The 25 Best New Year’s Eve Movies to Celebrate the End of 2024

I love New Year’s Eve as much as the next person, but the risk of losing an eye to a rogue firework or becoming another statistic turns my anxiety up to 12. Call me a chicken, but I have never gone out on New Year’s Eve, nor do I ever intend to. 

In my home city, some people even throw microwaves or furniture from their balconies, and each year, hospitals are inundated with alcohol and traffic related injuries. Not to mention the splurging. Did you know most Americans spend at least $50 on food and drinks for the night? Worse, it costs upwards of $800 to welcome the New Year from LA, Chicago or New York City. 

If you, like me, prefer comfort over chaos, why not stay in with some snacks and a good flick to see you through to midnight? Take your pick of the best New Year’s Eve movies, make yourself at home, and have a peaceful night!

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What Makes a Good New Year’s Movie?

New Year’s Eve is no ordinary night, so why watch ordinary movies? I’ve taken it upon myself to make sure you have the most fun by only including films that meet the following criteria:

✅ On topic. New Year’s movies don’t need a festive plot, but they should stick to the theme — be it partying, new beginnings, or determined resolutions.

✅ Variety. Looking for action, thrills, or sweet romance? This list has everything from coming-of-age to disaster films. 

✅ Quality. Only movies with an audience rating of at least 70% on Rotten Tomatoes are allowed here.

✅ Streamable. No need to tune in to cable, or find a hard copy to watch. The movies on this list are all available for streaming, renting or purchase on the major streaming services. 

The 21 Best New Year’s Movies, Ranked

21. Julie and Julia

Genrebiographical, comedy, drama
StarringMeryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, Jane Lynch
Age ratingPG-13 (Strong language, sexual references)
Audience rating70%
Where to watchVudu, Hulu, Prime Video, Apple TV+

Looking for something that will leave you feeling warm? You won’t go wrong with Julie and Julia — a wholesome look at how food connects two people who have never met.

First, there’s the legend Julia Child. In the 1950s she moved to France and learned French cuisine despite everyone’s skepticism. She went on to publish the recipe book that changed the lives of housewives everywhere — Mastering French Cooking.

Then, there’s Julie Powell — a blogger in 2002 — who documents her resolve to cook every dish in Julia’s famous book.

It’s sweet and beautifully told, and if it doesn’t motivate you to try new things, I’m not sure what will!

You might also like: Chocolat, The Lunchbox, The Devil Wears Prada

20. Snoopy Presents: For Auld Lang Syne

Genrecomedy, children
StarringEtienne Kellici, Terry McGurrin, Rob Tinkler
Age ratingAll Ages
Audience rating72%
Where to watchApple TV+

In this holiday special, Charlie struggles to cram his resolutions into the last week of December, while Lucy is distraught to learn her Grandmother isn’t coming to visit. Lucy goes out of her way to host a New Year’s party to keep spirits up, but nothing goes according to plan.

OK, OK, I admit this isn’t a movie in the traditional sense, but who would say no to Charlie Brown and the gang? It’s funny, it’s emotive, and it’s wholesome all around. If you want to add to the run time, why not watch Happy New Year, Charlie Brown! as well?

You might also like: The Peanuts Movie, Whinnie the Pooh, Peter Rabbit

19. Strange Days

Genrecyberpunk, thriller, sci fi, noir
StarringRalph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis
Age RatingR (Mature themes, violence, gore, nudity, sex)
Audience rating73%
Where to watchPrime Video

Perhaps you’d prefer something darker this New Year’s Eve?

Strange Days takes place in the last few days of a somewhat futuristic 1999. Los Angeles has fallen into disrepair, but by contrast, technology evolved beyond what we can imagine.

SQUID devices allow people to record and relive their experiences, and Lenny — a former LAPD officer turned street hustler — is involved in their illegal trade. His dodgy dealings plunge him into a conspiracy, and Lenny spends the build up to the new millennium investigating the brutal murder of a sex worker.

Strange Days is a sorely underrated must-see cult classic, but keep in mind — it’s not for sensitive viewers.

TRIGGER WARNING: The following trailer includes flashing lights.

