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Let’s face it, if you have to do Thanksgiving Dinner with the family, at least you can look forward to the joy that is witnessing one or more family members experience a total alcoholic breakdown. But in case that doesn’t happen, we’ve prepared a list of classic drinking films to fill the void. Bottoms up!
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) The best damn alcoholic (and actor) of all time (Richard Burton) turns in a fabulous alcholic performance alongside (real-life) brazen wife (Elizabeth Taylor).
Drunken Master (1978) The movie that made Jackie Chan a star. As Wong Fei-Hung, Chan mixes martial arts, comedy and hyper-powered hooch in a staggering display of 100-proof chop-socky!
Shakes The Clown (1991) With Bobcat Goldthwait coming to town on Dec. 16 for a standup show, it’s time to review his classic writing-directing debut as the king of alcoholic clowns.
Leaving Las Vegas (1993) The best alcoholic move ever made and the best Nic Cage movie ever (which is not a stretch). Drunk and desparate Ben dumps his miserable life to drink himself to death in Vegas. With Elisabeth Shue. Nice.
Breakfast With Hunter (2003) When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro, Hunter S. Thompson famously said. Here, he does, drinking copious amounts of alcohol and not much else.