In 1983, National Lampoon’s Vacation arrived in cinemas. The movie comedy, which centred around the Griswold family and their cross-country vacation, was a big hit with critics and audiences alike and became a box office smash.

Due to the popularity of National Lampoon’s Vacation, the movie spawned a series of sequels and spin-offs with some of the new entries focusing on different members of the Griswold clan. But how many National Lampoon’s Vacation movies are there?

In this post, I am presenting a list of all the National Lampoon’s Vacation movies to help you with a viewing order. This list provides a rundown of all the films, along with some additional details about the series.

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What is the order of the National Lampoon’s Vacation movies?

To date, there are six National Lampoon’s Vacation movies. The order of the movies is as follows:

  • National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
  • National Lampoon’s European Vacation (1985)
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
  • Vegas Vacation (1997)
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 2 (2003)
  • Vacation (2015)

In addition to the six movies, the series has also produced a 14-minute short called Hotel Hell Vacation. The short was created as part of an advertising campaign and aired during Super Bowl XLIV.

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Are all of the National Lampoon’s Vacation movies part of the same series?

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All of the National Lampoon’s Vacation movies are part of the same series, with each story revolving around the Griswold family. All of the movies were released theatrically with the exception of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 2 (2003) which is a made-for-TV sequel.

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Hang on, aren’t there other National Lampoon’s movies?

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National Lampoon’s is a brand name which appears above the title of various unrelated comedies (Class Reunion, Loaded Weapon 1, Van Wilder etc). The brand takes its name from the National Lampoon’s magazine, and has appeared above the title of a string of films beginning with 1978’s National Lampoon’s Animal House.

The reason Animal House and all of the other National Lampoon’s movies are absent from this post is because this post specifically focuses on the VACATION series. So, if the movies aren’t part of the Vacation series, then they are not the focus today.

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Who are the cast of the National Lampoon’s Vacation movies?

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Notable cast members in the Vacation series include Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, Anthony Michael Hall, Johnny Galecki, Ed Helms, Juliette Lewis, Leslie Mann, Christie Brinkley, Christina Applegate, Jane Krakowski, and John Candy.

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Are the National Lampoon’s Vacation movies the work of the same director?

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The National Lampoon’s Vacation movies are the work of multiple directors.

Harold Ramis directed National Lampoon’s Vacation, while Amy Heckerling directed National Lampoon’s European Vacation, and Jeremiah S. Chechik directed National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Stephen Kessler directed Vegas Vacation, Nick Marck directed National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 2, and John Francis Daley directed Vacation.

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What is the best National Lampoon’s Vacation movie?

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According to IMDb, the National Lampoon’s Vacation movies are ranked from best to least-best as follows:

  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) – 7.6/10
  • National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983) – 7.4/10
  • National Lampoon’s European Vacation (1985) – 6.2/10
  • Vegas Vacation (1997) – 6.0/10
  • Vacation (2015) – 6.1/10
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 2 (2003) – Not rated
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