Check out these romantic movies that feature the classic combination of true love and a new year.
It all starts when two strangers (Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan) ride together, moving from Chicago to New York City. Over the following years, Harry and Sally date others, try to date each other, fight, make up, and fight again. The film asked the question “Can men and women ever be just friends?,” and it’s a delight to watch Harry and Sally try to negotiate their friendship and feelings for each other.
Jack Lemmon plays Bud Baxter, a young employee at a firm who is convinced by his superiors to let them use his apartment for their extramarital affairs. One evening, he returns to find a woman (Shirley Maclaine) unconscious on his bed from an overdose. As he nurses her back to health, she reveals her affair with one of the executives as they play hand after hand of gin rummy. This film won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, in 1960.
Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger) uses her diary to record her life, and her efforts to improve said life. Every New Year’s Day, she starts a new diary, determined that this will be the year her life gets on track. Bridget is an unforgettable and completely relatable woman, and Mark Darcy, who tells her that he likes her “just the way you are,” is an unbeatable dreamboat (played by the ever-delightful Colin Firth). (The book on which the film is based is also available, and the film does it hysterical justice).