The Best Movies About Summer Camp

by kjtenorman | created - 02 Jun 2017 | updated - 02 Jun 2017 | Public

A chronological, wide-reaching list for summer camp enthusiasts.

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1. The Parent Trap (1961)

Passed | 129 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

73 Metascore

Teenage twin sisters swap places and scheme to reunite their divorced parents.

Director: David Swift | Stars: Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Charles Ruggles

Votes: 16,941

2. Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown (1977)

G | 76 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

55 Metascore

The Peanuts gang goes to summer camp, and they participate in a river-raft race against some cheating bullies.

Directors: Bill Melendez, Phil Roman | Stars: Duncan Watson, Greg Felton, Stuart Brotman, Gail Davis

Votes: 2,717 | Gross: $3.22M

3. Meatballs (1979)

PG | 94 min | Comedy

60 Metascore

Wacky hijinks of counselors and campers at a less-than-average summer camp.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Bill Murray, Harvey Atkin, Kate Lynch, Russ Banham

Votes: 17,326 | Gross: $43.05M

4. Little Darlings (1980)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

45 Metascore

Two fifteen year-old girls from different sides of the tracks compete to see who will be first to lose their virginity while at camp.

Director: Ron Maxwell | Stars: Tatum O'Neal, Kristy McNichol, Armand Assante, Matt Dillon

Votes: 4,462 | Gross: $34.33M

5. Friday the 13th (1980)

R | 95 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

22 Metascore

A group of camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which, years before, was the site of a child's drowning.

Director: Sean S. Cunningham | Stars: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Jeannine Taylor, Robbi Morgan

Votes: 105,095 | Gross: $39.75M

6. Gorp (1980)

R | 90 min | Comedy

A slapstick comedy about the wacky antics of a group of waiters at a Jewish summer camp in upstate New York.

Director: Joseph Ruben | Stars: Michael Lembeck, Dennis Quaid, Philip Casnoff, Fran Drescher

Votes: 463

7. Oddballs (1984)

PG | 91 min | Comedy

A Canadian sex comedy about saving a summer camp from becoming a shopping mall.

Director: Miklós Lente | Stars: Foster Brooks, Mike MacDonald, Konnie Krome, Milan Cheylov

Votes: 253

8. Poison Ivy (1985 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

Two teenage summer camp counselors struggle with their younger campers, providing a variety of humorous situations and romantic encounters.

Director: Larry Elikann | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Nancy McKeon, Caren Kaye, Adam Baldwin

Votes: 1,163

9. SpaceCamp (1986)

PG | 107 min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi

40 Metascore

The young attendees of a space camp find themselves in space for real when their shuttle is accidentally launched into orbit.

Director: Harry Winer | Stars: Kate Capshaw, Lea Thompson, Kelly Preston, Larry B. Scott

Votes: 12,164 | Gross: $9.70M

10. Ernest Goes to Camp (1987)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Family

24 Metascore

Ernest, a lovable loser who works as a summer camp handyman and dreams of becoming a guidance councilor, must find a way to inspire a group of juvenile delinquents as well as stop a shady strip mining company from closing the camp.

Director: John R. Cherry III | Stars: Jim Varney, Victoria Racimo, John Vernon, Iron Eyes Cody

Votes: 10,218 | Gross: $23.51M

11. Party Camp (1987)

R | 96 min | Comedy

A teenage boy takes a job as a counselor at a summer camp. He finds that the camp is run like a military training camp, and he resolves to turn it into Party Central.

Director: Gary Graver | Stars: Andrew Ross, Kerry Wall, Dean R. Miller, Billy Jayne

Votes: 270

12. Dirty Dancing (1987)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Music, Romance

65 Metascore

Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle.

Director: Emile Ardolino | Stars: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes

Votes: 174,593 | Gross: $0.62M

13. Troop Beverly Hills (1989)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy

A soon to be divorced Beverly Hills socialite is determined to prove to her husband and herself that she can finish what she starts out to do, by becoming a den mother to a troop of Beverly Hills Girl Scouts.

Director: Jeff Kanew | Stars: Shelley Long, Craig T. Nelson, Betty Thomas, Mary Gross

Votes: 8,689 | Gross: $8.51M

14. Camp Cucamonga (1990 TV Movie)

93 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Standard camp shenanigans and romance amongst the counselors and the campers at a lake front summer camp.

