Movies like The Great Outdoors

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The Great Outdoors (1988)
 6.7
 40K
The Great Outdoors (1988)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: It's vacation time for outdoorsy Chicago man Chet Ripley, along with his wife, Connie, and their two kids, Buck and Ben. But a serene weekend of fishing at a Wisconsin lakeside cabin gets crashed by Connie's obnoxious brother-in-law, Roman Craig, his wife, Kate, and the couple's two daughters. As the excursion wears on, the Ripleys find themselves at odds with the stuffy Craig family.
Style: humorous, feel good, funny, absurd, realistic, semi serious, cult film, scenic, unusual plot structure, whimsical ...
Audience: teens
Plot: adventure, wilderness, family relations, nothing goes right, camp, youth, friendship, parents and children, disorder, holiday, love and romance, couples, in-laws, family vacation, grizzly bear, friends, couple relations, resort, coming of age, raccoon, best friend, family holiday, roommate, cabin, boat ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, wisconsin, california, canada

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Most similar movies to The Great Outdoors

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, funny, realistic and feel good films with plots about mentor, dialogue, disorder, runaway, storytelling, catastrophe and brutality mostly in Comedy, Adventure and Drama genres. Some movies like The Great Outdoors: Summer Rental (1985), What About Bob? (1991), National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), Uncle Buck (1989), Nothing But Trouble (1991). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.3
 14K
Summer Rental (1985)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Jack Chester, an overworked air traffic controller, takes his family on vacation to the beach. Things immediately start to go wrong for the Chesters, and steadily get worse. Jack ends up in a feud with a local yachtsman, and has to race him to ...
Style: feel good, humorous, funny, light, road movie ...
Audience: date night
Plot: underdog, rivalry, on the road, screwball, nothing goes right, love and romance, couples, disorder, couple relations, romance, summer vacation, friendship ...
Time: 80s
Place: florida, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
What About Bob? (1991)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Before going on vacation, self-involved psychiatrist Dr. Leo Marvin has the misfortune of taking on a new patient: Bob Wiley. An exemplar of neediness and a compendium of phobias, Bob follows Marvin to his family's country house. Dr. Marvin ...
Style: humorous, not serious, funny, light, witty ...
Plot: mental illness, therapy, obsession, psychiatrist, goofy hero, nothing goes right, disorder, doctors and patients, stalking, treatment, vacation, family vacation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new hampshire, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Clark Griswold is on a quest to take his family on a quest to Walley World theme park for a vacation, but things don't go exactly as planned.
Style: road movie, humorous, realistic, gross out humor, dark humor ...
Audience: teens
Plot: road trip, on the road, cross country, adventure, plan gone awry, grand canyon, couple relations, theme park, youth, couples, disorder, family holiday ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, colorado, kansas, arizona, st. louis missouri ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 86K
Uncle Buck (1989)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: As an idle, good-natured bachelor, Uncle Buck is the last person you would think of to watch the kids. However, during a family crisis, he is suddenly left in charge of his nephew and nieces. Unaccustomed to suburban life, fun-loving Uncle Buck soon ...
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, touching, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids
Plot: fish out of water, respect, mischievous children, parents and children, when the parents are away, siblings relations, child care, profanity, family relations, golf, uncle nephew relationship, backfire ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Nothing But Trouble (1991)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: While attempting to seduce gorgeous lawyer Diane Lightson, wealthy gadabout Chris Thorne agrees to drive her to Atlantic City, N.J. But, when some reckless driving draws the attention of a deeply critical cop, they and the flamboyant ...
Style: humorous, dark humor, not serious, disturbing, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: small town, chase, on the run, eccentric family, goofy hero, nothing goes right, buddies, danger, anti heroes, deadly, anti hero, disorder ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: new jersey, usa, atlantic city, atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Sue Ellen Crandell is a teenager eagerly awaiting her mother's summer-long absence. While the babysitter looks after her rambunctious younger siblings, Sue Ellen can party and have fun. But then the babysitter abruptly dies, leaving the ...
Style: humorous, feel good, not serious, realistic, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: nanny, family relations, siblings relations, disorder, babies and infants, mischievous children, teenage life, parents and children, youth, single parent, goofy hero, children ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, year 1990, 80s
Place: australia, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: It's Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their two kids. Clark's continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests, but ...
Style: humorous, feel good, sentimental, funny, light ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: christmas, holiday, parents and children, family gatherings, family dinner, farce, neighbor, eccentric family, nothing goes right, down on your luck, family relations, yuppie ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 19K
Meatballs (1979)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Tripper is the head counselor at a budget summer camp called Camp Northstar. In truth, he's young at heart and only marginally more mature than the campers themselves. Tripper befriends Rudy, a loner camper who has trouble fitting in. As ...
