There are plenty of ways you can see in the New Year, be it drinks with friends, lighting fireworks or watching Big Ben ringing in (literally) a new year of possibilities.
While New Year’s parties may be in short supply again this year, you can always get lost in the movies and experience the evening vicariously through some celluloid classics.
From heartbreak to moments of celebration and Auld Lang Syne sing-a-longs, these films capture all the emotions of the evening.
So, you fancy having a quiet one this year with a seasonally appropriate flick, here are some recommendations for movies to ring in 2022, featuring some of the best parties or moments that just so happen to take place on December 31.
New Year’s Eve
Would you believe that a film on New Year’s Eve takes place on December 31st? Crazy, right!?
Directed by Garry Marshall, the filmmaker behind Pretty Woman and the similarly seasonal Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve is an all-star rom-com, telling interconnected stories about people discovering love on the day all about new beginning’s.
It is packed with some of the most famous faces in Hollywood, from Sarah Jessica Parker to Zac Efron, Robert De Niro, Halle Berry and even Jon Bon Jovi – to name a few.
Sex And The City: The Movie
With the new arrival of sequel TV series And Just Like That, there’s no better time to revisit the Sex And The City movie from 2007, which saw Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) finally tie the knot with Mr Big – well, sort of.
The path down the aisle doesn’t run so smoothly for Ms Bradshaw, as she is initially left at the altar by her on-again-off-again partner.
It does however mean that she and Miranda – who has marital problems herself – can help each other through it by spending a New Year’s together as all good pals do.
While About Time may have a storyline that covers many a significant event in its protagonist’s life, one of its most pivotal moments happens during a new year’s party.
The film follows Domhnall Gleeson as Tim, who discovers he has the ability to travel backwards in time after he turns 21 – he of course uses the power to try and improve his love life.
Tim also happens to be born on New Year’s Day, making the New Year’s Eve prior to his 21st birthday the first moment in time he travels back to as he seeks to rectify the mistakes that left him without a kiss at midnight.
When Harry Met Sally
Arguably the greatest rom-com of all time, When Harry Met Sally has many iconic moments that are equal parts hilarious and heartwarming.
The film follows best friends Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) who realise they’re falling in love after years of friendship – all of which culminates in a romantic kiss and proclamation of love on – you guessed it – New Year’s Eve.
It is one of the most joyous kisses in cinema history, and an iconic way to welcome in 2022.
Before Paul Thomas Anderson takes to the award circuit with his latest film Licorice Pizza, cast your mind’s back to his last gorgeous drama with 2017’s Phantom Thread.
Daniel Day-Lewis won an Oscar for his part as an enigmatic fashion designer in 1950s London, and the film’s elegance is on stunning display during a New Year’s Eve party set within the Blackpool ballroom.
Billy Wilder was a master of Hollywood comedy, and that is evidently clear in his Academy-Award winning classic, The Apartment.
It may not have the purest characters at its centre – as it focuses on an insurance clerk who lets executives use his New York City apartment for their affairs – but it does have plenty of hilarious entanglements as it all builds to one very eventful New Year’s Eve party.
We won’t reveal any more – you’ll have to watch it to find out what happens.
You may have already watched this around Christmas Day, but this Nancy Meyer’s classic from 2005 is perfect for any time across the festive season.
It is particularly appropriate for a New Year’s, as the first time our main characters meet – played by Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Jack Black – over some warm and cosy New Year’s drinks.
This coming of age cult classic features early roles for the likes of Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon and Steve Guttenberg.
Taking place in the 1950s, Barry Levinson’s ‘bromantic’ comedy follows a group of friends who are preparing for a New Year’s Eve wedding, with the pals always coming together to discuss life’s woes at their favourite spot: the local diner.
While You Were Sleeping
As rom-com’s go, the concept for While You Were Sleeping is more crackers than a box of Jacobs.
Sandra Bullock plays Lucy, who cons a comatose man into believing she’s his fiancee when he wakes up – but then she goes and falls in love with his brother, Jack (Bill Pullman).
