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It is often said that one of the hardest things for an actor to portray convincingly is that of being drunk.

This can of course be countered by actually being drunk at the time, advice some of the actors on this list took very much to heart.

Drink has played a role in more or less every film ever made, except most children’s films. Think about it. How many films have scenes in bars or dinner parties or have a character constantly sipping from a hip flask or celebrating or drinking to forget?

Some films, as the drinks business has previously highlighted, are dedicated to drink entirely.

But it is a more select group of films which use alcohol as a driver of the plot, tackling issues such as suicide, loneliness and depression.

Tragic, comic, terrifying, a good drunk performance can make a film, permanently fixing it in one’s subconscious.

There are so many scenes to choose from this list, as with all lists, is very far from definitive but it does, hopefully, focus on some of the most striking and funny cinematic boozing.

It is also worth giving an honourable mention to WC Fields (pictured) who for roughly his entire career, played the perma-tipsy old rogue/grouch who uttered such memorable lines as: “I was in love with a beautiful blonde once, dear. She drove me to drink. That’s the one thing I am indebted to her for.”

And: “Once, on a trek through Afghanistan, we lost our corkscrew…and were forced to live on food and water for several days!”

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Top five films that feature the most memorable wine scenes.

As in life, the appearance of wine in films usually means it’s time to have fun. Whether characters stomp grapes, order a special bottle to impress a date or swap a few goblets back and forth in a fateful battle of wits, wine brightens many a scene. Here are our five favorite.

1. A Walk in the Clouds (1995)
Co-written by Robert Mark Kamen, proprietor of Sonoma’s Kamen Estate Wines and filmed at multiple Napa Valley wineries, this movie is one of those misty, wine-makes-everyone-feel-good kind of films, starring Keanu Reeves at his stilted best. The film’s vinous highlight comes in a predictably sensuous grape-stomp scene, during which characters Paul Reeves and Victoria Sánchez-Gijón dutifully fall in love.

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Earlier this week I wrote about a French wine film, “Tu seras mon fils,” that I would give it 3 stars on a 5-star scale. How many points on the 100-point wine scale is that?

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It’s not an easy question, nor is it irrelevant this time of year. We’re all choosing movies to see, buying Christmas presents we haven’t heard, and buying wines we haven’t tasted.

I’m a big fan of using Metacritic in building my wish list for Santa. Metacritic compiles text reviews from magazines and uses an algorithm to convert them to the 100-point scale. Because I’d rather listen to an 80-point Jack White album than a 90-pointer from Taylor Swift, I read the reviews, which of course you should do with wine, and the algorithm is reasonably good.

Metacritic rates albums from about 60 to 100. Movie critics rate movies from zero to 5 stars. But as we all know, the 100-point scale for wine is really only about 82 to 100.

Is there some factual basis for this?
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