Style: humorous, feel good, light, entertaining, funny ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: summer camp, rivalry, camp, rich and poor, youth, mischievous children, friends, prank, flirting, french fries, ketchup, toothpick ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving, with an obnoxious slob of a shower ring salesman his only companion.
Style: humorous, touching, sentimental, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: thanksgiving, unlikely friendships, hitchhiker, on the road, screwball, generosity, thief, advertising, snow, odd couple, state trooper, chewing tobacco ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, chicago illinois, illinois, new york, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.6
 7K
Neighbors (1981)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: One man's quiet suburban life takes a sickening lurch for the worse when a young couple move into the deserted house next door. From the word go it is obvious these are not the quiet professional types who *should* be living in such a nice ...
Style: cult film, humorous, dark humor, witty, offbeat ...
Audience: teens
Plot: family relations, friendship, suburbs, farce, couples, friends, disorder, silly humor, school, suburban life, couple relations, parents and children ...
Time: 80s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Moms' Night Out (2014)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Yearning for an evening without their kids, some friends plan a night out. But to do this, their husbands need to watch the kids. What can go wrong?
Style: not serious, sentimental, humorous, realistic, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: parents and children, family relations, parenthood, nothing goes right, best friends, couples, comedy of errors, escapades, youth, couple relations, disorder, parent child relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.5
 57K
RV (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: UK, Germany, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Climbing aboard their mammoth recreational vehicle for a cross-country road trip to the Colorado Rockies, the McNeive family – led by dysfunctional patriarch, Bob – prepares for the adventure of a lifetime. But spending two weeks together in one ...
Style: road movie, funny, feel good, humorous, absurd ...
Audience: family outing, teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: road trip, motor home, family vacation, workaholic, family relations, hitchhiker, family values, farce, parents and children, nothing goes right, camping, business trip ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: colorado, usa, utah, pasadena california, nevada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: TV child star of the '70s, Dickie Roberts is now 35 and parking cars. Craving to regain the spotlight, he auditions for a role of a normal guy, but the director quickly sees he is anything but normal. Desperate to win the part, Dickie hires a ...
Style: humorous, feel good, touching, satirical, funny ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: family relations, nothing goes right, actor's life, parents and children, family life, youth, child prodigy, disorder, childhood, culture clash, family, underdog ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s, 70s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
She's Out of Control (1989)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A Los Angeles radio-station manager's girlfriend shows his teenage daughter how to be sexy.
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, realistic, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night
Plot: teenage love, teenager, coming of age, teen angst, teenage daughter, father dislikes daughter's boyfriend, love and romance, family relations, child as adult, parents and children, single parent, teenage life ...
Time: 80s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Christmas with the Kranks (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Luther Krank is fed up with the commerciality of Christmas; he decides to skip the holiday and go on a vacation with his wife instead. But when his daughter decides at the last minute to come home, he must put together a holiday celebration.
Style: humorous, feel good, funny, satirical, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: christmas, family, suburban life, holiday, christmas party, family gatherings, disorder, nothing goes right, contests and competitions, family life, parents and children, christmas eve ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: chicago illinois, latin america, peru, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A high school slacker pretends to be sick to skip school and have an exciting day off alongside his girlfriend and his best buddy through Chicago, while trying to outwit his obsessive school principal and his unconformited sister along the way.
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, offbeat, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, date night, teen comedy, kids, girls' night
Plot: suprisingly clever, coming of age, friendship, high school, generation gap, skipping school, family relations, when the parents are away, teacher, teenage life, independence, car theft ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, usa, illinois, united states, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Gods Must Be Crazy II (1989)
Genre: Comedy
Country: South Africa, Botswana, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Xixo is back again. This time, his children accidentally stow away on a fast-moving poachers' truck, unable to get off, and Xixo sets out to rescue them. Along the way, he encounters a couple of soldiers trying to capture each other and a pilot ...
Style: feel good, humorous, exciting, semi serious, entertaining ...
Audience: kids
Plot: farce, culture clash, adventure, adventurer, fish out of water, friendship, disorder, danger, goofy hero, nothing goes right, rescue, desert ...
Time: 80s
Place: africa, south africa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 5.0
 3K
Camping (2006)
Genre: Comedy
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Plastic surgeon Michel Saint-Josse is on his way to Spain where he hopes to spend a stress-free holiday in a luxury hotel with his teenage daughter Vanessa. When his car breaks down near a camping, Michel accepts the offer of help from an extrovert ...
Style: humorous, feel good, realistic, semi serious
Plot: friendship, camp, beach, nothing goes right, disorder, buddies, fish out of water, resort, family relations, snobbism, vacation, camping ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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Dance 'Til Dawn (1988)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: It's prom night and the kids of Hoover High will be having a night they will never forget. Popular girl Shelley ditches her prom and ends up spending the night with unpopular Dan; Popular guy Kevin goes out with nerdy Angela because he heard ...
