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20 best movies like National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

List of the best movies like National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989): Elf, Jingle All the Way 2, Trapped in Paradise, A Walk in the Woods, Lady and the Tramp, College Road Trip, Deliver by Christmas, Pete's Dragon, Son of Rambow, A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas.

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Markimdb: 7
Genrefantasy, comedy, melodrama, adventure, family
CountryUSA
Duration01:37
CharactersFamily, Elves, Santa Claus, Gnomes, Orphans
PlotSnow, Holidays
PlaceNew York
TimeNew Year, Winter
StyleTo cry, Touching

When young Buddy falls into Santa's gift sack on Christmas Eve, he's transported back to the North Pole and raised as a toy-making elf by Santa's helpers. But as he grows into adulthood, he can't shake the nagging feeling that he doesn't belong. Buddy vows to visit Manhattan and find his real dad, a workaholic publisher.

Markimdb: 3.8
Genrecomedy, adventure, family
CountryUSA
CharactersFamily, Santa Claus, Reporters
PlotFight, Life, Snow, Toys, Cheating
PlaceUSA, Small cities
TimeNew Year
StyleUnexpected ending, To cry

Larry's daughter wants only one thing for Christmas - a talking bear. His daughter's step-dad intends to make sure that Larry can't get one.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genrecomedy, melodrama, adventure, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:51
CharactersFriends, Partners
PlotRobbery, Bank robbery, Snow, Holidays
PlaceSmall cities, New York
TimeNew Year
StyleLight, Fancy, For men

The Firpo Brothers can get away with anything. They just can't get away!

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrecomedy, drama, adventure, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:33
CharactersFamily, Writers, Friends, Tourists
PlotTime travel, Adventure, Travel, Friendship, Hiking trip
PlaceNature, Mountains, Forest
StyleLight, To cry, Touching, Beautiful landscapes

After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson returns to the U.S., where he decides the best way to connect with his homeland is to hike the Appalachian Trail with one of his oldest friends.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, adventure, family
CountryUSA
CharactersDogs, Horses, Family, Puppies, Cats
PlotLove, Friendship, Freedom
PlaceTrains
TimeNew Year
StyleTo cry, Cute, Touching

The love story between a pampered Cocker Spaniel named Lady and a streetwise mongrel named Tramp. Lady finds herself out on the street after her owners have a baby and is saved from a pack by Tramp, who tries to show her to live her life footloose and collar-free.

Markimdb: 4.3
Genrecomedy, drama, adventure, family
CountryUSA
CharactersTeens, Family, Lawyers
PlotAdventure, Travel, Chess
PlaceAircraft, School, Party, Hotels
StyleLight, To cry, Touching

When an overachieving high school student decides to travel around the country to choose the perfect college, her overprotective cop father also decides to accompany her in order to keep her on the straight and narrow.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryUSA
CharactersCooks
PlotDreams, Holidays
TimeNew Year
StyleLight, To cry, Cute, Inspirational

Bakery owner Molly meets Josh, a widower who recently moved to town with his young son, but she is also charmed by a mysterious client whom she’s never met in person and she doesn’t realize that they’re the same man.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, fantasy, comedy, drama, adventure, family
CountryUSA, New Zealand
Duration02:18
CharactersDragons, Wolves, Rabbits, Bears, Family
PlotAdventure, Life, Investigation, Friendship, Family life
PlaceForest, USA, Small cities
TimeNight
StyleLight, To cry, Cute, Touching

For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace, who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales... until she meets Pete, a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliott. And from Pete's descriptions, Elliott seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham's stories. With the help of Natalie, an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.

Markimdb: 7
Genreaction, comedy, drama, adventure, family
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, Germany, USA
Duration01:36
CharactersTeens, Family, Friends, Losers, Single mothers
PlotFriendship
PlaceEngland, Small cities
StyleTo cry, Fancy, Touching

Will Proudfoot (Bill Milner) is looking for an escape from his family's stifling home life when he encounters Lee Carter (Will Poulter), the school bully. Armed with a video camera and a copy of "Rambo: First Blood", Lee plans to make cinematic history by filming his own action-packed video epic. Together, these two newfound friends-turned-budding-filmmakers quickly discover that their imaginative ― and sometimes mishap-filled ― cinematic adventure has begun to take on a life of its own!

