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Great Summer Vacation Flicks

Author: Sarah Kunkle

Great summer vacation flicks

Summer is known primarily known for two things: great vacations and blockbuster movies. Like many great things, the combination of the two is often greater than the sum of its parts. For those who love vacations and movies, here is a list of some of the best vacation movies of all time.

Vacation
This movie's title alone makes it a lock for the list. But the movie's merits extend well past its name. With John Candy at his peak and a young Christie Brinkley, this classic spawned famous lines and hilarious sequences - as well as three sequels. Although this movie might make you rethink your vacation, it is certain to make you happy you watched it. 

Weekend at Bernie's
What could go wrong for a couple of guys propping up a deceased boss? A lot, it turns out. The movie may not be an oscar winner, but it still provides some light summer fun. With slapstick humor and barrels of hijinx, "Weekend at Bernie's" is a fun way of having a vacation without leaving your house.

Almost Famous
Although not technically a vacation, this movie treks all over the U.S. following the exploits of fictitious band Stillwater. Featuring a great soundtrack and solid performances from Kate Hudson, Patrick Fugit and Phllip Seymour Hoffman, "Almost Famous" shows viewers the backstage and road-tripping side of rock.

The Great Outdoors
Another John Candy vehicle, this story of oppositional in-laws provides a fun way to spend any summer month. With co-star Dan Aykroyd, Candy performs his traditional mistake-prone romp through the Wisconsin wilderness.

Whether you don't have the time or money for a true summer vacation, or you're just looking for a way to spend a long evening, these vacation-themed movies will surely make you more fully appreciate the summer.

In Brief

  • Summer is known primarily known for two things: great vacations and blockbuster movies.
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