Grab some popcorn and a cozy spot, because we want to share our favorite RV movies with you. Whether you’re in need of a good laugh (or cry) we’ve got an RV movie for you.
Let’s dive in!
About Schmidt (R / 2002)
Jack Nicholson’s 2002 performance of Warren R. Schmidt was widely recognized by critics. Schmidt is a recent retiree seeking to find himself after the sudden loss of his wife. After going through his wife’s possessions he discovers love letters written to a family friend.
Schmidt decides to drive his Winnebago RV motorhome cross country. He experiences rejection on the road and questions his life again.
About Schmidt is a touching story about one man’s journey to find meaning in life.
RV (PG / 2006)
Bob Munro (Robin Williams) takes his family on a cross-country RV trip. Bob’s motive is less about family bonding and more about a business meeting.
During their journey, the Munro family experiences the highs and lows of RVing. This (mostly) family-friendly movie is a great RV movie to watch in your RV.
The Long, Long Trailer (No Rating / 1954)
A cross-country RV trip is a great way to test your marriage, especially if you’re newlyweds. Nicholas Collini (Desi Arnaz) and Tacy (Lucille Ball) purchase a motorhome instead of a house after their wedding.
They want to travel and see the country but don’t expect the difficulties they encounter. They experience nosy trailer park neighbors and discover how hard navigating an enormous motorhome can be.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (PG-13 / 1989)
Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) dreams of hosting the perfect family Christmas for his loved ones in this RV movie. Clark goes above and beyond to make his dream come true, but one mishap after another seems to doom Clark’s dream.
Cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) and his family show up in their RV to stay on the Griswold property.
The stress continues to compound as Clark awaits his annual Christmas bonus from his employer.
We’re the Millers (R / 2003)
David Clark (Jason Sudeikis), a low-level drug dealer, has money and drugs stolen from him. David owes his supplier Brad Gurdinger (Ed Helms) money and the only way to repay him is to smuggle a shipment from Mexico…in an RV.
To avoid suspicion at customs, David comes up with the idea of hiring a few people to pose as his family, The Millers. He hires local stripper Rose O’Reilly (Jennifer Aniston), a teen petty thief Casey Mathis (Emma Roberts) and his 18-year-old neighbor Kenny Rossmore (Will Poulter) to pose as his family.
The Millers discover the shipment they’ve received is stolen from a cartel. They must now avoid authorities and a very angry cartel!
Lost in America (R / 1985)
David Howard (Albert Brooks) gets passed up for a promotion. He tells his boss how he feels as he quits. David then convinces his wife, Linda (Julie Hagerty), to quit her job and travel across the country.
The couple sells all of their possessions and hits the road in a Winnebago with their $100,000 life savings. The Howard’s stop in Vegas doesn’t go as planned when Linda loses their entire nest egg while playing roulette.
The couple’s financial situation forces them into a situation they never expected. David decides it is best for him to beg for his job back.
Spaceballs (PG / 1987)
President Skroob (Mel Brooks) allows Planet Spaceball to use up their supply of fresh air. Skroob’s plan is to kidnap Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga) from King Roland’s (Dick Van Patten) neighboring planet, Druidia. He will then exchange her for clean air.
President Skroob sends Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) to capture the princess. Princess Vespa flees her planet before Dark Helmet’s arrival. Lone Starr (Bill Pullman) and Barf (John Candy) are hired to retrieve the princess before Dark Helmet.
Lone Starr and Barf pilot their ship Eagle-5, a 1986 Winnebago Chieftain 33 flying RV motorhome, to save the day in this Star Wars parody.
Hollywood to Dollywood (No Rating – 2011)
Gary and Larry Lane are twin filmmakers who have written a script with a role for their idol Dolly Parton. Their dream is to get a copy of their script in the hands of their idol.
The brothers decide to travel 2200 miles from Los Angeles to Dolly’s theme park Dollywood in Tennessee. The brothers make their journey in their RV, Jolene, named after a Dolly Parton song.
Expedition Happiness (PG / 2017)
Felix Starck, Selima Taibi and their dog, Rudi travel to the United States to document their next adventure in this RV movie documentary.
The couple embarks on a journey to convert an old school bus into a skoolie RV to cross the American continent. Felix and Selima encounter one obstacle after another as they cross the continent. Throughout their journey, the health of Rudi and their bus begin to suffer.
Their circumstances lead Felix and Selima to make a difficult decision as a couple.
Nomadland (R / 2020)
Fern (Frances McDormand) is a recent widow who finds herself without a job. Facing a major fork in the road Fern makes the decision to sell most of her belongings to purchase a van.
Throughout this RV movie, Fern learns one lesson after another from her fellow nomads. Fern embraces the relationships and nomadic lifestyle.
She revisits her former town, but only before hitting the road again.
RVs of Hollywood
We love that Hollywood is including RVing in movies! (And on SNL TV skits)
We wouldn’t mind seeing more RV movies in the future. What RV movie is your favorite on this list?
Which RV movie did we miss?
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