The best movies to stream on Netflix and Hulu if you’re staying in on New Year’s Eve

Have plans with your TV on New Year’s Eve? There’s no cozier way to spend December 31st than at home, especially when you have a New Years-themed movie (and perhaps a festive cocktail or mocktail) on hand.

Whether you want to re-watch a fave movie or pick a flick that you haven’t seen before, we’ve rounded up the 10 most classic and best New Year’s Eve movies on Netflix and Hulu that all have at least one notable New Year’s Eve scene. You’re welcome!


Bridget Jones Diary (2001)

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Based on the best-selling novel, this rom-com stars Renee Zellweger in one of her most iconic roles as the 32-year-old and very single Bridget Jones. Determined to improve herself, Bridget decides to keep a journal to stay focused on her goals while she also looks for love.

Sunset Boulevard (1950)

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Set in the Golden Age of Hollywood, this Oscar nominated film depicts what happens when a struggling screenwriter unexpectedly shows up at the door of an aging silent film star.

Boogie Nights (1997)

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Starring Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds and Heather Graham, Boogie Nights tells the story of a young busboy who gets discovered by a porn director and rises to fame in the 1970s disco era.

Trading Places (1983)

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Find out what happens when an uppercrust businessman (Dan Aykroyd) switches places with a broke street hustler (Eddie Murphy) as part of a bet in this 1980s comedy.

Forrest Gump (1994)

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In one of his best roles ever, Tom Hanks acts his heart out as the titular character in Forrest Gump. The Oscar-winning movie spans several decades in the life of a man from Alabama, touching on some very notable events that occurred in the late 20th century.

Carol (2015)

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A forbidden affair between two women (played by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara) is at the heart of this romantic period film.


A Long Way Down (2014)

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This black comedy boasts a cast of actors like Toni Collette and Pierce Brosnan, as well as an intriguing premise: four strangers meet on a London rooftop on New Year’s Eve, all planning to jump off and end their lives.

Rent (2005)

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Broadway musical-lovers, this one’s for you! Rent is a story about a group of friends in late ‘90s New York, struggling with issues of life and love. The film adaptation stars many of the show’s original Broadway cast, like Anthony Rapp and Idina Menzel, as well as Rosario Dawson.

While You Were Sleeping (1995)

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If you love a good Sandra Bullock rom-com, you’ll probably love this movie. Sandy B plays a Chicago transit worker who accidentally gets mistaken for the fiancée of a man in a coma, after she helps pull him out of the path of an oncoming train. Hilarity ensues!

The Holiday (2006)

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After bad breakups, two women (one in LA and the other in the British countryside), swap homes around the holidays and end up with more than they bargained for in this rom-com starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet.

Cheers! See you in the New Year!

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