The Best Drunk Films

January 3, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | FILM, Ulalume | 2 Comments |

  1. The Lost Weekend (1945)

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.

'There's many a slip twixt cup and lip...'

‘There’s many a slip twixt cup and lip…’

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)

"It's alright, officer, I've only had a few ales."

“It’s alright, officer, I’ve only had a few ales.”

6. Days of Wine and Roses (1962)

The couple that drink together, sink together.

The couple that drink together, sink together.

7. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)














8. Barfly (1987)


He doesn’t hate people, but seems to feel better when they’re not around.









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.]


  1. Reply

    Ritchie Ho

    January 17, 2018

    Team America: World Police

  2. Reply

    David Hawley

    March 7, 2018

    Well, Barfly (1987) and The Lost Weekend (1945), for sure.

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