Movies like National Lampoon's Vacation

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National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)
 7.4
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National Lampoon's Vacation
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: 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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Tommy Boy
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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 dialogue, runaway, catastrophe, storytelling, mentor, vengeance and disorder mostly in Comedy, Adventure and Family genres. Some movies like National Lampoon's Vacation: Vegas Vacation (1997), The Great Outdoors (1988), Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987), Spies Like Us (1985), Uncle Buck (1989). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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National Lampoon's European Vacation
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
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:   95%
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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
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, 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:   83%
    User:   69%
 
 5.9
 38K
Vegas Vacation
Genre: Comedy
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, feel good, not serious, realistic, funny ...
Audience: teens
Plot: chase, gambling, obsession, desert, farce, on the road, 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:   71%
    User:   65%
 
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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, realistic, feel good, scenic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: wilderness, adventure, holiday, camp, parents and children, dysfunctional family, boat, love and romance, family, chase, youth, resort ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, california, canada
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    User:   65%
 
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Genre: Comedy
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, empire state building manhattan new york city ...
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System:   53%
    User:   45%
 
 6.4
 39K
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, realistic, exciting ...
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, washington d.c. ...
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System:   48%
    User:   52%
 
 7.0
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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
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System:   44%
    User:   49%
 
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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
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    User:   39%
 
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Vacation
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: 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, roller coaster, cow ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, san francisco, chicago illinois
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System:   36%
    User:   40%
 
 6.5
 18K
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, feel good, semi serious, realistic, funny ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: family, parenthood, rise and fall, switching roles, fish out of water, chase, couple relations, happy ending, children, childhood, runaway, parents and children ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   42%
 
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, realistic, feel good ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: family, christmas, holiday, adventure, homeless, hotel, mischievous children, airport, chase, urban, young heroes, revenge ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, florida, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   30%
 
Dumb and Dumber To
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: 20 years after the dimwits set out on their first adventure, they head out in search of one of their long lost children in the hope of gaining a new kidney.
Style: humorous, road movie, not serious, realistic, funny ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, stupidity, road trip, on the road, buddies, dumb, adoption, goofy hero, drugs/alcohol, misfit partners, prank, lame ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, cross country, rhode island
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   34%
    User:   36%
 
 6.5
 145K
Road Trip
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Four friends take off on an 1800 mile road trip to retrieve an illicit tape mistakenly mailed to a girl friend.
Style: humorous, sexual, road movie, not serious, funny ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, date night
Plot: road trip, sex, college, cheating, on the road, drinking, marijuana, geek, nothing goes right, beer, nudity (topless - notable), virginity ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: usa, cross country, texas, austin texas, new york state
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   33%
    User:   33%
 
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Under the Rainbow
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In World War II era Los Angeles, the manager of the Culver Hotel leaves his nephew in charge for a weekend. The nephew changes the name to the Hotel Rainbow and overbooks with royalty, assassins, secret agents, Japanese tourists, and munchkins (from ...
Style: humorous, not serious, realistic, feel good, offbeat ...
Plot: farce, hotel, espionage, assassination, chase, spy, secret service, mistaken identity, assassin, nothing goes right, dog, nazi ...
Time: 80s, 1930s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   32%
    User:   29%
 
 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
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System:   31%
    User:   35%
 
The Odd Couple II
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: 30 years after the first film, Oscar and Felix embark on a road trip together, to attend the wedding of Oscar's son to Felix's daughter.
Style: humorous, road movie, not serious, realistic, feel good ...
Plot: friendship, road trip, on the road, screwball, buddies, divorce, odd couple, marriage, small town, reunion, friends, family ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   31%
    User:   29%
 
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, on the road, track down, crime gone awry, irreverent, dialogue, uncover truth ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: michigan, new mexico, usa, new york, california ...
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System:   30%
    User:   30%
 
 5.7
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Captain Ron
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When mild-mannered Martin Harvey finds out that he has inherited a vintage yacht, he decides to take his family on a Caribbean vacation to retrieve the vessel. Upon arriving on a small island and realizing that the ship is in rough shape, Martin and ...
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, funny, light ...
Audience: teens
Plot: adventure, boat, island, parents and children, ocean or sea, eccentric family, family, nothing goes right, family life, fish out of water, family relations, disorder ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   30%
    User:   36%
 
