As arbitrary as the Gregorian calendar is (don’t get me started), as a culture we have almost generally agreed that midnight December 31 is the marker of the transition from the old to the new. So make promises to yourself how you’ll do better this time around, pick your poison if you’re not a teetotaler (seriously kids, don’t mix your alcohol types, make a plan), and get ready. to choose which movies you are going to show at the party.
It’s not like you come to We Got This Covered for some meaningful kōans to change your behavior in the future. Instead, we’re here to talk about what we’re watching, and I’m here to make some movie suggestions to show for those who need a break between shots and confetti (or wallflowers wondering why they even go to these things).
There are a lot of “snuggle up and watch stuff at home while you wait until 11:55 am to come by to watch the ball drop” movies, but all of the other “Best New Years Eve” movie listings have them in. . This listing is for the style of movies that draw attention to even the telltale din. So take some notes and check your streaming services, because let’s go!
Display Stock markets has been a New Years tradition for many since the release of this thunderous John Landis comedy in 1983. It can certainly be argued that this is Eddie Murphy’s best film. He follows him as a homeless man and Dan Aykroyd as a life-changing rich man when two MEGA-rich old people on a whim decide to swap their situation and see what happens. And what happens is Murphy becomes a rich snob and Aykroyd does crazy homeless things. I still can’t watch him eat that salmon while picking up chunks of his Santa beard without gagging a bit.
Relevance of New Years Eve: The third act of the film takes place on a train full of costumed revelers as Murphy, Aykroyd, and Jamie Lee Curtis attempt to set up a ploy to get revenge on the former manipulators.
In 1995, Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes team up again (and why not, since White men can’t jump was such a success) for this action-comedy film where they play the transit cops who work in the New York subway. Dissatisfied and in debt, they finally decide to rob the incumbent metro car that carries the revenues of the public transport system. Things are not going exactly as planned. While it was decidedly not the blow that White men can’t jump was, it’s still a lot of fun, and hey: he has J-Lo as a love interest.
Relevance of New Years Eve: The heist takes place during the holidays and they come out of the tunnels at the end just as the ball starts to fall.
This 1995 black anthology comedy had, as you can guess from the title, four segments each directed by a different director ⏤ Allison Anders (Gas, Food, Accommodation), Alexandre Rockwell (in the soup), Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino ⏤ and were all loosely based on stories by Roald Dahl (Charlie and the chocolate factory). Tim Roth is playing the bell boy, and you’d think it’s his first day on the job given how wacky the situations and guests he faces are (and it might even be his last). Although the segments are uneven, some of them, especially Rodriguez’s section with Antonio Banderas, came out of the park.
Relevance of New Years Eve: It all takes place at the hotel on New Years Eve with varying relevance in the separate stories.
Probably the ultimate New Years horror movie (because New Years Evil just isn’t that good), this Stanley Kubrick / Stephen King classic still comes across as extra scary and extra cold. It presents a very extra game by Jack Nicholson which ranks among the best crazy performances of all time. It fits the party scenario well: as your ABV increases, Jack becomes more wacky and more dangerous. At midnight just hope you don’t try too much aggressively to get that person out of the bathroom who has been there too long.
Relevance of New Years Eve: All the ghosts that get stuck in time at a 1921 party. Technically, it’s not a NYE party, but it looks like it. Plus, it crosses the date at some point.
Most readers will probably be too young to remember the New Years Eve craziness of 1999, but it was crazy. The year 2000 paranoia took hold of the world, and then absolutely nothing remarkable happened. But the 1995 sci-fi thriller directed by Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), written by James Cameron, and starring Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis and Tom Sizemore predicted an end to the year that was going to go completely bonkers. Basically, this is a mysterious murder but centered around illegal VR technology that allows you to exactly uncover someone else’s memories; the story follows a former cop (Fiennes), now a black market recorder for the tech, who tries to find out who is killing the people who use it.
Relevance of New Years Eve: It all happens the last two days of December 1999 as the world is set on fire by people who think the shit is about to fall apart.