It may be bonkers, but its NYE scene is so gosh-darn charming that you won’t mind raising a toast to its disarming charms.
Bridget Jones’s Diary
No festive season is complete with checking in with our old friend Bridget Jones.
The tale of Renee Zellweger’s 30-something journalist navigating her chaotic love life is filled with hilarious and swoon-worthy moments, as Bridget meets her Mr Darcy (Colin Firth) at her parents New Year’s party – whose Christmas jumper leaves much to be desired.
Sleepless In Seattle
Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan – a classic combination for any occasion.
Be warned though, one scene of this beloved tearjerker will have you reaching for the tissues as Hanks imagines a sweet conversation with his late wife on New Year’s Eve – we promise, the rest is lovely.
An Affair To Remember
Nothing says Happy New Year like extra-marital affairs!
Jokes aside, this Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr starring drama from 1957 is filled with emotion and heartache perfect for a cathartic cry, as a married man and woman fall in love one New Year’s and promise to meet each other in six months time – but life has different plans.
High School Musical
From one classic to another – this may have been made for the Disney Channel, but it has gone on to become a phenomenon, making stars of its leads Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens.
It is all there in that first scene where Troy and Gabriella meet during a New Year’s party at a Ski Lodge – is this the ‘Start Of Something New’? You betcha!
The Age Of Adaline
Blake Lively is captivating in his delightfully bizarre romantic drama about a woman who discovers after a near-fatal car crash that she cannot age.
She decides to spend her immortal life making a habit of attending parties in a series of gorgeous outfits, and soon finds herself helplessly falling for the charms of Michel Huisman, who she meets on none other than December 31.
‘New year’s eve still feels like the one night where anything’s possible’ claims her friend, which also turns out to be a prophecy for the final scene of the film – taking place one year later.
This New Year’s perhaps bustin’ some ghosts will make you feel good, and what better way to do it than with the original gang of Bill Murray, Dan Akyroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson.
In this 1989 sequel, the Ghostbusters must once again save the city of New York from supernatural threats, even employing the use of the Statue of Liberty in the New Year’s finale.
Before George Clooney and Brad Pitt robbed a casino, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and the rest of the Rat Pack showed them how to do it back in 1960.
The plot remains largely the same, as a group of charismatic pals hatch a scheme to rob five Vegas casinos all one fell swoop – with the heist taking place across New Year’s Eve (naturally).
Winona Ryder and Cristina Ricci are simply adorable in this heartfelt coming of age drama set in the 1960s.
What is even more iconic, however, is the Mermaid costume that their on-screen mother – played by the effervescent Cher – wears during NYE to ring in 1964.
Waiting To Exhale
Sometimes, New Year’s is all about saying good riddance to some toxic baggage, and that is the case for Angela Bassett when her husband decides to leave on New Year’s Eve in Waiting To Exhale.
There’s something undeniably cathartic about seeing Bassett set fire to her ex-husband’s possessions, but what is bound to leave more an impression is the caring friendship she shares with on-screen pals Whitney Houston, Loretta Devine, and Lela Rochon.
Explaining to your older relatives why you’re still single over the holidays can be a tiring task, but Emma Roberts’ Sloane finds a solution in this self-aware Netflix comedy.
Sloane makes an agreement with Luke Bracey’s Jackson to be each other’s platonic plus-ones during key calendar dates throughout the year – surely they won’t actually fall in love, right!?
You can probably guess what happens next.
Another tear-jerker for you here, but a beautiful one at that.
Set in the 1950s, Rooney Mara plays Therese, a young shop clerk who begins to fall for an older, elegant and very married woman, Carol (Cate Blanchett).
What follows is a whirlwind romance filled with yearning and heartache, with the couple’s first kiss taking place on New Year’s Eve.
Who doesn’t love a musical, and particularly one which allows you to ring in New Year with a show tune?
The first act all takes place between Christmas Eve and New Year’s and brings about an infectious feeling of joy and hope about what a new year might bring – and we could all use some of that right now.
Credit: Original article published here.