Life isn’t necessarily like the movies, but when it comes to epic parties, sometimes we wish it was.
These mythical silver screen celebrations are some of our favorite party scenes—opulent, glittery, and well-costumed:
Stealing Beauty (1996) A beautiful American girl (Liv Tyler) attends a very lush Italian party in a candle-lit Tuscan villa.
Marie Antoinette (2006) Sofia Coppola’s artistic take on a masquerade party. Big outfits, big hair, and tiny dogs for days.
National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978) One word: toga. The wild Delta Tau Chi party has a cameo by Otis Day and the Knights playing “Shout.”
Gosford Park (2001) A scintillating, well-costumed dinner party with an all-star cast—but we prefer ours sans murder.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) throws a booze-fueled jazzy soirée in her cigarette-smoke filled New York apartment. There’s dancing, falling, shoulder-riding, mirror-crying, and a police raid...all in fabulous ‘60s attire.
The Great Gatsby (1974) A decadent party at the Gatsby estate, Roaring Twenties style, with intricately beaded dresses, the Charleston, flowing champagne, and a sudden downpour.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) So it’s a parade, not a party. Same difference.
Romeo and Juliet (1996) The duo have been reenacting the Capulets’ infamous masked costume party since Shakespeare put pen to paper. Did Romeo’s heart love til now? Who knows, but director Baz Luhrmann sure knows how to stage a wild party. In his version of the ill-fated love story, Mercutio and other revelers perform a drug-fueled, cross-dressed, disco dance number.
Footloose (1984) Badboy teenager Kevin Bacon convinces a small town reverend to let the kids have prom in a town where dancing and rock music have been banned. As Bacon says, “I thought this was a party! Let’s Dance!”Glitter.
La Dolce Vita (1960) Constant parties are part of the plot in this Federico Fellini film. Tabloid/celebrity journalist Marcello Rubini spends a week in Rome searching for meaningful love and happiness, all the while distracted by beautiful women and glitterati.