New Year's Eve is here, and many of us will be getting dressed up for a night on the town. The problem is, so many classic romantic comedies end with a big kiss right as the clock strikes twelve that it creates the expectation that the night has to be magical. And most of the time, New Year's Eve parties are anything but. With that in mind, here are five movies that feature terrible New Year's Eve parties. Watch any of these and the party you're at -- no matter how lame -- will feel downright enchanting by comparison.

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    For Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), it would have been bad enough to figure out that it was his own brother Fredo (John Cazale) who broke his heart by setting him up to be assassinated. But if that hadn't already sapped the fun out of New Year's Eve in Havana, the violent invasion of Castro's guerillas into the city surely would have.

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    Sure, it seems like a cruise to Greece would be a great way to ring in the New Year. Unless, of course, an earthquake triggers a massive tidal wave that flips the ship completely upside-down. Then, instead of singing "Auld Lang Syne" you'll be climbing through the bowels of the ocean liner in hopes of reaching the hull before the rising water does.
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    Boogie Nights (1997)

    When it comes to throwing a wild party, it would seem that adult film stars would be better at it than anyone. But when Rollergirl (Heather Graham) and the other friends of director Jack Horner had a big bash to mark the end of the 1970s, the night ended with a triple homicide. It should've been clear to everyone there that the '80s were not going to be their best decade.
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    STRANGE DAYS (1995)

    Remember how people were paranoid about the Y2K bug on New Year's Eve, 1999? Do you also remember how everyone was addicted to black-market virtual reality devices that let you replay the events of someone's life? And how Los Angeles was a smoking heap of riots, and a pair of dirty cops covered up the murder of a highly influential rapper? Yeah, we don't either

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    It's tough to get bad news at work during the holidays. On New Year's Eve in 1958, Norville Barnes (Tim Robbins) learned that he was fired as president of Hudsucker Industries, his gal Friday was a reporter out to prove he was a fraud, and scheming board member Sidney J. Mussburger (Paul Newman) was going to have him committed to an asylum. It was enough to make him step out on the ledge of skyscraper and accidentally fall off. But luckily the clock stopped just before midnight,and Norville landed on his feet.

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