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Top 10 Best New Year's Eve Movies to Ring in 2021 - Photo: HBO Max

Because there’s a good chance many of us will be skipping out on the New Year's Eve parties to celebrate at home this year, consider making a marathon of movies your new New Year's tradition.

KnowInsider will suggest for you some films containing iconic December 31 scenes to help get you in the spirit of the season!

Here are the best New Year’s movies to ring in the 12 months ahead:

When Harry Met Sally

Often touted as the best rom-com of all, the Rob Reiner-Nora Ephron masterwork about that time a man named Harry met a woman named Sally and the two spent their entire friendship trying to NOT have sex culminates in—spoiler—a New Year’s Eve midnight kiss that begins with Frank Sinatra’s “It Had to Be You” and ends with the obligatory NYE tune, “Auld Lang Syne.”

New Year's Eve

Giving off some serious Love Actually and Valentine’s Day vibes, this sweet flick features the lives of several couples and singles in New York City that in one way or another interconnect over the course of New Year's Eve. While it may not be filmmaker Garry Marshall best work, it still makes for a quality viewing experience.

Phantom Thread

Despite the lack of nudity and sex on the screen, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread is easily one of the kinkiest movies of recent years. Daniel Day-Lewis’s fastidious dressmaker falls for a young woman with the help of poisonous mushrooms. The killer shot of the couple dancing amid a mostly empty New Year’s party is reason enough to watch.

Two Lovers

Skip crappy romantic comedies as you celebrate New Year’s with your partner, and instead find your way to this passionate, artful drama starring a troubled Joaquin Phoenix in Brighton Beach, New York City, courting two women. The tension leads to a momentous New Year’s Eve party resolution.

Boogie Nights

Paul Thomas Anderson announced himself as one of Hollywood’s great new directors with this dive into the old-school LA porn industry. It features one of the more traumatizing New Year’s Eve parties ever committed to film, showing William H. Macy making a lethal move into the 1980s.

Better Luck Tomorrow

If you dig director Justin Lin’s Fast & Furious movies (Tokyo Drift, Fast Five) then you need to go back to his acclaimed 2002 crime movie. Focusing on hyper-achieving Asian-Americans entering a world of conning and excess and leading to a bloody New Year’s Eve, it’s brimming with the kind of style and rhythm, not to mention a complex moral outlook, most crime movies can only dream of.

Trading Spaces

Not in the mood for a New Year's Eve romance? Go with a New Year's Eve comedy like Trading Spaces, a classic that stars Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy as two men caught up in an experiment about nature vs. nurture. Murphy's Billy Ray Valentine is plucked off the street of New York to become a commodities broker. Come for the stellar acting and jokes; stay for the thought-provoking commentary on generosity, poverty, and redemption.

Forrest Gump

It can seem like there’s hardly any part of American history Tom Hanks’s Forrest Gump didn’t touch. Between Elvis Presley and two presidents, it can be hard to linger on Forrest and Lieutenant Dan at a New Year’s bash. Like the rest of the movie, it becomes part of our country’s hazy collective memory.

The Gold Rush

Don’t knock silent comedy movies until you try them. The Gold Rush is perhaps Charlie Chaplin’s best, and the one he wished to be remembered for. A New Year’s Eve dinner provides only a fraction of the delirious hijinks.

New Year’s Evil

Horror fans shouldn’t sleep on this deeply underrated 1980 slasher. It’s packed with style and of-the-moment music, following a new wave and punk rock host MCing what should be a fun New Year’s countdown until a killer gets involved. Watching this gem, however, is the definition of delightful.

The passing of Christmas doesn’t mean you have to or should give up the cosy vibes of a night in with a holiday movie. The season gives us a moment to look back before we push forward—and a classic New Year’s movie may be just what provides optimism for a renewing 2021.
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