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The Best Summer Camp Movies

Updated December 18, 2020 2.2k votes 395 voters 30.4k views51 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

    Bill Murray, Kristine DeBell

    Released1979

    Directed byIvan Reitman

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  • Little Darlings2
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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
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  • Friday the 13th3
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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
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  • Heavy Weights4
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    Heavy Weights

    Ben Stiller, Jerry Stiller

    Released1995

    Directed bySteven Brill

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  • Camp Nowhere5
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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
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  • Sleepaway Camp 36
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    Sleepaway Camp 3

    Michael J. Pollard, Mark Oliver

    Released1989

    Directed byMichael A. Simpson

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  • Wet Hot American Summer7
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    Wet Hot American Summer

    Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks

    Released2001

    Directed byDavid Wain

    Wet Hot American Summer is a 2001 satirical comedy film directed by David Wain from a...  more
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  • Return to Sleepaway Camp8
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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
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  • Ernest Goes to Camp9
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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
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  • The Parent Trap10
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    The Parent Trap

    Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid

    Released1998

    Directed byNancy Meyers

    The Parent Trap is a 1998 romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Nancy Meyers, and...  more
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  • American Pie 211
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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
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  • The Burning12
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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
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  • Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor13
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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
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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
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  • SpaceCamp15
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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
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  • Indian Summer16
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    Indian Summer

    Diane Lane, Bill Paxton

    Released1993

    Directed byMike Binder

    Indian Summer is a 1993 comedy drama film written and directed by Mike Binder. The movie was...  more
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  • American Pie Presents: Band Camp17
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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
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  • Poison Ivy18
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    Poison Ivy

    Michael J. Fox, Adam Baldwin

    Released1985

    Directed byLarry Elikann

    Poison Ivy is a 1985 comedy television movie starring Michael J. Fox, directed by Larry...  more
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  • It Takes Two19
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    It Takes Two

    Kirstie Alley, Ashley Olsen

    Released1995

    Directed byAndy Tennant

    It Takes Two is a 1995 film starring Kirstie Alley, Steve Guttenberg and Mary-Kate and Ashley...  more
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  • The Parent Trap20
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    The Parent Trap

    Maureen O'Hara, John Mills

    Released1961

    Directed byDavid Swift

    The Parent Trap is a 1961 Walt Disney film. It stars Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara and Brian...  more
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  • Meatballs Part II21
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    Meatballs Part II

    Paul Reubens, Kim Richards

    Released1984

    Directed byKen Wiederhorn

    Meatballs Part II is a 1984 film that was a sequel to the 1979 movie Meatballs. The film...  more
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  • Moonrise Kingdom22
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    Moonrise Kingdom

    Bruce Willis, Bill Murray

    Released2012

    Directed byWes Anderson

    Moonrise Kingdom is a 2012 American film directed by Wes Anderson, written by Anderson and...  more
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  • Camp Rock23
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    Camp Rock

    Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas

    Released2008

    Directed byMatthew Diamond

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  • Happy Campers24
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    Happy Campers

    Jaime King, Justin Long

    Released2001

    Directed byDaniel Waters

    Happy Campers is a 2001 comedy film from New Line Cinema about college freshmen and summer...  more
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  • Bushwhacked25
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    Bushwhacked

    Daniel Stern, Jon Polito

    Released1995

    Directed byGreg Beeman

    Bushwhacked is a 1995 comedy, action and adventure film starring Daniel Stern, Jon Polito,...  more
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