film The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party  

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List Rules Films that are great to have on at a party

The party movie. While similar in concept to a movie good for drinking games, it is an altogether different animal (though there are some crossovers that play to both). It is a fine art to choosing a flick to play in the background of your party, and there are many factors to consider. For starters, what movies play well without sound (or drowned out by music and party chatter)? What movies have you and your guests seen so many times that they know them by heart?

Sometimes a party needs a movie. What type are you throwing? Theme, frat, or holiday? Consider your guests. Are they friends and family, or co-workers and acquaintances? Teens? Adults? Frat guys? What vibe do you want for the party? Comedy? Introspection? Class? Nostalgia?

As you can see, there are endless variables to weigh when choosing the right party movie for your big shindig. This list of the best party movies should help get you started. Vote up the films you think are best for parties or add one you always put on during a big bash.

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones, Jennifer Grey A definitive high school film, for the nostalgic half-watching party-goer.

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Ghostbusters Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd Bill Murray. Bill Murray at every party. The rest of the cast is pretty amazing, too.

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Happy Gilmore Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Julie Bowen We miss this Adam Sandler so much, take a trip down memory lane to the glory days of Sandler comedy.

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10 Things I Hate About You Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gabrielle Union, Heath Ledger The best modern Shakespeare adaptation, hands down. A classic story that's well executed. Fun. Plain and simple.

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National Lampoon's Animal House Kevin Bacon, John Belushi, Donald Sutherland THE classic party movie, plain and simple.

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Easy A Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka Another great teen literary adaptation. This one was way more fun than expected and is another easy background movie.

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Old School Elisha Cuthbert, Snoop Dogg, Will Ferrell Underrated Will Ferrell glory, and also Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson at their best. Can't really go wrong here.

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Dazed and Confused Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey Alright, alright, alriiight.

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Groundhog Day Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Michael Shannon Once again, Bill Murray. At. Every. Party. Great to catch classic moments here and there or watch in full.

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Airplane! Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen, Ethel Merman Steve Martin in his heyday. Comedy gold.

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Dumb and Dumber Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Teri Garr Speaking of brilliantly dumb comedy, go back to one of the movies that made Jim Carrey a star.

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Finding Nemo Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana Anyone who doesn't like this movie shouldn't be at your party in the first place.

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Aladdin Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker Again, if your friends don't like this movie they should probably leave... Revisit a whole new world, shining, shimmering, splendid!

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Project X Jimmy Kimmel, Alexis Knapp, Miles Teller This generation's Animal House, mindless fun excitement. May encourage bad behavior, so only play at those house parties that aren't at your house.

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Rush Hour Jackie Chan, Roselyn Sánchez, Chris Tucker Chris Tucker when he was great! Jackie Chan, who is great, as always! Action comedy at its finest!

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Moana Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House

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Pink Floyd – The Wall Bob Hoskins, Bob Geldof, Joanne Whalley Trippy, awesome, and can be watched in full or just caught in pieces. Perfect for a party.

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Anna Kendrick, Chris Evans, Mary Elizabeth Winstead So many cameos, comic and video game references! A fun flick for the pop culture party goer.

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The Fifth Element Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman Crazy visuals, Bruce Willis doing his John McLane thing in the future AND both Gary Oldman and Chris Tucker. What more could you want?

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Big Trouble in Little China Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, John Carpenter A campy, 80's mullet-ed, classic! Play later in the evening and enjoy the lunacy.

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American Pie Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth It's the movie that started the dirty comedy movement! Re-watch it to feel nostalgic and old!

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Fletch Chevy Chase, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Geena Davis Chevy Chase of late might not be what he used to, but a lot of people don't know this wonderful 80's flick. Show them. They'll thank you.

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Zoolander Natalie Portman, Paris Hilton, Heidi Klum Ben Stiller's masterpiece. Infinitely quotable, it's great to have on in the background, or foreground.

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The Lion King Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick Remind your friends what it's like to be a kid and what a good kids movie is like. Also a winner when it comes to sing alongs, as everyone knows the words to "Hakuna Matata."

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The Lost Boys Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim For the '80s-appreciative crowd. The most fun you can have with a vampire movie, period.

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Toy Story Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles Before CG and animated films were everywhere, there was Toy Story and it was good. This movie holds up so well. Enjoy it with friends!

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EuroTrip Matt Damon, Kristin Kreuk, Michelle Trachtenberg This one didn't do as well as it should have at the box office, but it's become something of a cult classic. It's a great comedy in that American Pie vein the 90's/early 2000's thrived in.

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The Wolf of Wall Street Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie

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Fight Club Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

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Blade Runner Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young Trippy visuals, growly Harrison Ford, and a storyline that leaves you going, huh? Sober or drunk, this is a great party movie. 

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Beerfest Donald Sutherland, Cloris Leachman, Mo'Nique Imes-Jackson The title really should speak for itself.

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Rock Star Jennifer Aniston, Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Hunter Singing, leather pants, and Marky Mark. Dive in.

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Django Unchained Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson All the fun of a western, all of the fun of a Tarantino film, and Leo chewing alllll that scenery. Perfect for a party.

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Rock of Ages Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin Nobody saw this one, so it should be on in heavy rotation at parties. Everyone can sing along - it's the dream film for karaoke lovers and who doesn't want to see Tom Cruise rock starring so hard.

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Moulin Rouge! Nicole Kidman, Ozzy Osbourne, Kylie Minogue Song! Dance! Flash cuts! Crazy cinematography! Sing alongs! Party!

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The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss Action classic. It's already 15 years old... (yepppp) so most everyone should have seen it by now. Feeling old yet?

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Rumble in the Bronx Jackie Chan, Anita Mui, Françoise Yip Early Jackie Chan, dubbed by a madman. Great in parts and for the sporadic "no way he just did that!" moments.

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Sorority Boys Brian Posehn, Michael Rosenbaum, Heather Matarazzo A great comedy cast, and a ridiculous, wonderful movie. Another movie you don't have to watch too closely to get all of the jokes AND you get to see Lex Luthor in a dress.