You might also like: The Thirteenth Floor, Ghost In The Shell, Minority Report, The Matrix

18. Snowpiercer

Genredystopian, post-apocalyptic, sci fi, action
StarringChris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris, Octavia Spencer
Age RatingTV-MA (Violence, gore, profanity, depictions of drugs, sex and nudity)
Audience rating73%
Where to watchPrime Video, Showtime, Apple TV+, Hulu, Vudu, Showtime, Paramou nt+

It’s 2031, and a failed attempt to rectify global warming has plunged the world into a new Ice Age. Only a fraction of humans remain, and they spend their days circumnavigating the planet on a self-sustaining train called the Snowpiercer. 

Society is segregated, with the elite enjoying first class carriages while the poor live in squalor in the tail end of the train. Two impoverished passengers, Curtis and Edgar, lead a rebellion against the upper class to take control of the train.

It’s not very festive, but the events of Snowpiercer take place over New Year’s. If you’re tired of holiday cliches, definitely give this one a go. Chris Evans in the lead is a bonus!

You might also like: Elysium, The Hunger Games, Mad Max, District 9

17. Sleepless in Seattle

Genreromantic comedy, drama
StarringTom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Rosie O’Donnel
Age ratingPG
Audience rating75%
Where to watchVudu, Prime Video, Apple TV+

Spanning the holidays, this classic romance follows Sam Baldwin — a widower who recently lost his wife to cancer. He and his 8-year-old son Jonah move to Seattle for a fresh start, but Sam can’t seem to heal or move on. 

Jonah hopes to find a new partner for Sam, and encourages him to tell his story on the radio. Thousands of women are touched by the tragedy, but one in particular — Annie — is so endeared by him, she writes him a letter asking to meet. 

Jonah attempts to matchmake them, even though they’re states away from each other, and Annie’s life is complicated.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a list of the best new year’s movies without Sleepless in Seattle ranking. It’s got one of the hardest-hitting, most bittersweet New Year’s scenes in cinematic history.

You might also like: You’ve Got Mail, While You Were Sleeping, The Perfect Man

16. I Hate New Year’s 

Genreromance, musical, LGBTQ+
StarringDia Frampton, Ashley Argota
Age ratingPG-13 (Mature themes)
Audience rating75%
Where to watchVudu, Prime Video, Apple TV+, YouTube

Layne Price is a successful musician struggling with a crippling case of writer’s block. Following the advice of a fortune-teller, she goes home to Nashville for New Year’s Eve, hoping to reconnect with her roots and reclaim her inspiration.

Layne’s best friend, Cassie, is in love with her and plans to confess her feelings — but Layne is more concerned with finding her ex and takes Cassie along for the ride. As Layne attempts to heal what’s broken, she slowly realizes she might be in love with Cassie too.

I Hate New Years is a sweet, feel good movie that gives viewers a love worth rooting for and a soundtrack you’ll jam to every year.

You might also like: Begin Again, Love Actually, The Holiday, Valentine’s Day

15. The Poseidon Adventure

Genredisaster, classic
StarringGene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters
Age ratingPG-13 (Mature themes, depictions of death, profanity)
Audience rating76%
Where to watchVudu, Prime Video, Apple TV+

Similar to Titanic (though fictional) the Poseidon Adventure follows passengers on a doomed ocean liner, the SS Poseidon. Ready for retirement and taking her last voyage, the ship’s captain has no choice but to travel at full speed despite his reservations.

While passengers are celebrating New Year’s aboard the ship, an underwater earthquake sends a deadly tsunami their way. The Poseidon capsizes, and the few left alive must fight for survival.

If you’re angling for more action, give its 2005 remake a try. It’s largely the same, though this time the Poseidon has a bomb onboard.

You might also like: Titanic, A Night to Remember, The Perfect Storm

14. Sex and the City: The Movie

Genreromantic comedy
StarringSarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, Kristen Davis, Chris North, Jennifer Hudson
Age ratingTV-MA (nudity, sex, mature themes)
Audience rating77%
Where to watchNetflix, Vudu, HBO Max, Apple TV+

Carrie Bradshaw is marrying her dream man, Mr. Big, but she gets carried away with her wedding planning, so he runs for the hills. Her friends aren’t exactly happy either. Miranda’s marriage has stagnated, Samantha misses her single life and has let herself go, and Charlotte is worried about her pregnancy. 

The girls decide to go on Carrie’s would-be honeymoon to let loose and recollect themselves, even if only temporarily.

You don’t have to be a fan of the show to enjoy this misadventurous movie. It’s a great choice if you’re feeling cynical. Its New Year’s Eve scene is nothing short of iconic.

