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The Best Summer Camp Movies

Updated August 28, 2020 2.3k votes 385 voters 29.8k views38 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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    Meatballs is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Summer Camp Movies
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    Meatballs

    Bill Murray, Kristine DeBell

    Released1979

    Directed byIvan Reitman

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    Little Darlings is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Summer Camp Movies
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    Little Darlings

    Matt Dillon, Tatum O'Neal

    Released1980

    Directed byRonald F. Maxwell

    Little Darlings is a 1980 teen film starring Tatum O'Neal and Kristy McNichol and featuring... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Friday the 13th is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Summer Camp Movies
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    Friday the 13th

    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini

    Released1980

    Directed bySean S. Cunningham

    Friday the 13th is a 1980 American slasher film directed by Sean S. Cunningham and written by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Sleepaway Camp 3 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Summer Camp Movies
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    Sleepaway Camp 3

    Michael J. Pollard, Mark Oliver

    Released1989

    Directed byMichael A. Simpson

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    Heavy Weights is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Summer Camp Movies
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    Heavy Weights

    Ben Stiller, Jerry Stiller

    Released1995

    Directed bySteven Brill

    Heavyweights is a 1995 comedy film directed by Steven Brill and co-written by Brill with Judd... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Return to Sleepaway Camp is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Summer Camp Movies
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    Return to Sleepaway Camp

    Isaac Hayes, Vincent Pastore

    Released2008

    Directed byRobert Hiltzik

    Return to Sleepaway Camp is a 2008 horror film written and directed by Robert Hiltzik. A... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Camp Nowhere is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Summer Camp Movies
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    Camp Nowhere

    Jessica Alba, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1994

    Directed byJonathan Prince

    Camp Nowhere is a 1994 film directed by Jonathan Prince, written by Andrew Kurtzman and Eliot... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Wet Hot American Summer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Summer Camp Movies
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    Wet Hot American Summer

    Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks

    Released2001

    Directed byDavid Wain

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    Ernest Goes to Camp is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Summer Camp Movies
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    Ernest Goes to Camp

    Lyle Alzado, Jim Varney

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn R. Cherry III

    Ernest Goes to Camp is a 1987 comedy film directed by John R. Cherry III and starring Jim... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Summer Camp Movies
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    The Parent Trap

    Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid

    Released1998

    Directed byNancy Meyers

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    The Burning is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Summer Camp Movies
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    The Burning

    Holly Hunter, Jason Alexander

    Released1981

    Directed byTony Maylam

    The Burning is a 1981 slasher film directed by Tony Maylam and written by Peter Lawrence and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Camp Takota is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Summer Camp Movies
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    Camp Takota

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    American Pie 2 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Summer Camp Movies
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    American Pie 2

    Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid

    Released2001

    Directed byJames B. Rogers

    American Pie 2 is a 2001 American comedy film and the sequel to the 1999 film American Pie and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Summer Camp Movies
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    Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor

    Victor Campos, Carrie Chambers

    Released2012

    Directed byRobert Hiltzik, Jim Markovic

    Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor is the fourth entry in the Sleepaway Camp series. The film... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Sleepaway Camp is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Summer Camp Movies
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    Sleepaway Camp

    Mike Kellin, Katherine Kamhi

    Released1983

    Directed byRobert Hiltzik

    Sleepaway Camp is a 1983 exploitation slasher film written and directed by Robert Hiltzik who... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Sleepaway Camp Reunion is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Summer Camp Movies
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    Sleepaway Camp Reunion

    Alexis Bledel, Drake Bell

    Released2013

    Directed byRobert Hiltzik

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    SpaceCamp is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Summer Camp Movies
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    SpaceCamp

    Joaquin Phoenix, Kelly Preston

    Released1986

    Directed byHarry Winer

    SpaceCamp is a 1986 American space adventure film based on a book by Patrick Bailey and Larry... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Indian Summer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Summer Camp Movies
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    Indian Summer

    Diane Lane, Bill Paxton

    Released1993

    Directed byMike Binder

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    Magic Camp is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Summer Camp Movies
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    Magic Camp

    Mark Waters

    Released2020

    Directed byAdam DeVine, Jeffrey Tambor, Gillian Jacobs

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    American Pie Presents: Band Ca is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Summer Camp Movies
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    American Pie Presents: Band Camp

    Ginger Lynn, Arielle Kebbel

    Released2005

    Directed bySteve Rash

    American Pie Presents: Band Camp is a 2005 direct-to-DVD comedy film. It is the first... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Summer Camp Movies
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    Poison Ivy

    Michael J. Fox, Adam Baldwin

    Released1985

    Directed byLarry Elikann

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    The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Summer Camp Movies
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    The Parent Trap

    Maureen O'Hara, John Mills

    Released1961

    Directed byDavid Swift

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    Gorp is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Summer Camp Movies
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    Gorp

    Fran Drescher, Dennis Quaid

    Released1980

    Directed byJoseph Ruben

    Gorp is a 1980 American comedy film starring Michael Lembeck and Dennis Quaid, and featuring... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    It Takes Two is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Summer Camp Movies
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    It Takes Two

    Kirstie Alley, Ashley Olsen

    Released1995

    Directed byAndy Tennant

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    Moonrise Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Summer Camp Movies
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    Moonrise Kingdom

    Bruce Willis, Bill Murray

    Released2012

    Directed byWes Anderson

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