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Top 10 Movie Vacations

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Script written by Q.V. Hough These are the most unforgettable cinematic escapes from reality. Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Movie Vacations. For this list, we're focusing on movie vacations that made a significant emotional impact on the characters involved, regardless of the final outcome. Special thanks to our users MikeMJPMUNCH or submitting the idea using our interactive suggestion tool at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script written by Q.V. Hough

Top 10 Movie Vacations


These are the most unforgettable cinematic escapes from reality. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 movie vacations.

For this list, we’re focusing on movie vacations that made a significant emotional impact on the characters involved, regardless of the final outcome. We’re excluding fake vacations, as seen in “We’re the Millers,” along with films that leaned more towards horror than comedy, such as “The Evil Dead” and “The Cabin in the Woods.” Of course, we’re definitely excluding films like “Taken,” ‘cause that vacation didn’t work out well for anyone.

#10: “EuroTrip” (2004)

After being publically shamed by his girlfriend’s punk rock lover, Scotty misinterprets the advances of his German pen pal. Upon discovering that “Mike” is actually a beautiful blonde female, the graduated high school senior flies overseas to find his potential flame. Along the way, Scott and his pal, Cooper, befriend a Manchester hooligan before meeting up with some old pals in Paris. In classic Eurotrip fashion, booze leads to Bratislavan bedlam until the crew attempts to find some resolution in Vatican City.

#9: “The Way, Way Back” (2013)

It’s not easy being a 14-year-old kid, especially when your Mom’s douchey boyfriend labels you a “three.” But during a summer excursion to Cape Cod, young Duncan begins to overcome his shyness by roaming about town on a little girl’s bicycle. And that’s when he discovers the ultimate water park known as Water Wizz. Under the guidance of an intuitive mentor, Duncan earns a few bucks while learning a thing or two about the ladies and himself. This vacation proves both educational and unexpectedly awesome despite the social hazards.

#8: “Spring Breakers” (2012)

In Harmony Korine’s surprise indie hit, faith and teenage rebellion collide as four girls learn the costs of achieving the American Dream. While moral corruption is a central theme of “Spring Breakers,” there’s no denying the bikini-clad babes have a helluva good time on the sunny beaches of St. Petersburg, Florida during one debaucherous spring break. And then there’s Alien, whose “Look at my shee-it” speech is an unforgettable movie vacation moment in itself. These girls party like their lives depend on it and toss logic out the window in search of a good time.

#7: “Weekend at Bernie’s” (1989)

The Hamptons are a place for New Yorkers to unwind and ease their minds, so it wasn’t really a big deal when Bernie Lomax appeared to be dead drunk in this classic ‘80s flick. After discovering a financial mess at their insurance company, Larry and Richard accept a weekend invitation from their mobbed-up boss, only to discover that they were supposed to be taken out – and not for dinner. But when their boss Bernie turns up dead instead, they must figure out how to keep him barely breathing, figuratively speaking, in order to save their own lives.

#6: “Up” (2009)

Carl Fredricksen’s dream of a South American vacation seemed to die with his beloved wife, but a sudden burst of creativity keeps his plan moving both onward and upward. Through a brilliant helium balloon contraption, Carl’s earthly aspirations become a reality as he travels the skies with an unexpected guest. Due to their mutual love of exploration, the elderly Carl and young Russell find themselves learning about the joys of life in an unorthodox way. This vacation is as priceless as The Ellie Badge.

#5: “The Great Outdoors” (1988)

Chet Ripley planned the perfect outdoor getaway by taking his family from the Windy City to the lakes of Wisconsin, but upon arrival, they are confronted with a couple of magnificent bastards and their twin daughters. Little did ol’ Chet know that he would encounter even more madness in the form of a 96-ounce steak and his childhood nemesis, the “Bald-Headed Bear.” It’s a dynamite vacation with intimations of impending doom, as the misfortunes of these two families make for an uproarious cinematic excursion.

#4: “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (2008)

In Woody Allen’s critically acclaimed film, two American women spend a summer in Barcelona and find themselves enamored by the city’s passionate love affair with the arts. And as they would soon discover, a Spanish heartbreaker was equally intrigued by their presence, although his ex-wife, María Elena, was none too happy about the guests from the west – some of the time. “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” showcases the physical beauty of the Spanish setting, along with its illustrious cast, and reminds viewers that taking chances can be awfully fun.

#3: “The Hangover” (2009)

We’ve all been there: you wake up in Vegas and realize that you just might have committed a crime the night before. Such was the case in Todd Phillips’ modern classic when a bachelor party goes horribly wrong, and the bachelor himself goes missing. As if that wasn’t a huge problem in itself, the Wolfpack realizes they pissed off Mike Tyson AND a disturbingly naked Asian gangster. As the pieces of the puzzle slowly come together, this Sin City vacation transitions from epic to mythological. Blame it on the alcohol.

#2: “Roman Holiday” (1953)

An American journalist’s code of ethics is challenged in this Academy Award-winning film when a mysterious princess winds up in his apartment. However, with Rome as his canvas and a little charm as his brush, Joe Bradley paints the town with “Anya Smith” while visiting Rome’s historical treasures. One of them has business in mind, the other is seeking a personal escape, but their Italian extravaganza reveals undeniable chemistry and leaves them with a difficult choice to make. You know what they say, “La vita e bella.”

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- “A Goofy Movie” (1995)
- “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (2012)
- “Are We There Yet?” (2005)
- “RV” (2006)
- “Y Tu Mamá También” (2001)

#1: “National Lampoon’s Vacation” (1983)

This film kicked off a vacation franchise that has endured for decades and remains an essential comedy flick of the ‘80s. From Chicago all the way to Los Angeles, Clark Griswold leads his family on an eventful road trip in their newly acquired Wagon Queen Family Truckster. Upon the road to “Walley World,” the family encounters a few dilemmas, including the death of loved one, but even still, they continue their fateful journey west as they strengthen their own unique familial bonds.

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