New Year's Eve: 11 Memorable Scenes in Film and TV

8:00 AM 12/29/2017

by Kirsten Chuba

Looking for some inspiration on how to ring in 2018? Here's how some of your favorite characters spent New Year's Eve.

'When Harry Met Sally'
'When Harry Met Sally'

Movies and television shows have long had a fascination with New Year's Eve, promising big parties and falling in love with strangers as the clock strikes midnight. Resolutions have also played a big role in plots, whether inspiring characters to be better or sending them to fail miserably in whatever they hoped to change about themselves.

From classic films like When Harry Met Sally and Bridget Jones's Diary to television favorites like Friends and The Office, New Year's Eve has been used to create some classic moments on screens both big and small. No matter your plans for ringing in 2018, check out some of the best TV and movie moments revolving around Dec. 31. 

  • 'When Harry Met Sally'

    In one of the most iconic New Year's Eve scenes of all time, Harry, played by Billy Crystal, professes his love for Sally, played by Meg Ryan, as the clock strikes midnight. It is one of the final scenes in the 1989 film and provides a happy-ever-after for the classic romantic comedy. 

  • 'New Year's Eve'

    2011's star-studded New Year's Eve, with a cast including Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Robert De Niro, Sarah Jessica Parker and Ashton Kutcher, follows strangers across New York City on Dec. 31 until they eventually all meet up for a New Year's party. 

  • 'Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!'

    This 1986 TV special shows Charlie Brown as he struggles to finish a book report over the holiday break so that he can attend a New Year's party with his friends. His crush, Little Red-Haired Girl, shows up at the party and dances with Linus while he's working on his homework, ruining his New Year's Eve. 

  • 'About a Boy'

    The 2002 film, starring Hugh Grant, Rachel Weisz and Toni Collette, has a memorable New Year's scene when the two leads of the film meet at a party and set off a romance that is soon complicated by Will, played by Grant, lying that he has a son. 

  • 'Boogie Nights'

    One of Boogie Nights' biggest scenes revolves around New Year's, when assistant director Little Bill Thompson, played by William H. Macy, walks in on his porn star wife having sex with another man. He kills the two and himself as the countdown to the new year is going, starting off a dark spiral for the other characters in the movie. 

  • 'Bridget Jones's Diary'

    Starring Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant, Bridget Jones's Diary is heavily centered around New Years', from Bridget (played by Zellweger) and Mark's (Firth) first meeting at a New Year's party to the role of New Year's resolutions in Bridget's life. 

  • 'Sex and the City'

    The 2008 Sex and the City movie features a memorable New Year's Eve scene, showing what all four friends are up to as the clock strikes midnight. Carrie falls asleep early but rushes to be by Miranda's side when she needs her, while Charlotte and Samantha spend the night with their significant others. 

  • 'The Office'

    In a season 7 episode, the co-workers gather in the conference room to make New Year's resolutions, which Pam has posted on a board to motivate everyone. While most have big goals, Creed just wants to do a cartwheel. 

  • 'How I Met Your Mother'

    In a season 1 episode of the hit series, the gang rents a limo on New Year's Eve with grand plans of party-hopping across the city. A number of things go wrong and split up the group, only to have them reunite before the clock strikes midnight. 

  • 'Friends'

    Friends had a few different New Year's scenes across its 10-season run, focusing on who would kiss whom when the ball dropped, hiding Chandler and Monica's relationship and getting on TV for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve. 


  • 'Seinfeld'

    In season 8 of Seinfeld, the group competes to plan the best and most over-the-top New Year's party for the new millennium.