16 Best Movies About New Year's Eve and New Year's Day

Rest and recover while watching one of these films set on New Year's Eve.

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Following all the fun festivities on December 31, there's nothing better than rela and enjoying a great film on January 1. Here are some of our favorite New Year's-themed movies to watch while you rest and recover.

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After the Thin Man (1936)

Iconic on-screen couple William Powell and Myrna Loy join forces for the sixth time in this murder-mystery set on New Year's Eve.

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Holiday Inn (1942)

Each and every holiday is honored in this classic musical starring Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Virginia Dale, and Marjorie Reynolds.

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Sunset Boulevard (1950)

So this isn't exactly a happy New Year's movie — but the film noir sure is iconic.

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Bundle of Joy (1956)

Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher were married in real life when they co-starred in this romantic musical complete with a New Year's Eve date.

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An Affair to Remember (1957)

You can thank Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant for shaping your (possibly unrealistic) perception of the perfect New Year's kiss. For an epic movie marathon, throw in Sleepless in Seattle next.

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The Apartment (1960)

In the final New Year's Eve scene of the 1960 Best Picture winner, Jack Lemon and Shirley MacLaine give us the famous line "Shut up and deal."

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Ocean's Eleven (1960)

No, not the modern star-studded spin starring George Clooney and company. We mean the original heist with Frank Sinatra and Peter Lawford, which takes place on New Year's Eve.

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The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

A shipwreck on New Year's Eve sends passengers into survival mode. Make a day of it with the 1979 sequel, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, as well as the 2006 remake, Poseidon.

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The Godfather Part II (1974)

If mafia movies are more your style, here's an offer you can't refuse on New Year's Day. Instead of a loving peck at midnight, Al Pacino's character gives the brother who betrayed him the "kiss of death."

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Trading Places (1983)

Start the new year off laughing with this comedy featuring funnymen Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy and the iconic Jamie Lee Curtis.

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When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Try not to cry as two unlikely friends (played by Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan) fall in love. The whole thing culminates in an emotional moment at a New Year's Eve party.

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Ghostbusters II (1989)

Revelers' rendition of "Auld Lang Syne" plays a part in saving the city from the supernatural.

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Boogie Nights (1997)

This Paul Thomas Anderson drama takes a dark turn on New Year's 1980.

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Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)

The charming British rom-com begins and ends on New Year's Eve, each time with a blank diary and finally, with an incredible kiss.

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Sex and the City (2008)

A sweet New Year's montage in this popular show's big screen debut proves the holiday isn't just about romantic love — it's about friendship too.

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New Year's Eve (2011)

Taking cues from Love Actually, this simple flick features interconnected arcs about love — a perfectly pleasant (and aptly titled) picture for New Year's.

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