While it’s the merriest time of the year for many, the fact is that December can also be a truly stressful time for a lot of people, full of awkward social engagements and sometimes even drama-filled family dinners.
Because of this, many choose to split their December in two: family-focused Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve with a significant other, friends or just plain old alone with a glass of wine.
For those times when you just can’t be bothered to go out into the cold and deal with those New Year’s Eve party crowds, why not just stay at home and watch some great movies? Some of these revolve around New Year’s Eve, while others have become iconic holiday movies because of one pivotal scene transpiring just as the characters are ringing in the New Year.
Let’s do this!
1. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Is there a more perfect way to start 2018 than with the hope stemming from an adorable love story? Often called the best romantic comedy of all time, When Harry Met Sally transpires over the course of twelve years, as Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal go from hating each other’s guts to being best friends and finally one of the most iconic couples in film history. And that speech Harry gives in the end is everything we all want to hear at the end of the year!
2. Snowpiercer (2013)
A movie about a bleak, dystopian future in which the planet has entered a man-induced ice age and the only survivors are the people living in a train that goes around the world with unlimited fuel. Social classes in the train are extreme to say the least, as the rich are in the extravagant and luxurious front cars and the poor live in squalor in the back ones. The film, which stars Chris Evans as a revolutionary, revolves around a revolution set to occur when the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve.
3. The Apartment (1960)
A beloved classic starring Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon, The Apartment is a film about relationships, about how to stand for yourself, and about how to triumphantly resurface from a bad situation. It also happens to be one of the best dramedies of all time, and feature a great New Year’s Eve epiphany.
4. The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
Your holiday drama will pale in comparison to this classic disaster movie. Set on the last voyage of a luxurious liner, during a high-end New Year’s Eve party at sea, the ship is unfortunately in the middle of a tsunami, which leaves attendants stranding and looking to survive at all costs. Keeping you on your toes at the start of 2018, this is the perfect end-of-the-year film for those at war with corny and overly hopeful stories.
5. Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
A romantic comedy that’s beloved by klutzes everywhere, Renée Zellweger’s Bridget is an expert on putting her foot in her mouth at all times, and she often does it during the holidays. Awkward underwear decisions, cringe-worthy moments galore, and one of the most iconic renditions of “All By Myself” the silver screen has ever seen, Bridget Jones is set in motion by a few New Year’s resolutions most of us can relate to – but we’ll probably do better in the execution!