Action The Best Action Movies Set in New York  

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List Rules The action movie must be primarily set in New York.

Action films based in New York take advantage of the Big Apple's energy. It's called "the city that never sleeps" for a reason. That quality makes it a natural setting for stories containing a lot of thrills and suspense. Action films showing New York frequently make use of its notable locations, from the most run-down sections to the wealthiest neighborhoods. Famous landmarks are often settings for intense sequences that keep audiences on the edges of their seats. So many diverse settings exist within this one city that it's no wonder a lot of productions film there.

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Spider-Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in New York
Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco
Spider-Man 2 is a 2004 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel Comics character. While struggling to manage both his personal life and his duties as Spider-Man, Peter ...more
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I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in New York
Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson
I Am Legend is a 2007 American post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Will Smith. It is the third feature film adaptation of Richard Matheson's ...more
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Death Wish is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in New York
Jeff Goldblum, Charles Bronson, Christopher Guest
This film is a 1974 American vigilante action film loosely based on the novel of the same name by Brian Garfield. The film was directed by Michael Winner and stars Charles Bronson as a man who ...more
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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in New York
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo
Marvel's The Avengers is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a ...more
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The French Connection is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in New York
Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey
The French Connection is a 1971 American dramatic thriller film directed by William Friedkin and produced by Philip D'Antoni. It stars Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, and Roy Scheider. The film was ...more
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The Siege is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in New York
Bruce Willis, Denzel Washington, Annette Bening
In 1996 Nestor Cerpa and his Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA) took over 400 people hostage at the Japanese Ambassador's Residence in Lima. Over the next four months a chilling, ...more
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Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in New York
Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg
Men in Black is a 1997 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, produced by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald and starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. ...more
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Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in New York
Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst
Spider-Man is a 2002 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel Comics character. When bitten by a genetically modified spider, Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), a nerdy, ...more
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in New York
Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Sally Field
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a 2014 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, directed by Marc Webb and released by Columbia Pictures. It It is the fifth ...more
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The Warriors is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in New York
Mercedes Ruehl, Robert Townsend, James Remar
The Warriors is a 1979 American cult thriller film directed by Walter Hill and based on Sol Yurick's 1965 novel of the same name. Like the novel, the film borrows elements from the Anabasis by ...more
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Shaft is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in New York
Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Lawrence Pressman
Shaft is a 1971 American blaxploitation film directed by Gordon Parks, released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. An action film with elements of film noir, Shaft tells the story of a private detective, ...more
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Escape from New York is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in New York
Jamie Lee Curtis, Kurt Russell, Ernest Borgnine
Escape from New York is a 1981 American science fiction action film co-written, co-scored, and directed by John Carpenter. The film is set in a then near-future 1997 in a distopian United States ...more
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The Amazing Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in New York
Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans
The Amazing Spider-Man is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Marc Webb, based on the Marvel Comics character. After Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is bitten by a genetically altered ...more
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X-Men is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in New York
Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin
X-Men is a 2000 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the first installment in the X-Men film series. The ...more
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The Taking of Pelham One Two T... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in New York
Jerry Stiller, Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three is a 1974 American thriller film directed by Joseph Sargent, produced by Edgar J. Scherick, and starring Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam and ...more
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Shaft is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in New York
Christian Bale, Elizabeth Banks, Samuel L. Jackson
Shaft is a 2000 American action-thriller film directed by John Singleton, and starring Samuel L. Jackson, Jeffrey Wright, Christian Bale, Toni Collette, Busta Rhymes, Vanessa L. Williams, and ...more
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The Taking of Pelham 123 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in New York
John Travolta, Denzel Washington, James Gandolfini
The Taking of Pelham 123 is a 2009 American thriller film directed by Tony Scott, and starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta. It is a film adaptation of the novel by Morton Freedgood, and ...more
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Die Hard with a Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in New York
Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irons
This film is a 1995 American action film and the third in the film series. It was produced and directed by John McTiernan, written by Jonathan Hensleigh, and stars Bruce Willis as New York City ...more
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Rumble in the Bronx is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in New York
Jackie Chan, Anita Mui, Françoise Yip
Rumble in the Bronx, is a 1995 Hong Kong martial arts action comedy film starring Jackie Chan and Anita Mui. Released in Hong Kong in 1995, Rumble in the Bronx had a successful theater run, and ...more
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Gangs of New York is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in New York
Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson
Gangs of New York is a 2002 American fictionalized historical drama film set in the mid-19th century in the Five Points district of Lower Manhattan in 1863. The film was directed by Martin ...more
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Léon: The Professional is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in New York
Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Jean Reno
Léon: The Professional is a 1994 English-language French action thriller film written and directed by Luc Besson. The film stars Jean Reno and Gary Oldman, and features the film debut of ...more
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Phone Booth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in New York
Katie Holmes, Colin Farrell, Jared Leto
Phone Booth is a 2002 American psychological thriller film about a man who is held hostage in a telephone booth by a sniper. It stars Colin Farrell, Forest Whitaker, Katie Holmes, Radha Mitchell ...more
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Crocodile Dundee is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in New York
Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, Reginald VelJohnson
Crocodile Dundee is a 1986 Australian comedy film set in the Australian Outback and in New York City. It stars Paul Hogan as the weathered Mick Dundee. Hogan's future wife Linda Kozlowski ...more
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End of Days is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in New York
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robin Tunney, Renee Olstead
End of Days is a 1999 American action fantasy horror thriller film directed by Peter Hyams starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gabriel Byrne, Robin Tunney, Kevin Pollak, Rod Steiger, CCH Pounder, ...more
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16 Blocks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in New York
Bruce Willis, Mos Def, David Morse
16 Blocks is a 2006 American crime thriller film directed by Richard Donner. It stars Bruce Willis, Mos Def, and David Morse. The film unfolds in the real time narration method.