10 Best Party Movies Ever Made

By Rick Gonzales | Published

Best Party Movies Ever Made

Ya gotta admit it, there is nothing like a good party movie. They can be high school party movies, college party flicks, house parties where the cats away and the mice do play, and even old pals’ last hurrah parties, these are all just fun to watch. You know you’ve done a great job making the movie when audiences wish they could attend the movie’s party.

We have found 10 of the best party movies ever made. These range from old school (literally) to new school and everything in between. So, put your party hats on, and let’s tip a few.

10. Project X (2012)

At first blush, Project X may seem like your everyday, typical party movie. For the most part, it is, but what sets this high school party film apart from most of the others is that it is a found-footage movie. This one tells the story of three high school students who are looking to grab some popularity while mom and dad are out of town. In doing so, the planned “small” party gets out of control when one of the three students accidentally advertises the shindig throughout the entire school.

9. Can't Hardly Wait (1998)

Can’t Hardly Wait begins and ends at a high school graduation party. This party movie includes “before-they-were-famous” actors including Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ethan Embry, Seth Green, Jason Segal, and Jaime Pressly. The high school graduation party, chaotic and fun in every sense imaginable, also see students come together and pair up in unexpected ways.

8. Dazed and Confused (1993)

Dazed and Confused is another high school party movie that featured actors before they became well-known stars like Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, Cole Hauser, Jason London, Milla Jovovich, Parker Posey, Adam Goldberg, Nicky Katt, Joey Lauren Adams, and Rory Cochrane. The film, set in the 1970s, is a coming-of-age comedy that follows a group of high school students on their last day of school, filled with parties, pranks, and memorable moments.

7. 21 Jump Street (2012)

Based on the 21 Jump Street TV series that starred Johnny Depp and Richard Grieco, this 2012 stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill as two underachieving police officers who go undercover to pose as high school students to get the drop on drug dealers. Their reintroduction to high school life leads to unexpected encounters, parties, and comedic situations. Brie Larson also stars as Hill’s love interest.

6. Neighbors (2014)

Putting Seth Rogen in the position of a parent, when in most of his films he is the partying prankster, was a brilliant move. Instead, we get Zac Efron as the party monster whose fraternity just so happens to be next door to Rogen’s Mac Radner, his wife Kelly (Rose Byrne), and their newborn baby. As the rowdy fraternity makes its presence known, the results are a battle of wits and outrageous party pranks.

5. Bridesmaids (2011)

True, Bridesmaids is a hilarious comedy starring the likes of Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, and Melissa McCarthy, that mainly centered around a wedding. But this movie features a memorable bridal shower scene that turns into a wild party, filled with hilarious gross-out moments, never to be forgotten.

4. Old School (2003)

“Let’s go streaking through the quad!” And with that famous line, Old School tells you all you need to know about this party movie. The film stars Vince Vaughn, Luke Wilson, and Will Ferrell as three middle-aged buddies who start a fraternity and throw wild parties in an attempt to relive their college days. It’s not as easy as it sounds, but it sure is funny.

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3. Superbad (2007)

We’ve heard and seen this story before, high school graduates who want to party and lose their virginity before the night is over. In this instance, Jonah Hill and Michael Cera are the two students in question and it is a wild adventure of a party movie as the boys try to secure alcohol for the party. Who doesn’t love some McLovin?

2. The Hangover (2009)

When four friends decide to head to Las Vegas for a bachelor party, they end up waking up the next morning with no memory and the groom missing. Now they must somehow try to piece together the events of the previous night in order to track down the groom and get him back home in time for his nuptials. It’s wild and crazy for sure.

1. Animal House (1978)

How could Animal House not be the number-one party movie of all time? It was an instant classic when it premiered and remains one to this day. John Belushi led this cast of almost-no names about a raucous fraternity who, in 1962, eschewed each and every rule at Faber College to find themselves on the Dean’s (s)hit list and ultimately double secret probation. Do you think the frats at Delta House care? Not in the least.