50 Best Family New Years Movies for Kids and Grownups

Today we’re here to give you the very best family New Years movies.

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are such important celebrations and are wonderful opportunities for the family to spend time together! 

If you’re like us, family time revolves around food, beverages, games, and movies.

When we were looking for some great New Years or New Years Eve themed movies (think new beginnings, fresh starts, celebrations, etc.) that the whole family can enjoy, it was surprising just how many wonderful ones we were able to come up with! 

So without further ado, let’s dive into the best family new years movies.

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Table of Contents

Why Celebrate New Year’s with Movies
Best New Year’s Movies for the Whole Family
Fun New Year’s Movies for Children
Best New Year’s Eve Movies for Teens and Adults
Top Movies to Play at Your New Year’s Eve Party

Why Celebrate New Year’s with Movies

Having family traditions is one of the best parts of, well, having a family! 

There is something inherently inspiring about films, especially great family films, and it’s one of the easiest and best ways to bring everyone together. 

The fun part about New Years movies? You can tie in your list of New Year resolutions and how to stick to them! 

Settle back, grab the remote and the kids, and settle in for one of these wonderful family movies that is sure to become a yearly watching tradition. 

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Best New Year’s Movies for the Whole Family

For family-friendly movies, it’s great to have a list like this one. Sometimes we just get bogged down in the never-ending scroll of searching, am I right? 

At least I know this happens to me. And then I just put on another episode of The Office… 

Never fear, we’ve done the leg work for you so all you have to do is pick one that is age-appropriate.

1. Happy New Year, Charlie Brown (1986, G)

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We love Charlie Brown for his wholesome humor and gentle wisdom (or is that due to Snoopy?). 

This is a great little New Years movie for the whole family and is sure to become a tradition, just like It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and A Charlie Brown Christmas.

In this flick, Charlie Brown tries to win over his crush, the Little Red-Haired Girl, but gets his hand stuck in the mail slot. Your little ones are sure to belly laugh! 

Want to see them all? You can grab your own copy of the Peanut’s 4k holiday collection!

2. Royal New Year’s Eve (2017, PG)

This delightful New Years movie is an instant classic, thanks to its romantic overtures a’la Hallmark Christmas flick. But it’s family-friendly, too, with a rating of only PG. 

It’s the never-gets-old tale of a Cinderella type who falls for a handsome prince. 

3. Kung-fu Panda (2008, PG)

Is Kung Fu Panda a New Years movie, you may ask? The answer is, why not? 

After all, it’s full of second chances and new beginnings. And the one-liners cannot be beat! If it’s been a while since you’ve seen this one, dust off the DVD case and laugh again at the antics of Po, everyone’s favorite Panda. 

4. Cool Runnings (1993, PG)

Nothing says the spirit of New Years like something inspirational! This funny and heartwarming movie is all that and a bag of chips! 

Follow the Jamaican bobsled team as they do the impossible. Kids and adults of all ages will get a kick out of this one.

5. The Iron Giant (1999, PG)

Be true to yourself is the message behind The Iron Giant! That’s a message we can get behind any old time of year, but especially as the New Year approaches. 

A wonderful family film, but be aware that it is rated PG for fantasy action and mild language.

6. Wreck-It Ralph (2012, PG)

Hope and resilience are the themes of Wreck-It Ralph! This fun movie appeals to all thanks to its cast of eccentric characters and video game theme. 

Especially great for father/daughter dates!

7. Back To The Future (1985, PG)

A classic that the whole family can get a kick out of, Back to the Future stands the test of time! 

Get it? Time? Ha! 

Full of laughs, it also centers around positive messages and goals (we think that’s applicable for New Years). Rated PG for mild language. 

8. The Gold Rush (1925, TV-G)

Resilience and a strong message of hope: those are the recurring themes of The Gold Rush

Your kids might think they would never be invested or interested in a film this old, but they’ll be pleasantly surprised. 

9. A Wrinkle in Time (2018, PG)

Based on the beloved book, A Wrinkle in Time has more stars than you can shake a stick at! 

Be true to yourself is a theme and mantra that we all need in life: whether you’re 8 or 108. This movie is deep in all the right ways and will inspire your kids. 

10. Hidden Figures (2016, PG)

Talk about inspiration! Hidden Figures is just that, plus more. 

It follows a true story that will especially get your little girl’s imagination fired up, but boys will love it too. It has mild language so it is rated PG. 

11. High School Musical (2006, G)

Oh, Zac Efron! We just can’t quit you. 

This is the musical that, well, basically brought back musicals to the new generation! Chasing dreams is the theme, and your whole family will be dancing to the music in no time at all. 

12. The Rookie (2002, G)

Believe in yourself! That’s what you’ll take away after watching this film

That, and you can be anything you want when you grow up! I’m still not sure what I want to be…but that’s okay! 

13. Akeelah and the Bee (2006, PG)

A movie that once you tell the kids what it’s about (spelling), they’ll want to run for the hills. But once it starts — it’s gonna be their new favorite! 

There is mild profanity which makes it rated PG, but it’s a wonderful flick for the whole family or for a slumber party movie night. 

14. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005, PG)

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to get yourself a magical wardrobe and some talking otters! 

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe has so many inspirational themes and is a great winter movie for New Years. Are the little ones not ready for Lord of the Rings? Here’s a great alternative! 

15. Jumanji (1995, PG)

Never give up hope, even if you get sucked into a board game for years! 

Robin Williams is at his best with Jumanji, and the more recent sequels are a heck of a lot of fun, too. 

Why is it a good pick for New Years? Hope, resilience, and a little bit of Christmas are all included.

16. How to Train Your Dragon (2010, PG)

New beginnings are key here with this beloved animated film! And, come on, we could listen to Cate Blanchett read the phone book, right? 

This movie is so funny, adventurous, and unique, and is a great break from the Disney princess flicks. 

17. Sing (2016, PG)

Believe that anything is possible! This family feature is great for the little performers around your house. 

They’ll be learning every lyric and will want to play this movie on repeat, but you won’t mind because you’ll love it, too! 

18. Holes (2003, PG)

A fabulous option for a family movie night, Holes will appeal to your preteens especially. 

It centers around being true to yourself and the importance of friendship. Rated PG for mild profanity. 

19. Are We There Yet? (2005, PG)

Ice Cube is just so funny in this movie… 

Are We There Yet (besides being something we heard 500 times on our last road trip) will be your family’s go-to favorite flick after just the first viewing. New beginnings make the theme ever-so New Years worthy. 

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20. Christopher Robin (2018, PG)

There’s so much wisdom from our favorite bear! Christopher Robin is a gentle and sweet movie that will enthrall your family, from the littlest toddler to Grandpa. 

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Fun New Year’s Movies for Children

“Are there any New Year’s movies for little kids?” We’re so glad you asked! 

Why, of course, there are; and we’ve picked out our favorite animated and family-friendly films that are super suitable for young children. 

21. Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (1976, TV-G)

Not only will the little ones love Rudolph’s Shiny New Year, but you’ll be transported back to your own childhood! 

Totally different from the animated shows they’re used to, your kids will be glued to the screen. 

22. The Incredibles (2004, PG)

Believe in yourself, whether you’re just a kid or you’re a parent! That’s the theme behind The Incredibles, and we think that makes it an excellent choice for New Year’s. 

And, I mean, I’d show up just for Edna Mode…

So funny and clever, everyone will find something to love. 

23. Snoopy Presents Auld Lang Syne (2021, TV-G)

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You can watch this little treasure on Apple TV. 

We always love ourselves some Snoopy — that wise and silly doggo. He’s such a good boy! Totally appropriate for even the youngest in the family, this one might become a New Year’s tradition. 

24. Moana (2016, PG)

From the sweeping animation to the gorgeous and clever lyrics, Moana is a great New Year’s movie, thanks to its message of believing in yourself. 

The kids will learn all the songs in no time, so be sure to download the soundtrack for the car as well…

25. Inside Out (2015, PG)

A cast of fun and unique characters that represent emotions is the key to this fun family animated movie

Totally original and clever, your kids will be inspired to believe in themselves and in their siblings and friends, too. 

26. Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year (2002, G)

We love Pooh for his humor, gentle ways, and wisdom! Everyone will have a very merry Pooh year when they snuggle up on the couch to watch this wonderful New Year’s movie

Even the Eeyores in your life will laugh and enjoy it.

27. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009, PG)

Overcome self-doubt and learn great life lessons with a viewing of Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs

Based on the beloved picture book, this is one flick that will become your family’s favorite in no time. 

28. Treasure Planet (2002, PG)

With a little bit of steampunk and a whole lotta adventure, Treasure Planet is an oft-overlooked Disney gem! 

It focuses on adventure, found family, and fresh starts which is a great theme going into New Year’s with your kids. 

29. Balto (1995, G)

Who doesn’t love a good doggo movie? 

Everyone (of all ages) will love this adventure-packed Christmas movie that is perfect for rounding into New Year’s. 

Get your tails wagging for joy with this fun and inspirational flick. 

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30. Mulan (1998, G)

With the voice of the incomparable Eddie Murphy to keep everyone laughing themselves silly, your kids can learn the importance of friends, family, trust, and determination with Mulan

A Disney princess that is just a little bit different! Get ready for everything in your house to become a sword, however. 

New Year’s Eve Movies for Teens and Adults

The most excellent thing (channeling my inner Bill and Ted here) about New Year’s resolutions is the fresh starts they can bring! 

Everyone loves — and sometimes needs — a clean slate, right? It is like turning a page into a new chapter (or a whole new sequel) of your life. 

Beginning again, righting wrongs, growing… These movies center around those themes, making them great for New Year’s with your teens and fellow adult friends. 

Positive messages abound, and we’re here for them! 

31. The Dead (1987, PG)

Set on Epiphany (January 6th), this movie has a wintery and New Year’s feel to it. 

An uncommon tale of love starring the incomparable Angelica Huston. 

32. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018, PG)

Superheroes always make us feel good, don’t they? And Spidey is no exception! 

