Movies like National Lampoon's Vacation

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National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)
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National Lampoon's Vacation
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
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: humorous, road movie, not serious, funny, realistic, suspense, clever, scenic, intense, interesting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: road trip, adventure, dysfunctional family, desert, farce, dog, on the road, chase, down on your luck, theme park, family, eccentric family, kids and family, holiday, family bonds, nothing goes right, family vacation, catastrophe, youth, culture clash, beautiful scenery, vengeance, family relations, family drama, runaway ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, cross country, california, colorado, arizona, kansas, st. louis missouri
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Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Comedy, Drama
USA
93 min.
 7.6
The Goonies
Adventure, Comedy, Family
USA
114 min.
 7.8
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Most similar movies to National Lampoon's Vacation

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, funny, realistic and clever films with plots about catastrophe, dialogue, runaway, disorder, mentor, chase and storytelling mostly in Comedy, Family and Adventure genres. Some movies like National Lampoon's Vacation: Vegas Vacation (1997), Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987), The Great Outdoors (1988), Vacation (2015), Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Genre: Comedy, Family
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, funny, light, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: christmas, nothing goes right, holiday, eccentric family, farce, family, family gatherings, parents and children, down on your luck, family dinner, culture clash, creativity ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa
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System:   95%
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National Lampoon's European Vacation
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The Griswalds win a vacation to Europe on a game show, and thus pack their bags for the continent. They do their best to catch the flavor of Europe, but they just don't know how to be be good tourists. Besides, they have trouble taking holidays ...
Style: humorous, not serious, funny, realistic, idiotic ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: dysfunctional family, on the road, nothing goes right, chase, parody, family problems, family relations, family, disorder, parents and children, stereotypes, family vacation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: england, london, europe, germany, france ...
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System:   94%
    User:   100%
 
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Vegas Vacation
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The Griswold family hits the road again for a typically ill-fated vacation, this time to the glitzy mecca of slots and showgirls—Las Vegas.
Style: humorous, not serious, feel good, realistic, funny ...
Audience: teens
Plot: chase, gambling, obsession, desert, on the road, farce, parents and children, dysfunctional family, nothing goes right, road trip, casino, family relations ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa
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System:   85%
    User:   87%
 
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
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, sentimental, touching, road movie, semi serious ...
Plot: holiday, road trip, on the road, odd couple, thanksgiving, train, screwball, comedy of errors, getting home, unlikely friendships, chase, foul language ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, cross country, st. louis missouri, california, illinois ...
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The Great Outdoors
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 ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, realistic, scenic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: wilderness, adventure, holiday, camp, parents and children, boat, love and romance, family, chase, youth, resort, couples ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, california, canada
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System:   64%
    User:   65%
 
 6.1
 82K
Vacation
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
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: humorous, not serious, funny, road movie, realistic ...
Plot: road trip, dysfunctional family, on the road, nothing goes right, vacation, family relations, amusement park, chase, grand canyon, disorder, bipolar disorder, theme park ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, san francisco, chicago illinois
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System:   54%
    User:   40%
 
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Instead of flying to Florida with his folks, Kevin ends up alone in New York, where he gets a hotel room with his dad's credit card—despite problems from a clerk and meddling bellboy. But when Kevin runs into his old nemeses, the Wet Bandits, ...
Style: humorous, sentimental, not serious, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: family, christmas, holiday, adventure, homeless, hotel, mischievous children, airport, chase, young heroes, urban, revenge ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, florida
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System:   49%
    User:   54%
 
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Uncle Buck
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, touching, semi serious, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens
Plot: mischievous children, teenager, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, chase, when the parents are away, eccentric family, fish out of water, foul language, family, mentor, youth ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   49%
    User:   47%
 
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Mr. Mom
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Jack and Caroline are a couple making a decent living When Jack suddenly loses his job. They agree that he should stay at home and look after the house while Caroline works. It's just that he's never done it before, and really doesn't ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, realistic, funny ...
Audience: family outing, kids
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Time: 80s, 20th century
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    User:   42%
 
