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21 Movies On Netflix To Make Your New Year's Eve More Fun

Waltz into the New Year in the company of these movies.

Soon, the New Year shall beckon us into 2022, and people shall be busy partying and celebrating all over the world. Those who will choose to celebrate at home can augment their celebrations by watching these movies on Netflix.

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So sit back and welcome in the New Year with these films on NYE!

1. Forrest Gump

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The movie that won Tom Hanks his second Oscar holds acclaim that is indelible and unassailable. The movie tells the story of the titular character, and the adventures and glories that life thrusts upon him. 

2. Phantom Thread

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This critically acclaimed movie from the brilliant mind of Paul Thomas Anderson was a favorite at the Oscars in 2018. Daniel Day-Lewis in his final film role portrays an haute couture dressmaker in 1950s London. Things become even better when he takes a young waitress as his muse. But things get derailed when his muse becomes his lover. 

3. Sleepless in Seattle

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One of the immortal names in rom-com genre, this movie was the second collaboration between Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. A Chicago widower, Sam Baldwin (Hanks), moves to Seattle with his little son to start a new life after losing his wife to cancer. Due to his son's proactiveness and fate's plans, he finds himself on a new path of love. The sweetest and most emotional scene of the movie comes when grieving Sam Baldwin imagines a New Year's Eve conversation with his deceased wife.

4. Entrapment

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A master thief (Sean Connery) is joined by an up-and-coming thief (Catherine Zeta-Jones) to pull off a daring heist ‚ÄĒ but all is not what it seems to be. The movie's plot may remind you of Charade or To Catch a Thief, and the action sequences of James Bond movies, which honestly makes for an enjoyable watch.

5. New Year's Eve

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This star-heavy rom-com is about several New Yorkers whose lives are intertwined with each other on New Year's Eve. A story about "love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts, in intertwining stories told amidst the pulse and promise of New York City on the most dazzling night of the year."  

6. A Lot Like Love

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The handsome pair of Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet will certainly brighten your New Year's Eve. Netflix gives an intriguing summary: Though sparks fly between Oliver and Emily on a long flight, they agree they'd be a terrible match. But over the next seven years, fate takes a hand.

7. About a Boy

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Hugh Grant stars as a rich but irresponsible man-child in his 30s who pretends to be a single father in order to romance single mothers. One such encounter introduces him to a 12-year-old boy (Nicholas Hoult) who teaches him about fatherhood, and later at a New Year's dinner party, he meets Rachel (Rachel Weisz), a single mom, who falls for him because she thinks he is a single dad. 

8. Carol

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Based on the 1952 novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith, this romantic period drama tells the story of two female lovers. In the 1950s, a wealthy suburban housewife (Cate Blanchett) and a young department store shopgirl (Rooney Mara) embark on a passionate, forbidden romance that will forever change their lives and the lives of the people close to them.

9. Poseidon

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If you get weary of watching too many rom-coms, here's a survival thriller. "A tidal wave spells disaster for a ship of New Year's Eve revellers when it capsizes the mammoth vessel, sending passengers into a battle for survival."

10. Bridget Jones's Diary

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This modern take on Jane Austen's classic, Pride and Prejudice, sees two men vying for a single lady instead of the other way round as seen in the original book. Bridget (Renée Zellweger) is a 32-year-old single woman, who puts her thoughts, opinions, and insecurities into a diary that becomes a hilarious journal of her life. Soon she finds herself at the center of attention between two handsome guys (played by Hugh Grant and Colin Firth).

11. When Harry Met Sally...

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A rom-com that has now become a classic also immortalized the New Year’s Eve midnight kiss. Watch this to enjoy the crackling chemistry and sexual tension between Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, the humorous and adorable story, and for the most iconic scene from the Katz Deli.

12. About Time

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This time travel rom-com can be best summarized as: The night after another unsatisfactory New Year's party, Tim's father (Bill Nighy) tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can't change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life ‚ÄĒ so he decides to make his world a better place...by getting a girlfriend.

13. While You Were Sleeping

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Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman star in this rom-com triggered by an averted tragedy and a misunderstanding. When Lucy rescues her longtime crush from being crushed by an oncoming train, his family assumes her to be his fiancé. Things get complicated when she feels that her crush's brother, Jack (Bill Pullman), is the one for her.

14. Sex and the City: The Movie

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It's New Year's Eve, and Carrie Bradshaw is in a hurry as she has to reach Miranda's apartment for a long-pending bonding session. Seems pretty urgent as Carrie even takes the subway to reach her destination. 

15. Ghostbusters II

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It's been five years since the events of the first film. A sinister plot is afoot. One that involves launching a massive slime attack on New York City and releasing a gaggle of evil spirits on New Year's Eve. Who you gonna call? 

16. Waiting to Exhale

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Forest Whitaker's directorial debut brings us the dazzling duo of Angela Bassett and Whitney Houston in a romance film based on a 1992 novel of the same name. The story is about four women living in Phoenix, Arizona, and their relationships with each other and their efforts to find true love.

17. Boogie Nights

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This is the second movie on this list by Paul Thomas Anderson. A comedy-drama set in 1970s Los Angeles chronicles the Golden Age of Porn. Mark Wahlberg stars as Dirk Diggler, a male pornstar directly inspired by famous porn actor John Holmes.

18. Snowpiercer

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The only thing that you need to know about this movie is that it is directed by Bong Joon-ho, whose brilliant mind gave us Okja, Memories of Murder, and the pièce de résistance, Parasite. The movie is a post-apocalyptic action film set on a train, called Snowpiercer, that is running relentlessly on a globe-spanning track. What will happen when the poor folks on the train rebel against the rich folks on the train?

19. The Age of Adaline

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Blake Lively stars as a beautiful 29-year-old woman, who has lived for more than a century but hasn't aged after being brought back to life from death following an accident at the age of 29. When she falls in love, the secrets of her past will unravel.  

20. The Godfather: Part II

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Those who have watched this movie will know why this movie is on this list.¬†The¬†Godfather: Part II did what was unthinkable at that time ‚ÄĒ a sequel outdoing its predecessor. One of the biggest reveals in the movie happens during a New Year's Party.¬†

21. Survivor

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This spy action thriller sees Pierce Brosnan clashing with Milla Jovovich in a cat and mouse game. In a role reversal, Brosnan stars as a most wanted hitman known as the Watchmaker who plans to detonate a bomb at Times Square in New York City during New Year's Eve celebrations. It's up to the DSS agent Kate Abbott (Jovovich) to save the day (year?).