New Years Eve on the silver screen
December 19, 2011 5:35 PM   Subscribe

What are some movies that include New Years Eve as an important part of the setting and/or plot?

I'm looking for some movies where New Years Eve plays a significant part in the story. This could be central to the movie's setting, as in the movies 200 Cigarettes and New Years Eve or it could be something along the lines of a movie where NYE plays an important but non-central role, such as When Harry Met Sally, which features New Years Eve in the memorable last scenes but not throughout the entirety of the film. I'm not fussy about movie genres - any will do.
posted by Lina Lamont to Media & Arts (26 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
 
Strange Days.
posted by mumblingmynah at 5:38 PM on December 19, 2011 [3 favorites]


The Irony of Fate is a classic Soviet film about New Year's Eve.
posted by rebekah at 5:41 PM on December 19, 2011


The Book of Life.
posted by rdc at 5:46 PM on December 19, 2011


Boogie Nights. (The party scene in the middle of the movie that marks the end of the '70s.)
posted by John Cohen at 5:48 PM on December 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


The in the original Oceans 11 the big heist takes place in Las Vegas on New Years Eve.
posted by Captain_Science at 5:52 PM on December 19, 2011


Until the End of the World — there's a fictional 2000 new years eve
posted by Tom-B at 5:53 PM on December 19, 2011


IMDb does keyword searches. Here is New Year's Eve sorted by rating. Kim Morgan at Sunset Gun wrote about New Year's movies a couple of years ago.
posted by cgc373 at 5:54 PM on December 19, 2011 [5 favorites]


Trading Places!

and Holiday Inn
posted by argonauta at 5:54 PM on December 19, 2011


No NYE list would be complete without It's a Wonderful Life.

In Entrapment (1999), the central heist occurs during the final seconds leading up to NYE 2000.
posted by ceribus peribus at 6:05 PM on December 19, 2011


Ooh, the Canadian movie Last Night -- it's great.
posted by cider at 6:09 PM on December 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


200 Cigarettes was already mentioned by the OP...

Anyway, another one is Sunset Boulevard, which has an important scene happen on New Year's Eve.
posted by LaurenIpsum at 6:14 PM on December 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


The Apartment
posted by susanvance at 6:26 PM on December 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Forrest Gump has a few scenes involving New Years Eve, if I recall correctly.
posted by bessel functions seem unnecessarily complicated at 6:32 PM on December 19, 2011


Peter's Friends is completely set in the few days between Christmas and New Year's Eve, with its final scenes set on the stroke of midnight. Also, Stephen Fry/Hugh Laurie plus many more!
posted by Ridge at 6:36 PM on December 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


[I love you all very much but please please read the suggestions in the question before chiming in, thank you.]
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:36 PM on December 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Gremlins 2.
posted by Sticherbeast at 6:36 PM on December 19, 2011


Rent
posted by SisterHavana at 6:40 PM on December 19, 2011


The Poseidon Adventure
posted by brujita at 6:57 PM on December 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Waiting to Exhale starts and ends with New Year's Eve
posted by sulaine at 7:48 PM on December 19, 2011


The Henry Jaglom movie New Year's Day.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 8:24 PM on December 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Cloverfield
posted by straight_razor at 10:19 PM on December 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


About Last Night
posted by any major dude at 10:40 PM on December 19, 2011


IIRC it's in The Fourth Protocol (or if not some other Mefite might correct me) where the opening scene is the blowing open of a safe, timed to happen at midnight on NYE when all the fireworks go off.
posted by aqsakal at 4:08 AM on December 20, 2011


Has no bearing on the story (and the book doesn't) but the movie of The Time Machine begins on New Year's Eve of the (previous) millenium.
posted by Rash at 8:53 AM on December 20, 2011


Ghostbusters 2.

Vigo the Carpathian will take over Oscar's body at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve.
posted by XhaustedProphet at 10:18 PM on December 21, 2011


I'm not going to mark any as best answer, because it's one of those questions where there really is no objective best answer, but I got a lot of great answers and appreciate all of the recommendations. Thanks guys!
posted by Lina Lamont at 9:50 PM on February 4, 2012


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