Any drinker worth his or her ability to knock ’em back wants to be able to party with the best of them. If there were ever role models for drinkers—aspirational party animals, if you will—it would be this motley crew of characters. From pill popping Wall Street traders to grown-up frat boys to a writer on a psychedelic journey through the desert, this group of boozers can make any professional drinker wonder if they’ve gone soft.
1. Will Ferrell in Old School
As Frank “The Tank” Ricard, Will Ferrell took college partying back to—you guessed it—the old-school days of keg stands, streaking and frat party debauchery in Old School. Besides imbibing loads of beer, Ferrell’s character took one to the jugular, literally, in a classic tranquilizer scene.
2. Billy Bob Thornton in Bad Santa
As a perpetually drunk conman posing as Santa Claus in this dark comedy, Billy Bob Thornton takes holiday cheer to a whole new level. It’s said Thornton drank while filming to better get into character. We wouldn’t put it past him.
3. John Belushi in Animal House
In a role that both launched and defined his career, John Belushi’s take on seventh-year college student John “Bluto” Blutarsky inspired many a toga party and many a food fight. While he had no film credits to his name before Animal House, Belushi nailed the role and defined the term “party animal.”
4. Kristin Wiiig in Bridesmaids
There are certain movie scenes that become immortalized instantly, and the drunken airplane sequence in Bridesmaids is one of them. On board, Kristin Wiig’s character, Annie, mixes a sedative with booze, alarms passengers and gets kicked out of first class. Hilarity ensues and the plane is forced to make an emergency landing.
5. Johnny Depp in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
As Raoul Duke in the film adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s novel of the same name, Johnny Depp and partner in crime, Dr. Gonzo (Benicio del Toro), set off on a desert journey fueled by psychoactive drugs—making it a road trip indeed. Between the uppers, downers, rum, tequila and assorted other substances, the actors play a pair of journalists in for the ultimate thrill.
6. Leonardo DiCaprio in Wolf of Wall Street
In this role, Leo swigged, snorted, popped and crawled his way into the role of stockbroker-turned-multimillionaire party boy Jordan Belfort. With the amount of drugs consumed (including a famous scene involving too many Quaaludes), it’s amazing Belfort himself lived to tell the tale.
7. Elizabeth Taylor in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
There’s the fun, hard-partying drunk (see: the aforementioned frat boys) and then there’s the mean, hard-drinking role that Elizabeth Taylor sunk her teeth into in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. As Martha, the wife of fellow-drinker George, the story unfolds over a night of drinking and the result is a caustic look at marriage. The Edward Albee play-turned-film gave Taylor the opportunity to play a messy, bitter and intense character.
8. Gérard Depardieu in real life
French actor Depardieu may be best known for his roles like Cyrano de Bergerac, which earned him an Academy Award nod, but it’s his real-life behavior that earned him a spot on this list. In a 2014 interview, the actor admitted to drinking from the early hours of the day and imbibing as much as 14 bottles of wine a day. Enough said.