You might also like: Crazy Rich Asians, Sleeping With Other People, Bridesmaids

13. The Bucket List

Genrebuddy adventure, comedy, drama
StarringMorgan Freeman, Jack Nicholson, Sean Hayes
Age ratingPG-13 (profanity)
Audience rating77%
Where to watchVudu, Prime Video, HBO Max, Apple TV+

This bitter-sweet movie takes us on an adventure with two old men who befriend each other while dealing with terminal lung cancer.

Carter, a working class mechanic, pines for the life he never got to live and is just about to give up on his dreams. This inspires Edward, a lonely billionaire, to fund a once in a lifetime trip for two, so they can make the most of the time they have left.

If you’ve got New Year’s resolutions, The Bucket List will inspire you to stick to them. Be warned: even though it’s a feel-good film, it’s a good idea to keep your tissues nearby.

You might also like: Me Before You, Hector and the Search for Happiness, The Fundamentals of Caring

12. While You Were Sleeping

Genreromantic comedy
StarringSandra Bullock, Bill Pullman, Peter Gallagher
Age ratingPG-13 (Mature language)
Audience rating79%
Where to watchDisney+, Vudu, Prime Video, Apple TV+

While You Were Sleeping qualifies as a modern classic, a timeless rom-com, and a holiday movie, so if you’re looking for the trifecta — you’re welcome!

Sandra Bullock plays Lucy, a lonely train fare collector who has a secret crush on Peter, a stranger who commutes via train. Peter is mugged and pushed onto the tracks, so Lucy steps in to save him. He falls into a coma, and a misunderstanding leads hospital staff to believe Lucy and Peter are engaged.

Since Peter’s family believes it, Lucy goes along with the ruse. Until she falls in love with Peter’s brother, and can’t find a way around her charade.

This charming film has an iconic, empowering, and satisfying new year’s scene. What’s not to love?

You might also like: Sleepless in Seattle, The Proposal, You’ve Got Mail, The Holiday

11. Ocean’s 11

Genreaction, heist, comedy, classic
StarringFrank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr.
Age ratingPG-13 (Mature themes, alcohol and smoking)
Audience rating81%
Where to watchVudu, Hulu, Prime Video, HBO Max, Apple TV+

World War II veterans Danny and Jimmy recruit former comrades to pull off a huge, detailed heist. Their plan? To simultaneously rob five Las Vegas casinos on New Year’s Eve. Since they’re military men, it should go off without a hitch, but unforeseen circumstances send their plan off the rails.

Both the classic and 2001 remake are great choices for movie night, but if you’re looking for that festive feel, the 1960 original wins. Besides, it’s got a higher audience rating!

You might also like: 21, The Italian Job, Catch Me If You Can

10. Bridget Jones’s Diary

Genreromantic comedy
StarringRenée Zelweger, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth
Age ratingTV-MA (Mature themes)
Audience rating81%
Where to watchVudu, Prime Video, Showtime, Apple TV+

Bridget Jones is dissatisfied with her life, her health, and her appearance, so she makes New Year’s resolutions to get her life together. She begins by keeping a diary in which she’s always honest with herself.

As she sets out to find her Mr. Right, she becomes entangled with two men: former friends  Daniel — her womanzing boss — and Mark, a childhood buddy. Bridget navigates the trials of romance while trying to stick to her most important resolution: to take control of her life.

Bridget Jones’s Diary is as relatable as it is hilarious. You might be inspired to start a diary of your own!

You might also like: The Holiday; Notting Hill; Pride and Prejudice; Eat, Pray, Love

9. Rent

Genrerock opera, drama
StarringRosario Dawson, Taye Diggs, Idina Menzel
Age ratingPG-13 (Mature themes, sexual content, drug use)
Audience rating83%
Where to watchVudu, Hulu, Prime Video, HBO Max, Apple TV+

A film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning musical, Rent deals with drug addiction, sexuality, poverty, and illness — as well as the struggle to keep up with life. It all begins when aspiring filmmaker, Mark and his roommate Roger are blindsided by a previously waived rent payment. 

The story is told over the course of the year, and is known for how head-on it tackles the concept of live fast and die young. Critics pan it, but audiences revere it. If you’re looking for an unusual New Year’s story with a stellar cast and catchy tunes, add Rent to your Watchlist.

