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Beer is for breakfast: Top 5 drinking movies of the '80s



Dudley Moore in ArthurSt. Patrick's Day as a drinking holiday? Puh-leeze. In the '80s, if you were a drinker, you quaffed like a god through March 16, and then took off March 17 as a hat-tip to Dionysus, the party god. 

The '80s might have also been the last decade that movies could romanticize being an alcoholic. Take for example the upcoming remake of Arthur. Watch every trailer. You'll never see a drink in the hand of Russell Brand. I'm offended by that! What is he now ... a glue-sniffer? How are '80s fans supposed to empathize with that? Thankfully, we just merely need to look back in time and say a toast to these classic flicks.


5. MY FAVORITE YEAR (1982): Peter O'Toole, Mark Linn-Baker. What they're drinking: Anything you can put in a flask. "Ladies are unwell ... Gentlemen vomit."

4. COCKTAIL (1988): Tom Cruise, Bryan Brown. What they're drinking: Red Eye, beer, frothy rum drinks. "Beer is for breakfast around here, drink or be gone."

3. STRANGE BREW (1983): Dave Thomas, Rick Moranis. What they're drinking: Canadian beer. "If I didn't have puke breath, I'd kiss you."

2. ARTHUR (1981): Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli. What they're drinking: Martinis, scotch. "I've taken the liberty of anticipating your condition. I have brought you orange juice, coffee, and aspirins. Or do you need to throw up? "

1. BARFLY (1987): Mickey Rourke, Faye Dunaway. What they're drinking: Everything. "I remember ordering a draft, barkeep. What, are you out of brew, or has that lobotomy finally taken hold?"

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