The best Christmas movies to stream

New Year’s Eve may be the ultimate party holiday, marked by sequined dresses and flutes overflowing with champagne, but there’s no reason you can’t celebrate the turning of the calendar from the comfort of your own home. Below are the 10 best New Years movies to snuggle up on the couch with as you ring in the new year:

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan

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Where to stream: Main video

When Harry met Sally is many things: a top-notch Nora Ephron romantic comedy, a time capsule of late 1980s New York, endless sweater inspiration, and the perfect New Year’s Eve movie. It’s number one on this list for a reason.

Carol (2015)

Where to stream: Prime, Apple TV+

Carol is great for many reasons; the Oscar-nominated romantic film from the extraordinary Todd Haynes stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as two women who fall in love in 1950s New York – given the time period, it’s a forbidden affair, adding to the tension in the film. In addition to the visually beautiful look at winter in a bygone era of New York, the main characters also have their first kiss on New Year’s Eve.

An American in Paris (1951)

Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron

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Where to stream: Prime, Apple TV+

An American in Paris it’s always a fun watch; between Gene Kelly’s out-of-this-world dancing (for which he won an Oscar), the gorgeous costumes, and the romantic setting, it’s a classic for a reason. Plus, there’s one of the most lavish New Year’s Eve parties to be screened – a huge, black-and-white ball that will get you into the holiday spirit.

Waiting to exhale (1995)

Angela Bassett and Whitney Houston

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Waiting to exhale begins and ends on New Year’s Day, telling the story of four friends and the ups and downs they face trying to find romantic love. Starring Angela Bassett, Whitney Houston, Lella Rochon and Loretta Devine, the film (which was Forest Whitaker’s directorial debut) is a testament to the power of friendship.

Ghostbusters II (1989)

Sigourney Weaver and Bill Murray

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Where to stream: Prime, Apple TV+

Any of the favorites Ghostbusters movies are an excellent holiday watch, whether it’s Halloween or Christmas, but the second installment of the original franchise is partly set during New Year’s Eve; at one point (spoiler alert), the people of New York must come together and sing “Auld Lang Syne” to banish evil from the city streets.

Rent (2005)

Adam Pascal, Anthony Rapp and Tracy Thoms

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There’s Something About 1980s New York and the Holidays – the 2005 film adaptation of Jonathan Larson’s hit Broadway musical Rent it starts on Christmas Eve and ends the following year on the same day. Meanwhile, it chronicles a year in the life of a group of artistic friends living in the East Village.

Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

Meg Ryan, Ross Mallinger and Tom Hanks

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Where to stream: Prime, Apple TV+, Hulu

Another Nora Ephron cozy romance starring Meg Ryan, Sleepless in Seattle features a pivotal, very sentimental New Year’s Eve scene with Tom Hanks’ character and his late wife.

An Affair to Remember (1957)

Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr

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Where to stream: Prime, Apple TV+

After Sleepless in Seattlewatch the original film that inspired it: An affair to remember opens with Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant sharing a New Year’s kiss despite being engaged to other people. Like Efron’s Sleeplessthey agree to meet at the top of the Empire State Building six months later, and the rest is history.

Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

Where to stream: Main video

Another movie that begins and ends on New Year’s Eve, Bridget Jones is one of Renee Zellweger’s most memorable roles for a reason. The film’s fresh-faced spirit is infectious, even if Bridget’s apparently woeful stats (single at 33, for example) are a bit dated.

Diner (1982)

Kevin Bacon, Steve Guttenberg, Mickey Rourke, Tim Daly and Daniel Stern

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Where to stream: Main video

Breakfast room follows a group of friends during the week after Christmas as they prepare for a New Year’s Eve wedding in the late 1950s. Come for a young Kevin Bacon, stay for the holiday shenanigans and exciting storylines.

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