You might also like: Burlesque, Moulin Rouge, Rocky Horror Picture Show

8. Trading Places

StarringDan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis
Age ratingR (Mature themes, partial nudity, profanity)
Audience rating84%
Where to watchVudu, Hulu, Prime Video, HBO Max, Apple TV+

When Randolph and Mortimer Duke — millionaire brothers who own a brokerage firm — disagree on nature vs nurture, they decide to wager on an experiment. Their plan is to switch the circumstances of two unsuspecting people on opposite ends of the social food chain.

As they witness their well-mannered and entitled managing director attempt to get a poor street hustler arrested, they choose the two men as guinea pigs. The brothers commence their experiment, sit back and enjoy the show.

The film takes place over the holidays, and features ridiculous shenanigans on New Year’s Eve — including an attempted murder and a gorilla on a train.

You might also like: Brewster’s Millions, Freaky Friday, Coming to America

7. Fruitvale Station

Genrebiographical, drama, tragedy
StarringMichael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Chad Michael Murray, Melonie Diaz
Age ratingTV-MA (Mature themes, violence, drug use)
Audience rating87%
Where to watchVudu, Hulu, Prime Video, HBO Max, Apple TV+

If you’re looking for something serious, Fruitvale Station is a critically acclaimed look at the death of Oscar Grant III — an African American young man who was shot and killed by a BART officer on January 1st, 2009. This biopic explores Oscar’s days leading up to the tragedy, the shooting and its aftermath.

It might leave you with a heavy heart, but it’s an important reminder of Oscar’s life and the circumstances of his death. Watching it is an excellent, if not heartbreaking way, to honor his memory.

You might also like: Selma, The Butler, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Green Mile

6. Brittany Runs A Marathon

Genrecomedy, inspirational, romantic comedy
StarringJillian Bell, Michaela Watkins, Utkarsh Ambudkar
RatedR (Sexuality, profanity, drug use)
Audience rating87%
Where to watchPrime Video

Brittany is a party animal and drug abuser who visits a new doctor so she can score an adderall prescription. It doesn’t go according to plan. She learns that her weight is affecting her health, and that she has to lose more than a few pounds.

Brittany takes up running, which propels her on a journey of self-improvement. Before long, she has ambitions of finishing the New York City Marathon.

Looking for a New Year’s movie that’s inspirational but not cliche? You can’t go wrong with this one!

You might also like: The Incredible Jessica James, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Stick It

5. Groundhog Day

Genrefantasy, comedy
StarringBill Murray, Andie MacDowell
Age ratingPG
Audience rating88%
Where to watchVudu, Prime Video, Apple TV+

When New Year’s comes around, do you ever feel like the days move faster than they used to? It’s enough to cause an existential crisis, so take your mind off things with the opposite: time not moving at all.

Phil Connors is a cynical man with little regard for others. To his dismay, he’s forced to relive his least favorite day, Groundhog Day, over and over again. At first, he takes advantage of his actions bearing no consequences, but in time uses the time loop to do and be better.

Groundhog Day is critically acclaimed, and is an excellent choice if you want a film that doesn’t emphasize the holidays.

You might also like: 12 Dates of Christmas, Edge of Tomorrow, When We First Met

4. Dazed and Confused

Genrecoming-of-age, comedy
StarringJason London, Mila Jovovich, Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey
Age ratingTV-MA (Mature themes, drug use)
Audience rating90%
Where to watchVudu, Prime Video, Apple TV+

Here’s another pick if you don’t want a holiday movie, but rather a story about the changing times. Dazed and Confused follows the shenanigans of a large group of teens on their last school day of the year. 

The seniors are determined to haze incoming freshmen — as tradition dictates — while the freshmen do their best to avoid the harassment. Friendships are formed and broken, fights break out, and trouble is around every corner. As the day goes on, the teens learn more about who they are, what they want, and what they stand for.

Unlike other coming-of-age films, Dazed and Confused sets a standard few teen stories uphold. It’s honest, character-driven, and blunt in its portrayal of angst.

You might also like: Almost Famous, The Breakfast Club, Reality Bites, Superbad

3. The Apartment

Genreromantic comedy
StarringBilly Wilder, Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine
RatedPG-13 (Mature themes)
Audience rating94%
Where to watchVudu, Hulu, Prime Video, Apple TV+

The Apartment, most would agree, is one of the greatest films ever made — and it has the accolades to prove it. It’s even preserved by the Library of Congress for its cultural significance. What better time to watch it than New Year’s Eve?

