We recall this great performance by Ray Milland on his birthday, 3 January (1907). Amid a fairly ho-hum career, this is a genuinely authentic turn by Ray as a hopeless drunk.
2. Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
Nicholas Cage decides to check in and then check out. Drinking yourself to death may sound like fun, but…
3. Flight (2012)
Denzel Washington is first-class as the kind of pilot you’d like in a crisis, but not on a normal flight, because he’s always hammered.
4. Under the Volcano (1984)
5. Withnail & I (1987)
6. Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
7. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
8. Barfly (1987)
9. Long Day’s Journey into Night (1962)
10. I’ll Cry Tomorrow (1955)
Ain’t Lillian Roth sweet? Er, no, she’s not.
[My Favourite Year (1982) and That Fatal Glass of Beer (1933) just missed out.]