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.
Actors: Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones, Jennifer Grey, Kristy Swanson, Ben Stein
Directed by: John HughesA definitive high school film, for the nostalgic half-watching party-goer.
Actors: Kevin Bacon, John Belushi, Donald Sutherland, Karen Allen, John Landis
Directed by: John LandisTHE classic party movie, plain and simple.
Actors: Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Walton, Ron Jeremy
Directed by: Ivan ReitmanBill Murray. Bill Murray at every party. The rest of the cast is pretty amazing, too.
Actors: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gabrielle Union, Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Allison Janney
Directed by: Gil JungerThe best modern Shakespeare adaptation, hands down. A classic story that's well executed. Fun. Plain and simple.
Actors: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Teri Garr, Lauren Holly, Cam Neely
Directed by: Peter Farrelly, Bobby FarrellySpeaking of brilliantly dumb comedy, go back to one of the movies that made Jim Carrey a star.
Actors: Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Julie Bowen, Kevin Nealon, Joe Sakic
Directed by: Dennis DuganWe miss this Adam Sandler so much, take a trip down memory lane to the glory days of Sandler comedy.
Actors: Jackie Chan, Roselyn Sánchez, Chris Tucker, Tom Wilkinson, Max von Sydow
Directed by: Brett RatnerChris Tucker when he was great! Jackie Chan, who is great, as always! Action comedy at its finest!
Actors: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen, Ethel Merman, Peter Graves, Jonathan Banks
Directed by: Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David ZuckerSteve Martin in his heyday. Comedy gold.
Actors: Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, John Carpenter, James Hong, Kate Burton
Directed by: John CarpenterA campy, 80's mullet-ed, classic! Play later in the evening and enjoy the lunacy.
Actors: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Michael Shannon, Harold Ramis, Chris Elliott
Directed by: Harold RamisOnce again, Bill Murray. At. Every. Party. Great to catch classic moments here and there or watch in full.
Actors: Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement
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Actors: Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka, Lisa Kudrow, Malcolm McDowell
Directed by: Will GluckAnother great teen literary adaptation. This one was way more fun than expected and is another easy background movie.
Actors: Bob Hoskins, Bob Geldof, Joanne Whalley, Michael Ensign, James Laurenson
Directed by: Alan ParkerTrippy, awesome, and can be watched in full or just caught in pieces. Perfect for a party.
Actors: Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey, Renée Zellweger, Parker Posey
Directed by: Richard LinklaterAlright, alright, alriiight.
Actors: Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana, Allison Janney, Albert Brooks
Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Lee UnkrichAnyone who doesn't like this movie shouldn't be at your party in the first place.
Actors: Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker, Jonathan Freeman, Jim Cummings
Directed by: Ron Clements, John MuskerAgain, if your friends don't like this movie they should probably leave... Revisit a whole new world, shining, shimmering, splendid!
Actors: Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth, Christina Milian, Mena Suvari
Directed by: Chris Weitz, Paul WeitzIt's the movie that started the dirty comedy movement! Re-watch it to feel nostalgic and old!
Actors: Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Rowan Atkinson
Directed by: Rob Minkoff, Roger AllersRemind 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."
Actors: Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Julie Walters
Directed by: Phyllida LloydMamma Mia! is a 2008 British/American/Swedish musical/romantic comedy film adapted from the... more on Wikipedia
Actors: Matt Damon, Kristin Kreuk, Michelle Trachtenberg, Lucy Lawless, Vinnie Jones
Directed by: Jeff Schaffer, David Mandel, Alec BergThis 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.
Actors: Natalie Portman, Paris Hilton, Heidi Klum, David Bowie, Milla Jovovich
Directed by: Ben StillerBen Stiller's masterpiece. Infinitely quotable, it's great to have on in the background, or foreground.
Actors: Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne, Gloria Foster
Directed by: Andy Wachowski, Lana WachowskiAction classic. It's already 15 years old... (yepppp) so most everyone should have seen it by now. Feeling old yet?
Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie, Jonah Hill, Rob Reiner
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Actors: Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young, Rutger Hauer, Edward James Olmos
Directed by: Ridley ScottTrippy visuals, growly Harrison Ford, and a storyline that leaves you going, huh? Sober or drunk, this is a great party movie.
Actors: Chevy Chase, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Geena Davis, George Wendt, M. Emmet Walsh
Directed by: Michael RitchieChevy 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.