New Years Movies
There are a ton of ways to ring in the New Year, but one of our favorite traditions is spending the remaining part of our holidays curled up on the couch, watching movies with family and friends. Whether you’re a die-hard rom-com fan or like a little action with your romance, these movies are a perfect way to ring in 2019.
Sleepless in Seattle (1989)
Our first holiday flick is an absolute classic. Though we’re cheating a little bit including this movie in our list (okay, maybe there’s only a couple of scenes that actually reference New Year’s), there’s no better way to start 2019 then with the epic romance of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.
The story is set (mostly) in Seattle, where a grieving widow Sam (Tom Hanks) is mourning the death of his late wife. In an attempt to cheer up his dad, Sam’s son Jonah convinces him to go on air to talk about his wife. One of the listeners is Annie Reed (Meg Ryan), who instantly connects with Sam’s message, and eventually proposes they meet at the top of the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day. This movie is perfect for some late night cuddling or anyone interested in a good time.
While You Were Sleeping (1995)
A personal favorite, nothing can go wrong in a film where Sandra Bullock stars. After admiring Peter Callaghan (Peter Gallagher) from afar, Lucy Moderatz saves him after he falls on a train platform. The only problem – Peter ends up in a coma and Lucy, after a miscommunication, gets caught in a lie that she’s his fiancee. No matter if you watch it alone or in good company, you can’t go wrong with this movie.
New Year’s Eve (2011)
Obviously we had to include this movie in our list (and not even because of the title). This movie stars a whole host of celebrities (Zac Efron, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Lea Michele, to name a few) as they navigate their respective New Year’s Eve romances. Set in a style similar to movies like Love Actually and He’s Just Not That Into You, the multiple storylines keeps the plot interesting and entertaining.
Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001)
We love a good modern Pride and Prejudice adaptation. This movie stars Renée Zellweger as Bridget Jones, who is caught in a love affair between Hugh Grant and the equally dreamy Colin Firth. Though a little more risque than the novel it’s inspired by, the characters are as realistic and loveable. We’ll remain spoiler free, but be warned that this movie is as cringy as it is funny.
If romances aren’t your thing, this suspenseful film is sure to please. The luxury ocean liner Poseidon departs New York City on New Year’s Eve, but shortly after finds disaster. After a tidal wave capsizes the liner, the remaining passengers must find a way to survive before the ship goes down. This movie is perfect as a wind-down from any New Years night festivities.
Whether you watch these movies on New Years or a little after, any of these movies is sure to be a great way to spend the rest of your winter break!