It’s only natural that you get a bit of alcohol into your system during a night out with friends or even other times when you just feel like it. For watching a movie when drunk, a couple of benchmarks that the films in question must attain. For starters, they must be simple and enjoyable, requiring elements that aren’t too deep or confusing. Even then, they have to be able to hold the viewer’s (or viewers’) interest(s) during the entirety of their runtimes. While most of the pictures on this list check the above boxes, there are a couple of inclusions that I felt were necessary even though they don’t satisfy all the conditions.
I don’t think the films that you can watch while drinking can be defined just like that. They become a sort of event that then control the atmosphere in which they are presented. They’re a little over the place, and so their viewing calls for a couple drinks. These movies you are going to enjoy the most when slightly intoxicated, since sometimes those parties just aren’t complete without a movie to end the night with! Here is the list of top drinking movies ever. These are really good movies to get drunk to. You can stream some of these drinking movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
12. The Hangover (2009)
The inclusion of ‘The Hangover’ on this list is pretty much a no-brainer. It’s a simple comedy that anyone can enjoy. The plot is completely fresh, original, and inviting, plus the events that take place are downright outrageous. This picture that pretty much revolutionized mainstream comedies when it came out tells an easy-to-follow story of a couple of friends who arrange a bachelor party in Las Vegas, spending the night with one drink too many, resulting in them waking up the following morning with absolutely no memory of the hours spent prior. Oh, and the groom’s missing too. The crazy thing about this film is how it manages to tell a coherent story while being insanely hilarious at the same time. It’s the kind of flick I would put on to watch with friends because I know I’ll have a good time. Not a lot of pictures have that special quality to them, and this is part of what makes ‘The Hangover’ a comedy classic.
11. Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)
The film is about a bunch of aliens who look like clowns and their mission to take over the world. Why wouldn’t it be perfect for a night of drinking? Making sense of the plot involving the klowns’ (yes, with the ‘k’) dark, twisted master-plan of converting human beings into cotton candy is really of no use. There is no doubting the ridiculousness of this film, but it works because it doesn’t take itself too seriously. The movie is aware that it is absurd, and it acts as a sort of self-parody because of this. It is a B movie in every sense of the word, and I love checking it out from time to time. It’s like the film requires you to turn your brain off before going in, and just enjoy the ride. It’s a colorful and decidedly kooky world that you’re gonna get here. It’s fun and though it’s mostly harmless, I find it very memorable even with its dry sense of humor.
10. Seven Days To Live (2000)
If every horror film that ever came out was put together to create a cliched, poorly written flick, this would be it. Most of the jump scares aren’t that effective, and the story isn’t very well executed. Having to do with a married couple that moves into a new house, wherein the husband wishes to finish writing his book but eventually goes a little crazy in the head (hello, The Shining?), ‘Seven Days To Live’ doesn’t offer anything new in terms of plot-wise merits. Where it does succeed in is creating this filthy, washed up atmosphere. Maybe all of that has to do with the terrible quality of the film, but I find it unforgettable. The imagery here can lurk in one’s head for days on end. It doesn’t require much thinking and can easily scare its half-concentrating audience. Plus all the badly-done bits are so laughable that they’ll provide neat conversation topics for its drunk audience.
9. The Langoliers (1995)
‘The Langoliers’ is a 3 hour mini-series based on Stephen King’s anthology book ‘Four Past Midnight’. It follows a group of characters, each with a different personality from the other (in a rather sheepishly done effort making them look comical at times), as they find themselves alone in an airplane, stuck in a strange time warp, with no other human being present both on board and on the ground. What captivates me about this film is how it makes me feel “weightless”. The story is complex, but the narrative followed makes everything simple to follow. It’s got a lot of scenes that will make you laugh at just how bad they are, but even still, the atmosphere of the picture can captivate you. It’s a film that I honestly can’t stop watching once I’ve started. ‘The Langoliers’ straps you onto the chair and makes you want to know what happens next.
8. The Big Lebowski (1998)
The thing I’ve noticed about most films helmed by The Coen Brothers is just how compelling they are. ‘The Big Lebowski’ in particular is a hilarious, clever film, sporting some exceptionally colorful characters and very quotable dialogues. Like a couple of other entries in this list, ‘Lebowski’ also features a story that is pretty much completely bonkers, but it is told in a way that is both entertaining and smart. I have seen this film a couple of times now, and I find the rewatchability factor to be very smooth here. The cinematography is great as well, creating a trippy (sort of) mood for the majority of the film’s runtime. Another aspect I really enjoy is the stellar cast and their astounding performances, including some great turns from Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. I don’t consider it to be a perfect film like many others do. It has the same couple of flaws that I have noticed in many of the brothers’ other works, but here, I feel as though the demerits make it more entertaining.
7. The Last Horror Film (1982)
Troma Entertainment has pretty much dedicated its existence to the production of films that are violent, gory, campy, hilarious, and fun. I could pretty much fill the list with their pictures, but since that would be unfair to other movies, I decided to include what I consider to be their absolute best. ‘The Last Horror Film’ is about a taxi driver with a passion for film direction who takes revenge on an actress and the crew that worked on the last picture she made, with his reasoning being her ignorance and lack of interest to act in his own film. This movie has its own edge because though it sends off an aura of immaturity, there is a sense of mystery and intrigue throughout. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, and has been acted and directed likewise. Though explicit in its depictions of blood and violence, I find this to be both an easy and entertaining watch.
6. Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (1977)
From the title alone, I think it’s easy to guess the type of film you’re in for. To say ‘Death Bed’ is a bizarre film would be an understatement. It is about a king-size bed that consumes almost anything that is placed upon it. This includes humans, fried chicken, wine, etc. The elements of surrealism that are carried out here are very impressive. They put forth a sedative dream-like sense that is present throughout the film. What starts with a bed in a secluded house ends up having to do with people living behind paintings and the 19th century. I enjoy the eccentricity of ‘Death Bed’ and applaud the mindset of the cast and crew members who were just looking to experiment. Though a couple of scenes drag on (particularly nearing the final act), this film is ultimately effective in doing what it sets out to do. It’s a fun watch, and though the film feels a little tipsy in itself, that only adds to the experience.
5. Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993)
I’m not a big fan of the first ‘Hot Shots!’. I find that some of its humor doesn’t appeal to me in that I don’t find it funny. ‘Hot Shots! Part Deux’ on the other hand, is a completely different story. The film is firstly silly, and secondly hilarious, sporting dialogues and actions that can make you fall off your chair with uncontrollable laughter. Most of its funny moments are rather childish in retrospect, but I think that’s what makes it so damn good. While it falters a bit during its last ten minutes, everything else about the film is perfect. It’s the kind of film you’d want to see with company, and, of course, with a glass of alcohol in your hand. Charlie Sheen is excellent as Topper Harley, the Rambo-inspired protagonist of the film, and the rest of the cast is equally impressive. I consider this picture to be one of the funniest parodies ever made. It’s weird, crazy, and totally stupid, but man is it great!
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4. Dazed and Confused (1993)
There’s no film out there that is quite like ‘Dazed and Confused’. Richard Linklater’s ensemble classic is one of the truest representations of teenage life. Taking place in the ’70s, it covers that period of life filled with insecurities, peer pressure, confidence, and herd mentality as a couple of nerds, jocks, potheads, etc. prepare for the commencement of summer break. The dialogue in this film is original, funny, realistic, and beautifully carried from page to screen. The events that take place are bound to make anyone nostalgic of the times gone by, no matter the era that they were born into. ‘Dazed and Confused’ is a film for everybody, and it is quite the entertaining watch. Linklater went on to make better films in his career, but it is always this picture that I find myself being pulled back to see again. It is a fun, realistic, beautiful depiction of life, and it is one of my personal favorite pictures ever made.
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3. The Party (1968)
As far as I’m concerned, ‘The Party’ may very well be the greatest comedy ever made. It’s a film that is so silly, completely over-the-top, yet absolutely charming, that you just can’t not fall in love with it. Portraying a fish-out-of-water scenario with Peter Sellers playing an Indian actor on one end and a big league Hollywood party attended by some of the industry’s best on the other, the film is basically a vehicle for Sellers to make use of the people and props around him. What I love about it is how relaxing it is. You really feel as though you’re part of the events going on within the film, and that I’m guessing has to do with how well it pulls you in. It also has a strange hypnotic feel around it, and that could be attributed to the overall atmosphere of the titular party or the beautiful music composed by Henri Mancini. All in all, ‘The Party’ is the perfect film to watch if you want to forget everything and just have a good time.
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2. Where the Dead Go to Die (2012)
I don’t think anyone can complete watching ‘Where the Dead Go to Die’ when sober. It’s the epitome of anything and everything that is strange about cinema. This animated film takes you on the wildest of trips, complete with repelling imagery, shocking events, and a soulless background score. Though I won’t call it a good film, I will call this an interesting experience. There isn’t any solid story as it is, and the film is basically just a baseless happening of situations. The way it is executed makes it creepy in a macabre sort of way. The director (named Jimmy ScreamerClauz) and some of the crew members admitted to being high on pot cookies during production. This is apparent throughout most of this film, and that’s part of the reason why I think it would be an excellent watch while drinking. It isn’t going to be a very pleasant one, but I think it can be influential in the most unexplainable way, and you’ll get to know what I mean when you see it yourself.
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1. The Room (2003)
Once referred to as the “Citizen Kane of bad movies”, ‘The Room’ is a film that I love and will keep on loving till the end of time. Sure, it has some of the worst acting, dialogues, and storylines ever put to film, but ironically those things are the best aspects of the movie. It is a picture that is so terrible that it is good, and what I mean to highlight by that is its entertainment value. The film is quotable from start to finish, and laughing at it (as opposed to laughing with it, which is what we tend to do for good comedies) is as fun an experience as any. ‘The Room’ is so bad that there is an actual drinking game created out of its many flaws, and one can easily search it out online. I find the innocence in director and star Tommy Wiseau’s approach towards filmmaking to be the most amusing aspect of the whole film. Few pictures are as bad as it, but then again, not a lot are as good as it too. I think it’s the best film to watch while drinking because it’s fun, enjoyable, and definitely relaxing.
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