Top 10 Best New Year’s Eve Movies That You Must Watch
Think about making a movie marathon your new New Year’s tradition since many of us will probably stay home instead of going out to parties.
To help you get into the holiday spirit, KnowInsider will recommend movies that feature famous scenes from December 31.
In celebration of the coming year, here are some of the finest films to watch at midnight:
The Rob Reiner-Nora Ephron masterpiece is often hailed as the pinnacle of romantic comedies. It tells the story of a man named Harry who befriends a woman named Sally. The two of them spend their whole friendship attempting not to have sex. The plot thickens as the New Year’s Eve midnight kiss approaches, set to Frank Sinatra’s “It Had to Be You” and the obligatory NYE song “Auld Lang Syne.”
Giving off some serious Love Actually and Valentine’s Day vibes, this sweet flick features the lives of several couples and singles in New York City that in one way or another interconnect over the course of New Year’s Eve. While it may not be filmmaker Garry Marshall best work, it still makes for a quality viewing experience.
One of the kinkiest movies of recent years is Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread, despite the lack of nudity and sex on screen. Poisonous mushrooms aid Daniel Day-lewis’s meticulous tailor in his crush on a young woman. You should watch it just for the killer shot of the couple dancing at a New Year’s party when nobody else is there.
Instead of watching corny romantic comedies on New Year’s Eve with your significant other, choose to watch this intense, artistic drama about a disturbed Joaquin Phoenix who is wooing two women in Brighton Beach, New York City. A historic New Year’s Eve party resolution results from the tension.
With this exploration of the vintage LA porn industry, Paul Thomas Anderson made a strong case for himself as one of Hollywood’s finest new directors. With one of the most horrific New Year’s Eve parties ever captured on camera, it shows William H. Macy slicing dangerously into the 1980s.
Go back to director Justin Lin’s critically acclaimed 2002 crime film if you enjoy his Fast & Furious films (Tokyo Drift, Fast Five). It centers on overachievers who are drawn into a world of deception and extravagance, culminating in a violent New Year’s Eve. It exudes a sophisticated sense of style and rhythm that most crime films can only aspire to, along with a nuanced moral perspective.
Not feeling romantic on New Year’s Eve? Choose a classic comedy for New Year’s Eve, such as Trading Spaces, starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd as two men who become involved in a nature vs. nurture experiment. Billy Ray Valentine, played by Murphy, is taken off the streets of New York to work as a commodities broker. Enjoy the excellent acting and humor, and stay for the insightful analysis on poverty, charity, and atonement.
It sometimes seems like Tom Hanks’s portrayal of Forrest Gump touched on every aspect of American history. It can be difficult to focus on Forrest and Lieutenant Dan during a New Year’s celebration when there’s Elvis Presley and two presidents involved. It gets ingrained in the fuzzy collective memory of our nation, much like the rest of the film.
Before you judge silent comedies, give them a try. Charlie Chaplin’s Gold Rush is arguably his greatest film and the one he wanted to be remembered for. Meals on New Year’s Eve only offers a small portion of the wild shenanigans.
Don’t overlook this incredibly underappreciated 1980 slasher, horror fans. With a new wave and punk rock host MCing what should be a fun New Year’s countdown until a killer gets involved, it’s full of style and current music. But watching this gem is the epitome of pleasure.
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