vote on everything
Watchworthy
221 voters

The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party

Updated May 18, 2020 1.2k votes 221 voters 21.0k views39 items

List RulesFilms 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.
Photo:
...more
  • 1
    Ferris Bueller's Day Off is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party

    ActorsMatthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones, Jennifer Grey, Kristy Swanson, Ben Stein

    Directed byJohn Hughes

    A definitive high school film, for the nostalgic half-watching party-goer.

    More Ferris Bueller's Day Off 

    Interesting Details From 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' That Made Us Stop And Look AroundBehind The Scenes Of The Famous Parade Scene In 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'

  • 2
    Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
    30
    18

    ActorsBill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Walton, Ron Jeremy

    Directed byIvan Reitman

    Bill Murray. Bill Murray at every party. The rest of the cast is pretty amazing, too.

    More Ghostbusters 

    Behind The Scenes Secrets From 'Ghostbusters' Most People Have Never HeardVintage Ghostbusters Toys That Are Worth A Scary Amount Now

  • 3
    National Lampoon's Animal  is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party

    ActorsKevin Bacon, John Belushi, Donald Sutherland, Karen Allen, John Landis

    Directed byJohn Landis

    THE classic party movie, plain and simple.
  • 4
    10 Things I Hate About You is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party

    ActorsJoseph Gordon-Levitt, Gabrielle Union, Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Allison Janney

    Directed byGil Junger

    The best modern Shakespeare adaptation, hands down. A classic story that's well executed. Fun. Plain and simple.
  • 5
    Dumb and Dumber is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party

    ActorsJim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Teri Garr, Lauren Holly, Cam Neely

    Directed byPeter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

    Speaking of brilliantly dumb comedy, go back to one of the movies that made Jim Carrey a star.

    More Dumb and Dumber 

    'Dumb And Dumber' Is Far Darker And Creepier Than You Remember#42 of 294 The Best Duos of All Time

  • 6
    Happy Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party

    ActorsAdam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Julie Bowen, Kevin Nealon, Joe Sakic

    Directed byDennis Dugan

    We miss this Adam Sandler so much, take a trip down memory lane to the glory days of Sandler comedy.
  • 7
    Rush Hour is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
    25
    15

    ActorsJackie Chan, Roselyn Sánchez, Chris Tucker, Tom Wilkinson, Max von Sydow

    Directed byBrett Ratner

    Chris Tucker when he was great! Jackie Chan, who is great, as always! Action comedy at its finest!
  • 8
    Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
    25
    18

    ActorsKareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen, Ethel Merman, Peter Graves, Jonathan Banks

    Directed byJerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker

    Steve Martin in his heyday. Comedy gold.
  • 9
    Big Trouble in Little China is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party

    ActorsKurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, John Carpenter, James Hong, Kate Burton

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    A campy, 80's mullet-ed, classic! Play later in the evening and enjoy the lunacy.

    More Big Trouble in Little China 

    #97 of 149 Movies That Should Never Be Remade#121 of 553 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

  • 10
    Groundhog Day is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party

    ActorsBill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Michael Shannon, Harold Ramis, Chris Elliott

    Directed byHarold Ramis

    Once again, Bill Murray. At. Every. Party. Great to catch classic moments here and there or watch in full.
  • 11
    Moana is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
    23
    16

    Moana

    2016

    ActorsAuli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

    Moana is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy-adventure film directed by Ron... more on Wikipedia

    More Moana 

    'Moana' Fan Theories That Might Just Be RightEvery Song in Moana, Ranked by Singability

  • 12
    Easy A is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
    25
    20

    Easy A

    2010

    ActorsEmma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka, Lisa Kudrow, Malcolm McDowell

    Directed byWill Gluck

    Another great teen literary adaptation. This one was way more fun than expected and is another easy background movie.
  • 13
    Pink Floyd – The Wall is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party

    ActorsBob Hoskins, Bob Geldof, Joanne Whalley, Michael Ensign, James Laurenson

    Directed byAlan Parker

    Trippy, awesome, and can be watched in full or just caught in pieces. Perfect for a party.

