The Best New Year’s Movies!
To create a festive New Year’s mood, you don’t have to wait until December 31st. You can feel the Christmas spirit on any other day, whether it’s a holiday or just an evening gathering with family or friends. We have compiled the best New Year’s movies that will help summon the spirit of Christmas into your home for a few hours.
The Holiday, 2006
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Jack Black, Eli Wallach, Edward Burns
What do we, girls, love to do most after New Year’s? Of course, start a new life! Change your hairstyle, sport, clothing size, or at least the wallpaper on your monitor. The heroines of one of the best Christmas romantic comedies, “The Holiday,” played by Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet, decided to go even further and swapped homes for Christmas on different continents. The English Iris from the countryside and the luxurious Amanda from California, acquainted only through correspondence, escape from their old problems 10,000 kilometers away to foreign countries. And, of course, according to the genre’s laws, it works.
Holiday Inn, 1942
Starring: Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale, Walter Abel, Louise Beavers
“The Holiday Inn,” an Oscar winner and one of the best films in the USA, is genuinely loved in America for its unusual plot idea. The film tells the opposite of the American dream: singer and dancer Jim Hardy leaves show business for farm work. However, the downsizer miscalculated his strengths: the work turned out to be hard, and the creative spirit still played inside him. In the end, Hardy turns his farm into an entertainment club that opens on major holidays.
Season’s Beatings, 1999
Starring: Sabine Azéma, Emmanuelle Béart, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Claude Rich, Françoise Fabian, Christopher Thompson
Another one of the best French family tragicomedies on our list, but this time it’s not about parents and children, but about three sisters, each with her own baggage of problems. And all three are unhappy in love! On the eve of Christmas, the heroines, who decided to gather for the holidays, will have to discover a terrible family secret.
The Family Stone, 2005
Starring: Claire Danes, Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Dermot Mulroney, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Jessica Parker
It’s unpleasant when your fiancé’s family suddenly doesn’t like you. It’s doubly unpleasant when it’s a huge family, and it has decided to unleash its dislike precisely at Christmas. This is what the heroine of one of the best New Year’s tragicomedies, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, faces, resisting an army of haters played by Rachel McAdams, Diane Keaton, and Claire Danes.
Sleepless in Seattle, 1993
Starring: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Ross Malinger, Rita Wilson, Victor Garber, Tom Riis Farrell
On Christmas Eve, little Jonah, the son of widower Sam (Tom Hanks), calls into a radio show to share his wish: for his dad to have a new wife. Of course, this touching message did not leave thousands of women across America indifferent, but it caught the attention of journalist Annie, played by Meg Ryan. Taking on a report about the charming bachelor, Annie begins to doubt her own engagement. A beautiful Christmas romantic comedy with a touching and unusual plot that can be watched both alone and with a loved one.
The Family Man, 2000
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Piven, Saul Rubinek, Josef Sommer
Nicolas Cage, a successful bachelor with a Ferrari and a luxurious apartment, suddenly wakes up in a suburban town. The house is a mess, kids and a dog are screaming, and his wife is a college sweetheart he once left for a career, nagging about Christmas preparations. How did he end up here is a secondary question. The hero is more concerned with how to get out of this hell back to Wall Street. Or maybe stay here a little longer? An excellent Christmas movie that emphasizes the importance of family relationships.
Four Christmases, 2008
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Jon Voight, Jon Favreau
One of the best Christmas comedies about complex family relationships. Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon do their best to celebrate Christmas with the new families of their characters’ parents. The family marathon becomes a test of the strength of their relationship and a nerve-wracking challenge for both lovers.
The Shop Around the Corner, 1940
Starring: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan, Joseph Schildkraut, Sarah Hayden, Felix Bressart
One of the best Christmas movies about the fact that true love is nearby, you just need to look carefully.
Do you believe in love through correspondence? For the pre-war period, it was the norm. In the absence of Facebook (the Social Network has been recognized as extremist and banned in the territory of the Russian Federation) and Skype, lonely hearts embarked on romances in letters, just like the characters in the best New Year’s romantic comedy, “The Shop Around the Corner.” Only the lovers have no idea that they have known each other for a long time: they work together in a gift shop and… can’t stand each other! By the way, the movie “You’ve Got Mail” with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan is a remake of this New Year’s comedy.