Ring in the New Year at home with these uplifting movies that are sure to make you laugh and to raise your spirits.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
December 30, 2020
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The ongoing coronavirus pandemic means we'll be spending New Year's Eve at home, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy ourselves. Baking a dozen cookies for one? Why not? Joining in on a virtual game night with loved ones from afar? We're in it to win it, y'all. Having a dance party with our roommates or building a fort with our grade schooler? Sign us up—and meet you in the living room.

And of course, there will be movies. With so many movies available on streaming devices, it can be hard to make a selection. But this year, we're guessing a pick-me-up flick is exactly what you crave. To save you the trouble of scrolling through multiple streaming platforms to try and pick the perfect feel-good movie for your New Year's Eve celebration à la couch, we did the grunt work for you. Below, find our best recommendations for movies that will leave you feeling joyful and smiling on the last night of the year.

  1. Royal New Year's Eve on Hallmark Movies Now

Does it get better than a royal prince, an aspiring fashion designer, and a whirlwind romance? We think not. Tune into this holiday rom-com and prepare to be laughing and crying—sometimes at the same time.

2. Plus One on Hulu

Go along for the hilarious ride as two good friends decide to be each other's plus-one dates for all the wedding invitations that have piled up for each of them. The beautiful scenery and wedding venues throughout will also make you remember the thrill of travel and parties. Instead of making you sigh though, this movie will leave you feeling hopeful and excited for better thing's to come.

3. New Year's Eve on HBO Max

If you're looking for a diverting movie that's a fitting option for the holiday at hand, you can't do better than this rom com that chronicles a range of individuals—from rock stars to a nurse—in New York City on New Year's Eve. Enjoy the magic and keep the tissues by your side.

4. When Harry Met Sally on HBO Max

Ah, the New Year's Eve kiss we could watch a thousand times. This year, we think may mark our one-thousandth-and-one. It's the movie that just seems to get better every time we watch it. It's Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan at their best. It's perfection.

5. And So It Goes on Hulu

Sometimes, we just need a dose of Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton to restore our hope in the world. And this romantic comedy that revolves around a realtor and his neighbor delivers. As we all set out to make next year more of a success than the last, the movie is also a nice reminder that anyone can change their life for the better

6. Golden Years on Acorn TV and Amazon Prime

If you're in the mood for an action-packed British action comedy movie this is for you. Who said your golden years can't be your most exciting? When you get to meet this retired couple who decides to embark on a bank-robbing spree, you'll get all the proof you need that the most thrilling chapter is yet to come.

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We all need more Dolly this year and we all need to keep the holiday spirit rolling into 2021. Accomplish both with this upbeat musical that's unlike anything you've ever seen before. P.S. Needless to say, we're totally not judging you for watching as many holiday movies and specials as you'd like all winter long. During these tough times, we will be, too.

8. Radio Days on HBO Max

There's something about New Year's Eve that makes us yearn for a throwback Woody Allen movie, and Radio Days is about an excellent a choice as any. The New Year's Eve scene tugs at our heartstrings more every time.

9. Runaway Bride on Netflix

Recently watched Pretty Woman? Also starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere (and Joan Cusack), this tale of a reporter writing a story about a woman who ditches her fiancés at the altar offers a similar balance of laughs and heartwarming emotion. Sit back, relax, and let Roberts and Gere do their thing.

We'd love to hear your suggestions: What are the best feel-good movies you've streamed recently? How about TV shows?