14 Movies To Watch With Friends
What’s better than watching your favorite movie? Watching it with your best friend. There is nothing quite like unwinding with a bottle of wine, some tasty snacks, and your best mates on the couch while watching a movie together. Whether you want to laugh, cry, or scare yourself shitless, there are so many different movies to watch with friends that can turn an average night into a great one.
When choosing a movie it doesn’t matter if it’s a box office smash, an indie art flick, a foreign movie, or a B-grade 80s horror – as long as you and your friend love it then you’re on a winner. The whole point of watching a movie with your friends is so you can bond and laugh or cry at what is happening on the screen. Ultimately, the best movies to watch with friends are the ones that everyone enjoys and can engage with.
So whether you’re in the mood for a classic drama, a buddy cop flick, or a romantic tear-jerker, there is sure to be a great movie out there that will bring you and your friends together for a fun and memorable movie night. And with so many streaming sites, from Amazon Prime Video to Disney+ to Apple TV, you are sure to find something that suits your taste.
14 Movies To Watch With Friends
1. The Hangover (2009)
The Hangover is a modern comedy classic about a bachelor party gone wrong when the groom disappears. Turning Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis into stars, the Todd Philips comedy is rude, crude, and chock full of hilarious cameos, including Mike Tyson and a then-unknown Ken Jeong. A great movie if you want to laugh the night away while knocking back some beers on the couch.
2. The Breakfast Club (1985)
Relive your high school years with this 80s classic starring Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, and Anthony Michale Hall. The five actors, then up-and-comers, play stereotypical high school students (the Princess, the Athlete, the Basket Case, the Criminal, and the Brain) who spend Saturday detention together and learn they aren’t all that different from each other.
Written and directed by the late, great, John Huges, The Breakfast Club will make you laugh, cry and remember the good old days when life was much simpler.Watch on Prime Video
3. Stand By Me (1986)
Here’s one movie that will have you crying by the time the credits roll and Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” starts playing. Based on Stephen King’s terrific novel of the same name, this coming-of-age drama finds four friends (Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O’Connell) embarking on a weekend-long hike to see a dead body.
One of the few King adaptations he approves of, Stand By Me gives you all the feels and is a great way to bond with your bestie in front of the television.Watch on Apple TV
Superhero movies are still going strong so we thought it best to include one on this list. Of all the films released, Deadpool is easily the funniest that appeals to even non-comic book fans. Ryan Reynolds has never been better and helps make Deadpool a sympathetic character, despite being a bit of a dick.
It might not be on the level of some other more serious comic book movies, but Deadpool does provide plenty of laughs. It’s also the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time, so if you like swearing and rude humor, you can’t go past this one.Watch on Disney+
5. Step Brothers (2008)
When it comes to smash hit comedies you can enjoy with your mates, look no further than Step Brothers. If you don’t find this movie funny you might need to see someone and get help.
Will Ferrell and John C. Riely are two 30-something losers whose parents get married, causing them to become step-brothers. Enemies at first, the two soon discover they have a lot in common and find themselves getting up to all sorts of mischief.
The humor is low-brow at times but Step Brothers is one of those movies where the laughs never stop coming. The one-liners are spectacular and the chemistry between Ferrell and Riely is magic. Adam Scott also deserves a mention for his portrayal as Ferrell’s douce bag brother who loves car karaoke.Watch on HBO Max
6. Thelma & Louise (1991)
One of the great road trip movies finds Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis embarking on a cross-country journey that suddenly takes a turn for the worse after the two are involved in a murder. On the run from the cops, they encounter several interesting characters (including a young Brad Pitt) and situations as their friendship flourishes and their bond grows.Watch on Prime Video
7. Scarface (1983)
If you want an endlessly quotable movie you and your buddies can enjoy together, look no further than this 80s great. Written by Oliver Stone and directed by crime film legend Brian De Palma, the film stars Al Pacino as the aggressive Cuban criminal Tony Montana.