    More Pink Floyd – The Wall 

    Behind The Scenes Details From Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ Movie#517 of 3,110 The Greatest Albums of All-Time

  • 14
    Dazed and Confused is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party

    ActorsBen Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey, Renée Zellweger, Parker Posey

    Directed byRichard Linklater

    Alright, alright, alriiight.
  • 15
    Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
    22
    22

    ActorsEllen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana, Allison Janney, Albert Brooks

    Directed byAndrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

    Anyone who doesn't like this movie shouldn't be at your party in the first place.
  • 16
    Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
    20
    20

    ActorsRobin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker, Jonathan Freeman, Jim Cummings

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

    Again, if your friends don't like this movie they should probably leave... Revisit a whole new world, shining, shimmering, splendid!

    More Aladdin 

    'Aladdin' Fan Theories More Mind-Boggling Than The Cave Of WondersEvery Song in Aladdin, Ranked by Singability

  • 17
    American Pie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
    13
    11

    ActorsAlyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth, Christina Milian, Mena Suvari

    Directed byChris Weitz, Paul Weitz

    It's the movie that started the dirty comedy movement! Re-watch it to feel nostalgic and old!

    More American Pie 

    'American Pie' Is A Nightmarish Vision Of Late '90s High School Life#11 of 252 The Funniest '90s Movies

  • 18
    The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party

    ActorsWhoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Rowan Atkinson

    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

    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."

    More The Lion King 

    'The Lion King' Fan Theories That Just Might Be True#4 of 50 The 50 Highest Grossing '90s Movies, Ranked

  • 19
    Mamma Mia! is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party

    ActorsAmanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Julie Walters

    Directed byPhyllida Lloyd

    Mamma Mia! is a 2008 British/American/Swedish musical/romantic comedy film adapted from the... more on Wikipedia

    More Mamma Mia! 

    #384 of 1,647 The Most Rewatchable Movies#129 of 355 The Best Rainy Day Movies

  • 20
    EuroTrip is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
    11
    10

    ActorsMatt Damon, Kristin Kreuk, Michelle Trachtenberg, Lucy Lawless, Vinnie Jones

    Directed byJeff Schaffer, David Mandel, Alec Berg

    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.

    More EuroTrip 

    #332 of 1,137 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time#58 of 378 The Best Movies To Watch Stoned

  • 21
    Zoolander is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
    12
    16

    ActorsNatalie Portman, Paris Hilton, Heidi Klum, David Bowie, Milla Jovovich

    Directed byBen Stiller

    Ben Stiller's masterpiece. Infinitely quotable, it's great to have on in the background, or foreground.
  • 22
    The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
    9
    12

    ActorsKeanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne, Gloria Foster

    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

    Action classic. It's already 15 years old... (yepppp) so most everyone should have seen it by now. Feeling old yet?

    More The Matrix 

    33 Things You Didn't Know About 'The Matrix' Trilogy14 Matrix Fan Theories That Will Have You Saying 'Whoa'

  • 23
    The Wolf of Wall Street is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party

    ActorsLeonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie, Jonah Hill, Rob Reiner

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    The Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 American biographical black comedy film directed by Martin... more on Wikipedia

    More The Wolf of Wall Street 

    #169 of 364 The Best Movies Based On Books#33 of 236 The Best Movies Based On True Stories

  • 24
    Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party

    ActorsHarrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young, Rutger Hauer, Edward James Olmos

    Directed byRidley Scott

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

    More Blade Runner 

    25 'Blade Runner' Fan Theories That'll Have You Dreaming Of Electric SheepKurt Russell Starred In A 'Blade Runner' Sequel, And It Was The Trashiest Movie Of 1998

  • 25
    Fletch is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies to Have Playing During a Party
    7
    10

    Fletch

    1985

    ActorsChevy Chase, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Geena Davis, George Wendt, M. Emmet Walsh

    Directed byMichael Ritchie

    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.
FilmsFilmEntertainmentBest Movies