Holidays & Seasonal

Top Ten New Year's Eve Movies

As the 2016 countdown to New Year's Eve gets closer to the magical midnight hour and 2017 is on the horizon, do you get nostalgic for great movies from the past? Here's a look back at some New Year's Eve theme movies - from murder mysteries to comedies - from 1936-1999. 

Top Ten New Year's Eve Movies

10. Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977), a dark drama starring Diane Keaton, Tuesday Weld, Richard Kiley, Richard Gere, LeVar Burton, Brian Dennehy, and Tom Berenger. In Looking for Mr. Goodbar, a repressed teacher with body image issues (Diane Keaton) looks for some excitement in her life and turns to one-night stands. She meets up with one final hookup (Tom Berenger) on New Year's Eve, and things go from bad to worse. Below, Richard Gere and Diane Keaton in a scene from Looking for Mr. Goodbar.

new years eve, looking for mr goodbar, movies, diane keaton, richard gere, 1977 (Photo: Film Society of Lincoln Center)

new years eve, movies, entrapment, sean connery, catherine zeta jones9. Entrapment (1999) starring Catherine Zeta Jones, Sean Connery, Will Patton, Ving Rhames, and Maury Chaykin. In Entrapment, an insurance investigator teams with a professional international art thief to carry off a New Year's Eve heist during the countdown to 2000 and the millenium. Entrapment was a box office smash. Right, Catherine Zeta Jones and Sean Connery in Entrapment. (Photo: Pinterest)

8. An Affair to Remember (1957) starring Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, and Richard Denning. Cary Grant as playboy Nicki Ferrante falls in love with teacher Terry McKay on a transatlantic cruise and kiss on New Year's Eve; they are both entangled with other people, but make a pact to meet each other at the top of the Empire State Building in 6 months time. Below, some scenes with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Remember.

7. Oceans 11 (1960), a Rat Pack New Year's Eve Las Vegas casino crime caper. Oceans 11 starred Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop, Angie Dickinson, Normal Fell, Cesar Romero, Richard Conte, and featured a cameo by Shirley MacLaine. Ocean's 11 was a box office smash, spawning a remake in 2001 and subsequent sequels. Below, the cast of Oceans 11 including Richard Conte, Joey Bishop, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, Akim Tamiroff, Henry Silva and Norman Fell.

new years eve, movies, oceans 11, peter lawford, dean martin, frank sinatra, sammy davis jr, norman fell, richard conte, joey bishop, (Photo: EVERETT COLLECTION / REX FEATURES)

6. Sunset Boulevard (1950), a Billy Wilder American film noir, starring William Holden as unsuccessful screenwriter Joe Gillis and Gloria Swanson as faded silent movie star Norma Desmond. Joe recalls his story in flashbacks; Norma invited him to a New Year's Eve party where he was the only guest. Their relationship is fractured when he tries to let her down gently. Norma prepares for her "comeback" while Joe works on a screenplay. Sunset Boulevard was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, winning Best Writing, Story and Screenplay; Best Art Direction; and Best Music/Score. Actors William Holden, Gloria Swanson, and supporting actors Erich von Stroheim and Nancy Olson were all nominated for Academy Awards. Below, Joe Gillis (William Holden) and Gloria Swanson (Norma Desmond) dance in Sunset Boulevard

new years eve, movies, sunset boulevard, william holden, norma desmond, gloria swanson, 1950(Photo: In Sharper Focus)

5. The Poseidon Adventure (1972) starring Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Carol Lynley, Shelley Winters, Roddy McDowall, Stella Stevens, Jack Albertson, Pamela Sue Martin, Arthur O'Connell, and Leslie Nielsen. The Poseidon Adventure is a star-studded disaster movie flick set aboard an ocean liner capsized by a tidal wave on New Year's Eve. Below, from left, The Poseidon Adventure cast members Stella Stevens, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Albertson, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons, Carol Lynley, Pamela Sue Martin, with child actor Eric Shea in front.

new years eve, movies, the poseidon adventure, 1972, stella stevens, shelley winters, pamela sue martin, jack albertson, ernest borgnine, carol lynley(Photo: Travalanche)

4. Trading Places (1983) starring Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Denholm Elliott, Jamie Lee Curtis, with James Belushi and some SNL cast members. In Trading Places, commodities broker Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd) is framed and has his life is turned upside down for a bet between the wealthy Duke brothers (Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche). Street beggar Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) is plucked from obscurity in a "nature or nurture" experiment. Valentine and Winthorpe team up with prostitute Ophelia (Jamie Lee Curtis) to turn the tables on New Year's Eve.

new years eve, movies, trading places, dan aykroyd, eddie murphy, 1983Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy in Trading Places. (Photo: EpicTimes)

new years eve, after the thin man, movies, nick and nora charles, william powell, myrna loy3. After the Thin Man (1936) starring William Powell and Myrna Loy as author Dashiel Hammett's detective duo Nick and Nora Charles, with (Jimmy) James Stewart. In After the Thin Man, having returned home to San Franciso in time for New Year's Eve, Nick and Nora Charles are invited to a formal family dinner where they are persuaded to find a missing family member. After the Thin Man was nominated for a 1937 Academy Award for Best Writing, Screenplay. Seated right, Myrna Loy and William Powell as Nick and Nora Charles in After the Thin Man. (Photo: Sunset Gun)

new years eve, movies, the apartment, 1960, jack lemmon, shirley maclaine2. The Apartment (1960) starring Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray (My Three Sons), Ray Walston (My Favorite Martian). In The Apartment, 4 company managers strong-arm Bud Baxter (Jack Lemmon) into borrowing his Upper West Side apartment for extramarital affairs, in exchange for a chance at a promotion. Baxter's budding romance with elevator operator Fran (Shirley MacLaine) is stymied, and things come to a head for Bud and Fran on New Year's Eve. Right, Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine in The Apartment. (Photo: Entertainment Weekly)

The Apartment won 5 Academy Awards including Best Picutre, Best Director, Best Writing (Original Screenplay), Best Film Editing, and Best Art Direction. Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and supporting actor Jack Kruschen were all nominated for Academy Awards for their performances in The Apartment. 

1. When Harry Met Sally (1989) starring Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher and Bruno Kirby. In When Harry Met Sally, over a 12 year span friends Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) meet and talk about their relationship(s). Friendship turns to attraction at one New Year's Eve party, and something more at another New Year's Eve party. When Harry Met Sally screenwriter Nora Ephron was nominated for an Academy Award.

new years eve, movies, when harry met sally, meg ryan, billy crystal, romantic comedyBilly Crystal and Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally. (Photo: Columbia/courtesy Everett Collection)

Happy New Year!

new years eve, fireworks, top ten new years eve movies, celebration(Photo: bulptk)

Anita Hamilton

Baby boomer Anita Hamilton has always been interested in the "real people" stories behind the characters that create and inhabit the world of music, books, movies, television shows, current events, history, etc. A lifelong love of research (ok, nosiness) and writing, combined with a loving and supportive family and 3 mini-dachshund minions, keeps her busy.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *