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Movies to Ring in the New Year

posted by Nell Minow

Rotten Tomatoes has a list of New Year’s Movies. Here is my list, which I first posted in 2007:
When Harry Met Sally… is a sweet, funny love story starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal as two people who took a very long time to realize they were meant for each other. A series of New Year’s Eves punctuate their developing relationship.
Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn star in Holiday, about an idealistic young man whose engagement to a wealthy girl is supposed to be announced at a New Year’s Eve party. Hepburn plays the girl’s sister, whose support for the engagement gets complicated when she begins to fall for him herself.
The Apartment, the bittersweet comedy about an ambitious man who lets the executives at his company use his apartment for their assignations won the Oscar for Best Picture. Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine star in this Billy Wilder classic.
The pilot episode of Futurama takes place on New Year’s Eve in the year 3000, and yes, Dick Clark (well, his head) makes a cameo appearance.

  • Alicia

    Happy New Year, Nell! I heard a lot of good stuff about “Holiday” with Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn, but when I finally saw it, it seemed far inferior to that other Philip Barry-inspired movie, “The Philadephia Story.” My other observation about “Holiday” is that it was the unacknowledged source for the plot of “The Family Stone.”
    Of course, I love “The Apartment” and “When Harry Met Sally.” I’m going to spend New Year’s Eve watching the first 6 episodes of Season 5 of “Lost” in anticipation for the start of Season 6 in February. Can’t wait!

  • Nell Minow

    Thanks, Alicia! “The Philadelphia Story” is my favorite movie, so it would be hard for “Holiday” to top it, but it does have some wonderful stuff–Grant’s acrobatics, Lew Ayres, Edward Everett Horton–and sharp dialogue and a very satisfying conclusion. Enjoy “Lost” and have a happy and healthy new year filled with wonderful movies.

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