Follow him into the Spider-Verse and find yourself being inspired to believe in yourself. Plus, it just has great humor and one-liners! 

33. While You Were Sleeping (1995, PG)

One of my personal favorites, this movie about new beginnings stars Sandra Bullock as a worn-out young woman with no family, who saves the life of her crush she’s never met. 

Hilarity and romance ensue in this adorable tale that also stars Bill Pullman. 

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34. New Year’s Eve (2011, PG-13)

This New Year’s movie stars the youngsters Hilary Swank, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ashton Kutcher, and Jessica Biel, and is a sweet and hilarious romantic comedy. 

It is rated PG-13 for mild nudity (a bra flash), mild profanity, and a mention of porn. 

35. The Princess Diaries (2001, G)

Whitney Houston was a producer in this classic tale starring Anne Hathaway and, of course, the one and only Julie Andrews. 

A sweet and hilarious modern-day fairy tale the whole family can get behind! 

36. Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989, G)

Overcoming self-doubt is the motivation behind this sweet Studio Ghibli film that became an instant classic. 

An animated film that won’t bore the teens, but instead will inspire them to become all they can be. 

37. The Blindside (2009, PG-13)

This inspirational, based-loosely-on-a-true story is perfect for New Year’s or New Year’s Eve. 

A heartwarming tale of a strong family who takes in a talented high school football player under their wings. Starring Sandra Bullock, who won the Oscar for Best Actress in this role. 

38. Sleepless in Seattle (1993, PG)

Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks — the king and queen of rom-coms in any age! 

This classic is due for a rewatch and you’ll love how well it holds up. There is a little bit of language and a little talk about sex, but nothing that won’t make your teenagers blush. 

39. Ghostbusters II (1989, PG)

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There’s a New Year’s scene in this hilarious film so that’s good enough for us to include it! 

Dan Aykroyd leads a stellar cast in this funny flick. Rated PG for mild profanity and a bra scene. 

40. A League of Their Own (1992, PG)

Tom Hanks stars in this hysterical film about baseball and so much more. You’ll definitely believe in yourself after watching this movie with your teens. “There’s no crying in baseball!” 

Top Movies to Play at Your New Year’s Eve Party

Set the tone and the mood at your New Year’s Eve party with these absolutely perfect top-shelf movies to play in the background! 

The good thing about having to stay up until midnight is, you can watch several! 

41. Dan in Real Life (2007, PG-13)

Give hope, love, and second chances a shot with this wonderful movie

We quote this one a lot at my house, from “What’s your talent?” to “I am the murderer of love,” to “Ruthie…pigface…Draper!” 

Mild profanity and mild talk of sex. 

42. For All Mankind (1989, NR)

Be inspired by this film alongside your teens or friends! With an in-depth look at NASA and the moon landing, your dreams will soar big after viewing this together. 

Remember why and when you went through your “astronaut phase,” and cheerfully enter it again!

43. Forrest Gump (1994, PG-13)

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A cult classic, if you haven’t watched Forrest Gump recently, it’s definitely time to add it to your New Year’s rotation! Starring Tom Hanks and Buttercup …er, I mean, Robin Wright — this movie is always a hit at a party. 

Rated PG-13 for moderate profanity, moderate nudity/sex, and moderate violence. 

44. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989, PG)

Overcome adversity with your favorite cast of characters in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

The quotes will be freely shouted at the screen as everyone bonds over this classic, quirky tale of adventure, hope, and friendship. 

45. Legally Blonde (2001, PG-13)

Who believes in themselves a little more after watching the adventures of Elle Woods? We all do! This great movie has something for everybody and has a great message. 

46. School of Rock (2003, PG-13)

I never turn down a viewing of School of Rock! Jack Black leads the way in this merry romp of a film that has a great rockin’ soundtrack and a bunch of witty one-liners. 

47. October Sky (1999, PG)

Believe in yourself is the overarching message of this fun and inspirational movie. 

It contains mild language but not so much that you can’t introduce the kiddos to this awe-inspiring film

48. Remember the Titans (2000, PG)

Another favorite at my house (“You are really overcooking my grits!), Remember the Titans is based on a true story, and even non-football-lovers like me love it. 

Starring the one and only Denzel Washington and very young versions of Ryan Gosling and Hayden Panettiere. 

49. The Karate Kid (1984, PG)

Believing in yourself is a little easier when you have Mr. Miyagi to guide you! 

This great family film is a dreamy trip back to the ‘80s when life was a little bit simpler and we just needed to know how to defend ourselves from the bullies. 

50. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946, PG)

Sure, it takes place during Christmas, but the main message behind this beloved classic is new beginnings! It’s romantic, it’s funny, it’s clever, it’s full of joy and sadness and hope! That makes it a no-brainer for your New Year’s Eve party. 

What’s the greatest thing about the holiday season? We think it’s the importance of family traditions! Find your own movie traditions and be sure to share them with us and with others! Isn’t that the point, after all? 

Thanks for hanging in there with us as we recapped 50 of our absolute favorite flicks that are perfect for our new beginnings to come!

What do you think? Did we miss any of your favorite New Year’s Eve movies? Let us know in the comments! 

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