The sequel to the comedy classic, released five years earlier, fell far short of the success of the original, and critics accused it of sticking largely too religiously to the same formula. Over time, however, he gained many fans, and there’s no denying that the demonic Vigo the Carpathian was just as, if not scarier, than Gozer the Gozerian. But recreating this magic of lighting in a bottle has proven (on several occasions) not to be an easy task. Starting with the Ghostbusters, they were sued for property damage from the first movie, they were kicked out of the business and are now making do with side jobs. But, of course, it doesn’t take long before the new supernatural threat is evident and they have to re-attach the proton packs.
Relevance of New Years Eve: Evil is literally conquered by the goodwill of New Yorkers singing “Auld Lang Syne” together. Also, if you time it correctly (1:32:08), you can hear Venkman say “Happy New Year” precisely at midnight.
The Hudsucker proxy
This wacky 1994 comedy by the Coen Brothers isn’t generally considered one of their best, but it has garnered huge cult following over time. It is worth noting that the script was co-written by Sam Raimi (If you can find it, search for his 1985 comedy horror film Crime wave which he also co-wrote with them). Tim Robbins plays Norville, a wide-eyed recent college graduate determined to make it in the big city at Hudsucker Industries and get someone’s attention to his idea of the Hula Hoop (“You know, for the kids”). From there it gets pretty surreal, and to everyone’s surprise, the Hoop takes off and Norville makes it big. Too big.
Relevance of New Years Eve: Its final act takes place on New Years Eve, where a depressed Norville gets his Frank Capra moment as time freezes in the midst of suicide and Charles Durning as angel settles everything.
The Poseidon adventure
Any of the three adaptations of this 1969 novel will really do, but I recommend the original 1972 version starring Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters, Roddy McDowell, Leslie Nielsen and Red Buttons. What would New Year’s Eve be without the overturning of a huge luxury liner and the deaths of hundreds of people? Released during the big crash movie trend of the ’70s, this reverse survival tale has actually won two Oscars, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and more. It’s no Titanic, sure, but maybe you prefer your giant ship disaster movies without so much romance. With Hackman as “God Help Those Who Help Themselves,” there is a ton of fun to be had.
Relevance of New Years Eve: The ship was hit by a tsunami and rolled over in the middle of the New Year’s Eve party.
Many forget that there was an attempt to launch an American product Doctor Who TV series that started off with this underrated (assuming you’re already a DW fan) TV movie in 1996. Rather than reboot, the film begins with the Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy), who brings the mortal remains of his nemesis back to his time machine when he needs to make an emergency stop. in San Francisco on December 30, 1999. Things happen, the Doc gets shot and “dies” and transforms into the Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann (other than a mini-episode in 2013, his only time to play the character in a movie). Sadly, the Master also regenerates and transforms into Eric Roberts, who you know hasn’t suffered enough? Suffice to say that everything is going well except the fate of the American series to follow, which never materialized. For Whovians, however, it remains a solid chapter in the series’ long history.
Relevance of New Years Eve: Midnight on New Year’s Day is the deadline to prevent the destruction of Earth. The show actively starts a countdown at 1:21:17 if you wish to sync it.
The Daddy King of all New Years party movies, the totally crazy Become crazy is introduced to you by the director of Rock’n’Roll High School and with much of the same manic energy, but more. The story follows a legendary (fictional) theater preparing for its annual New Years Eve concert with a multitude of bands of all genres showing up to perform. A villain tries to sabotage everything (Ed Begley Jr.) and the manager (Daniel Stern) does his best to keep the chaos to a minimum while trying to seduce the former visiting manager (Gail Edwards). It’s barely coherent madness but of the best kind with Malcolm McDowell as a Mick Jagger type superstar (with musical numbers), Lou Reed as a parody of Bob Dylan, a 15 member punk rock girl group with Lee Ving. basic LA punk. Fear group as being basically himself, tons of cameos from famous musicians and a great deal of drug use. Newly made available on Blu-Ray after missing original elements were located, this is a must-SEE party movie.
Relevance of New Years Eve: Everything is relevant. Check it out.