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The Best Action Movies Set in New York  

Ranker Film
121 votes 12 voters 35 items

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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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 2 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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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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I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 4 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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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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Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 6 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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The Siege is listed (or ranked) 7 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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The Warriors is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Escape from New York is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Shaft is listed (or ranked) 10 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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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Rumble in the Bronx is listed (or ranked) 13 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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The Taking of Pelham One Two T... is listed (or ranked) 14 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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The Amazing Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 15 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) 16 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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Killerman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in New York
Liam Hemsworth, Emory Cohen, Diane Guerrero
Killerman is a 2019 action drama film directed by Malik Bader. A New York City money launderer wakes up with millions of dollars in cash and contraband with no memory as to how it got there, he ...more
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The Fanatic is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in New York
John Travolta, Devon Sawa, Ana Golja
The Fanatic is a 2019 American thriller film directed by Fred Durst. A rabid film fan (John Travolta) stalks his favorite action hero and destroys the star's life.
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Die Hard with a Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in New York
Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas
Cloverfield is a 2008 American science fiction found footage monster film directed by Matt Reeves, produced by J. J. Abrams & Bryan Burk, and written by Drew Goddard. Before settling on an ...more
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The Hard Way is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in New York
Christina Ricci, LL Cool J, Michael J. Fox
The Hard Way is a 1991 action-comedy film directed by John Badham, and starring Michael J. Fox and James Woods. Stephen Lang, Annabella Sciorra, Luis Guzmán, LL Cool J, Delroy Lindo, ...more
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Serpico is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in New York
Al Pacino, Judd Hirsch, Abraham Murphy
Serpico is a 1973 American drama film directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Al Pacino. Waldo Salt and Norman Wexler wrote the screenplay, adapting Peter Maas's biography of NYPD officer Frank ...more
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King Kong is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in New York
Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody
King Kong is a 2005 epic monster film and remake of the 1933 film of the same name. Directed, co-written, and produced by Peter Jackson, it stars Naomi Watts as Ann Darrow, Jack Black as Carl ...more
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Max Payne is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in New York
Mila Kunis, Mark Wahlberg, Olga Kurylenko
Max Payne is a 2008 American neo-noir action film loosely based on the video game series of the same name developed by Remedy Entertainment and published by Rockstar Games. It was written by ...more
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Spider-Man: Homecoming is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in New York
Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya
Spider-Man: Homecoming is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Jon Watts, based on the Marvel Comics character. Peter Parker (Tom Holland) balances his life as an ordinary high school ...more