Top 10 Best New Year’s Eve Movies Of All Time

Introducing to you the Best New Year’s Eve Movies Of All Time. We’re not saying you should cancel your big New Year’s Eve party plans to stay in with takeout, comfy pj’s, and a feel-good movie. We’re just saying we wouldn’t judge you if you did. Whether you’re in the latter camp (points to self) or just want a festive flick to get you in the mood for celebrating, we've curated the following filmography to keep you well stocked with seasonal films that highlight the holiday. Flip through for classic romantic comedies that culminate in midnight kisses, family-friendly options now streaming on Netflix, and a few you'll like so much you may want to make watching a New Year's Eve movie an annual tradition.

10. Bridget Jones’s Diary

Top 10 Best New Year’s Eve Movies Of All Time

Bookended with New Year’s holidays, Bridget Jones’s Diary begins on January 1 with our favorite “spinster and lunatic” thinking through her resolutions and ends the following year with the snowiest, sweetest smooch. Leading lady Reneé Zellweger and her co-star Colin Firth will go on to complete their Bridget Jones trilogy, so if you haven’t seen the other two—well, there are resolutions for that.

9. Sex and the City: The Movie

The glossy film version of the HBO series chronicling the misadventures of sex, love, and friendship had by its leading thirty- and forty-somethings covers all the seasonal bases, from February’s Fashion Week to December’s final day. But the scene during which Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) battles the snow to ring in the New Year with best friend Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) while “Auld Lang Syne” plays in the background and we try not to bawl, is reason enough to hit play.

8. While You Were Sleeping

America’s sweetheart Sandra Bullock stars opposite Bill Pullman and a completely comatose Peter Gallagher in this romantic dramedy. She plays a transit token collector who pretends to be the fiancée of the man in the coma (Gallagher), and then ends up falling in love with his brother (Pullman). It’s a lie that consumes her until New Year’s Eve, when she takes her power back.

7. When Harry Met Sally

Often touted as the best rom-com of all, the Rob Reiner-Nora Ephron master work about that time a man named Harry met a woman named Sally and the two spent their entire friendship trying to NOT have sex culminates in—spoiler—a New Year’s Eve midnight kiss that begins with Frank Sinatra’s “It Had to Be You” and ends with the obligatory NYE tune, “Auld Lang Syne.”

6. About Time

A delightful British romantic comedy you may have missed, About Time stars Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson as Mary and Tim, a couple whose story continues to be rewritten thanks to Tim’s ability to travel through time. Though its moral is something like “The grass actually isn’t always greener,” one of the film’s best scenes is when Tim keeps hopping back in time to get a New Year’s Eve kiss just right.

5. Rent

The Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning show remains one of the most popular musicals of all time—even after debuting on Broadway five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes ago (actually, it’s more like 23 years ago, but you know). It was made into a rock-opera film in 2005, starring the tonsils of Taye Diggs, Idina Menzel, Rosario Dawson, and more, and kicks off its seasons of love on New Year’s Eve. Just use those extra cocktail nappies to dry your tears.

4. 200 Cigarettes

Paul Rudd, Kate Hudson, Martha Plimpton, Ben Affleck, Dave Chappelle, Christina Ricci, and more get dolled up for what is going to be the best party of the year. That is, if they can ever get there. A blast from the past, the ensemble rom-com runs its course over one night, New Year’s Eve 1981, and proves that sometimes the actual best celebration comes in the form of you on the couch watching 200 Cigarettes. Party of one, right this way.

3. Happy New Year, Charlie Brown

You’ve celebrated Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas with the Peanuts crew, so you simply must finish the year with a screening of the shy guy’s ode to the final holiday of the year. Charlie Brown is all of us in this 1986 classic: Does he a) go to Peppermint Patty’s New Year’s Eve party and muster up a good time, or b) finish reading War and Peace? Awkward party…comfy reading sesh… arg, decisions are the worst.

2. Money Train

Banking on the buddy magic the pair made in 1992 on the basketball court, Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes reunite for a 1995 subway thriller that’s...money. The two play a pair of rogue cops who hatch a plan to rob a train loaded with transit fares on New Year’s Eve. But where does J.Lo come in, you ask? She plays Officer Grace Santiago, the only thing the guys love more than money.

1. An American in Paris

Still undecided on the theme for your New Year’s Eve bash? Perhaps Old Hollywood can help. Here, dancing legends Gene Kelly, Georges Guétary, and Oliver Lavant all vie for the heart of the same Parisian beauty (played by Leslie Caron; not pictured just FYI). And though the film is full of costumed enchantment, it’s their black-and-white NYE shindig that just might get the juices flowing when planning your own affair.

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