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Doesn’t it feel like a miracle, a work of magic, that we have made it to the end of another “pandemic year”? Despite having faced unprecedented times shaped by the pandemic that hit the world in 2020, and in spite of the uncertainty that plagues our circumstance as a consequence of that, we still have wishes for the year ahead! Which means at the collective level, we have been able to keep the spirit of hope alive. And that sure calls for a celebration.

Even if we are not too sure as to what 2022 may hold for us, what better way to celebrate and welcome the new year, than share this time with our loved ones, watching some all time top new year movie favorites, and enjoying the festive vibe that fills the air. After all, we must rejoice our “survival” through 2021, as we welcome the New Year with hearts full of anticipation!

Make a list of movies to watch on New Year’s eve. Pick titles from different genres to avoid monotony. Mix up holiday flicks with other genres you enjoy, be it comedy, romance, drama, action, or adventure. Tune into Demonic if horror is your thing, burst into laughter with Four Christmases, or get all emotional as you rerun It’s a Wonderful Life in the comfort of your own home. And, if you are wondering which movies to watch this New Year’s Eve won't disappoint you or ruin the mood, here are 15 worthy film releases from 1986 to 2013. Titles you may not have heard of, and titles you might have rerun many times.

Whether you are with family or friends, or all by yourself, say hello to 2022 with a great viewing experience this New Year’s Eve.

New Year's Eve – 2011

Genre

Romantic Comedy-drama

Starring

Ashton Kutcher, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Jessica Biel.

Synopsis

This movie is a sweet flick that depicts interconnected stories from the lives of many singles and couples in NYC who find themselves in less than desirable circumstances on New Year’s Eve. With a vibe that reminds me of Valentine’s Day and Love Actually, this movie is a fine piece of filmmaking by Garry Marshall and makes for a great watch.

Sleepless in Seattle – 1993

Genre

Romantic Comedy

Starring

Tom Hanks, Ross Malinger, and Meg Ryan.

Synopsis

This movie is a relatively more romantic pick for the evening. The story, which follows a young boy trying to make a match, is an emotional tear-jerker. Laugh out loud as you watch Tom Hanks pretending to share a beer with his late wife on New Years' Eve. And find out how the little boy unites an unhappily engaged journalist with a widower.

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown – 1986

Genre

Animation

Starring

Kristie Baker, Chad Allen, and Melissa Guzzi.

Synopsis

Charlie Brown must write a book report on Tolstoy’s War and Peace. While other kids get to have all the fun during time off for Christmas. The one thing that bothers him the most is all his friends would be at the big New Year’s party which Peppermint Patty has been convincing him to join in on. Find out what happens, and which way does Charlie Brown handles the dilemma.

Rent – 2005

Genre

Musical Drama

Starring

Taye Diggs, Idina Menzel, and Rosario Dawson.

Synopsis

The story of this film revolves around the lives of struggling AIDS-infected New Yorkers and how they cope with the epidemic in their community. As the first act unfolds, the filmmaker excellently captures the spirit of hope that arrives with Christmas and fills the time until New Year’s eve. This movie will fill your eyes with tears and your heart with hope. And, you will find yourself relating to it in a rather uncanny way given the pandemic that has engulfed our existence over the past 2 years or so.

Waiting To Exhale – 1995

Genre

Romance, Comedy, Drama

Starring

Lela Rochon, Whitney Houston, and Angela Bassett.

Synopsis

Based on the best-selling novel by Terry McMillan this film beautifully depicts the lives of four friends who are looking for true love. Interestingly, the film begins and ends on the New Year, as it follows the friends during the time in-between. Angela Bassett kick starts her new year by vengefully setting fire to her husband’s BMW who has dumped her. Take the warning, and do not mess up with your women because who knows what it may turn out to be!

About Time – 2013

Genre

Romantic Comedy, Melodrama

Starring

Bill Nighy, Domhnall Gleeson, and Rachel McAdams.

Synopsis

This inspiring flick tells the story of a young man who discovers his ability to travel through time. And the first idea that comes to his mind is to try this ability to travel back to the New Year’s Eve party the night before so he could kiss a girl he had a crush on. And, he does so, reminding us never to take life for granted.

Forrest Gump – 1994

Genre

Romance, Comedy, Drama

Starring

Gary Sinise, Tom Hanks, and Robin Wright.

Synopsis

Forrest Gump is the story of a man with learning disabilities and a childlike character living who manages to live quite a normal life until he begins to realize the challenges he faces with his childhood love. Watch Tom Hanks brilliantly play Forrest Gump, and find out if he is able to keep his sweetheart. It’s a classic, albeit with just a solitary act linked to New Year’s Eve. But hey it’s a great watch anyways, so get it on that list of yours!