The film tells the story of Bud Baxter, an insurance lackey who lends his apartment to higher ups as they indulge in extramarital affairs. When Bud’s boss, Mr. Sheldrake, promotes him in exchange for using the apartment, Bud is crushed to learn the mistress in question is the woman he loves.

The crux of the movie takes place on New Year’s Eve, and has dialogue you won’t ever forget. 

You might also like: Sunset Boulevard, Some Like It Hot, It Happened One Night

2. Forrest Gump

Genrecomedy, drama
StarringTom Hanks, Sally Fields, Robin Wright
ge ratingPG-13 (Mature themes, profanity)
Audience rating95%
Where to watchVudu, Prime Video, Showtime, Apple TV+

Does Forrest Gump need an introduction? You might not think it’s a New Year’s film, but consider its theme; about time, change, and growth — and don’t forget its weighted New Year’s scene.

In case you don’t know, Forrest is a mentally disabled man who regales the most exciting and important times of his life to strangers at a bus stop. He’s waiting to reunite with someone he loves.

It’s a wholesome film that explores a variety of topics including disability, discrimination, and how we’re all important and capable of changing the world. You’ll laugh, and you might cry too, but by the end, you’ll definitely feel warm inside.

You might also like: Big Fish, Rain Man, The Green Mile, The Notebook

1. The Godfather Part II

Genrecrime, drama
StarringAl Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton
RatedTV-MA (Mature themes, violence and gore, drug use)
Audience rating97%
Where to watchVudu, Prime Video, Apple TV+

Ask anyone who’s seen it, and they’ll tell you the Godfather Part II is a masterpiece. If you haven’t seen the first one, consider a New Year’s Godfather marathon. It’ll be well worth your time.

Part II is a non-linear tale that shows us how Vito Corleone grew up to be the top Mafia don in New York City. We also see Michael fall deeper and deeper into the family business, while trying to keep his marriage in one piece.

Why is it number one on this list? Because it’s frightening New Year’s scene is undoubtedly the most memorable of them all.

You might also like: Goodfellas, The Irishman, Scarface

Honorable Mentions

A few more movies are worth a watch, but didn’t quite make the cut on this list. If you’re still pressed on what to watch, check these out. 

    • 🏅 Rocky. It just barely didn’t make it with an audience rating of 69%, but Rocky’s legendary fight against Creed takes place on New Year’s Day!
    • 🏅 The Great Gatsby. Looking for a party movie that isn’t about teen boys chasing skirts? You’ll love the lavish party scenes in this one.
    • ️🏅 High School Musical. Apparently, if you start this film at exactly 11:53:24, you’ll enter the new year with Troy and Gabby singing The Start of Something New.
    • 🏅 Four Rooms. Based on Roald Dahl’s adult writings and involving Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, four rooms tells us the story of hotel patrons on New Year’s Eve.
    • 🏅 Ghostbusters II. When the Big Bad Evil Guy is taken down by a crowd singing Auld Lang Syne, you know you’re in for an entertaining movie night.
    • 🏅 New Year’s Eve. Critics aren’t too impressed by this one, but it’s probably the most New Year-sy movie you can find. You decide if it’s deserving of the hate.

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Here’s to 2024!

The fun thing about New Year’s movies is there’s no formula. Halloween movies are typically dark and Christmas films are generally cheesy — but New Year’s stories can be anything from soppy romances to thrilling crime tales. 

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What movies are considered New Year’s Classics?

Unlike Christmas, New Year’s doesn’t really have movie traditions. That said, the Godfather Part II has such an iconic New Year’s moment, it might as well be a staple. It’s not for the faint-hearted though.
If you’re looking for something easier to watch, Sleepless In Seattle and While You Were Sleeping are classics in their own right. All of these are available on Vudu, Prime Video, and Apple TV+.

What is the best New Year’s movie to watch with family?

You can’t go wrong with the Peanuts specials, Happy New Year, Charlie Brown! and Snoopy Presents: For Auld Lang Syne — though they’re shorter than your average movie. If your kids won’t mind spooky imagery, Ghostbusters II is your best bet. High School Musical kicks off with a New Year’s song that children and younger teens will love.
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What is the best New Year’s movie to watch alone?

It depends on what you’re looking for. Snowpiercer and Strange Days are dystopian thrillers you’ll easily get sucked into, while The Bucket List is sure to have you roaring with laughter. Brittany Runs a Marathon and Julie and Julia are excellent films if you want to inspire yourself.
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