Think nothing is better than dinner and a movie? Try drinks and a movie.
To accomplish this, you can:
A) Go to one of those pricey luxury movie theaters with reclining chairs and a well stocked overpriced bar
B) Kick back in the comfort of your own home with some of the greatest movies ever made and drinks that pair with them perfectly.
These movies come from the AFI’s list of top movies of all time and we have hand picked the perfect drinks to enjoy while watching them.
1. Citizen Kane
Plot: The story revolves around the death of newspaper publisher, Charles Kane and his mysterious last word “Rosebud…” The character of Kane was loosely based on real-life newspaper magnate, William Randolph Hearst (who was none to happy with the homage).
Drink Pairing: Sidecar – Dating back to the post World War I time period, The Side car is a relic of a bygone era, much like Charles Foster Kane. With a base of cognac mixed with orange liqueur and lemon juice, this drink is anything but a light weight. Enjoy sipping this slowly as you watch the life and legacy of this media mogul unfold.
2. The Godfather
Plot: Spanning the years of 1945-1955, the movie tells the story of the Corleone crime family in New York and the rise of Michael Corleone (played by a pre-WTF Al Pacino)
Drink Pairing: Sangria – Given that “sangria” translates from Portuguese to English as “bleeding,” it shouldn’t then take a horse’s head to realize why this is the perfect drink for this movie. Just make sure you use a good Italian red table wine as a base for mixing in the fruit and brandy.
Plot: A cynical American expatriate living in Morocco must help his former flame and her rebel husband escape Casablanca to continue his fight against the Nazis.
Drink Pairing: Gin and tonic – “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in the world…” One sip of this and you’ll be feeling as manly as Rick or at least start talking like Humphrey Bogart. Add a twist of lime if you want to feel strong and a little feminine like the rebellious Ilsa.
4. Raging Bull
Plot: Inspired by the true story of boxer Jake LaMotta. Now overweight and a comedian, Jake flashes back to his life as a boxer and his abusive relationships with his family and wife. Robert De Niro won an Oscar for his harrowing and realistic portrayal of this ultimate anti-hero.
Drink Pairing: Red Bull and Vodka – Nothing like the feeling of inebriation mixed with extreme jitters to get in the headspace of Jake LaMotta. We don’t recommend drinking too many of these unless you feel like reenacting his downfall.
5. Singin’ in the Rain
Plot: Before The Artist, this musical comedy explored Hollywood’s transition from silent movies to “talkies.”
Drink Pairing: Adult Chocolate Milk on the rocks (or with a splash of Crème de Menthe). This movie is so fun and happy it will make you feel like a kid again. Why not appease your inner-child with a little grown up twist. If rain makes you want to curl up with a blanket, try mixing it with hot cocoa.
6. Gone with the Wind
Plot: One of the greatest love stories ever brought to the silver screen. It’s got epic scenery, epic romance, epic hardship and epic Don’t-Give-A-Damn-ness.
Drink Pairing: Guinness – A hearty beer like this (or another dark stout) should be enough to tide you over so you’ll never be hungry again. It can also be used to make a stew with Scarlette O’Hara’s lone carrot.
7. Lawrence of Arabia
Plot: The true story of T.E. Lawrence and his exploits in Arabia during WWI. Peter O’Toole is brilliant as Lawrence and Alec “Obi Wan Kenobi” Guinness impressively plays an Arab Prince (it’s amazing what a little make-up can do).
Drink Pairing: Water – Seriously, with all the sand in this movie you will want nothing more than to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Sunscreen is optional.
8. Schindler’s List
Plot: Yet another true story. War profiteer, Oskar Schindler becomes the savior of over one thousand Polish Jews during the Holocaust.
Drink Pairing: This movie is so emotional and gut wrenching, wait until the end of the movie, do a couple of shots of Sobieski, Belvedere or any other Polish vodka and call it a night.
Plot: Jimmy Stewart in all his Jimmy Stewart-ness plays a man with a crippling fear of heights. Hired an a private investigator, he gets tangled up in a murder mystery with so many twists, even you’ll get dizzy. An Alfred Hitchcock classic.
Drink Pairing: Long Island Iced Tea – This strong concoction has enough booze to have you feeling like Jimmy Stewart after a half glass. Too much and you may have to piece together the mystery of the previous night.
10. The Wizard of Oz
Plot: Dorothy, Toto, Munchkins, witches – do we really need to spell this one out for you?
Drink Pairing: Let’s have some real fun with this. Set the movie to play on mute, get a copy of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” and hit play on the album once you see the MGM logo show up on your TV screen. Have some absinthe handy and prepare for your mind to be blown.