50 Greatest Movie Parties

Bachelor Party (1984)

The Party: Rick Gassko (Tom Hanks) is thrown the bachelor party to end all bachelor parties, as he attempts to resist cheating on his bride-to-be – and gets more hammered than a rusty old nail.

Don't Try This At Home: Let a horse snort cocaine and end up OD-ing.

Midnight Cowboy (1969)

The Party: “Wackos, they’re all wackos.” Jon Voight’s cowboy is taken on a tour of New York City's nightlife, with Dustin Hoffman as his guide. Cue drugs. Lots of ‘em.

Don't Try This At Home: Get home and don’t know what you’ve been doing all night.

Old School (2003)

The Party: Frank (Will Ferrell) attempts to keep up with the youngsters at a college party – and ends up totally sozzled while endeavouring to uphold his ‘Frank The Tank’ rep.

Don't Try This At Home: Get so wasted that you end up going for a jog – naked.

Almost Famous (2000)

The Party: “I’m a golden god!” An off-his-face Russell (Billy Crudup) gets onto the roof and then hurls himself through the air into the pool below.

Don't Try This At Home: Jump from your roof into the pool. Just look what happened to that kid in All The Boys Love Mandy Lane .

Teen Wolf (1985)

The Party: Scott (Michael J. Fox) doesn’t feel too good while at a party, unaware that he’s slowly turning into a werewolf. Which pales in comparison to being locked in a cupboard with Boof (Susan Ursitti).

Don't Try This At Home: Turn into a werewolf. Not recommended.

Sixteen Candles (1984)

The Party: Jake (Michael Schoeffling) throws one heck of a house party, which ends with the house getting damn near destroyed. Not that Jake intends on cleaning any of it up.

Don't Try This At Home: Get trapped under a table. You could be there for days.

Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001)

The Party: It’s Biblo’s eleventy-first birthday! Which means all of Hobbiton are out to celebrate, and get well and truly trollied on beer.

Don't Try This At Home: Set off massive fireworks that you find in Gandalf’s cart.

Clueless (1995)

The Party: Everybody who’s anybody is at this rockin’ fest, where Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone) debuts Tai’s post-makeover new look .

Don't Try This At Home: Get knocked out by a shoe.

Hannah And Her Sisters (1986)

The Party: Hannah (Mia Farrow) and Elliot (Michael Caine) host Thanksgiving every year. Between the eating and the chit-chat, they manage to set off problems for their guests that will keep them occupied all year.

Don't Try This At Home: Do try having Thanksgiving at home, instead of going to Hannah’s. It'll save you a lot of bother.

Festen (1998)

The Party: Helge’s (Henning Moritzen) 60th birthday bash is disrupted when his family make a shocking announcement at the dinner table. It’s all about the timing.

Don't Try This At Home: Reveal that daddy abused you as a child.

Josh Winning has worn a lot of hats over the years. Contributing Editor at Total Film, writer for SFX, and senior film writer at the Radio Times. Josh has also penned a novel about mysteries and monsters, is the co-host of a movie podcast, and has a library of pretty phenomenal stories from visiting some of the biggest TV and film sets in the world. He would also like you to know that he "lives for cat videos..." Don't we all, Josh. Don't we all.