Director: Roger Duchowny | Stars: John Ratzenberger, Chad Allen, Jennifer Aniston, Candace Cameron Bure

Votes: 863

15. Indian Summer (1993)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Seven friends reunite for a week-long reunion at a summer camp in Ontario they used to attend as children which is now threatened with being closed down.

Director: Mike Binder | Stars: Alan Arkin, Matt Craven, Diane Lane, Bill Paxton

Votes: 4,725 | Gross: $14.90M

16. Addams Family Values (1993)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy

62 Metascore

The Addams Family try to rescue their beloved uncle Fester from his gold-digging new love, a black widow named Debbie.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Joan Cusack

Votes: 69,341 | Gross: $48.92M

17. Camp Nowhere (1994)

PG | 96 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Morris "Mud" Himmel has a problem. His parents desperately want to send him away to summer camp. He hates going to summer camp, and would do anything to get out of it. Talking to his ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Prince | Stars: Jonathan Jackson, Christopher Lloyd, John Putch, Peter Scolari

Votes: 8,099 | Gross: $10.47M

18. A Pig's Tale (1994 Video)

PG | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Kids' comedy with all the clichés. Six boys (hero, pudgy, dumb, romeo, etc), reluctantly sent to summer camp, are grouped together in a ramshackle hut, and instantly identified as losers ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Tassie | Stars: Joe Flaherty, Sean Babb, Mike Damus, Jonathan Hilario

Votes: 500

19. Summertime Switch (1994 TV Movie)

85 min | Comedy, Family

Young punk Freddie Egan is in a juvenile detention center for the summer. Spoiled rich-kid Frederick Egan III is going to a luxurious summer camp. However, a name mix-up at the bus terminal... See full summary »

Director: Alan Metter | Stars: Jason Weaver, Rider Strong, Richard Moll, Teresa Ganzel

Votes: 356

20. Heavy Weights (1995)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Plump kids are lured into joining a posh fat camp with the promise of quick weight loss and good times, only to find that the facility is a woodland hellhole run by a psycho ex-fitness instructor.

Director: Steven Brill | Stars: Tom McGowan, Aaron Schwartz, Ben Stiller, David Goldman

Votes: 22,849 | Gross: $17.69M

21. The Baby-Sitters Club (1995)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Seven junior-high-school girls organize a daycare camp for children while at the same time experiencing classic adolescent growing pains.

Director: Melanie Mayron | Stars: Schuyler Fisk, Bre Blair, Rachael Leigh Cook, Larisa Oleynik

Votes: 4,915 | Gross: $9.69M

22. It Takes Two (1995)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

45 Metascore

Alyssa and Amanda are two little girls who are identical, but complete strangers, that accidentally meet one day.

Director: Andy Tennant | Stars: Kirstie Alley, Steve Guttenberg, Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen

Votes: 18,295 | Gross: $19.47M

23. Camp Stories (1997)

PG | 100 min | Comedy

A man named David Katz remembers the formative summer he spent as a kid in an Orthodox Jewish summer camp.

Director: Herbert Beigel | Stars: Elliott Gould, Jerry Stiller, Paul Sand, Zachary Taylor

Votes: 73

24. Family Plan (1997)

PG | 95 min | Family, Comedy

After death of a man who managed summer camp for kids, his son-in-law plans to close it and build a luxury summer resort. However, manager's friend, Harry has an idea how to save the children's camp.

Director: Fred Gerber | Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Judge Reinhold, Eddie Bowz, Emily Procter

Votes: 917

25. The Parent Trap (1998)

PG | 128 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

64 Metascore

Identical twins Annie and Hallie, separated at birth and each raised by one of their biological parents, later discover each other for the first time at summer camp and make a plan to bring their wayward parents back together.

Director: Nancy Meyers | Stars: Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Natasha Richardson, Elaine Hendrix

Votes: 108,218 | Gross: $66.31M

26. But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

39 Metascore

A naive teenager is sent to rehab camp when her straitlaced parents and friends suspect her of being a lesbian.

