This Friday marks the 5th annual Whiskyfest San Francisco. In honor of the event (and in order to secure my editor a press pass), we've compiled some of the finest whiskey drinkers Hollywood has to offer.

In our opinion, whiskey is a much more thoughtful drink than many others. Vodka may be more suave, gin more sophisticated, but whiskey is and has always been portrayed as… honest. No one drinks a gin gimlet when they’re troubled. Well, Ryan Seacrest might, but that’s about it.

With that in mind, let's take a look at seven memorable movie whiskey drinkers. And for more information on WhiskyFest San Francisco, click here.

7 Paul Finch - American Pie

Even in high school, Paul Finch thought beer was for cretins and preferred something more sophisticated: single-malt scotch. His refined taste in alcoholic beverages came in handy, and he was able to convince Stifler's mom to have a drink.

"Aged eighteen years. The way I like it."

6. Lt. Archie Hicox – Inglorious Basterds

While masquerading as a German in a French bar, Lt. Archie Hicox gets called out by a German officer, Major Hellstrom. Rather than panicking, he keeps his composure and informs the Nazi bastard that he would like to finish his scotch before the bloody resolution, because, as he so artfully puts it, "There's a special rung in hell reserved for people who waste good scotch. Seeing as how I may be rapping on the door momentarily..."

And with that, he downs his scotch shortly before a lot of people get sent to hell.

5. Glen Whitehouse – Affliction

James Coburn’s portrayal of a drunk, violent father and husband may have been harrowing and chilling, which are not the words you would use to describe a “fun drunk." He beats his children, lets his wife die of hypothermia through negligence, then conks his son on the head with a bottle of the film’s ubiquitous Brown’s Whiskey.

He’s a whiskey drinker, so in this case, we’d rather be around a flamboyant dude drinking cucumber mojitos.

4. Rooster Cogburn – True Grit

Whiskey is the official drink of the old west, so it would be easy to populate this list with most every western character in the history of film. Instead, I tried to find one embodiment of the whole sloshed, surly cowboys sensibility. Even though the film is but a year old, Jeff Bridge’ true grit hero encapsulates all of it: the reluctant hero, the curmudgeon, the drunk. As such, he’s our official western-genre representative, with apologies to Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, and every other really old actor in Hollywood.

3. Henry Chinaski – Barfly

In this cult favorite, Mickey Rourke offers up a thinly-veiled portrayal of noted writer and drinker Charles Bukowski, who spent his time drinking scotch and… not much else. He does offer this doozy of a quote to the masses:

“Anybody can be a non-drunk. It takes a special talent to be a drunk. It takes endurance. Endurance is more important than truth.”

2. Bob Harris – Lost In Translation

Now, we don’t know if Bob Harris was much of a whiskey drinker in his down time, but the man was flown to Tokyo to take a slow sip of the elixir, then turn to the camera and say, “For relaxing times, make it Suntory time,” Suntory being a very expensive Japanese whiskey.

Judging by the way he was able to stare at that tumbler, then look pensively at the camera, ole’ Bob seemed to be a whiskey drinker of the highest caliber. This is further affirmed by the fact that he gets drunk enough to sing Roxy Music during the karaoke scene.

1. Bluto Blutarsky – Animal House

Anyone who ever claimed that whiskey was the thinking man’s drink should probably revisit Animal House, in which Bluto, forlorn over the closing of his frat house, drowns his pain in whiskey, killing a bottle of Jack Daniels in about 15 seconds.

Everyone in high school or college knew someone who attempted this feat at one point or another, never once successfully. The worst case scenario is that you are able to, against all odds, kill the bottle, then die of alcohol poisoning. The best case scenario is that you throw up attempting to drink it, looking like an idiot for trying to be like John Belushi.