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Top 7 National Lampoon Movies: By Nathan Strack

by  |  August 17th, 2011  |  Blog  |  3 Comments

The National Lampoon series is great, rather it be when they were doing there Magazine in the 70s – 90s.  Or one of their latest movies Dorm Daze… With that said it got me to thinking of all of the classic and hilarious movies they did over the years that has kept both me and my wife laughing for literally years…

With that said I thought that I would share with you guys my top 7 favorite National Lampoon movies!

At Number 7: National Lampoon’s: Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie’s Island Adventure (2003):

Randy Quad and Miriam Flynn in 'Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure.'

Written by: Matty Simmons (National Lampoon’s: Plucked), Nick Marck (American Gothic). Starring Randy Quaid (Kingpin), Miriam Flynn (ChalkZone) and Dana Barron (Wild Roomies).

The formerly un-employed Eddie Johnson has recently become un-employed again having lost his job during Christmas time… Now it is not all doom and gloom for the Johnson family!  You see after being bitten by one of his former employer’s lab monkeys, his old boss decides to send Eddie and his family on a South Pacific vacation that none of the family will ever forget…

For more information, please enjoy this trailer for the movie,  National Lampoon’s: Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie’s Island Adventure (2003):

At number 6: National Lampoon’s: Thanksgiving Family Reunion (2003):

A scene from National Lampoon's Thanksgiving Family Reunion.

Written by: Marc Warren (That’s So Raven) and Dennis Rinsler (The Even Steven’s Movie).  Directed by: Neal Israel (Real Genius). Starring: Bryan Cranston (Larry Crowne), Judge Reinhold (Fast Times At Ridgemont High) and Penelope Ann Miller (The Relic).

This movie tells the story of the Snider family.  Now the Snider family is very well off, with Mitch who is the father (Reinhold) being a very successful anesthesiologist in Southern California… I mean the man really provides for his family!  There is only one problem though, you see, it turns out that he has provided so well for them, that him and his family have become the walking Beverly Hills family cliche… Being as they have all begun to love superficial things, more then each other!

With that said, Mitch has begun to yearn for a simpler life and a return for himself and his family to a more values based life style… He gets his wish when he is contacted by his cousin Woodrow, and that Woodrow would like Mitch and his family to come and visit Woodrow and his family for Thanksgiving!

Now when they arrive there, it maybe more then Mitch and his family are willing to adjust to at first… But as time goes on, the two Snider family’s prove the old saying that, ‘blood is thicker then water.’

At Number 5:  National Lampoon’s: Class Reunion (1982):

A scene from National Lampoons: Class Reunion

Written by: John Hughes (The Breakfast Club) and Directed by: Michael Miller (Silent Rage).  Starring: Gerrit Graham (Used Cars), Michael Lerner (Barton Fink) and Stephen Furst (Babylon 5).

In 1972 the senior class of Lizzie Borden High, played an awful prank on Walter Baylor (Played by: Blackie Dammett).  Now it is 10 years later and the classic of 72 is returning to Lizzie Borden for their class reunion… To name a few of the people on the roster we have the former jock Bob Spinnaker (Graham), who is now a snooty Yacht salesman.  We got the class tease, Bunny Packard (Played by: Miriam Flynn), and the class looser, Gary Nash (Played by: Fred McCarren)… And it wouldn’t be a full class reunion unless the entire class, even the least happiest arrives!

For more information on this movie, please enjoy this scene for National Lampoon’s: Class Reunion (1982):

At Number 4: National Lampoon’s European Vacation (1985):

A scene from National Lampoon's: European Vacation.

Written by: John Hughes and Robert Klane (Weekend At Bernies), Directed by: Amy Heckerling (Fast Times). Starring: Chevy Chase (Caddy Shack), Beverly D’Angelo (American History X) and John Astin (The Addams Family).

After the Griswolds harrowing and hilarious mis-adventures while trying to make it out to Wally World a few years earlier.  Now thanks to winning an all expenses paid vacation due to winning at a local game show.  Now this movie tells the story of the hilarious mis-adventures of the Griswolds as they tear it up in some of Europe’s most famous cities!

For more information on this movie, please enjoy the trailer for the movie, National Lampoon’s: European Vacation (1985):


At Number 3: National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation (1997):

Rand Quaid and Chevy Chase in, 'National Lampoon's: Vegas Vacation.'

Written by: Elisa Bell (Jitters) and Bob Ducsay (Van Helsing) and Directed by: Stephen Kessler (The Independent). Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo and Ethan Embry (Can’t Hardly Wait).

This movie tells the story of what is so far considered to be the final Vacation of the Griswolds… When Clark’s (Chase) preservative is approved, and with his kids, Rusty in highschool and Audrey about to head off to College.  Clark decides to take the family on vaction to fantastic Las Vegas! When they get their the movie tells of the adventures and mis-adventures of the Griswold family as they tear it up Las Vegas style!

For more information on the movie, please enjoy the trailer for National Lampoon’s: Vegas Vacation (1997):

At number 2: National Lampoon’s: Loaded Weapon 1 (1993):

Emilio Estevez, Samuel L. Jackson and Eric Estrada in a scene from National Lampoon's: Loaded Weapon 1.

Written by: Don Holley, Tori Tellem and also written and directed by: Gene Quintano (Sudden Death).  Starring: Samuel L. Jackson (Basic), Emilio Estevez (Men At Work), and William Shatner (Star Trek: The Original Series)

This movie tells the story of a couple of L.A. Detectives, Jack Colt (Estevez) and Wes Luger (Jackson) as they are investigating the murder of a detective who was murdered because she has a microfilm that shows the recipe for making cocaine laced cookies… And as the investigation continues, the duo uncover a conspiracy at a national level!

For more information, please enjoy this trailer for the movie, Loaded Weapon 1 (1993):

At number 1: National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983):

Chevy Chase, Anthony Michael Hall, and Dana Barron in a scene from National Lampoon's: Vacation.

Written by: John Hughes, and Directed by: Harold Ramis (Stripes).  Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo and Anthony Michael Hall (The Breakfast Club).

This being in my opinion the best of the Griswold’s outings… This movie tells the story of a younger Griswold family, and their first harrowing and hilarious vacation adventures/mis-adventures as they make the arduous journey crowded in a a station wagon to the famous Wally World theme park, and try to enjoy each other’s company in the mean time!

For more information on this movie, please enjoy the trailer for, National Lampoon’s: Vacation (1983):




Nathan Strack


Nathan Strack is a Writer/Director/Filmmaker & Owner/Founder of: Hell In Space, Strack Web Design Service & Strack Store.


  1. After Movie Diner

    August 28th, 2011at 12:41 AM(#)

    What no Animal House? Christmas Vacation? or Van Wilder?
    an interesting 7 I have to say and not what I expected but missing Animal House, not sure how that happened.

  2. Matthew Dowling

    August 28th, 2011at 5:43 AM(#)

    I gotta agree with After Movie Diner! Nathan you should change the title to My Top 7 National Lampoon’s Vacation movies!

    Animal House would be in my Top 7 for sure. Also, Last Resort out of respect for Corey Haim. DEFINITELY Loaded Weapon and the original Vacation! And… Idiocracy, which isn’t a National Lampoon’s – but it should be. They’ve slipped a few stinker’s in there, so it’s a little tricky. -matt

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