Cover Ring in 2022 from the comfort of your couch with these New Year's Eve movies (Photo: Still from 'Great Gatsby', Courtesy of IMDb)

From classic romantic comedies to unconventional sci-fics and fantasy dramas, we’ve put together a list of some of the best New Year's Eve films to get you in the mood for celebrating

New Year’s Eve is often synonymous with countdown parties, champagne toasts, sumptuous feasts, and—best of all—movie marathons. If all the holiday party planning and gift hunting have left you more exhausted than joyful, snuggling up on the couch with a mug of hot cocoa and watching a feel-good flick can be a good idea to ring in 2022 on a relaxing note. Below, we've compiled a list of movies that are perfect for your NYE celebrations. Happy watching!

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1. New Year's Eve (2011)

This might not be one of Garry Marshall’s best works when comparing to cult classics such as The Pretty Woman and The Princess Diaries series, but it will keep you entertained throughout the night. Built around the theme of New Year’s Eve (of course), the movie features the intertwining love stories of various couples and singles, played by stars such as Zac Efron, Lea Michele, Robert De Niro and Jon Bon Jovi to name a few. It’s hard not to love this star-studded comedy.

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2. Holidate (2020)

While Holidate doesn’t have many twists and turns, it’s exactly the kind of formula we’ve been craving from our favourite rom-coms that’ll totally warm your heart and boost your mood. The film follows a young woman, Sloane Benson (Emma Roberts), who hates the festive season in part because she’s always single and couldn't meet her family’s expectations that she can find the right person. She then meets Jackson (Luke Bracey) by chance when both are returning presents they received, and the two agree to be one another’s faux dates all year long.

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3. Carol (2015)

If you love romance flicks but want something different to watch, Carol is the perfect option. This moving, beautifully acted drama explores the intimate relationship between two women—Carol (Cate Blanchett), a glamorous, dignified woman going through a broken marriage; and Therese (Rooney Mara), a young photographer on the verge of sexual awakening. It’s beautiful, captivating from start to finish, but the couple’s first kiss on New Year’s Eve is the scene you’ll remember the most. 

4. Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)

This classic movie begins with Bridget Jones’s determination to kick start the year by keeping track of all the New Year’s resolutions with a diary, and ends with the sweetest moment she shared with her Mr Right, Mark, on New Year’s Eve. With the perfect balance of heartfelt comedy and bittersweet narrative, Bridget Jones's Diary certainly deserves a spot on your holiday movie binge-watch list.

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5. Sex and the City: The Movie (2008)

The much-loved HBO series, Sex and the City returned as a film with the four female friends—Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte back in action four years after the drama ended. The movie continues to explore themes of feminism, friendship, womanhood—and most important of all—self-love. This is a film every power woman should watch for an extra dose of confidence.

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6. Snowpiercer (2013)

Based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacqes Lob, Snowpiercer is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi train adventure that features an amazing performance from Chris Evans, plot twists and detailed sets. This is not the best family flick, but it’s perfect for anyone who is looking for untroubled thrills to celebrate the big night.

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7. About Time (2013)

Love. Time travel. Rom-com. Need we say more? The next night after a disappointing New Year party, Tim learns about his inherited ability to go back in time from his father. He uses his power to make himself return to the party and tries not to be socially awkward this time. He then meets the girl of his dreams again, and shares a memorable New Year’s Eve kiss with her. In addition to being a great holiday movie, this romantic tale is a reminder to live in the moment.

8. Ghostbusters II (1989)

A sequel to the 1984 film, Ghostbusters II returned to the screen with everyone’s favourite ghost catchers—Peter, Egon, Ray and Winston. The group discovers a massive river of slime and suspicious spectral activity in New York City, and there begins the fight to defeat the evil creature. The ending of all the New Yorkers gathered to sing “Auld Lang Syne” on New Year’s Eve and help combat the ghost together, will bring you some holiday cheer and inspire you to let go of burdens to make 2022 your happiest year yet.  

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9. The Great Gatsby (2013)

The adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic might not have anything to do with New Year’s Eve, but it’s a visually and emotionally beautiful film to watch. You’ll see gorgeous dresses, opulent homes and glamourous party backdrops—all the elements that defined the luxurious decadence of the Jazz Age in America.

This movie is about Jay Gatsby (who's played by Leonardo DiCaprio)’s dream of becoming a member of the upper-class society and his doomed love for Daisy, a young and beautiful socialite from a prestigious family.

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10. Rent (2005)

We need an uplifting musical drama on our list of holiday films, and what pick is better than Rent—the film version of the ever-popular 1996 Tony- and Pulitzer Award-winning show? Starring the original Broadway cast in the setting of East Village in New York City, it follows a group of bohemians who are struggling with love, life and livelihood under the shadow of AIDS during the time between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day.

While staying faithful to the original musical's plot, this heartwarming movie also features a great variety of beautiful soundtracks to please every type of music fan.

11. When Harry Met Sally... (1989)

Arguably the greatest romantic comedy ever made in history, this movie is certainly worth a watch for all the hopeless romantics out there. It tells the story of two best friends, Harry and Sally, who have known each other for years and gradually realise their love. The drama is famous for its witty script, enjoyable plot—and of course—the iconic New Year’s Eve smooch, but it’s the chemistry between the two actors that really makes the movie a classic.

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12. 200 Cigarettes (1999)

If there’s one festive movie that you can constantly watch over again and over again, it’s the classic comedy—200 Cigarettes. It’s New Year’s Eve in 1981, and Monica is throwing a big party she’s afraid no one will attend. At the same time, various young couples and friends are coping with life challenges before making their way to the soiree. After all, just like the characters in the movie, one can always hope that things will get better after New Year’s Eve.

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This article was originally published on December 23, 2019 and was updated on December 23, 2021.

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