Director: Jamie Babbit | Stars: Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, Michelle Williams, Brandt Wille

Votes: 23,341 | Gross: $2.21M

27. Camp (2003)

PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Musical, Drama

55 Metascore

After a series of Broadway flops, songwriter Bert Hanley (Dixon) goes to work at a musical camp for young performers. Inspired by the kids, he finds an opportunity to regain success by staging an altogether new production.

Director: Todd Graff | Stars: Don Dixon, Daniel Letterle, Joanna Chilcoat, Robin de Jesus

Votes: 5,417 | Gross: $1.63M

28. American Pie Presents: Band Camp (2005 Video)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Music

Matt Stifler wants to be just like his big bro, making porn movies and having a good time in college. After sabotaging the school band, he gets sent to band camp where he really doesn't like it at first but then learns how to deal with the bandeez.

Director: Steve Rash | Stars: Eugene Levy, Tad Hilgenbrink, Arielle Kebbel, Jason Earles

Votes: 63,566

29. Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

42 Metascore

Set on the last day of camp, in the hot summer of 1981, a group of counselors try to complete their unfinished business before the day ends.

Director: David Wain | Stars: Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Showalter, Marguerite Moreau

Votes: 49,770 | Gross: $0.29M

30. Happy Campers (2001)

R | 94 min | Comedy

When a summer camp director gets injured, the diverse group of college freshmen counselors take charge and spice up the everyday routine of the camp.

Director: Daniel Waters | Stars: Brad Renfro, Dominique Swain, Keram Malicki-Sánchez, Emily Bergl

Votes: 2,515

31. Holes (2003)

PG | 117 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

71 Metascore

A wrongfully convicted boy is sent to a brutal desert detention camp where he joins the job of digging holes for some mysterious reason.

Director: Andrew Davis | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Tim Blake Nelson

Votes: 70,006 | Gross: $67.41M

32. Stagedoor (2006)

79 min | Documentary

49 Metascore

Stagedoor is a documentary about the Stagedoor Manor summer camp, a theatrical program in the Catskills where all kinds of kids go to participate in productions. The documentary focused on ... See full summary »

Director: Alexandra Shiva | Stars: Taylor Rabow, Robert Wright, Nicole Doring, Randi Kleiner

Votes: 115

33. Summercamp! (2006)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

"Summercamp!" follows the day-to-day drama of 90 kids let loose in the woods at Swift Nature Camp. Featuring music by The Flaming Lips.

Directors: Bradley Beesley, Sarah Price | Stars: Patrick Lemmon, Mary Nass, Cameron Schmitt, Holly Stephenson

Votes: 135

34. Summerhood (2008)

Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A summer camp comedy...about the horrors of being ten.

Directors: Jacob Medjuck, Tony Dean Smith | Stars: Lucian Maisel, Scott Beaudin, Jesse Camacho, David Gibson McLean

Votes: 555

35. Camp Rock (2008 TV Movie)

TV-G | 94 min | Comedy, Family, Music

At a music camp for gifted teens, a popular teen idol overhears a girl singing and sets out to find who the talented voice belongs to. What he doesn't know is that the girl is actually a camp kitchen worker with a fear of being heard.

Director: Matthew Diamond | Stars: Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas, Meaghan Martin, Maria Canals-Barrera

Votes: 26,742

36. Fired Up! (2009)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Sport

31 Metascore

The two most popular guys in high school decide to ditch football camp for cheerleader camp. For the girls and for the glory.

Director: Will Gluck | Stars: Eric Christian Olsen, Nicholas D'Agosto, Sarah Roemer, Molly Sims

Votes: 40,566 | Gross: $17.23M

37. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

PG-13 | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

84 Metascore

A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray

Votes: 291,036 | Gross: $45.51M

38. Camp Takota (2014)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy

With her personal and professional life in shambles, Elise ends up having to take a job as a counselor at her old summer camp. There, she reunites with two estranged friends who attended ... See full summary »

Directors: Chris Riedell, Nick Riedell | Stars: Grace Helbig, Mamrie Hart, Chester See, Hannah Hart

Votes: 4,390

39. The Final Girls (2015)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

59 Metascore

A young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, finds herself pulled into the world of her mom's most famous movie. Reunited, the women must fight off the film's maniacal killer.

Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson | Stars: Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Adam Devine, Thomas Middleditch

Votes: 30,107



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