Two Lovers – 2008

Genre

Romantic Drama

Starring

Vinessa Shaw, Joaquin Phoenix, and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Synopsis

This romantic drama is set in Brooklyn and depicts the dilemma of a bachelor who is stuck between his parent’s choice for his bride and his gorgeous but troubled new neighbor. Guess what! The entire plot takes to a pleasant ending on New Years' Eve, and that's why we have added this movie to the list.

Are We There Yet? - 2005

Genre

Comedy, Drama, Romance, Adventure

Starring

Aleisha Allen, Ice Cube, and Nia Long.

Synopsis

A large part of this movie is set around New Year’s Eve making it all the more relatable. Nick, played by Ice Cube, must drive the unwilling children of his girlfriend from Portland to Vancouver. Watch how the kids attempt to sabotage the journey and have some real light-hearted fun!

The Holiday – 2006

Genre

Romantic Comedy, Drama

Starring

Jude Law, Kate Winslet, and Cameron Diaz. 

Synopsis

This movie features Winslet as Iris and Diaz as Amanda. The two women switch their homes just to avert their love-related issues during the holidays. Unfortunately or fortunately, both find unexpected love along the way. And you get to enjoy one of the sweetest scenes on New Year’s Eve as the film concludes.   

Bridget Jones's Diary – 2001

Genre

Romantic Comedy, Drama

Starring

Hugh Grant, Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth.

Synopsis

Starting and ending on New Year's Eve this adorable British comedy is about our dear Bridget who we see trying to steer through her love life by documenting it in her personal journal. It is an irresistibly lovely flick to cherish this New Year’s Eve.

Poseidon – 2006

Genre

Survival, Thriller

Starring

Emmy Rossum, Richard Dreyfuss, and Kurt Russell.

Synopsis

If you love a thrill, don't worry we won't bore you with another romantic comedy or an emotional flick. Here is a movie filled with action and thrill that will make it difficult for you to take your eyes off the screen. Watch how hundreds of merry passengers on a luxury cruise liner end up in a shipwreck on New Year’s Eve. The film takes you beyond conventional action, adventure and thrill. So get ready to enjoy goosebumps on a cold winter night.

While You Were Sleeping – 1995 

Genre

Romantic Comedy, Drama

Starring

Bill Pullman, Sandra Bullock, and Peter Gallagher.

Synopsis

The love story of a Chicago Transit worker who falls in love with a good-looking commuter, albeit they remain strangers, until the next twist. One day she ends up saving his life as he is pushed onto the rail track by muggers. Watch to find out how this lonely woman’s love story moves forward. You’ll thoroughly enjoy all the twists and turns the plot unfolds.

Snowpiercer – 2013  

Genre

Action, Sci-fi, Drama, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

Starring

Tilda Swinton, Chris Evans, and Jamie Bell. 

Synopsis

If you have an interest in climate change and its devastating impact on the planet and humans, you’ll enjoy watching this movie on New Year’s Eve. The film depicts how in 2031 climatic conditions turn Mother Earth into a rundown icebox. Are the lucky survivors on-board the Snowpiercer really lucky to be on a train journey around the globe, as they travel in an endless loop? But the story is not that simple. Want to know the climax of an anti-elite revolt that starts on New Year’s Eve? Get your hands on the movie and see how dangerous life could become as a direct consequence of our continued negligence.

Sex And the City – 2008  

Genre

Romantic Comedy, Drama

Starring

Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kim Cattrall, and Kristin Davis.

Synopsis

Don't believe it? Just watch! That is all that we can say about this sweet flick. You are allowed to get all teary as you watch Carrie running across New York's snowy streets to reach Miranda's apartment on New Year’s Eve, while "Auld Lang Syne" by Mairi Campbell plays in the background!

The Endnote

Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon’s Prime Video are the most popular platforms you can use to stream quite a few of these movies. And if you are not a home of cord cutters, you can check networks such as TNT, PBS, and of course HBO. Especially if you are subscribed to an Xfinity TV package, which gets you a great mix of popular cable entertainment networks. And if you also happen to be connected via an Xfinity Internet package, you can enjoy a great streaming experience with your favorite streaming apps!

FAQs

Where can I watch New Year movies?

You can watch New Year movies on different streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu. A number of movies also air on cable networks such as TNT, PBS, and HBO.

Can I watch New Year movies on Netflix?

Netflix is a subscription video-on-demand streaming service and its lineup includes a number of New Year movies this season.

Are New Year movies available on Amazon Prime?

Yes, you can watch the majority of your favorite New Year movies on Prime Video this season.