Moving is one of the most stressful events in a person’s life — which makes for great cinema! These movies about moving are sure to be full of extremes that you won’t encounter, from funny to scary. Well, at least you better hope you won’t end up going through what some of these transplants go through in their new homes!
9 Great Movies About Moving
The Money Pit
If anyone has ever tried to “flip” a house, they might think this classic ’80s comedy starring Tom Hanks and Shelley Long was written for them. Plenty of great physical comedy in this one, and you’ll find it very difficult to not laugh at Tom Hanks in his comedy prime. (Available on DVD through Netflix)
Arlo Pearl, played by Richard Pryor, gets a new job after getting fired from his old one, but his family has to move from New Jersey to Boise, Idaho. This movie follows pretty much every worst-case scenario for everything from selling his house to moving across the country. Definitely not one of Pryor’s best movies, but there are enough funny points in it to make it a must-watch before moving to a new state. (Available to rent on Amazon Instant Video)
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
Before “The Money Pit,” Cary Grant was having his own problems when he and his wife decided to move from the city out to the country into their new house. Hanks’ vehicle is considered a loose remake to this classic that also starred Myrna Loy. This movie cracked the top 75 of the American Film Institute’s 100 Funniest Movies of All Time. (Available on DVD through Netflix)
This one sorta falls into the “movies about moving” category, as a young boy named Andy and his family are about to move, and his toys come to life when he’s gone. Woody, Andy’s favorite toy, gets jealous when the youngster gets a new Buzz Lightyear toy for his birthday. The two action figures get lost and need to get back to the family before they move and never see each other again. This was the first feature-length computer-animated film, and it was the first one produced by Pixar. “To infinity and beyond!” (Available on DVD through Netflix)
The Karate Kid
While this movie follows a martial arts theme, it’s really the story of a young man moving to a new city and finding out it’s tougher to fit in than he had hoped. He is befriended by Mr. Miyagi, who teaches him karate in an unorthodox fashion. You will never wax your car the same way again. (Available on DVD through Netflix)
Chevy Chase plays a novelist who talks his wife into moving out of the city to buy a farm in Vermont, where he hopes to have the peace and quiet that will allow him to write the Great American Novel. Craziness, they find, is not just in the city limits, as several characters make it difficult for him to get any work done. You’ll think twice when you see “lamb fries” on the specials board at your local diner. (Available on DVD through Netflix)
Coming to America
Eddie Murphy plays an African prince, among other awesome characters, who comes to America to find a bride. Arsenio Hall plays his sidekick in one of Murphy’s all-time best comedies. You think moving to a new county is difficult, see what Prince Akeem of Zaumunda has to go through after he moves to New York City, and begins working at McDowell’s. (Available to stream online through Netflix)
Now, we move from an animated family film to a dark movie about a family living in a haunted house in Europe after World War II. Nicole Kidman was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in this film, and it definitely lands on the list of one of the best scary movies of the early part of this century (2001). (Available on DVD through Netflix)
Speaking of ghosts and haunted houses, you have to love this ’80s classic, which is pretty much a funny version of “The Exorcist” meets “Amityville Horror.” Michael Keaton plays the title character, who is hired by two ghosts (Alex Baldwin and Geena Davis) to exorcise the living humans that just moved into their house. Dayyyyyyy-O!!! Daylight come and me wanna go home! (Available to rent on Amazon Instant Video)
Are there some great movies about moving that I might have missed? Chime in with a comment in the section below! We hope your move goes better than some of the ones in these movies!