Style: touching, semi serious, feel good, humorous, realistic
Audience: teens, date night, teen comedy
Plot: prom, teenage love, youth, school, teenage life, friendship, family relations, couples, love and romance, parents and children, family life, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: 80s
Place: italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 5.9
 3K
Hot Pursuit (1987)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Young Danny is following his rich girlfriend's family to the Caribbean. But suddenly he simply must make a chemistry test and cannot go with them. After they have left, he gets a leave from his professor and takes a plane to find them. But he ...
Style: feel good, humorous, light, road movie, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: chase, adventure, girlfriend, rescue, nothing goes right, romance, high school, friendship, disorder, youth, boat, pursuit ...
Time: 80s
Place: caribbean, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 5.5
 102K
Couples Retreat (2009)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Four couples, all friends, descend on a tropical island resort. Though one husband and wife are there to work on their marriage, the others just want to enjoy some fun in the sun. They soon find, however, that paradise comes at a price: ...
Style: funny, sexy, humorous, not serious, absurd ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, teens
Plot: resort, friendship, island, couple relations, friends, couples, farce, couples therapy, disorder, divorce, nothing goes right, marriage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: tahiti, chicago illinois, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Girl Most Likely (2012)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A failed New York playwright stages a suicide in an attempt to win back her ex, only to wind up in the custody of her gambling-addict mother.
Style: humorous, light, melancholic, absurd, talky ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, family problems, parents and children, disorder, faked death, love and romance, nothing goes right, eccentricity, loneliness, runaway, secrets, older woman younger man relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future, 80s
Place: new jersey, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Sweet Liberty (1986)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Michael has written a schollarly book on the revolutionary war. He has sold the film rights. The arrival of the film crew seriously disrupts him as actors want to change their characters, directors want to re-stage battles, and he becomes very ...
Style: humorous, witty, feel good, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: actor, historian, love and romance, artists and showbiz, couple relations, fish out of water, showbiz, professor, couples, actor's life, young lovers, celebrity culture ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 18th century, 1930s
Place: usa, north carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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 6.5
 12K
Dutch (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: To get to know his girlfriend's son, a man volunteers to pick him up from a prep school....only to learn that her son's not the nicest kid.
Style: road movie, feel good, light, entertaining, humorous ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: road trip, prank, boarding school, mischievous children, reluctant partners, partners, obsessive quest, nothing goes right, social differences, culture clash, parents and children, working class ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, london, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
License to Drive (1988)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Teenager Les Anderson thinks his life can't get any worse after he flunks his driver's exam, but he's wrong. Even though he didn't receive his license, Les refuses to break his date with the cool Mercedes Lane, and he decides to ...
Style: humorous, not serious, light, road movie, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, teen comedy, girls' night
Plot: high school, drunk driving, underage drinking, love and romance, nothing goes right, friendship, teenage love, high school life, teenage life, parents and children, family relations, lifestyle ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Johnson Family Vacation (2004)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: AAA can't help the roadside emergency that is the JOHNSON FAMILY VACATION. Even the on-board navigation system has a meltdown on Nate Johnson and his family's cross-country trek to their annual family reunion/grudge match. Reluctantly ...
Style: humorous, not serious, sexy, absurd, light ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: eccentric family, nothing goes right, family life, mischievous children, on the road, family relations, interracial romance, love and romance, women, pool party, youth, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, missouri, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
One Crazy Summer (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An aspiring teenage cartoonist and his friends come to the aid of a singer trying to save her family property from developers.
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, light, sincere ...
Audience: teens, date night, teen comedy
Plot: coming of age, friendship, eviction, romance, disorder, island, nothing goes right, buddies, youth, heroic mission, teenage love, teenage life ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, new england, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 4.4
 191
A Beer Tale (2012)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: A coming of age romantic comedy centered around the lives of twin brothers Luke and Corey Frankenstein in the pivotal months following college graduation. Orphaned at the age of five, the brothers inherited their family brewery and were left in the ...
Style: humorous, feel good, captivating, light, realistic ...
Plot: coming of age, family business, youth, twins, family relations, love and romance, beer, rivalry, friendship, couples, siblings relations, fall in love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 5.9
 229K
Grown Ups (2010)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: After their high school basketball coach passes away, five good friends and former teammates reunite for a Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Style: humorous, funny, ridiculous, realistic, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: vacation, friends, reunion, family life, friendship, family relations, eccentric family, silly humor, buddies, couples, adulthood, stupidity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, year 1978, 70s
Place: usa, hawaii, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.1
 100K
Vacation (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Hoping to bring his family closer together and to recreate his childhood vacation for his own kids, a grown up Rusty Griswold takes his wife and their two sons on a cross-country road trip to the coolest theme park in America, Walley World. Needless ...
Style: funny, humorous, not serious, realistic, idiotic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, family vacation, road trip, on the road, vacation, amusement park, parents and children, nothing goes right, family relations, highway travel, family problems, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, san francisco, arizona, memphis, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%