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The Best Movie Drinking Games & 35 Fun Movies that Get Better with Booze

Have a few friends over? Don’t know what to do? Turn movie night into a night to remember with these 35 movie drinking games to get the party started.

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Watching a movie on a Saturday night is a great way to unwind and relax. But there are some days when you just want to get drunk without leaving your house. So, why not invite a couple of friends over and play the best movie drinking games?

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Some rules to keep in mind

Before we get into the movies, let’s cover some ground on what the rules are. The rules are actually very simple—we name an iconic part of a film, and you have a drink when you see it. It’s really that easy!

The great thing about this rule set is that it’s easily adaptable, so you can play this game with any movie we don’t recommend here!

Say for instance you’re watching a Star Wars film, you could have a drink every time you see a lightsaber… although you might be needing an ambulance by the end of the movie!

Another thing to keep in mind is when we say drink, we mean all of you. It’s not the unlucky soul who spots the thing last that has to drink the most.

So there’s no unfair advantage where one sober person could rig the game to make the drunkest person even worse. All’s fair in booze and cinema!

The best movie drinking games

Not only will your friends be happy that they won’t have to grab a taxi to get home, but it’s also a great way to watch some of your favorite or new films and get a little tipsy at the same time.

1. Mean Girls

A home-schooled girl from Africa movies to America and experiences high school culture. This movie is still completely relevant now, even though it’s over a decade old.

Drink when: you learn a rule from the Plastics, when you hear the word “fetch,” when someone says, “Regina George,” or when you hear an amazing insult. [Read: Movies that both ladies and gents will enjoy]

2. Avatar

It’s basically, FernGully, with a modern-day twist and super hot actors. If you want your movie drinking game to go on for a while, Avatar is definitely a long enough movie to get everyone hammered.

Drink when: a character makes tsaheylu *aka. The Bond*, a character goes into the psychedelic forest, you see a new species, the character learns something new, or when you hear military jargon.

3. Bring It On

If you enjoyed this film as a teenager, you’ll still enjoy it when it’s turned into a drinking game. It’s about a cheerleading squad that must revamp themselves to make it to the championships.

Drink when: during the introduction of each cheerleading squad, when someone makes a cheerleading pun, or whenever someone makes fun of the male cheerleaders.

4. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Ferris Bueller pretends to be sick so that he can take the day off of school. Though you think it may sound that simple, it’s not. This is one of the best movie drinking games to play because who doesn’t love this nostalgic film?

Drink when: Ferris addresses the camera, Cameron gives into Ferris’s ideas, or when someone talks about Ferris’s illness. [Read: 69 best and most romantic movies that are a must-watch in 2023] 

5. A Nightmare on Elm Street

You need to get drunk to a horror movie at least once. This movie is about Freddy Krueger who haunts the dreams of the children who live on Elm Street.

Why? Because when poor Freddy was younger he was fried to death by their parents. Slightly extreme, right?

Drink when: you’re not sure if it’s a dream, Freddy Krueger is in the scene, John Saxon appears, or when you see the exterior of Nancy’s house. 

6. Napoleon Dynamite

It’s about an outcast high schooler who gets bullied while trying to get the girl and helps his friend become the class president.

Drink when: you see or hear “vote for Pedro,” Uncle Rico talks about his high school days, Napoleon says, “Heck yes!” and “Yes,” or every time you see tater tots.

7. Fast Times at Ridgemont High

This movie goes over all the things that happen in high school: sex, drugs, rock‘n’roll, weed, and masturbation. All the juicy stuff.

Drink when: someone gives wholesome advice, you hear a stoner laugh, or you see bare boobies. [Read: Fun and flirty games for a naughty house party]

8. Pulp Fiction

If you haven’t seen Pulp Fiction, well, we don’t know what to tell you. It’s a classic. This neo-noir crime film is ripe with violence, pop culture references, and dark humor. Plus, there’s a great dance scene between Uma Thurman and John Travolta.

Drink when: the main character gets shot, a pop culture reference is made, almost everyone in the scene is dead, Quentin Tarantino makes a cameo, or during the dance scene.

9. Die Hard

It’s a classic action film. Bruce Willis plays the sexy, humble guy, John McClane, who, at the end of the day, you just want to sit down and have a beer with. That’s why people love him.

Drink when: someone speaks German, someone is killed, McClane drinks a beer, you hear “Ode to Joy” playing, you see Christmas decorations and computer screens, or hear McClane saying, “Yippee-ki-yay.”

10. Showgirls

This is an amazing cult classic that if you haven’t seen, you need to. It’s about a small-town girl who goes to Las Vegas to make it big.