Markimdb: 6.3
Genrecomedy, adventure
CountryUSA, Canada, Germany
Duration01:30
CharactersPartners
PlotAdventure, Holidays
PlaceNew York
TimeNew Year
StyleExciting, Fancy, For men

Six years have elapsed since Guantanamo Bay, leaving Harold and Kumar estranged from one another with very different families, friends and lives. But when Kumar arrives on Harold's doorstep during the holiday season with a mysterious package in hand, he inadvertently burns down Harold's father-in-law's beloved Christmas tree. To fix the problem, Harold and Kumar embark on a mission through New York City to find the perfect Christmas tree, once again stumbling into trouble at every single turn.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genrefantasy, comedy, melodrama, musical, adventure, family
CountryUSA
Duration02:32
CharactersAnimals, Heroes, Family, Friends, Parrots
PlotAdventure, Friendship
PlaceVillage, Islands, Africa, England
Time19th century
StyleTo cry, Fancy, Touching

A veterinarian who can communicate with animals travels abroad to search for a giant sea snail.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genrefantasy, comedy, adventure, family
CountryUSA, Germany, Australia
Duration01:37
CharactersAnimals, Spiders, Heroes, Family, Friends
PlotSurvival, Friendship
PlaceFantastic worlds, USA
StyleLight, To cry, Cute, Touching

Wilbur the pig is scared of the end of the season, because he knows that come that time, he will end up on the dinner table. He hatches a plan with Charlotte, a spider that lives in his pen, to ensure that this will never happen.

Markimdb: 5.6
Genrefantasy, comedy, family
CountryUSA
Duration01:56
CharactersFamily, Santa Claus, Losers, Brothers, Wizards
PlotLife, Snow, Toys, Family life, Holidays
TimeNew Year
StyleExciting, Light, To cry

Fred Claus and Santa Claus have been estranged brothers for many years. Now Fred must reconcile his differences with his brother whom he believes overshadows him. When an efficiency expert assesses the workings at the North Pole and threatens to shut Santa down, Fred must help his brother to save Christmas.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genrecomedy, adventure, family
CountryUSA
Duration01:36
CharactersTeens, Family, Friends, Losers
PlotLove, Adventure, Friendship, First love, Conspiracies
PlaceParty, Summer camp
StyleLight, To cry

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 friends, he realizes that they are all facing the same sentence: a boring summer camp. Together with his friends, he hatches a plan to trick all the parents into sending them to a camp of their own design.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:52
CharactersCooks, Friends, Terminally ill
PlotTime travel, Vacation, Success, Dreams, Holidays
PlaceHotels, USA
TimeNew Year
StyleRomantic, To cry, Deep Meaning, Touching

After she's diagnosed with a terminal illness, a shy woman decides to take a European vacation.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genrefantastic, action, comedy, adventure
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration02:13
CharactersSuperhero, Mutant, Gangsters, Hired assassins, Killers
PlotTime travel, Martial Arts, Skirmishes, Revenge, Superpowers
PlaceHelicopters, USA
StyleExciting, Light, Black humor

Wisecracking mercenary Deadpool battles the evil and powerful Cable and other bad guys to save a boy's life.

Markimdb: 5.6
Genrefantasy, comedy, adventure, family
CountryUSA, China, United Kingdom, Japan
CharactersAnimals, Family
PlotAdventure, Travel
PlaceShips
StyleFor children, Light

After losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle, famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria’s England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company. But when the young queen falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure, regaining his wit and courage as he crosses old adversaries and discovers wondrous creatures.

Markimdb: 5.7
Genreaction, comedy, drama, adventure
CountryUSA, Germany
Duration02:19
CharactersScammers, Terminally ill, Girlfriends, Widows
PlotLove, Time travel, Adventure, Abduction, Money
PlaceSpain, Casino
StyleRomantic, Light, Fascinating

Everything changes for Eva when she receives an insurance settlement check accidentally made out for $5,000,000 instead of the expected $50.000. She and her best friend take the money and head out for the adventure of a lifetime.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genrecomedy, drama, adventure
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration01:43
CharactersFriends, Birds, Newlyweds
PlotLove, On real events, Adventure, Obsession, Friendship
PlaceAircraft, Nature, Alaska, Helicopters, USA
TimeHoneymoon
StyleLight, To cry, By books, Fancy, Makes me think

Three fanatical bird-watchers spend an entire year competing to spot the highest number of species as El Nino sends an extraordinary variety of rare breeds flying up into the U.S., but they quickly discover that there are more important things than coming out on top of the competition

Markimdb: 6.2
Genrefantastic, action, comedy, adventure, family
CountryUSA
Duration01:50
CharactersHeroes, Family, Soldier, Revived toys
PlaceSmall cities
StyleExciting, Light, Fancy

When missile technology is used to enhance toy action figures, the toys soon begin to take their battle programming too seriously.

