National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985) Poster


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Followed by 

Hotel Hell Vacation (2010) (Video)
Vacation (2015)


Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
a still from the film is in the end credits
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Eric Idle says, "it's only a flesh wound" after being struck by the Griswold's rental car
Superman (1978)
a poster of this movie is seen during the end credits
Pale Rider (1985)
a close-up of the Pale Rider poster is seen during the end credits

Referenced in 

The Lost Boys (1987)
Poster visible in the video store
Siskel & Ebert: Who Framed Roger Rabbit/Aria/The Great Outdoors (1988) (TV Episode)
Gene Siskel says that "The Great Outdoors" (1988) was created to capitalize on the success of the two "Vacation" movies.
Growing Pains: The Return of the Triangle (1990) (TV Episode)
"Why does Chevy Chase keep going on vacation when only bad things happen?" "Okay. Okay. Well, then how come he never notices that he has different kids?"
Blood Massacre (1991)
Video box seen in video store.
Serial Mom (1994)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Danger!! Death Ray (1995) (TV Episode)
Tom: "The Rockford Files: European Vacation"
The Nanny: A Decent Proposal (1997) (TV Episode)
Fran mentions the movie by name.
Just Married (2003)
The Family Truckster (2003) (Video)
Dana Barron explains why she was not in this sequel
The Simpsons: The Regina Monologues (2003) (TV Episode)
The Simpsons get trapped in a roundabout for hours, similar to the Griswolds.
EuroTrip (2004)
Uses the same song by Plastic Bertrand for a montage in France, just like the older movie did.
Yes Man (2008)
DVD is shown in a video store.
The Big Sleaze (2010)
poster on wall
Fringe: Peter (2010) (TV Episode)
poster outside theater
The Cinema Snob: Home Sweet Home (2010) (TV Episode)
Cinema Snob thinks this movie is not funny
Shameful Sequels: Christmas Vacation 2: Part 1 (2010) (TV Episode)
references to Eric Idle's role
Best of the Worst: Elves, Santa Claus, and Christmas Vacation 2 (2013) (TV Episode)
Mike alludes to it.
Todd's Pop Song Reviews: Talk Dirty by Jason DeRulo (2014) (TV Episode)
Image of Clark Griswold is shown.
Toy Hunter: The Duke of Toys (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Jordan.
Shameful Sequels: Vegas Vacation (2014) (TV Episode)
Mike says he loves the National Lampoon Vacation movies, except this one
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 1 October 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
mentioned in discussion of films released in 1985
Vacation (2015)
Picture in Rusty's photo album. Jason Lively and Dana Hill can be seen as Rusty and Audrey.
Midnight Screenings: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation/Vacation (2015) (TV Episode)
Brad describes this as one of the bad Vacation movies
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 1 July 2016 (2016) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Adnan Virk in discussion of summer movies
Jeopardy!: Episode #33.2 (2016) (TV Episode)
referenced in clue in "Game Shows in the Movies" category
Cine Terapia: Cine Terapia - Axel Kuschevatzky (2017) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by one of the characters.

Featured in 

100 Years of Comedy (1997) (Video)
Clips shown.
Nostalgia Critic: Maximum Overdrive (2014) (TV Episode)
"Kids, Big Ben. Parliament."
La noche de...: La sombra de la sospecha (2017) (TV Episode)
clips shown - Chevy Chase


The Sound of Music (1965)
Clark's dream sequence spoofs the dancing of The Sound of Music
Family Feud (1976) (TV Series)
The Meaning of Life (1983)
Audrey's dream sequence when her stomach expands is the same as the scene with the exploding fat man in Meaning, even has the same music. It's obviously a direct reference.

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