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The Best Action Movies Set in New York

Updated November 22, 2019 266 votes 22 voters36 items

List RulesThe 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.

What are the best action movies set in New York? You get to decide. Vote up the ones that give you the most bang for your buck. If a personal favorite is missing, add it to the list and let other users rank your addition. 

  • Spider-Man 21
    10
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    Spider-Man 2

    Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2004

    Directed bySam Raimi

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  • The Avengers2
    7
    2

    The Avengers

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans

    Released2012

    Directed byJoss Whedon

    Marvel's The Avengers is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on the...  more
  • I Am Legend3
    9
    5

    I Am Legend

    Will Smith, Emma Thompson

    Released2007

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

    I Am Legend is a 2007 American post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film directed by...  more
  • Death Wish4
    6
    5

    Death Wish

    Jeff Goldblum, Charles Bronson

    Released1974

    Directed byMichael Winner

    This film is a 1974 American vigilante action film loosely based on the novel of the same name...  more
  • Men in Black5
    5
    4

    Men in Black

    Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone

    Released1997

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

    Men in Black is a 1997 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Barry...  more
  • The Siege6
    5
    4

    The Siege

    Bruce Willis, Denzel Washington

    Released1998

    Directed byEdward Zwick

    In 1996 Nestor Cerpa and his Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA) took over 400 people...  more
  • Escape from New York7
    6
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    Escape from New York

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kurt Russell

    Released1981

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    Escape from New York is a 1981 American science fiction action film co-written, co-scored, and...  more
  • The French Connection8
    7
    10

    The French Connection

    Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider

    Released1971

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

    The French Connection is a 1971 American dramatic thriller film directed by William Friedkin...  more
  • The Taking of Pelham One Two Three9
    4
    5

    The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

    Jerry Stiller, Walter Matthau

    Released1974

    Directed byJoseph Sargent

    The Taking of Pelham One Two Three is a 1974 American thriller film directed by Joseph...  more
  • The Taking of Pelham 12310
    2
    4

    The Taking of Pelham 123

    John Travolta, Denzel Washington

    Released2009

    Directed byTony Scott

    The Taking of Pelham 123 is a 2009 American thriller film directed by Tony Scott, and starring...  more
  • Rumble in the Bronx11
    5
    8

    Rumble in the Bronx

    Jackie Chan, Anita Mui

    Released1995

    Directed byStanley Tong

    Rumble in the Bronx, is a 1995 Hong Kong martial arts action comedy film starring Jackie Chan...  more
  • Shaft12
    5
    8

    Shaft

    Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn

    Released1971

    Directed byGordon Parks

    Shaft is a 1971 American blaxploitation film directed by Gordon Parks, released by...  more
  • Die Hard with a Vengeance13
    6
    10

    Die Hard with a Vengeance

    Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1995

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

    This film is a 1995 American action film and the third in the film series. It was produced and...  more
  • The Warriors14
    6
    10

    The Warriors

    Mercedes Ruehl, Robert Townsend

    Released1979

    Directed byWalter Hill

    The Warriors is a 1979 American cult thriller film directed by Walter Hill and based on Sol...  more
  • Léon: The Professional15
    4
    10

    Léon: The Professional

    Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman

    Released1994

    Directed byLuc Besson

    Léon: The Professional is a 1994 English-language French action thriller film written and...  more
  • Phone Booth16
    4
    10

    Phone Booth

    Katie Holmes, Colin Farrell

    Released2002

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

    Phone Booth is a 2002 American psychological thriller film about a man who is held hostage in...  more
  • 16 Blocks17
    0
    6

    16 Blocks

    Bruce Willis, Mos Def

    Released2006

    Directed byRichard Donner

    16 Blocks is a 2006 American crime thriller film directed by Richard Donner. It stars Bruce...  more
  • Cloverfield18
    2
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    Cloverfield

    Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan

    Released2008

    Directed byMatt Reeves

    Cloverfield is a 2008 American science fiction found footage monster film directed by Matt...  more
  • Crocodile Dundee19
    0
    5

    Crocodile Dundee

    Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski

    Released1986

    Directed byPeter Faiman

    Crocodile Dundee is a 1986 Australian comedy film set in the Australian Outback and in New...  more
  • End of Days20
    0
    5

    End of Days

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robin Tunney

    Released1999

    Directed byPeter Hyams

    End of Days is a 1999 American action fantasy horror thriller film directed by Peter Hyams...  more
  • Gangs of New York21
    1
    5

    Gangs of New York

    Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Released2002

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Gangs of New York is a 2002 American fictionalized historical drama film set in the mid-19th...  more
  • King Kong22
    1
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    King Kong

    Naomi Watts, Jack Black

    Released2005

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    King Kong is a 2005 epic monster film and remake of the 1933 film of the same name. Directed,...  more
  • Serpico23
    1
    0

    Serpico

    Al Pacino, Judd Hirsch

    Released1973

    Directed bySidney Lumet

    Serpico is a 1973 American drama film directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Al Pacino. Waldo...  more
  • Shaft24
    2
    5

    Shaft

    Christian Bale, Elizabeth Banks

    Released2000

    Directed byJohn Singleton

    Shaft is a 2000 American action-thriller film directed by John Singleton, and starring Samuel...  more
  • Spider-Man25
    5
    0

    Spider-Man

    Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe

    Released2002

    Directed bySam Raimi

    Spider-Man is a 2002 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel Comics...  more