Camping films let us enjoy the wilderness and its many delights vicariously through the actors and actresses that pitch their tents under the stars and celebrate the outdoor life. At times serious but often humorous, the following camping films showcase the great outdoors and all the fun associated with their memorable plots.
The following list of films are exciting and not to be missed! They range from old to new! Check to see if you can catch them on a Comcast comparison site.
Little Darlings (1980)
Kristy McNichol, Tatum O’Neil, Armand Assante, and a young Matt Dillon make this an unforgettable teen camp movie. When two girls from opposite worlds wind up at the same summer camp, they make a bet to see who can catch their “man” first! O’Neil plays a pampered prima donna while McNichol plays a tough girl trying to hide her soft side.
Stand by Me (1986)
This unforgettable story of friendship follows a group of four boys on an outdoor adventure. While camping out under the stars, they are determined to reach their destination while traveling together through the outdoors.
The Parent Trap (1961)
With its zany premise, this film shouldn’t be a classic, but it is! Two long lost twin sisters played by one Haley Mills reunite at a summer camp. Stunned to meet, they piece their life stories together and realize that each lives with someone dear to the other! The ensuing madness is precious!
Father Goose (1964)
Starring Leslie Caron and Carey Grant, this comedy classic showcases Carey as a WWII plane spotter on a deserted Pacific Island who is surprised when a rigidly formal teacher and her passel of female students wind up in his care. Hilarity ensues—particularly when Caron is bitten by a snake and the girls seek to cure Carey of his drinking habit!
River of No Return (1954)
Starring Marilyn Monroe and Robert Mitchum, this western film is set in the outdoors of the Pacific Northwest. From a raging river to mountain lion attacks, this adventure film has all the adventure movie-goers would expect from a Western plus a pretty saloon girl in the form of Marilyn Monroe!
This film stars Bill Murray as a camp counselor who mentors a group of misfit campers in a hilarious cult classic that never fails to draw laughs.
Friday the 13th (1980)
This film defined the summer camp horror genre. Don’t see it before you go camping or you’ll never shower while you’re there—or be able to get any sleep! Honest!
Sometimes it’s not about the s'mores! In this movie, Daniel Craig plays a man who becomes the leader of fleeing Jews who escape the Nazis by hiding in the forests of Belarus in Eastern Europe. Life outdoors is tough, particularly in winter, and this film is based on true events.
Romancing the Stone (1984)
When Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner first teamed up for this modern-day classic, no one knew how fun and romantic it could be to camp out in a jungle with some scary kidnapping thugs on the trail. Mud slides and waterfalls round out this adventure that also stars Danny DeVito.
These films may inspire you to get out into the wild with your sleeping bags and tents. A few, however, may make you just want to curl up on the couch with a big bowl of popcorn!
Courtney Whitehead is a movie maven of many years. In her free time, she likes to share her findings with others on the Web.