The big movie released this week is Flight with Denzel Washington as a pilot with an alcohol problem. This seems like the perfect time to list my five most memorable screen drunks - but what are yours?

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  • Comment number 108. Posted by dan meadows

    on 29 Mar 2013 21:53

    Billy Bob Thornton in Bad Santa is pretty good.

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  • Comment number 107. Posted by Akay

    on 21 Feb 2013 19:23

    Mark, altough you already gave your response to this post I need to mention Paul Newman & Piper Laurie in The Hustler. A marvelous drunk screen double performance which (I think) hasn´t been mentioned here so far.

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  • Comment number 106. Posted by Kevy Canavan

    on 19 Feb 2013 16:22

    Has to be DDL's Daniel Plainview, hands down.

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  • Comment number 105. Posted by Hens Tongue

    on 13 Feb 2013 17:31

    Totally agree with Bette Davis in Baby Jane and Ray Milland in Lost Weekend. obviously W.C Fields is worth a mention but probably my favourite has to be Gena Rowlands in A Woman Under the Influence and also in Opening Night. In my opinion nobody beats Cassavetes for realism. He totally changed the way i look at film and raised the bar for quality cinema...

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  • Comment number 104. Posted by moneyhonster

    on 13 Feb 2013 17:19

    Josh Brolin as Dan White in Gus Van Sant's 'Milk'. The scene when he turns up to Harvey Milk's birthday party drunk, you're not at all sure whether he's going to hit, kiss or vomit on Harvey - an accurate portrayal of a drunk person if ever I saw one!

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  • Comment number 103. Posted by idler74

    on 12 Feb 2013 11:08

    Best screen drunk, or in this case drunks, has to be Lee Marvin and horse, in the wonderful Cat Ballou.

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  • Comment number 102. Posted by Tarek Sursock

    on 8 Feb 2013 11:06

    Dear Dr.,

    Last year I sat down and watched the Simon Hesera film "A day at the beach". Although it's written and produced by Roman Polanski and is not one of my favorites films of his, it was unexpetingly one of the bleakest most depressing movies I've seen with Woody Allen's "Interiors". Mark Burns gives a heart breaking performance playing the drunard character of Bernie. The film also stars Peter Sellers and Jack Mac Gowran who played in some of Polanski's film. It says in big titles on the DVD cover THE LOST ROMAN POLANKI MASTERPIECE. I think that my be a missstatement..

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  • Comment number 101. Posted by MargeGunderson

    on 7 Feb 2013 20:16

    Hey Dr K not been on for a while but felt compelled to ad my two-penneth on this one. I'll repeat what I suggested to Film2013 when they did their top 5 screen drunks. I'm going with Sterling Hadyn as Roger Wade in The Long Goodbye, a mean bully of a drunk who tries to get others to drink with him. An amazing supporting performance that made me wonder whether he utilised some real life experience to help with the role. Utterly believable.

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  • Comment number 100. Posted by Patrick D Roberts

    on 7 Feb 2013 16:20

    Neither are lighthearted, but both Peter Mullan in My Name Is Joe and Paul Giamatti in Sideways remain near-definitive (the latter because it gave Sideways something resembling a plot).
    Jon Hamm's drunken rant in Friends With Kids remains the drunk scene that I didn't predict coming and as a result glued me to me seat in the cinema (although the rest of the film struggled to equal his bitter vitriol as a result). It's quite fitting, given alcoholism's effect, that the best performances can infect a film and drain any lightness from it.

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  • Comment number 99. Posted by Conando

    on 7 Feb 2013 15:06

    Errol Flynn, playing his mate (and fellow drunk) John Barrymore in Too Much, Too Soon

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