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The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York

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List RulesThe 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.

Vote up the comedy films based in New York City that made you laugh the hardest. If you would like to add any titles, go right ahead, then check back to see how other users are ranking the funniest movies set in New York City. 

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    Ghostbusters

    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver
    37
    13

    Released1984

    Directed byIvan Reitman

    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 three...  more
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    Coming to America

    Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson
    33
    13

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn Landis

    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 Arsenio...  more
  • 3

    Big

    Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz
    28
    9

    Released1988

    Directed byPenny Marshall

    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 overnight. The film...  more
  • 4

    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

    Donald Trump, Macaulay Culkin
    30
    13

    Released1992

    Directed byChris Columbus

    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 and...  more
  • 5

    Elf

    Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell
    24
    10

    Released2003

    Directed byJon Favreau

    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 released in...  more
  • 6

    When Harry Met Sally...

    Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal
    24
    10

    Released1989

    Directed byRob Reiner

    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 title...  more
  • 7

    Annie Hall

    Woody Allen, Diane Keaton
    22
    12

    Released1977

    Directed byWoody Allen

    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)....  more
  • 8

    Ghostbusters II

    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver
    19
    10

    Released1989

    Directed byIvan Reitman

    Ghostbusters II is a 1989 American science fiction fantasy comedy film produced and directed by Ivan Reitman. It is the sequel to the 1984 film Ghostbusters and follows the further adventures of the...  more
  • 9

    Breakfast at Tiffany's

    Audrey Hepburn, Mickey Rooney
    19
    11

    Released1961

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    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 was...  more
  • 10

    Desperately Seeking Susan

    Madonna, Rosanna Arquette
    16
    7

    Released1985

    Directed bySusan Seidelman

    Desperately Seeking Susan is a 1985 American comedy-drama film directed by Susan Seidelman and starring Rosanna Arquette and Madonna....  more
  • 11

    Crocodile Dundee

    Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski
    17
    9

    Released1986

    Directed byPeter Faiman

    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 portrayed...  more
  • 12

    Night at the Museum

    Robin Williams, Ben Stiller
    20
    12

    Released2006

    Directed byShawn Levy

    Night at the Museum is a 2006 American fantasy adventure-comedy film based on the 1993 children's book of the same name by Milan Trenc. It follows a divorced father trying to settle down, impress his...  more
  • 13

    Tootsie

    Bill Murray, Dustin Hoffman
    17
    9

    Released1982

    Directed bySydney Pollack

    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 job....  more
  • 14

    The Devil Wears Prada

    Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum
    22
    16

    Released2006

    Directed byDavid Frankel

    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 goes to...  more
  • 15

    Brewster's Millions

    Richard Pryor, John Candy
    16
    9

    Released1985

    Directed byWalter Hill

    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, with a...  more
  • 16

    The Producers

    Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars
    13
    7

    Released1967

    Directed byMel Brooks

    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 accountant who...  more
  • 17

    Working Girl

    Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford
    17
    12

    Released1988

    Directed byMike Nichols

    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 and...  more
  • 18

    13 Going on 30

    Jennifer Garner, Ashley Benson
    7
    1

    Released2004

    Directed byGary Winick

    13 Going on 30 is a 2004 American romantic comedy fantasy film written by Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa, and directed by Gary Winick. Starring Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Judy Greer, Andy Serkis...  more
  • 19

    The Muppets Take Manhattan

    Joan Rivers, Brooke Shields
    12
    8

    Released1984

    Directed byFrank Oz

    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 special...  more
  • 20

    Quick Change

    Bill Murray, Geena Davis
    12
    8

    Released1990

    Directed byBill Murray, Howard Franklin

    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
  • 21

    Arthur

    Liza Minnelli, Dudley Moore
    12
    10

    Released1981

    Directed bySteve Gordon

    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 arranged...  more
  • 22

    West Side Story

    Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno
    5
    1

    Released1961

    Directed byJerome Robbins, Robert Wise

    West Side Story is a 1961 American romantic musical drama film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. The film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was...  more
  • 23

    After Hours

    Martin Scorsese, Teri Garr
    12
    10

    Released1985

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    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 Fiorentino,...  more
  • 24

    Date Night

    Mila Kunis, Olivia Munn
    12
    11

    Released2010

    Directed byShawn Levy

    Date Night is a 2010 comedy film directed by Shawn Levy and starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey. It was released in the United States on April 9, 2010. For a time it was marketed as Crazy Night in...  more
  • 25

    Hitch

    Will Smith, Eva Mendes
    5
    2

    Released2005

    Directed byAndy Tennant

    Hitch is a 2005 romantic comedy film directed by Andy Tennant and starring Will Smith. The film, which was written by Kevin Bisch, co-stars Eva Mendes, Kevin James, and Amber Valletta. Smith plays...  more
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List Rules: The comedy movie must be primarily set in New York.