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The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York

Updated October 20, 2020 553 votes 52 voters 2.9k views33 items

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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
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    Ghostbusters

    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1984

    Directed byIvan Reitman

    Ghostbusters is a 1984 American sci-fi-fantasy comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan... more on Wikipedia
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    Coming to America is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
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    Coming to America

    Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn Landis

    Coming to America is a 1988 American comedy film directed by John Landis, and based on a story... more on Wikipedia
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    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
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    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

    Donald Trump, Macaulay Culkin

    Released1992

    Directed byChris Columbus

    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is a 1992 American Christmas family comedy film written and... more on Wikipedia
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    Elf is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
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    Elf

    Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell

    Released2003

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

    Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and written by David... more on Wikipedia
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    Big is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
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    Big

    Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz

    Released1988

    Directed byPenny Marshall

    Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as... more on Wikipedia
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    Working Girl is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
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    Working Girl

    Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford

    Released1988

    Directed byMike Nichols

    Working Girl is a 1988 romantic comedy-drama film written by Kevin Wade and directed by Mike... more on Wikipedia
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    When Harry Met Sally... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
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    When Harry Met Sally...

    Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal

    Released1989

    Directed byRob Reiner

    When Harry Met Sally… is a 1989 American romantic comedy film written by Nora Ephron and... more on Wikipedia
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    The Devil Wears Prada is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
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    The Devil Wears Prada

    Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum

    Released2006

    Directed byDavid Frankel

    The Devil Wears Prada is a 2006 comedy-drama film based on Lauren Weisberger's 2003 novel of... more on Wikipedia
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    Quick Change is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
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    Quick Change

    Bill Murray, Geena Davis

    Released1990

    Directed byBill Murray, Howard Franklin

    Quick Change is a 1990 comedy film written by Howard Franklin, produced by and starring Bill... more on Wikipedia
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    Crocodile Dundee is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
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    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 on Wikipedia
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    Breakfast at Tiffany's is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
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    Breakfast at Tiffany's

    Audrey Hepburn, Mickey Rooney

    Released1961

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    Breakfast at Tiffany's is a 1961 American romantic comedy film starring Audrey Hepburn and... more on Wikipedia
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    Tootsie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
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    Tootsie

    Bill Murray, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1982

    Directed bySydney Pollack

    Tootsie is a 1982 American comedy-drama film that tells the story of a talented but volatile... more on Wikipedia
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    Annie Hall is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
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    Annie Hall

    Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

    Released1977

    Directed byWoody Allen

    Annie Hall is a 1977 American romantic comedy film directed by Woody Allen. Neurotic New York... more on Wikipedia
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    Brewster's Millions is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
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    Brewster's Millions

    Richard Pryor, John Candy

    Released1985

    Directed byWalter Hill

    Brewster's Millions is a 1985 comedy film starring Richard Pryor and John Candy based on the... more on Wikipedia
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    Desperately Seeking Susan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
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    Desperately Seeking Susan

    Madonna, Rosanna Arquette

    Released1985

    Directed bySusan Seidelman

    Desperately Seeking Susan is a 1985 American comedy-drama film directed by Susan Seidelman and... more on Wikipedia
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    After Hours is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
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    After Hours

    Martin Scorsese, Teri Garr

    Released1985

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    After Hours is a 1985 American black comedy film directed by Martin Scorsese, written by... more on Wikipedia
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    Big Daddy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
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    Big Daddy

    Adam Sandler, Jon Stewart

    Released1999

    Directed byDennis Dugan

    Big Daddy is a 1999 American comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan and starring Adam Sandler.... more on Wikipedia
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    Night at the Museum is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
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    Night at the Museum

    Robin Williams, Ben Stiller

    Released2006

    Directed byShawn Levy

    Night at the Museum is a 2006 American fantasy adventure-comedy film based on the 1993... more on Wikipedia
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    Adam is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
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    Adam

    Nicholas Alexander, Bobbi Salvör Menuez

    Released2019

    Directed byRhys Ernst

    Adam is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Rhys Ernst, based on the novel of the same... more on Wikipedia
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    The Muppets Take Manhattan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
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    The Muppets Take Manhattan

    Joan Rivers, Brooke Shields

    Released1984

    Directed byFrank Oz

    The Muppets Take Manhattan is a 1984 American musical comedy film directed by Frank Oz. It is... more on Wikipedia
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    Ghostbusters II is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
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    Ghostbusters II

    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1989

    Directed byIvan Reitman

    Ghostbusters II is a 1989 American science fiction fantasy comedy film produced and directed... more on Wikipedia
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    Tone-Deaf is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
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    Tone-Deaf

    Amanda Crew, Robert Patrick

    Released2019

    Directed byRichard Bates Jr.

    Tone-Deaf is a 2019 American comedy horror film directed by Richard Bates Jr. After losing her... more on Wikipedia
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    The Producers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
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    The Producers

    Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars

    Released1967

    Directed byMel Brooks

    The Producers is a 1968 American satirical dark comedy film written and directed by Mel... more on Wikipedia
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    Arthur is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
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    Arthur

    Liza Minnelli, Dudley Moore

    Released1981

    Directed bySteve Gordon

    Arthur is a 1981 comedy film written and directed by Steve Gordon. The film stars Dudley Moore... more on Wikipedia
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    Rumble in the Bronx is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Set in New York
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    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 on Wikipedia
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