Drink when: you see bare boobies, when there’s a dance number, when a girl starts crying, or when there’s a scene that makes you cringe. [Read: Steam up the screen with these steamy romance movies]

11. The Room

It’s possibly the worst movie ever made, so you have no choice but to drink while watching it. We don’t even know where to start—the bad acting, the cheesy lines—okay, okay, we’ll stop. Just make sure to watch it with a bottle of gin.

Drink when: there’s an awkward sex scene, when someone says “Hi,” when you see a football, or when someone says something so uncomfortable you cringe.

12. Swingers

It’s about a couple of guys that go out and discover the ins and outs of women and relationships. The great part about Swingers is the dialogue. So, that’s what you’ll be drinking to in this movie drinking game.

Drink when: someone says, “Money,” “Beautiful baby,” or calls someone an “Asshole.” [Read: 40 romantic movie quotes about love and relationships]

 13. Marvel movies

Whether you’re watching Iron Man, The Avengers, or The Hulk, grab a shot glass and get ready. They’re fun movies to watch because it’s all about the action, so, if you’re busy drinking, you won’t need to worry about losing the plot line.

Drink when: there’s a fight scene, something explodes, the world is coming to an end, or when someone talks about S.H.I.E.L.D. Just don’t end up in the hospital, please.

14. The Lord of the Rings

The Hobbits go through a treacherous journey in order to destroy the ring. You’ll need to drink through this movie because it’s three hours long. It’s good, just long.

Drink when: someone talks about “The Ring,” when hobbits bond, when you see hobbit feet, when you see the Eye of Sauron, or when Frodo falls down.

15. SinCity

This movie follows the story of three people living in the crime-ridden town of Basin City.

Drink when: you see color, when “Old Town” is mentioned, when someone gets an injury that should have killed them but they survived, when a character insults himself, or when you see Jessica Alba pole dancing. [Read: True sex talk – alcohol’s effects on sex and your libido]

16. James Bond

It doesn’t matter which James Bond film you’re going to watch, as long as he’s asking for a martini, then you’re good to go. There’s sex, violence, charm—everything you need for an action-packed adventure film.

Drink when: Bond kills someone, when someone says “James Bond,” “Bond,” or “007,” when Bond asks for a martini, when Bond has sex, or when there’s a naked or half-naked woman.

17. Shaun of the Dead

This is a classic zombie comedy that needs to be watched while drinking. This British comedy is about Simon and Nick, two friends trying to escape the zombie apocalypse that overtook London.

Drink when: someone mentions a pub or Winchester, when someone is watching TV, or when one of the main characters dies.

18. Jurassic World

If you’ve seen Jurassic Park, well, you probably couldn’t contain your inner child knowing Jurassic World came out. It’s all about dinosaurs.

Drink when: a dinosaur attacks another dinosaur, someone is wearing inappropriate shoes, there’s some bonding between characters, talks about genetic hybridization, or a dino saves the day.

19. Magic Mike

We don’t want to ruin this movie for you, but it’s about male stripping. So, we’ll leave it at that.

Drink when: you see a half-naked body, you see a new dance routine, a dancer grabs their crotch, or Matthew McConaughey’s character goes into a sexually induced monologue. [Read: Make the most of your girls’ night using our 43 fun ideas]

20. American Psycho

This movie is a trip, so be sure to look at any content warnings if you’re unsure about drinking to this one! It’s about a psychopath that goes on a killing spree and loses control of the situation.

Drink when: someone says “Paul Allen,” someone mentions the name “Dorsia,” someone talks about returning videotapes, a designer product is mentioned, or Patrick Bateman offers any sort of advice.

21. The Big Lebowski

It’s about a guy who gets involved in criminal activity after he is mixed up with another man named Lebowski. Ha, ha, ha, what a common misunderstanding.

Drink when: the dude refers to himself as “The Dude,” when nihilists are mentioned, when you hear them talk about the rug, or when Walter Sobchak gets angry and starts yelling.

22. Top Gun

Ah, yes, Top Gun. It’s an action movie starring Tom Cruise who’s a bad boy and rebellious fighter pilot. What a film to bust out in your movie drinking game night!

Drink when: there are any homoerotic glances between any of the characters, when anyone high fives, Danger Zone is playing in the background, or when Maverick doesn’t follow the rules.

23. Blade

He’s half-vampire and half-man, the point is, he is the protector of the human race.

Drink when: a vampire burns or explodes, you hear vampire language, hear the word “daywalker,” or you’re educated about the superpowers of the Blade. [Read: 22 super fun drinking card games to get the party and fun times going]

24. Hackers

You don’t have to be a computer nerd to appreciate this movie. It’s about a young boy arrested for writing a computer virus. Years pass, and he and his new friends decide to unleash the computer virus he wrote.

