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The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York  

Ranker Film
205 votes 21 voters 32 items

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

Many of the best comedy movies set in New York are all-time classics. The city's energy makes it a natural setting for funny movies. They take all forms, too, from supernatural comedies like the Ghostbusters, to romantic comedies like Big, to social satires like Coming to America (which is also a rom-com). In a city with more than eight million people, there is a multitude of possibilities for humor. And since the Big Apple is home to everything from Broadway to Wall Street, there is a wealth of material to be explored. Comedy movies showing NYC and Manhattan at its most colorful have been earning laughs for decades.

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Coming to America is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones
Coming to America is a 1988 American comedy film directed by John Landis, and based on a story originally created by Eddie Murphy, who also starred in the lead role. The film also co-stars ...more
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Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd
Ghostbusters is a 1984 American sci-fi-fantasy comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. The film stars Bill Murray, Aykroyd, and Ramis as ...more
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When Harry Met Sally... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, Carrie Fisher
When Harry Met Sally… is a 1989 American romantic comedy film written by Nora Ephron and directed by Rob Reiner. It stars Billy Crystal as Harry and Meg Ryan as Sally. The story follows the ...more
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The Devil Wears Prada is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum, Meryl Streep
The Devil Wears Prada is a 2006 comedy-drama film based on Lauren Weisberger's 2003 novel of the same name. This screen adaptation stars Anne Hathaway as Andrea Sachs, a college graduate who ...more
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Big is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins
Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as Josh Baskin, a young boy who makes a wish "to be big" and is then aged to adulthood ...more
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Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
Donald Trump, Macaulay Culkin, Tim Curry
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is a 1992 American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. It is the second film in the Home Alone series ...more
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Tootsie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
Bill Murray, Dustin Hoffman, Geena Davis
Tootsie is a 1982 American comedy-drama film that tells the story of a talented but volatile actor whose reputation for being difficult forces him to adopt a new identity as a woman to land a ...more
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Elf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell, Peter Dinklage
Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and written by David Berenbaum. It stars Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner, and Zooey Deschanel. It was ...more
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The Muppets Take Manhattan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
Joan Rivers, Brooke Shields, Liza Minnelli
The Muppets Take Manhattan is a 1984 American musical comedy film directed by Frank Oz. It is the third of a series of live-action musical feature films starring Jim Henson's Muppets with ...more
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Working Girl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey
Working Girl is a 1988 romantic comedy-drama film written by Kevin Wade and directed by Mike Nichols. It tells the story of a Staten Island-raised secretary, Tess McGill, working in the mergers ...more
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The Producers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars, Zero Mostel
The Producers is a 1968 American satirical dark comedy film written and directed by Mel Brooks. The film is set in the late 1960s and it tells the story of a theatrical producer and an ...more
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Quick Change is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
Bill Murray, Geena Davis, Phil Hartman
Quick Change is a 1990 comedy film written by Howard Franklin, produced by and starring Bill Murray, and directed by both. Geena Davis, Randy Quaid, and Jason Robards co-star. Other cast members ...more
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Arthur is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
Liza Minnelli, Dudley Moore, John Gielgud
Arthur is a 1981 comedy film written and directed by Steve Gordon. The film stars Dudley Moore as the eponymous Arthur Bach, a drunken New York City millionaire who is on the brink of an ...more
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Adam is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
Nicholas Alexander, Bobbi Salvör Menuez, Margaret Qualley
Adam is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Rhys Ernst, based on the novel of the same name by Ariel Schrag. Awkward teen, Adam (Nicholas Alexander) spends his last high school summer with ...more
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Brittany Runs a Marathon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins, Utkarsh Ambudkar
Brittany Runs a Marathon is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Paul Downs Colaizzo. A 27-year-old New York woman, Brittany Forgler (Jillian Bell) takes up running as a way to find direction ...more
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Annie Hall is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Sigourney Weaver
Annie Hall is a 1977 American romantic comedy film directed by Woody Allen. Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer (Allen) falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall (Diane Keaton).
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Brewster's Millions is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
Richard Pryor, John Candy, Rick Moranis
Brewster's Millions is a 1985 comedy film starring Richard Pryor and John Candy based on the 1902 novel of the same name by George Barr McCutcheon. It is the seventh film based on the story, ...more
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Rumble in the Bronx is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
Basil Latif added 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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Otherhood is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
Patricia Arquette, Angela Bassett, Felicity Huffman
Otherhood is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Cindy Chupack, based on the novel Whatever Makes You Happy by William Sutcliffe. Three Suburban moms (Felicity Huffman, Patricia Arquette, ...more
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Ode to Joy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
Morena Baccarin, Melissa Rauch, Martin Freeman
Ode to Joy is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Jason Winer. Charlie (Martin Freeman) suffers from cataplexy that causes sudden bouts of paralysis whenever he experiences strong emotions ...more
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Tone-Deaf is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
Amanda Crew, Robert Patrick, Hayley Marie Norman
Tone-Deaf is a 2019 American comedy horror film directed by Richard Bates Jr. After losing her job and reaching the end of a complicated relationship, a woman rents a country house from a ...more
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Crocodile Dundee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Comedy 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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After Hours is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
Martin Scorsese, Teri Garr, Catherine O'Hara
After Hours is a 1985 American black comedy film directed by Martin Scorsese, written by Joseph Minion, and starring an ensemble cast, including Rosanna Arquette, Griffin Dunne, Linda ...more
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Breakfast at Tiffany's is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
Audrey Hepburn, Mickey Rooney, Mel Blanc
Breakfast at Tiffany's is a 1961 American romantic comedy film starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard, and featuring Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam, and Mickey Rooney. The film ...more
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Desperately Seeking Susan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
Madonna, Rosanna Arquette, John Turturro
Desperately Seeking Susan is a 1985 American comedy-drama film directed by Susan Seidelman and starring Rosanna Arquette and Madonna.