Columbia
By Samantha Grossman
December 30, 2014

New Year’s Eve tends to be a big holiday in movies because it’s an opportunity for boozy bashes, dramatic kisses, shocking confessions and new beginnings. It also makes soundtrack choices so much easier, because if you’re unsure, you just go with “Auld Lang Syne” and you’re set.

So, as we get ready to usher in 2015, here’s a look back at some of cinema’s most memorable New Year’s Eve moments, from the romantic to the silly to the totally bizarre.


When Harry Met Sally

“It’s not because I’m lonely and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve,” Harry says, before — spoiler alert — officially declaring his love for Sally. And then they kiss. At the stroke of midnight, because of course.


Trading Places

Merry new year! Who wants some beef jerky? A total classic.


Sex and the City

It may be corny, sure, but you also have to admit the displays of friendship in this scene are heartwarming. Plus, this version of “Auld Lang Syne” is beautiful. Just accept it.


200 Cigarettes

This is a whole movie about the holiday, set in 1981, so we’re counting the whole film instead of just one scene.


The Gold Rush

A lonely Charlie Chaplin gets stood up for a New Year’s Eve dinner — but soon, the scene shifts to a lively dinner party dance sequence where Chaplin memorably uses dinner rolls as feet.


The Godfather: Part II

It’s New Year’s Eve in Havana — and the New Year’s kiss in this scene is probably not what you expect.


Radio Days

Diane Keaton singing “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To” on New Year’s Eve? Um, yes please.


Ghostbusters II

It’s New Year’s in New York, and the Ghostbusters manage to hitch a ride on the Statue of Liberty to defeat their enemy.

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