added Kirstie Alley, Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen It Takes Two is a 1995 film starring Kirstie Alley, Steve Guttenberg and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The movie title was taken from the song, "It Takes Two", by Marvin Gaye and Kim ...more

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andre-hebert added Michelle Williams, RuPaul, Natasha Lyonne But I'm a Cheerleader is a 1999 satirical romantic comedy film directed by Jamie Babbit and written by Brian Wayne Peterson. Natasha Lyonne stars as Megan Bloomfield, a high school cheerleader ...more

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Pedro Cerrano added Holly Hunter, Jason Alexander, Fisher Stevens The Burning is a 1981 slasher film directed by Tony Maylam and written by Peter Lawrence and Bob Weinstein. It is based on an original story by Maylam, Weinstein, and Brad Grey, with a musical ...more

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Pedro Cerrano added Sleepaway Camp Reunion Alexis Bledel, Drake Bell, Tammin Sursok

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Pedro Cerrano added Patrick Dempsey, Sally Kellerman, Al Waxman Meatballs III: Summer Job is a 1986 film that was the third installment in the Meatballs film series, and the first in the series to be rated R. Unlike Meatballs Part II, this film follows Rudy, ...more

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Pedro Cerrano added Jaime King, Justin Long, Peter Stormare Happy Campers is a 2001 comedy film from New Line Cinema about college freshmen and summer camp and is directed and written by Heathers writer Daniel Waters.

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Pedro Cerrano added Victor Campos, Carrie Chambers, John Lodico Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor is the fourth entry in the Sleepaway Camp series. The film remained incomplete for many years as it shut down during production in 1992, however it was completed ...more

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Jason Biggs, Jerry Stiller, Elliott Gould Camp Stories is an independent comedy film, written and directed by Herbert Beigel that takes a comic look at a Jewish summer camp in the 1950s. The film was released on April 18, 1997 in the ...more

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Pedro Cerrano added Corey Feldman, Cristy Thom, Jack Nance Meatballs 4 is a 1992 film that was the fourth and final installment to the Meatballs series of films. It was shot in its entirety at Bass Lake, California in the late summer of 1991. Originally ...more

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willyboymcoy added A Pig's Tale Joe Flaherty, Lisa Jakub, Christopher Daniel Barnes

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