1. National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)
Chances of getting laid (1-10): 10. Chicks in togas, drinking heavily, usually lead to good odds in the bedroom department. Bonus points for Otter bagging the dean’s wife.
The drink situation (1-10): 6. Kegs, bottles, and beer cans everywhere. Beer is the drink of choice here.
Chances of police interference (1-10): 3. Rowdy college campus frats attract attention, but the cops stay away at Faber. It’s Dean Wormer you need to worry about.
How’s the music? (1-10): 10. A hearty rendition of “Shout” wouldn’t normally garner a perfect 10 rating, but when it’s performed live at your party by Otis Day and the Knights, it’s epic.
As if you didn’t already know National Lampoon’s Animal House would be number one on this list. Please. Not only did the 1978 John Landis comedy classic turn John Belushi into a certified legend, but it also helped usher in the gross-out comedy genre that continues to thrive to this day.
Considered by many to be the greatest party film of all time, Animal House is known for its brash, no-holds-barred attitude toward college, partying, and fraternity antics. Belushi took the character of John “Bluto” Blutarsky—a drunken slob of a seventh year college student with a 0.0 GPA—and made him into one of cinema’s most beloved underdog heroes. His “Toga! Toga!” chant has become synonymous with drunken debauchery, scantily clad women, and wild parties on college campuses all across the United States.
The party itself is somewhat tame (at least compared to what you’d see in gross-out films nowadays), but it’s an absolute classic. Togas galore, beer spraying everywhere, and a live performance of “Shout” by Otis Day and the Knights (a band that was created for the film itself but later went on to tour as a “real” band) highlights the evening.
But it’s also moments like Bluto smashing the douchebag guitar player’s guitar for no reason and Belushi’s impassioned, yet historically inaccurate, speech that make National Lampoon’s Animal House a real winner.