Markimdb: 5.5
Genrecomedy, adventure, family
CountryUSA
CharactersDogs, Family, Friends
PlotAdventure, Friendship, Fulfillment of desires
StyleExciting, Light

Manny has moved to a new school, and it's not easy to fit in. After wishing he had more friends, Manny finds a mysterious collar and puts it on Rufus, the family dog. Suddenly, Rufus turns into a boy! Manny's not sure what to do, so he enrolls Rufus in school. When the other students notice Rufus's silly dog antics -- chasing squirrels, eating without utensils, asking for belly rubs, and catching a soccer ball with his mouth -- he immediately becomes the most popular kid around. Manny is jealous of his new best friend but eventually learns that a dog's loyalty to his owner always comes first.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genrefantasy, comedy, melodrama, adventure, family
CountryUSA
CharactersFamily, Elves, Santa Claus
PlotHolidays
PlaceUSA
TimeNew Year
StyleExciting, Light, Fascinating

Kris Kringle's daughter, Noelle, sets off on a mission to find and bring back her brother, after he gets cold feet when it's his turn to take over as Santa.

Markimdb: 4.9
Genrecomedy, family
CountryCanada
CharactersFamily, Santa Claus
PlotAdventure, Toys, Holidays
TimeNew Year
StyleLight, To cry, Cute, Touching

After getting fired from his job, a slick, fast-talking businessman is thrown into an elf competition to become Santa¹s next second-in-command. Put through a series of rigorous training exercises to prepare for the contest, The Miz and another aspiring elf go head-to-head in the hopes of becoming Santa¹s Little Helper.

Markimdb: 5.2
Genrecomedy, family
CountryUSA
CharactersFamily
PlotMind reading, Holidays
TimeNew Year
StyleLight

After being told by her boss that the company needs to attract more clients, Elizabeth, a skilled executive, meets one of Santa’s helpers, who blesses her with an extraordinary gift allowing Elizabeth to hear everyone’s unspoken thoughts. While first using her new-found power to get ahead at work, she soon learns to become a better person, turning an office rivalry into romance while learning the true meaning of Christmas along the way.

Markimdb: 5.4
Genrecomedy, adventure, family
CountryUSA
Duration01:28
CharactersDogs, Teens, Blonde girls, Monkeys, Family
PlotAdventure, Martial Arts, Karate, Vacation
PlaceHotels
StyleAction, Fascinating

Hotel manager Robert Grant is forced by his boss to postpone his family vacation when a hotel critic checks in. Trouble is, the critic is really a villainous jewel thief with an orangutan assistant named Dunston. When Dunston gets loose and tries to escape a life of crime -- aided by Robert's sons -- havoc, hijinks and lots of laughs abound!

Markimdb: 6
Genrefantasy, comedy, drama, family
CountryUSA, Canada
CharactersTeens, Geniuses, Family, Twins
PlotSoccer, Holidays
PlaceCanada
TimeNew Year, Winter
StyleFancy, Touching

An overlooked middle child finds himself in the unexpected spotlight when he realizes his family's terrible Christmas day keeps repeating. As the only one experiencing the day over and over, he decides to use his unique gift to give the holidays a makeover and his family a Christmas they will never forget.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:22
CharactersGay, Family, Friends, Foster children
PlotLove, Wedding
TimeNew Year
StyleRomantic, Light, To cry, Fascinating

Christmas is approaching, and Paul's adopted sister Alana is coming home for the holidays. This won't be just a regular family celebration, as she's recently engaged and the weekend will be spent planning her June wedding with her best friends Roy and Vicki. Problem is that Roy is Paul's ex-boyfriend, and the two young men haven't seen each other since their very messy breakup. Nervous about seeing his ex again, Roy talks his good friend Gavin into joining him for the weekend, and pretending to be his new boyfriend. When Paul and Gavin meet, sparks of attraction fly, but Gavin thinks Roy's still hung up on Paul. This charming romantic comedy is a funny look at family bonds, misunderstandings and the "perfect wedding

Markimdb: 6.1
Genrefantasy, comedy, adventure, family
CountryUSA
Duration01:40
CharactersMonsters, Family, Friends, Losers
PlotAdventure, Superpowers, Friendship, Fulfillment of desires
StyleLight, Fancy

A young boy is scared of the monster under his bed. He asks his 6th grade brother to swap rooms for the night as a bet that the monster really exists. Soon the brother becomes friends with the monster and discovers a whole new world of fun and games under his bed where pulling pranks on kids and other monsters is the main attraction.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA, Canada
CharactersFamily, Teachers
PlotSurfing, Vacation, Diving, Holidays
TimeNew Year
StyleRomantic, To cry, Touching

A divorcee has a passionate affair with a much younger surfing instructor in Hawaii.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genrefantasy, comedy, adventure, family
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration01:38
CharactersHorses, Monkeys, Family, Archaeologists
PlotAdventure, Travel, Volcanoes, Mystery
PlaceEgypt, Fantastic worlds, Parallel worlds, England, London
StyleTwisted plot, Light, Smart

When the magic powers of The Tablet of Ahkmenrah begin to die out, Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.





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