New Year’s Eve is a time to reflect on the previous year and look forward to the future. It’s also a good opportunity to see some movies that embody the festive mood. There is a film for everyone, whether you want to laugh, cry, or be inspired. Here are seven of the best New Year’s films you should see.
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
This classic romantic comedy follows Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) over 12 years, from their first encounter to their legendary kiss on New Year’s Eve. The film is filled with funny banter and unforgettable situations, and the actors’ chemistry is electric. It also examines whether men and women can be merely friends.
New Year’s Eve (2011)
If you appreciate ensemble films with various plots and characters, you will enjoy Garry Marshall’s picture. It has an all-star cast, including Robert De Niro, Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Ashton Kutcher, and Sarah Jessica Parker. The film follows several New Yorkers as they face various problems and chances on New Year’s Eve.
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Another Meg Ryan romantic comedy, this time starring Tom Hanks. He plays a widower who phones into a radio show to discuss his late wife, and she plays a journalist who hears him and falls in love with him. The film is an homage to the classic An Affair to Remember, and it ends in a New Year’s Eve meeting at the top of the Empire State Building.
This rock opera, based on the Broadway musical, follows the story of a group of bohemian artists and friends living in New York City in the late 1980s. They express themselves via music and dance while dealing with poverty, AIDS, love, and grief. Seasons of Love and La Vie Boheme are among the songs used in the film, which begins and finishes on New Year’s Eve.
The Godfather Part II (1974)
This film is both a prequel and a sequel to The Godfather and is regarded as one of the best sequels of all time. It depicts the early 1900s ascension of young Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro) and the late 1950s collapse of his son Michael Corleone (Al Pacino). There are several New Year’s Eve moments in the film, including one in Cuba where Michael finds his brother Fredo has betrayed him.
Ghostbusters II (1989)
If you’re searching for some supernatural comedy, this sequel to Ghostbusters is a must-see. The film follows the same team of paranormal investigators as they face a fresh threat from a river of slime that threatens to unleash an ancient evil on New Year’s Eve. The Statue of Liberty comes to life and the Ghostbusters singing Auld Lang Syne are both amusing scenes in the film.
Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
This film is a modern rendition of Pride and Prejudice set in London, based on Helen Fielding’s novel. Renee Zellweger plays Bridget Jones, a single woman who wants to improve her life by keeping a diary.
She keeps a diary of her ideas and experiences, particularly those involving two men: the charming Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) and the distant Mark Darcy (Colin Firth). The picture, which begins and finishes on New Year’s Eve, is full of humor and passion.
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