19 Best Summer Movies About Family Vacations

May 30, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. ET
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Planning and taking a family vacation requires a lot of effort, don't you think? From choosing the destination to wrangling the kids and packing your bags in the car (and making sure you haven't forgotten anything!) before you hit the road, vacations take a lot of time to execute seamlessly.

All that hassle has us thinking it might just be a safer bet to round up a solid list of vacation-themed movies that you and your family can watch together this summer. Plus, watching a movie is a great way to cool off on particularly hot days.

Skip the family vacation and, instead, live vicariously through the highs and lows of famous movie families who embarked on hilarious (or downright scary!) vacations full of hijinks and adrenaline. No two vacation-themed movies are the same, which means your family will never get bored.

From Vacation to Jaws, these family vacation movies are must-sees this summer.

A version of this article was originally published in February 2018.

1 /19: 'Now and Then'

'Now and Then'
Image: New Line Cinema

1/19 :'Now and Then'

2 /19: 'Jurassic World'

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Image: Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment

2/19 :'Jurassic World'

3 /19: 'The Shallows'

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Image: Columbia Pictures

3/19 :'The Shallows'

4 /19: 'Dirty Dancing'

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Image: Great American Films Limited Partnership

4/19 :'Dirty Dancing'

5 /19: 'National Lampoon's Vacation'

'National Lampoon's Vacation' movie still
Image: Warner Bros.

5/19 :'National Lampoon's Vacation'

6 /19: 'Vacation'

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Image: Warner Bros.

6/19 :'Vacation'

7 /19: 'Finding Nemo'

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Image: Pixar Animation Studios

7/19 :'Finding Nemo'

8 /19: 'Little Miss Sunshine'

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Image: Fox Searchlight Pictures

8/19 :'Little Miss Sunshine'

9 /19: 'Crooklyn'

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Image: Universal Pictures

9/19 :'Crooklyn'

10 /19: 'The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants'

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Image: Alcon Entertainment

10/19 :'The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants'

11 /19: 'The Way Way Back'

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Image: Sycamore Pictures

11/19 :'The Way Way Back'

12 /19: 'The Parent Trap'

'The Parent Trap' with Lindsay Lohan
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12/19 :'The Parent Trap'

13 /19: 'Moonrise Kingdom'

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Image: Indian Paintbrush

13/19 :'Moonrise Kingdom'

14 /19: 'Secondhand Lions'

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Image: New Line Cinema

14/19 :'Secondhand Lions'

15 /19: 'Paper Moon'

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Image: Paramount Pictures

15/19 :'Paper Moon'

16 /19: 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'

'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' movie poster
Image: New Line Cinema

16/19 :'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'

17 /19: 'Jaws'

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Image: Zanuck/Brown Productions

17/19 :'Jaws'

18 /19: 'August: Osage County'

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Image: The Weinstein Co.

18/19 :'August: Osage County'

19 /19: 'On Golden Pond'

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Image: 20th Century Fox

19/19 :'On Golden Pond'