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  • Writer's pictureJace Shoemaker-Galloway

20 New Year's Eve Movies: Best Flicks to Watch on New Year's Eve

Bring on the champagne, appetizers and noisemakers - another new year is right around the corner and it's time to celebrate! Dec. 31 is New Year's Eve and millions of people around the world are getting ready to ring in the New Year in style!

Whether you will be hosting a great big bash or a small, intimate get-together with family or a few friends, say goodbye to the old and hello to the New Year with some wonderful movies. Whether you prefer romantic comedies, who-dun-its or tried-and-true classics, start the New Year off right with movie night!

Top 20 New Year's Eve Movies

  • When Harry Met Sally - Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan star in this iconic 1989 movie directed by Rob Reiner. Who says men and women can't be friends?

  • Sleepless in Seattle - This popular 1993 love story, directed by Nora Ephron, stars Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

  • An Affair to Remember - Dashing Cary Grant and the lovely Deborah Kerr meet and fall in love on a cruise - but they are both engaged to other people. The two promise each other if they are still in love in six months, they'll meet at the top of the Empire State Building on New Year's Eve.

  • Sunset Blvd. - This 1950 film set in old Hollywood and directed by Billy Wilder, stars Gloria Swanson, William Holden, Buster Keaton, Hedda Hopper and Cecil B. De Mille.

  • Holiday - Johnny Case is all set to announce his engagement to a millionaire's daughter during a New Year's Eve bash, but falls in love with someone else. This 1938 film directed by George Cukor, stars Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant.

  • The Apartment - Billy Wilder directed this 1960 romantic comedy film starring Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon and Fred MacMurray.

  • Forrest Gump - 'Nuff said!

  • 200 Cigarettes - Kate Hudson, Paul Rudd and real-life brothers Ben and Casey Affleck star in this 1999 film that chronicles the lives of some 20-somethings on New Year's Eve.

  • Bridget Jones's Diary - Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant star in this 2001 film about a gal who makes a New Year's Resolution to begin a diary.

  • You've Got Mail - Nora Ephron does it again in this 1998 romantic film that once again pairs Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

  • While You Were Sleeping - Sandra Bullock, Peter Boyle, Jack Warden and Bill Pullman star in this 1995 romantic comedy.

  • About a Boy - Hugh Grant and Toni Collette star in this 2002 film based on the best-selling novel.

  • New Year's Eve - This 2011 film, directed by Garry Marshall, chronicles the lives of several couples and singles in New York City on New Year's Eve. The all-star cast includes Sarah Jessica Parker, Ashton Kutcher, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Halle Berry, Seth Meyers and Jessica Biel.

  • The Hudsucker Proxy - This 1994 film, directed by the Coen brothers, stars Paul Newman, Tim Robbins, Charles Durning and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

  • Trading Places - John Landis directed this 1983 movie starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd.

  • The Godfather: Part II - This 1974 crime drama film, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall, has a famous New Year's Eve scene.

  • Repeat Performance - A famous Broadway star shoots her husband on New Year's Eve in this 1947 film starring Louis Hayward and Joan Leslie.

  • After the Thin Man -This 1936 film stars William Powell and Myrna Loy as a husband-and-wife detective team knee-deep in a murder mystery on New Year's Eve. Jimmy Stewart also stars.

  • The Poseidon Adventure - Go grab your lifejacket! This 1972 film, starring Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelly Winters and Roddy McDowall, will have you on the edge of your seat!

  • Assault on Precinct 13 - Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishburne and Brian Dennehy star in this 2005 action drama.

Raise your glass and ring in the New Year with a few New Year's Toasts and holiday cheer! Happy New Year!


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