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Rat Race
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In an ensemble film about easy money, greed, manipulation and bad driving, a Las Vegas casino tycoon entertains his wealthiest high rollers -- a group that will bet on anything -- by pitting six ordinary people against each other in a wild dash for ...
Style: road movie, humorous, funny, exciting, light ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: treasure hunt, road trip, contests and competitions, money, chase, obsessive quest, nothing goes right, creativity, escapades, partners, bet, family ...
Time: 2000s, contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, cross country, las vegas, mexico
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System:   30%
    User:   25%
 
 7.2
 6K
Hopscotch
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: When CIA operative Miles Kendig deliberately lets KGB agent Yaskov get away, his boss threatens to retire him. Kendig beats him to it, however, destroying his own records and traveling to Austria where he begins work on a memoir that will expose all ...
Style: humorous, witty, semi serious, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: spy, cia, espionage, cold war, vengeance, lovers on the run, spies, secrets, mentor, chase, kgb, twists & turns ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, usa, austria, germany, bahamas ...
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System:   29%
    User:   24%
 
Troop Beverly Hills
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A Beverly Hills housewife in the middle of a divorce tries to find focus in her life by taking over her daughter's Wilderness Girls troop.
Style: humorous, not serious, realistic, witty, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, family outing, girls' night, pre-teens, chick flick
Plot: camp, friendship, wilderness, adventure, culture clash, shopping, self discovery, divorce, storytelling, parents and children, women, fish out of water ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: beverly hills, california, usa, los angeles, southern california
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System:   29%
    User:   32%
 
 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, feel good, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
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:   33%
 
 5.6
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Senior Trip
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: While on detention, a group of misfits and slackers have to write a letter to the President explaining what is wrong with the education system. There is only one problem, the President loves it! Hence, the group must travel to Washington to meet the ...
Style: humorous, not serious, funny, realistic, offbeat ...
Audience: teens, date night, kids, teen comedy
Plot: parody, road trip, high school, on the road, goofy hero, teacher, teenager, drugs, adventure, hardcase students, stupidity, geek ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, washington d.c., ohio
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System:   29%
    User:   28%
 
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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, workaholic, family vacation, adventure, family values, nothing goes right, motor home, business trip, family relations, kids and family, parents and children, camping ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: colorado, usa, hawaii, pasadena california, nevada ...
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System:   28%
    User:   25%
 
Seems Like Old Times
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Writer Nick Gardenia is kidnapped from his California cliffhouse and forced to rob a bank. Now a fugitive, he seeks help from his ex, Glenda. She is a public defender remarried to a prosecutor, and we get a houseful of hijinks.
Style: witty, humorous, semi serious, feel good, funny ...
Plot: farce, romance, dog, courtroom, nothing goes right, chase, bank robbery, unlikely criminals, screwball, lawyer, love triangle, kidnapping ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   27%
    User:   25%
 
Johnson Family Vacation
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, road movie, not serious, realistic, funny ...
Audience: teens
Plot: on the road, road trip, mischievous children, drugs/alcohol, dysfunctional family, family, parents and children, nothing goes right, lame, family life, destiny, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, missouri, cross country
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System:   27%
    User:   24%
 
 7.3
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Chef
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When Chef Carl Casper suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner, he is left to figure out what's next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with ...
Style: touching, feel good, light, humorous, road movie ...
Plot: road trip, father son relationship, chef, starting over, cooking and food, parenthood, family relations, staff, internet, divorce, creativity, kitchen ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: california, los angeles, florida, miami, usa ...
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System:   27%
    User:   25%
 
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Country: USA, Canada, Germany
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Sometimes, it takes a strange night to put everything else into focus. And that's exactly what happens to Harold and his roommate, Kumar, when they set out to get the best stoner fix money can buy: White Castle hamburgers. Both guys are at a ...
Style: humorous, not serious, road movie, funny, realistic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: road trip, marijuana, drugs, on the road, weed, drugs/alcohol, buddies, race issues, racism, stereotypes, male nudity, redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: new jersey, usa, amsterdam
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System:   26%
    User:   30%
 

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Nothing But Trouble
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, offbeat, absurd ...
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Time: 90s, 80s
Place: new jersey, usa, atlantic city new jersey
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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, romance, nothing goes right, chase, family, racing, couples ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, florida
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