Nostalgia is nothing new, as this 1981-set drama made in 1999 can attest. One of few bona fide NYE movies, it has an ensemble cast featuring both Afflecks, Cristina Ricci, Dave Chappelle, Courtney Love, Paul Rudd, and Kate Hudson.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s best film undergoes a dramatic tonal shift halfway through, an event marked by the moment 1979 gives way to 1980 — a moment that goes with a bang.
The rom-com that made a star of Renée Zellweger begins on New Year’s Day and ends on New Year’s Eve, with much romantic-triangle drama unfolding during the intervening 365 days.
Vigo the Carpathian’s dastardly scheme to return to this mortal coil comes to a head on New Year’s Eve, when everyone’s favorite busters of ghosts must call upon none other than the Statue of Liberty to assist them. Only in New York!
Though not a New Year’s Day movie per se, the second “Godfather” features a pivotal scene that takes place on NYE: the moment Michael takes a hold of his brother and says “I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart.” Suffice to say that the second Corleone brother does not have a Happy New Year.
Robbing a train generally isn’t advisable, but if you’re gonna do it anyway, you might as well take a cue from the original “Ocean’s Eleven” and go about it on the last night of the year.
Garry Marshall’s string of holiday-themed romantic comedies began with “Valentine’s Day” and continued with this, an ensemble picture featuring everyone from Halle Berry and Robert De Niro to Sofía Vergara and Jon Bon Jovi (plus about a dozen others).
There are plenty of horror films set on Christmas, but far fewer set six days later. One exception is “New Year’s Evil,” which has a sinister premise: A killer threatens to murder one person in every time zone as December 31 ends and January 1 begins.
One plot element of the Rat Pack original that Steven Soderbergh’s remake didn’t pick up on: The heist in “Ocean’s Eleven” takes place on New Year’s Eve, all the better to take those casino fat cats by surprise.
Like its predecessor, Wolfgan Petersen’s updated take on “The Poseidon Adventure” takes place as a bunch of people just trying to enjoy a New Year’s cruise find themselves in too deep.
You may be having a bad New Year’s Eve, but at least you’re not having a stuck-on-a-sinking-cruise New Year’s Eve. The same can’t be said of Gene Hackman and co in “The Poseidon Adventure,” one of many big-budget disaster flicks made in the 1970s.
If you ever find yourself on a train bound for Philadelphia from New York on NYE, make sure there isn’t also a gorilla onboard.
Spoiler alert: Things work out for the eponymous couple in this classic rom-com, and it all comes together during a New Year’s Eve party.