Larger Than Life
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Motivational Speaker Jack Corcoran is determined to get his career off the ground, but the biggest gigs he can get are the ones nobody wants. Then one day, he receives a telegram that his circus clown father has passed away, and has left a ...
Style: humorous, road movie, semi serious, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, teens, kids
Plot: on the road, friendship, nothing goes right, fish out of water, disorder, friends, rescue, goofy hero, mentor, family, catastrophe, animal life ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   38%
 
Flirting with Disaster
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Adopted as a child, new father Mel Colpin (Ben Stiller) decides he cannot name his son until he knows his birth parents, and determines to make a cross-country quest to find them. Accompanied by his wife, Nancy (Patricia Arquette), and an inept yet ...
Style: humorous, witty, road movie, not serious, funny ...
Plot: farce, adoption, dysfunctional family, mistaken identity, obsessive quest, parenthood, track down, on the road, crime gone awry, irreverent, dialogue, uncover truth ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: michigan, new mexico, usa, new york, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   42%
    User:   42%
 
 5.5
 51K
RV
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: humorous, feel good, funny, road movie, absurd ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: road trip, nothing goes right, workaholic, family relations, family vacation, parents and children, adventure, happy ending, family values, motor home, business trip, kids and family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: colorado, usa, hawaii, pasadena california, nevada ...
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System:   41%
    User:   46%
 
Pee-wee's Big Adventure
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The eccentric and childish Pee-wee Herman embarks on a big adventure when his beloved bicycle is stolen. Armed with information from a fortune-teller and a relentless obsession with his prized possession, Pee-wee encounters a host of odd characters ...
Style: surreal, humorous, dark humor, road movie, not serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, chase, family, road trip, americana, on the road, fish out of water, irreverent, adventurer, childhood, creativity, goofy hero ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, texas, usa, cross country
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   46%
 
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Ruthless People
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A couple, cheated by a vile businessman, kidnap his wife in retaliation, without knowing that their enemy is delighted they did.
Style: humorous, clever, witty, not serious, funny ...
Plot: kidnapping, farce, vengeance, ransom, murder, revenge, cons and scams, greed, crime, betrayal, twists & turns, confined ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   47%
 
 4.8
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Bingo
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Bingo, the runaway circus dog, is off the leash and saving Chuckie's life! Bingo and the boy become the best of friends in this canine comedy featuring doggy disguises and skateboarding, pinball and prison. Chuckie and his parents (Cindy ...
Style: humorous, not serious, feel good, satirical, absurd ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: dog, family, adventure, friendship, on the road, best friends, pets, children, kidnapping, animal life, natural disaster, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: usa, cross country
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   38%
    User:   40%
 
 7.1
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Tommy Boy
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Party animal Tommy Callahan is a few cans short of a six-pack. But when the family business starts tanking, it's up to Tommy and number-cruncher Richard Hayden to save the day.
Style: humorous, road movie, not serious, feel good, funny ...
Audience: teens
Plot: road trip, on the road, buddies, father son relationship, dumb, stupidity, parents and children, sarcasm, factory, beer, nothing goes right, college ...
Time: 90s
Place: ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   38%
    User:   36%
 
College Road Trip
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: When an overachieving high school student decides to travel around the country to choose the perfect college, her overprotective cop father also decides to accompany her in order to keep her on the straight and narrow.
Style: humorous, not serious, road movie, funny, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens
Plot: family, road trip, father daughter relationship, on the road, parents and children, disney, high school, nothing goes right, youth, children, kids and family, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, illinois, indiana, washington d.c.
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System:   37%
    User:   30%
 
 6.0
 39K
Baby's Day Out
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Baby Bink couldn't ask for more; he has adoring (if somewhat sickly-sweet) parents, he lives in a huge mansion, and he's just about to appear in the social pages of the paper. Unfortunately, not everyone in the world is as nice as Baby ...
Style: humorous, not serious, exciting, realistic, idiotic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: family, chase, kidnapping, nothing goes right, babies and infants, urban, stupidity, mischievous children, adventure, children, crime gone awry, baby ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   42%
 
