Entertainment The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party  

Ranker Film
832 votes 182 voters 15.9k views 38 items

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.
list ordered by
1
42 21
Ferris Bueller's Day Off is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
1986
A definitive high school film, for the nostalgic half-watching party-goer. Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a 1986 American comedy film written, produced and directed by John Hughes. The film follows high school senior Ferris Bueller, who skips school and spends the day in ...more
2
25 11
Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
1984
Bill Murray. Bill Murray at every party. The rest of the cast is pretty amazing, too. Ghostbusters is a 1984 American sci-fi-fantasy comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. The film stars Bill Murray, Aykroyd, and Ramis as ...more
3
27 14
Happy Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
1996
We miss this Adam Sandler so much, take a trip down memory lane to the glory days of Sandler comedy. Happy Gilmore is a 1996 sports comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan and produced by Robert Simonds. It stars Adam Sandler as the title character, an unsuccessful ice hockey player who discovers ...more
4
26 14
10 Things I Hate About You is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
1999
The best modern Shakespeare adaptation, hands down. A classic story that's well executed. Fun. Plain and simple. 10 Things I Hate About You is a 1999 American teen romantic comedy-drama film. It is directed by Gil Junger and stars Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The romantic comedy ...more
5
22 12
Easy A is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
2010
Another great teen literary adaptation. This one was way more fun than expected and is another easy background movie. Easy A is a 2010 film directed by Will Gluck. "After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean-cut high school girl (Emma Stone) sees her life paralleling Hester ...more
6
22 12
Dumb and Dumber is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
1994
Speaking of brilliantly dumb comedy, go back to one of the movies that made Jim Carrey a star. Dumb and Dumber is a 1994 American road buddy comedy film starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. It was written by the Farrelly brothers and Bennett Yellin, and is the Farrelly Brothers ...more
7
20 12
Groundhog Day is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
1993
Once again, Bill Murray. At. Every. Party. Great to catch classic moments here and there or watch in full. Groundhog Day is a 1993 American fantasy comedy film directed by Harold Ramis, starring Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, and Chris Elliott. It was written by Ramis and Danny Rubin, based on a story ...more
8
21 13
National Lampoon's Animal Hous... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
1978
THE classic party movie, plain and simple. National Lampoon's Animal House is a 1978 American comedy film directed by John Landis. The film was a direct spinoff from National Lampoon magazine. It is about a misfit group of fraternity ...more
9
19 14
Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
1980
Steve Martin in his heyday. Comedy gold. Airplane! is a 1980 American satirical disaster comedy film directed and written by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker and released by Paramount Pictures. It stars Robert Hays and ...more
10
17 12
Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
1992
Again, if your friends don't like this movie they should probably leave... Revisit a whole new world, shining, shimmering, splendid! Aladdin is a 1992 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Aladdin is the 31st animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more
11
13 8
Pink Floyd – The Wall is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
1982
Trippy, awesome, and can be watched in full or just caught in pieces. Perfect for a party. Pink Floyd - The Wall is a fulldome production about Pink Floyd’s album The Wall. It was screened at 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival.
12
21 17
Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
2003
Anyone who doesn't like this movie shouldn't be at your party in the first place. Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Written and directed by Andrew Stanton, it ...more
13
11 7
Big Trouble in Little China is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
1986
A campy, 80's mullet-ed, classic! Play later in the evening and enjoy the lunacy.
Big Trouble in Little China is a 1986 American action film directed by John Carpenter, and starring Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun and James Hong. The film was released in the United ...more
14
9 5
Moana is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
2016
Moana is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy-adventure film directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. With the help of a demigod (Dwayne Johnson), Moana (Auli'i Cravalho), the ...more
15
15 12
Project X is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
2012
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. Project X is a 2012 American comedy film directed by Nima Nourizadeh and written by Michael Bacall and Matt Drake based on a story by Bacall, and produced by director Todd Phillips. The film ...more
16
13 10
Dazed and Confused is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
1993
Alright, alright, alriiight. Dazed and Confused is a 1993 coming of age comedy film written and directed by Richard Linklater. The film features a large ensemble cast of actors who would later become stars, including ...more
17
11 9
Rush Hour is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
1998
Chris Tucker when he was great! Jackie Chan, who is great, as always! Action comedy at its finest! Rush Hour is a 1998 American buddy action comedy film and the first installment in the Rush Hour series, directed by Brett Ratner and starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. It was followed by ...more
18
14 13
The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
1994
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." The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 32nd animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more
19
5 4
Fletch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
1985
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. Fletch is a 1985 comedy film about an investigative newspaper reporter, Irwin M. Fletcher. The film was directed by Michael Ritchie and written by Andrew Bergman, loosely based on the popular ...more
20
15 15
Old School is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
2003
Underrated Will Ferrell glory, and also Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson at their best. Can't really go wrong here. Old School is a 2003 American comedy film released by DreamWorks Pictures and The Montecito Picture Company and directed by Todd Phillips. The story was written by Court Crandall, and the film ...more
21
12 12
Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
1995
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! Toy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated buddy-comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter, Toy Story was the ...more
22
7 7
The Lost Boys is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
1987
For the '80s-appreciative crowd. The most fun you can have with a vampire movie, period. The Lost Boys is a 1987 American teen horror film starring Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Kiefer Sutherland, Jami Gertz, Corey Feldman, Dianne Wiest, Edward Herrmann, Alex Winter, Jamison Newlander, ...more
23
6 6
American Pie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
1999
It's the movie that started the dirty comedy movement! Re-watch it to feel nostalgic and old! American Pie is a 1999 teen comedy film written by Adam Herz and directed by brothers Paul and Chris Weitz, in their directorial film debut. It is the first film in the American Pie theatrical ...more
24
5 5
EuroTrip is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
2004
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.
EuroTrip is a 2004 American-European teen comedy adventure film written by Alec Berg, David Mandel, and Jeff Schaffer, and directed by Schaffer. The film stars Scott Mechlowicz, Jacob Pitts, ...more
25
4 4
Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
1999
Fight Club is a 1999 film based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk. The film was directed by David Fincher, and stars Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter. Norton ...more