Top Films To Watch This New Year’s Eve


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If you’re planning a movie night to soak up the exciting spirit of another year on the horizon, we’ve compiled a guide to our favourite New Year’s Eve-themed films. From romantic comedies to science fiction, here’s our round-up of a few films to start 2015 off on an entertaining note. 

 1) Trading Places (1983): Directed by John Landis, this comedy introduces us to businessman Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd) and hustler Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy). These two very different men trade places and lives, once Winthorpe is fired from his firm and street-savvy Valentine takes over his job. Once it’s discovered that both men have been framed by the firm’s owners, they take off on a wild train trip on New Year’s Eve to set the record straight.

2) When Harry Met Sally (1989)This classic rom-com directed by Rob Reiner starred Billy Crystal as Harry Burns and Meg Ryan as Sally Albright. As longtime friends who met as young adults, Harry and Sally have never taken their friendship to the next level. Their story changes suddenly on December 31st one year, when Harry confesses his true feelings for the blonde bombshell. As his famous line goes, “it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve.”

3) Strange Days (1995): This science fiction/crime flick directed by Kathryn Bigelow brings us to Los Angeles in 1999, just in time for New Year’s Eve. Lenny Nero (Ralph Fiennes) is a police officer who has embraced a dangerous life of crime. He sells illegal copies of SQUID recordings, which take information directly from the wearer’s brain. Angela Bassett plays his trusted friend and bodyguard Lornette ‘Mace’ Mason, while Juliette Lewis is Lenny’s ex-girlfriend Faith Justin.

4) 200 Cigarettes (1999): With its vivid 1980s wardrobe, this film directed by Risa Bramon Garcia brings us to New Year’s Eve in the Big Apple in 1981. Monica (Martha Plimpton) is striving to throw a huge bash on the 31st, while young friends Val (Christina Ricci) and Stephie (Gaby Hoffman) spend their night at an edgy punk club. With Ben Affleck as a charming bartender, all these party animals have a fast-paced and fun night in store.

5) About A Boy (2002): Directed by brothers Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz, this dramatic comedy is based on Nick Hornby’s 1998 novel. The movie stars Hugh Grant as carefree Will Freeman, a single man who meets the gorgeous and sophisticated Rachel (Rachel Weisz) at a party on New Year’s Eve. Luckily for Will, a sharp new friend, 12-year-old Marcus (Nicholas Hoult) coaches him about charming the ladies like a true grown-up.

6) New Year’s Eve (2011): It might not be a ground-breaking masterpiece, but this romantic comedy directed by Garry Marshall is the perfect relaxed chick flick for the season. The movie brings us to New York City, where Ingrid (Michelle Pfeiffer) has quit her job with a long list of New Year’s Resolutions to wrap up before midnight. Rebellious teenager Hailey (Abigail Breslin) wants to celebrate in Times Square with friends, while the dying Stan (Robert De Niro) wishes to live long enough to see another year.

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