Are you looking to burn down 2021 and escape? There is no better way to do just that than with some classic cinema. So, as the ball drops at midnight this New Year's Eve, here are our picks of the quintessential NYE movies that you should watch to help you celebrate in style.
When Harry Met Sally...
Harry meets Sally in college, and the two find their way in and out of each other's lives. We don't want to spoil it too much, but the film's emotional peak lands as the ball drops on New Year's Eve.
Nothing is more swinging than New Year's in Vegas. You might be more familiar with Clooney's crew, but the Rat Pack's original heist takes place on the turn of the New Year as they plan to raid five casinos on the strip.
Waiting to Exhale
Follow four women and their year-long emotional journey that begins and ends on the New Year. Angela Bassett, out.
New Year's Eve just happens to be bellhop Ted's first night on the job. But, there wouldn't be a movie if this was just another mundane night at L.A.'s Hotel Mon Signor.
While You Were Sleeping
Hopeless romantic Lucy saves her crush and pretends to be his fiancee while he's stuck in a coma between Christmas and New Year's. The real trouble brews when she falls in love with her not-really-soon-to-be brother-in-law. Have fun with this one, and don't question the ethics.
An Affair to Remember
Nothing is more romantic than the perfect New Year's kiss. And, no cinematic kiss is more perfect than the one between Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr.
The Godfather, Part II
Speaking of New Year's kisses, none are more fateful or chilling than the one Michael gives to his brother Fredo at an end-of-the-year party in Havana. "You broke my heart." Oof. Maybe Fredo should think twice about any upcoming fishing trips.
New Year's Eve
Modern Christmas classic "Love Actually" inspired many Americanized takes. Garry Marshall's star-studded ode to the final day of the year fits perfectly on our list, even if it didn't win critics.
The Poseidon Adventure
Garry Marshall's all-star "New Year's Eve" party is nothing compared to Ronald Neame's star-studded New Year's Eve cruise. It's a party so stacked that it turns upside-down, literally.
Not all NYE movies need to be romantic. Enjoy some intense drama, classic noir, and a very pivotal scene that takes place at a New Year's Eve party. It'll go well with your champagne and "Twilight Zone" marathon binge.
Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.