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.
- 1A definitive high school film, for the nostalgic half-watching party-goer.
Actors: Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones, Jennifer Grey, Kristy Swanson, Ben Stein
Directed by: John Hughes
- 21996We miss this Adam Sandler so much, take a trip down memory lane to the glory days of Sandler comedy.
Actors: Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Julie Bowen, Kevin Nealon, Joe Sakic
Directed by: Dennis Dugan
- 3The best modern Shakespeare adaptation, hands down. A classic story that's well executed. Fun. Plain and simple.
Actors: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gabrielle Union, Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Allison Janney
Directed by: Gil Junger
- 41984Bill Murray. Bill Murray at every party. The rest of the cast is pretty amazing, too.
Actors: Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Walton, Ron Jeremy
Directed by: Ivan Reitman
- 5THE classic party movie, plain and simple.
Actors: Kevin Bacon, John Belushi, Donald Sutherland, Karen Allen, John Landis
Directed by: John Landis
- 61994Speaking of brilliantly dumb comedy, go back to one of the movies that made Jim Carrey a star.
Actors: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Teri Garr, Lauren Holly, Cam Neely
Directed by: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly
- 71993Once again, Bill Murray. At. Every. Party. Great to catch classic moments here and there or watch in full.
Actors: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Michael Shannon, Harold Ramis, Chris Elliott
Directed by: Harold Ramis
- 81980Steve Martin in his heyday. Comedy gold.
Actors: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen, Ethel Merman, Peter Graves, Jonathan Banks
Directed by: Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker
- 92010Another great teen literary adaptation. This one was way more fun than expected and is another easy background movie.
Actors: Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka, Lisa Kudrow, Malcolm McDowell
Directed by: Will Gluck
- 102003Anyone who doesn't like this movie shouldn't be at your party in the first place.
Actors: Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana, Allison Janney, Albert Brooks
Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich
- 11Alright, alright, alriiight.
Actors: Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey, Renée Zellweger, Parker Posey
Directed by: Richard Linklater
- 12A campy, 80's mullet-ed, classic! Play later in the evening and enjoy the lunacy.
Actors: Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, John Carpenter, James Hong, Kate Burton
Directed by: John Carpenter
- 131992Again, if your friends don't like this movie they should probably leave... Revisit a whole new world, shining, shimmering, splendid!
Actors: Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker, Jonathan Freeman, Jim Cummings
Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker
- 14Trippy, awesome, and can be watched in full or just caught in pieces. Perfect for a party.
Actors: Bob Hoskins, Bob Geldof, Joanne Whalley, Michael Ensign, James Laurenson
Directed by: Alan Parker
- 151999It's the movie that started the dirty comedy movement! Re-watch it to feel nostalgic and old!
Actors: Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth, Christina Milian, Mena Suvari
Directed by: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz
- 161994Remind 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: Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Rowan Atkinson
Directed by: Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers
- 172003Underrated Will Ferrell glory, and also Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson at their best. Can't really go wrong here.
Actors: Elisha Cuthbert, Snoop Dogg, Will Ferrell, Sarah Shahi, Vince Vaughn
Directed by: Todd Phillips
- 181987For the '80s-appreciative crowd. The most fun you can have with a vampire movie, period.
Actors: Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim, Jami Gertz, Dianne Wiest
Directed by: Joel Schumacher
- 19Mamma Mia! is a 2008 British/American/Swedish musical/romantic comedy film adapted from the... more2008
Actors: Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Julie Walters
Directed by: Phyllida Lloyd
- 202012This generation's Animal House, mindless fun excitement. May encourage bad behavior, so only play at those house parties that aren't at your house.
Actors: Jimmy Kimmel, Alexis Knapp, Miles Teller, Jillian Barberie, Thomas Mann
Directed by: Nima Nourizadeh
- 212001Ben Stiller's masterpiece. Infinitely quotable, it's great to have on in the background, or foreground.
Actors: Natalie Portman, Paris Hilton, Heidi Klum, David Bowie, Milla Jovovich
Directed by: Ben Stiller
- 221985Chevy 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.
Actors: Chevy Chase, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Geena Davis, George Wendt, M. Emmet Walsh
Directed by: Michael Ritchie
- 231982Trippy visuals, growly Harrison Ford, and a storyline that leaves you going, huh? Sober or drunk, this is a great party movie.
Actors: Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young, Rutger Hauer, Edward James Olmos
Directed by: Ridley Scott
- 241995Before CG and animated films were everywhere, there was Toy Story and it was good. This movie holds up so well. Enjoy it with friends!
Actors: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Penn Jillette, Annie Potts
Directed by: John Lasseter
- 25The Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 American biographical black comedy film directed by Martin... more
Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie, Jonah Hill, Rob Reiner
Directed by: Martin Scorsese