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10 movies for singletons to watch on New Year’s Eve

Posted on December 28, 2012 by

By Gabriella Zicarelli 

New Year’s Eve is the night to wrap up a wonderful year with friends and family, but honestly, it can be a drag if you’re single. When the clock strikes midnight and all the couples start smooching it can get awkward standing in a corner with your loved one, Captain Morgan. Don’t turn to Adele tunes or Ben and Jerry’s:

Whether alone or with a group of fellow single friends, you can skip the parties, choose your comfiest pj’s and watch these great movies instead.

Bridget Jones’s Diary

Bridget Jones’ s Diary stars Renée Zellweger as Bridget, a singleton who makes a resolution to better herself and work on dealing with her imperfections. From her weight to her lacklustre dating life, she fills her diary with every honest thought. She later finds herself wrapped in a triangle when both her womanizing boss, played by Hugh Grant, and frenemy played by Colin Firth, fancy her.

Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist

This isn’t technically a New Year’s movie but Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist offers laughs and is all about moving on from horrible relationships. I thought it deserved a spot on this list. Nick, played by the adorable Michael Cera,  is depressed after his girlfriend breaks up with him. Meanwhile Nora, played by Kat Dennings, is stuck in a horrible friends with benefits situation. When these two meet they realize they can do better and find themselves on an adventure when they lose Nora’s friend in New York. Plus it has an amazing soundtrack so it’s a win-win!

When Harry Met Sally

Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan play the original “friends with benefits” couple in this popular 1989 New Year’s flick. After being friends for years they consider the possibility of a more intimate relationship but fear it would make things awkward. And how can we forget THIS memorable moment? 

200 Cigarettes

Set in 1981, 200 Cigarettes stars Ben and Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson, Christina Ricci and Paul Rudd, all playing characters in their 20s on their way to a New Year’s party. This film is all about dealing with relationships and being lonely, so it’s perfect for the occasion.

While You Were Sleeping

In While You were Sleeping, Sandra Bullock plays a token collector at a transit station. She’s down on love until she sees a man she believes is the one. The man later falls in the train tracks and she finds herself saving his life and playing his fiance when he ends up in a coma. When he finally wakes up on New Year’s day, she has a lot of explaining to do.

Just Friends

It may not strictly be New Year’s Eve movie BUT this holiday movie brings the hilarity and I’m sure the friend-zone concept has been known to many. In Just Friends, Ryan Reynolds plays a music manager who visits his home town after moving to L.A to try rekindling a love with his best friend. Since then, he has lost A LOT of weigh. It’s a great laugh if you’re feeling down. Oh and did I mention Ryan Reynolds is hilarious in this movie?

New Year’s Eve

It’s an obvious one. New Year’s Eve follows the stories of those coupled-up and singled-out on New Year’s in New York City. The movie has an amazing cast, including Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi (who knew he could act?) Robert DieNero, Seth Myers… and many others. And if you’re not into the plot you can always just watch to swoon over Zac Efron and Ashton Kutcher.


Sleepless in Seattle

After losing his wife, Sam Baldwin’s (Tom Hanks) son calls into a radio station in an attempt to find his father a new woman/ Low and behold it works when Annie Reed (Meg Ryan) hears his story and begins falling for him. This prompts her to write letters to him in an attempt to meet him and see if he’s the man she’s meant to be with.

Crazy, Stupid, Love.

So Crazy, Stupid, Love. may not be a holiday or New Year’s movie but I felt it deserved a spot on the list anyway. After Steve Carell’s character is blind-sided by his wife when she asks him for a divorce, he finds himself depressed and in a bit of a rut — that is, until Ryan Gosling comes into his life and becomes a sort of mentor. He gets him out of the dumps and gives him a makeover all in an attempt to win back his wife. There are a lot of reasons to watch this movie but personally I only need six of them…


Set in New York City, Alfie follows the downfall of a British limo driver’s womanizing ways. There’s nothing better than seeing the downfall of a womanizer but with that accent I can’t help but fall for Jude Law every time.


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