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Home Alone
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister makes the most of the situation after his family unwittingly leaves him behind when they go on Christmas vacation. But when a pair of bungling burglars set their sights on Kevin's house, the plucky kid stands ...
Style: humorous, light, funny, entertaining, not serious ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: christmas, home alone, family, kids and family, mischievous children, holiday, one man army, child in peril, precocious child, when the parents are away, home invasion, family bonds ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: usa, illinois, america, france, chicago illinois ...
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System:   35%
    User:   39%
 
 6.4
 85K
Bean
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Bean works as a caretaker at Britain's formidable Royal National Gallery, and his bosses want to fire him because he sleeps at work all the time, but can't because the chairman of the gallery's board defends him. They send him to USA, ...
Style: humorous, not serious, offbeat, realistic, funny ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hospital, creativity, farce, comedy of errors, goofy hero, museum, painting, dysfunctional family, nothing goes right, fish out of water, family, misfit ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   33%
    User:   29%
 
 6.4
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Spies Like Us
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two bumbling government employees think they are U.S. spies, only to discover that they are actually decoys for Nuclear War.
Style: humorous, not serious, funny, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, spy, chase, cold war, farce, adventure, mistaken identity, secret service, on the road, fish out of water, spies, parody ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: middle east, afghanistan, russia, asia, pentagon ...
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System:   32%
    User:   37%
 
 5.0
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Snow Day
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: When a school in upstate New York is snowed in, a group of students hi-jack a plow to keep the school closed..
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, romantic, melancholic ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: family, high school, chase, school, adventure, mischievous children, parents and children, children, siblings relations, teachers and students, forces of nature, bullying ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   31%
    User:   33%
 
 6.2
 12K
Summer Rental
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: humorous, semi serious, feel good, realistic, road movie ...
Audience: date night
Plot: screwball, underdog, on the road, boat, parents and children, race, nothing goes right, romance, chase, family, racing, couples ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   31%
    User:   27%
 
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Man of the House
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Ben Archer is not happy. His mother, Sandy, has just met a man, and it looks like things are pretty serious. Driven by a fear of abandonment, Ben tries anything and everything to ruin the "love bubble" which surrounds his mom. However, ...
Style: semi serious, feel good, humorous, realistic, touching ...
Audience: date night, family outing, kids
Plot: family, divorce, mischievous children, suburbs, chase, children, single parent, prank, indians, parents and children, disney, child as adult ...
Time: 90s
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System:   30%
    User:   33%
 
Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: James Stewart and Maureen O'Hara star as Roger and Peggy Hobbs, a St. Louis couple with a large brood who desire a seaside vacation. Renting a cottage by the ocean is just the first step in a summer fraught with disasters, including a couch ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, realistic, light ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: parenthood, dysfunctional family, nothing goes right, finnish, family, family bonds, parents and children, children, family gatherings, family drama, summer vacation, house ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1930s
Place: california
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System:   30%
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Are We There Yet?
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The fledgling romance between Nick, a playboy bachelor, and Suzanne, a divorced mother of two, is threatened by a particularly harrowing New Years Eve. When Suzanne's work keeps her in Vancouver for the holiday, Nick offers to bring her kids to ...
Style: humorous, road movie, not serious, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens
Plot: road trip, children, family, romance, on the road, single parent, parents and children, violence, nothing goes right, mentor, family life, kids and family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, oregon, usa
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System:   30%
    User:   33%
 
 7.8
 205K
The Goonies
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A young teenager named Mikey Walsh finds an old treasure map in his father's attic. Hoping to save their homes from demolition, Mikey and his friends Data Wang, Chunk Cohen, and Mouth Devereaux run off on a big quest to find the secret stash of ...
Style: exciting, semi serious, feel good, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing, pre-teens, teen comedy
Plot: treasure hunt, adventure, treasure, friendship, family, childhood, chase, swashbuckler, buddies, kids and family, children, mischievous children ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, dungeon
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System:   29%
    User:   33%
 
 6.4
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Dutch
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, semi serious, feel good, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: boarding school, holiday, culture clash, working class, road trip, buddies, mischievous children, mentor, reluctant partners, prank, parents and children, bullying ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: usa, london
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System:   29%
    User:   27%
 

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