If you are going on a camping trip this summer, perhaps you would like to get yourself in the mood by watching some of the all-time greatest camping movies. It seems like there are new camping movies released every summer, but there are some that are absolute can’t-miss classics. We compiled our list, based on some of the highest-rated camping movies from several internet movie guides.
The Great Outdoors
Perhaps the most popular camping movie is 1988’s The Great Outdoors starring comedians John Candy, Dan Akroyd and Annette Benning. This classic is a family- friendly camping movie centered around a family who decides to take everyone camping at a beautiful lakeside mountain resort for a summer vacation. But when a relative decides to tag along on the trip, hilarious fun and chaos ensue.
The Parent Trap
Another classic camping movie is 1998’s remake of The Parent Trap starring Dennis Quaid and a young Lindsay Lohan, who plays a pair of identical twins who were separated at birth by their parents. The two kids accidentally meet at a summer camp and realize they are twins. The twins switch places and want to meet the parent they have not yet met.
Heavy Weights is a 1995 hilarious classic starring Ben Stiller as a kids’ weight-loss camp counselor. His character, a fitness instructor, buys out the camp and attempts to make every child in the camp lose weight. But the campers suddenly become terrified of his strenuous workout regimens and seek to avenge his antics by plotting against him.
Moonrise Kingdom is a newer camping classic, which was nominated for an Academy Award for best original screenplay in 2012. Set in 1965 in Rhode Island, the film features a 12-year-old orphan who is attending a “Khaki Scout” summer camp as he plots to run away with a pen pal, so he brings his camping gear and sets up shop on a secluded cove in the island.
Without a Paddle
Without a Paddle is a 2004 classic starring Seth Green and Dax Shepherd as childhood friends united for a trip to the wilderness, searching for lost treasure. This flick is one wild, adventurous and action-packed comedy full of surprises along the way, which seems to be the case for most camping trips.
Camp Nowhere is a 1994 camping movie starring Christopher Lloyd. In the film, children who are sent to “boring summer camp” every year concoct with a fake summer camp and trick their parents to send them there, a camp where no parents are allowed to visit!
RV (Runaway Vacation)
RV (Runaway Vacation) is a 2006 camping classic, starring Robin Williams and Cheryl Hines. A family was supposed to go on a Hawaiian getaway when the father’s boss sends him on a business trip to Colorado at the same time. The father changes the Hawaii plan and decides to make his business trip into a family vacation in an RV, except for the fact that he didn’t tell his family about his business trip.
Meatballs is a 1979 comedy flick starring Bill Murray as a camp counselor who teaches kids to be proud of who they are, even if they seem like losers on the surface. This is a comedy aimed at teens.
Blair Witch Project
Blair Witch Project is the camping movie you are looking for if you want horror. Released in 1999, three film students go camping in search of a rumored witch. The three students never return, but their terrifying footage from the trip is found afterward.
Into the Wild
Into the Wild is a 2007 flick about a college kid fed up with his parents. He seeks to “find himself” by traveling across the country. Through his misadventures, he gets stuck in the wilderness. The soundtrack by Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder is another great reason to see this movie.
As a BONUS we give to you #11 which is not only a classic camping themed movie but a classic horror movie as well.
Friday the 13th
Another classic scary camping movie is 1980’s Friday the 13th, about camp counselors who are stalked and murdered while trying to reopen a shuttered summer camp.
Have we missed one? What is your favorite camp or camping related movie?