Ring in 2020: The Top 3 Best Movies to Watch on New Year’s Eve—and How to Stream Each

If you are staying in on New Year’s Eve 2019, you might be looking for the best movies to ring in the New Year. The American tradition of watching Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest does not begin until 8 p.m., so you will probably need something to watch before it begins. Let’s take a look at the top 3 best movies to watch to ring in 2020. 

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New Year’s Eve (2011) is the best romantic comedy to watch on NYE

There is something to be said about watching a feel-good movie that features an ensemble cast to ring in the New Year. So many stars come together to produce this romantic comedy set in New York City on New Year’s Eve

“For this one magical night, it’s about getting another chance to do more, to give more, to love more,” the voiceover on the trailer concludes, “because that’s what New Year’s is all about.” 

“That and a good party,” the trailer ends. 

The cast is star-studded with Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Abigail Breslin, Ludacris, Robert De Niro, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Héctor Elizondo, Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Seth Meyers, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jake T. Austin, Til Schweiger, Hilary Swank, Sofía Vergara, Carla Gugino and Alyssa Milano.

The film is a sequel to Valentine’s Day, which revolves around the lives of some of the same characters. Throughout the two-hour-long movie, viewers follow several couples and singles as their lives intertwine over New Year’s Eve

You can rent the movie, New Year’s Eve, on Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, or iTunes. The film is also playing free on MTV2 and CMT—check your local listings for times.

New Year (2010) is the best coming of age film to rent on NYE

New Year is another romantic comedy but doesn’t have the stars that New Year’s Eve boasts. Julian DeZotti, Joanna Douglas, and Nicholas Rose come together for this Wavecrest Award Winner at the 2011 Clearwater Film Festival.  

“A coming of age comedy about a group of twenty-something ‘Gen Y’-ers who reunite for a New Year’s Eve bash in middle-class suburbia,” according to one reviewer on IMDb. “Numbed by the nine to five conformity of real-life after university, the party provides a welcome escape full of drinking, smoking, making out, and bag tag. But when a near-death experience from the past week, an unwanted pregnancy, and the appearance of past rivals disrupt their night of glory, each is forced to take a crash course in growing up.”

New Year is not as well-known as New Year’s Eve, but it does receive about the same ratings. Both movies score a 5.7 on IMBd. 

Viewers can stream New Year on Amazon Prime Video.

The New Year (2010) is the best Indie Film to stream on NYE

Stars Trieste Kelly Dunn, Ryan Hunter, Kevin Wheatley, come together for this Sarasota Film Festival winner. 

This movie follows Sunny (Dunn) as she returns home to care for her sick father. She ends up working at a local bowling alley for over two and a half years. She puts her writing career on hold and doesn’t know how to pick it back up again. 

“I am not going to be someone that somebody just settles for,” Hunter’s character tells Sunny. She reexamines her life after an old high school rival (Wheatley) comes home for the holidays. 

You can also watch The New Year on Prime Video for a small rental fee.