The best New Year’s Eve films of all time: a selection of film classics to get you in the festive mood

January 11, 2024

As the year draws to a close, there’s no better way to welcome the New Year than with a delightful selection of classic films that capture the essence of the holiday like a game on Sportaza.

Whether you’re cosying up with loved ones or throwing a festive party, these timeless New Year’s Eve films are sure to add magic to your celebration.

When Harry Met Sally

Kick off the New Year with this iconic romantic comedy that explores the complexities of love and friendship.

Directed by Rob Reiner, When Harry Met Sally has become a beloved classic thanks to its witty dialogue, memorable moments and unforgettable scene in Katz’s Delicatessen.

Released in 1989, the film has stood the test of time, offering the perfect blend of laughs, romance and New Year’s Eve nostalgia.

When the clock in the film strikes midnight, you can’t help but feel the magic of New Year’s Eve. Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal’s on-screen chemistry and Nora Ephron’s brilliant script make this film a must-see for anyone looking for a heartwarming and humorous start to the year.

The Apartment

Take a trip back in time by watching the classic comedy-drama The Apartment by the legendary Billy Wilder. Released in 1960, this film is a delightful exploration of office politics, celebrating the end of the year and finding love in the big city. Jack Lemmon as C.C.

Baxter and Shirley MacLaine as Fran Kubelik create the perfect blend of humour and genuine emotion.

The Apartment perfectly captures the spirit of the festive season, making it the perfect choice for cosy viewing on New Year’s Eve.

Wilder’s direction and timeless themes of love and self-discovery ensure the film’s place as a classic that still resonates with audiences today.

Groundhog Day

Embark on a unique New Year’s Eve adventure with Groundhog Day, a film that brings a touch of time loop magic to the festive season.

Released in 1993, the film directed by Harold Ramis tells the story of how Bill Murray’s character, Phil Connors, experiences the same day over and over again.

Set against the backdrop of the quirky Groundhog Day festivities in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, the film offers more than just laughs.

“Groundhog Day” is a timeless exploration of personal growth and the importance of kindness, making this film a great choice for a New Year’s Eve movie marathon.

Murray’s comedic genius combined with heartfelt storytelling ensures that this film will remain a classic with a timeless message.


Immerse yourself in the feel-good film Holiday, a romantic comedy directed by Nancy Meyers. Released in 2006, the film takes viewers on a journey across continents when two women, played by Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet, swap homes for a holiday.

With a charming English village setting and a stellar cast including Jude Law and Jack Black, “Vacation” is the perfect blend of romance and comedy.

This heartwarming tale of love, self-discovery and friendship will be the perfect addition to your New Year’s Eve cinema experience.

Meyers’ attention to detail and chemistry between the characters make “The Holiday” a holiday classic that can be enjoyed year after year.

New Year’s Eve

Experience the glitz and glamour of a star-studded ensemble cast in “New Year’s Eve.” Director Garry Marshall’s film, released in 2011, weaves together several storylines to create a cinematic tapestry that reflects the excitement and anticipation of the real-life countdown.

“New Year’s Eve” conveys the diverse experiences of people on the eve of midnight, especially with a cast that includes the following names:

  • *  Halle Berry;
  • *  Robert De Niro;
  • *  Zac Efron.

This musical extravaganza set against the backdrop of a Times Square celebration is a visual feast that is a mix of romance, comedy, and drama.

If you’re a fan of ensemble actors or love the energy of New Year’s Eve celebrations, this film will be a fitting end to your cinematic celebration.

When the clock strikes twelve

Dive into a world of classic Hollywood glamour and New Year’s Eve extravaganza with the timeless film When the Clock Strikes Twelve.

Directed by George Marshall and released in 1959, this gem of a film starring the legendary Cary Grant and Doris Day. Set against the backdrop of a grand New Year’s Eve ball, the film intertwines romance, comedy and a touch of mystery.

The suave charm of Cary Grant and the effervescent charisma of Doris Day make When the Clock Strikes Twelve a delightful journey into the golden era of cinema.

The film captures the elegance of New Year’s Eve celebrations in a bygone era with sparkling dresses, champagne toasts and unexpected twists and turns that keep the audience in suspense.


As time passes and New Year’s Eve approaches, these hand-selected gems of cinema promise to make your holiday unforgettable.

Whether you prefer romance, comedy or music, these films are guaranteed to add a touch of magic to your New Year’s Eve festivities. So gather your loved ones, prepare some festive snacks and start the film marathon!

Let your New Year’s Eve be filled with joy, laughter and the magic of these timeless classics.

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