Drink when: you hear 90’s dance music, someone is in the hacker zone, you hear computer jargon, or Angelina isn’t wearing a bra.

 25. Critters

A furry alien race eats the locals in a small farming town. Oh, the horror!

Drink when: a Critter talks or giggles, when a Critter swears, you see the Critter’s legs, when critter terminology is used, when the gay space cop shows up, or when a Critter turns into a ball. [Read: Party hours – what your favorite drink says about you]

26. Anchorman

We all know Anchorman, it’s a goddamn piece of comedic genius. It’s about Will Ferrell, aka Ron Burgundy, who’s a news broadcaster that has to share the stage with his new female co-anchor, Veronica Corningstone.

Drink when: every time Ron addresses San Diego, Ron tries to pick up a woman, or when Brick Tamland says something completely stupid.

27. Zombieland

Just when you think zombie films are becoming overdone and boring, Zombieland comes in to make zombie films fun again. It follows four survivors of the zombie apocalypse as they try to find a safe space away from the flesh-eating animated corpses.

Drink when: a rule comes up on the screen, somebody uses a place as a person’s name, twinkies are mentioned, or when Tallahassee kills a zombie.

28. Scream

What’s your favorite scary movie? This iconic 90s horror film follows a group of teenagers who are hunted down by a masked killer.

Drink when: someone makes a reference to another horror movie, a phone rings, Gale Weathers makes a bitchy remark to her cameraman, or when you see Ghostface. [Read: Insanely easy Halloween costumes for couples]

29. The Wolf of Wall Street

If the world of finance doesn’t get you excited, you’ll still enjoy The Wolf of Wall Street. It follows the life and the rise-to-success of the real-life of Jordan Belfort, a former stockbroker and trader.

To say that this movie is raunchy is a massive understatement.

Drink when: someone says fuck, anyone snorts anything, or you see something ridiculously decadent and hedonistic *warning, you will be on the floor by the end of the movie*.

30. Gremlins

What do you get when you mix Christmas, horror, and creatures that are equal parts adorably mischievous and psychotically murderous? You get Gremlins.

When Billy Peltzer gets a new and mysterious pet for Christmas, he soon learns what happens when you break the many rules that come with caring for this strange animal.

Drink when: a gremlin is killed, Gizmo does something cute *which is all the time*, Gizmo gets tortured *which is almost all the time*, or the gremlins do something crazy.

31. Titanic

A love story set on the tragic “unsinkable” ship that infamously sunk in the North Atlantic Ocean, Titanic is sure to get the waterworks going. You’ll be thankful that you have a drink in your hand when things get heavy. [Read: Girly drinks – 33 best and most common staples every girl’s gotta know]

Drink when: there’s an instance of ominous foreshadowing, class divisions and prejudices create dicey situations, Jack says “Rose,” and Rose says, “Jack,” or every time someone speaks in a thick accent.

32. The Hangover

If you’ve ever woken up with hangxiety, just know that you have nothing to worry about compared to these guys.

Three guys wake up after a bachelor party in Vegas with absolutely no memory of the night before. We follow them on their journey as they find out all the terrible, terrible things they did in their drunken stupor.

Drink when: someone says “Vegas” or “Baby”—sounds easy enough, right?

33. Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Have you ever been drinking and thought to yourself, “There is a serious lack of British men from the 70s making fun of King Arthur in a hilarious and surreal comedy movie?” Sounds like you need to play this drinking game!

Drink when: you see butt trumpets, when someone says “I’m not dead yet,” or whenever you see something that makes you question if that’s really happening or if it’s time to put the bottle down.

34. Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Black Mirror is a fantastic show to watch. But a fully interactive episode is an experience unlike anything else. You make all the decisions as a nerdy programmer from the 80s adapts a twisted fantasy novel into a video game.

Drink when: someone says Bandersnatch, you make the wrong decision, or when someone dies.

35. Gerald’s Game

A movie adaptation of the book from the wonderfully twisted Stephen King, Gerald’s Game is about all the disastrous things that happen when a couple goes on a romantic vacation to spice up their relationship.

Drink when: something new goes wrong, something appears in the shadows, or when something disturbing or gory makes you cringe.

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So, what are you waiting for? Go get your friends, grab some liquor, and put on one of these movies. You won’t regret it—okay, maybe in the morning you will.

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Preeti Tewari Serai
Preeti Serai
Preeti, the founder of LovePanky, is an eternal optimist and believer in the beauty of love and life. With an exhaustive experience in love, relationships, and ...