Film's Best Parties
From classy shindigs to messy house hangs, movies have featured some seriously impressive parties over the years. In honor of the celebratory night of New Year’s Eve, check out the best onscreen get-togethers, ahead.
10 Things I Hate About You
In a classic high school party scene, Kat (Julia Stiles) and Bianca (Larisa Oleynik) Stratford finally get out for a little fun, much to the dismay of their strict father. Kat unwinds in a serious way, taking shots before busting out a memorable dance on top of a table.
Tai (Brittany Murphy) learned the importance of rolling with the homies in a party scene from 1995’s Clueless. Cher (Alicia Silverstone) and Dionne (Stacey Dash) bring her into the fold of the popular girls, and she takes the opportunity to party and mingle with boys.
The Great Gatsby
Ain’t no party like a Gatsby party. Author F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famed tale of Jay Gatsby has been adapted many times through the years, but the one thing that has stayed the same is the leading man’s penchant for throwing parties. Brought to life most recently in Leonardo DiCaprio’s 2013 depiction, Mr. Gatsby throws unparalleled, over-the-top bashes dripping in champagne and sparkles.
Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling) unenthusiastically hosts a party for the ages in 1984’s Sixteen Candles. The high school hottie’s parents are away so much of the school comes to rage, even the dorky freshman Ted (Anthony Michael Hall). While many students go nuts, Caroline (Haviland Morris), perhaps parties the hardest, ending the night with a chunk of her hair cut off.
The name is enough. 1990’s House Party follows Kid (Christopher Reid) as he attempts to make it to the wild house party thrown by his buddy Play (Christopher Martin).
A movie famous for its partying, 1978’s Animal House made the Toga Party infamous. The Delta-hosted bash is still one of the most well-known movie scenes, nearly 40 years later.
Dazed and Confused
Complete with hazing, keg parties, and super-seniors, Dazed and Confused is high school debauchery at its most extreme. Fueled by beer and teen hormones, the students of Lee High School celebrate the end of another school year.
Port Chester University finally gets a good party in 1994’s PCU. The Pit manages to pull off an unforgettable bash, complete with celebrity appearances, and gives a pre-frosh one insane introduction to college.
2003’s Old School celebrated a group of partiers slightly past their prime but no less enthusiastic. With the dawning of Mitch-A-Palooza, the buddies find themselves back at college, throwing down like students many years their junior.
Can't Hardly Wait
You know a party is good when an entire movie revolves around it. 1998’s Can’t Hardly Wait took viewers to a high school graduation party with all the works: breakups, hookups, drinking, and one fateful letter.
When Harry Met Sally
All it took for Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) to recognize their true feelings for one another was one swanky New Year’s Eve party. Surrounded by confetti and countdowns, the two finally get the kiss they deserve in 1989’s When Harry Met Sally.
The 2012 movie Project X gets viewers ready to throw down from the beginning with the tagline, “The party you’ve only dreamed about.” It then shows just that, as three pals throw an out-of-control night.
So good, they’re bad. Seth (Jonah Hill), Evan (Michael Cera), and their hanger-on friend McLovin (Christopher Charles Mintz-Plasse) scheme to get alcohol for a party hosted by Jules (Emma Stone). Police run-ins, broken bottles, and sprints across town later, they’ve had quite a night.
In 2004’s Mean Girls, Cady (Lindsay Lohan) explains Halloween as “the one day a year when a girl can dress up like a total slut and no other girls can say anything else about it.” The ensuing party in honor of said holiday is full of girls in such skimpy costumes, and enough drama to turn friends into frenemies.