A cold-blooded killer who becomes a drug kingpin in Miami, Scarface details his rise and fall as greed, paranoia, and his addiction to cocaine bring about his downfall. A stone cold classic best enjoyed with pizza and beer.Watch on The Roku Channel
8. Bridesmaids (2011)
The Hangover for women, Bridesmaids is a riotous comedy starring Kristin Wiig as Annie, a single lass struggling with life who is asked to be the maid of honor in her best friend Lillian’s (Maya Rudolph) wedding. As she tries to plan a successful hens party, things go from bad to worse as she deals with all sorts of problems, including a memorable bout of food poisoning.
A box office hit making over $306 million, Bridesmaid will have you and your friends rolling around the floor with laughter as you both agree Brazilian steak restaurants can be bad for your health.Watch on Hulu
9. The Raid: Redemption (2011)
Strap in for an action-packed thrill ride with Gareth Evans’ spectacular marital arts epic The Raid: Redemption. An elite police squad is tasked with infiltrating an apartment building where a known drug lord lives. Once inside all hell breaks loose as they find themselves up against an army of bloodthirsty criminals.
Helping turn Indonesian actors Iko Uwais and Joe Taslim into international stars, the movie is one martial arts fight scene after another. If it’s non-stop violence you are after, The Raid: Redemption will satisfy your cravings. Makes for a great double bill with the equally as impressive sequel, The Raid 2.Watch on Netflix
10. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Comedies dominate this list, so it’s no surprise Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy makes its presence felt. Written by Adam McKay and Will Ferrell, with McKay also directing, this wild flick set in the 70s follows famous anchorman Ron Burgundy (Ferrell) who works for Action News in San Diego. When female anchorwoman Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) is employed to work with Burgundy, he does all he can to make her quit, leading to several hilarious scenes.
Featuring an ensemble cast that includes Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner, Vince Vaughn, Danny Trejo, Ben Stiller, Jack Black, and many more, Anchorman is another contender for best comedy of the 00s. Just give the sequel a miss, it’s terrible.Watch on Paramount+
11. Toy Story (1995)
Have a nostalgia-filled evening with the Pixar and Disney favorite Toy Story. Set in a world where toys come to life, cowboy Woody (Tom Hanks) soon finds himself on the outs with his owner Andy after he gets new toy Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen). Enemies at first, the two soon grow close and become best friends over the course of the film as they try and escape Andy’s evil neighbor who enjoys destroying toys.
As far as animated films go, Toy Story still ranks as one of the greats and is just as fresh today as it was when released almost three decades ago. If you want a movie marathon you can stick on the three sequels, although we suggest staying away from the spin-off Lightyear.Watch on Disney+
12. Always Be My Maybe (2019)
Here’s a romantic comedy that everyone can enjoy. Ali Wong and Randall Park play childhood friends who fall out after an encounter in the back seat of Park’s car. Fast forward 16 years and Wong is a successful chef who seems to have it all, while Park lives at home with his widowed father and plays in an unsuccessful band. When the two bump into each other and reconnect, sparks fly, but both live in different worlds and must agree to make the necessary sacrifices to make things work.
This flick has plenty of laughs with Wong and Park in top form. There’s also a brilliant cameo from Keanu Reeves playing an over-the-top version of himself that is worth the price of admission alone.Watch on Netflix
13. Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)
If it’s fun and adventure you are after, tee up Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark. The best movie in the franchise finds Dr. Indiana Jones (peak Harrison Ford) galavanting across the world in search of the Ark of the Covenant. Directed by Stephen Speilberg from a script by Lawrence Kasden based on a story by George Lucas, this movie has it all.
Lovable characters? Check. Evil Nazis? Check. Witty one-liners? Check. A sexy romantic interest? Check. Incredible set pieces? Check. This movie really does tick all the right boxes and is the ideal film to use the watch party feature with so your buddies that can’t make movie night can still feel like they are there.Watch on Paramount+
14. Scream (1996)
Keen to watch a horror movie everyone can enjoy? Look no further than Scream. This is Wes Craven’s attempt at reenergizing the horror genre and he hits all the right notes with the violent killer Ghostface becoming a horror icon.
Leaning into slasher cliches while also parodying stereotypes of the genre, Scream is one of the first meta-horrors with a spectacular cast that includes Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courtney Cox, Matthew Lillard, Skeet Ulrich, Rose McGowan, and Jamie Kennedy. And who can forget Drew Barrymore’s opening cameo that sets the scene for this wonderful 90s horror.Watch on Pluto TV
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