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The Best New York Movies

Updated December 12, 2019 2.4k votes 164 voters 7.7k views101 items

List RulesMovies about or set in New York.

The Statue of Liberty, Times Square, crowded streets, Chinatown, multi-million dollar townhomes, Wall Street, the World Trade Center, the September 11th bombing, Queens, Central Park – these are the things that come to mind when we talk about New York. This third most populous U.S. state is so popular, it is the setting for many movies and films. There are many popular films about New York City, aka The Big Apple.

But which of those films about New York are the best? Since New York, and especially New York City is home to some of the most iconic structures of the United States it only makes sense that movies like King Kong, Shadows, and Do the Right Thing all feature this famous place. Whether you feel like an NYC comedy, an New York action flick, a classic film, or a tear-jerker drama, there's certainly something on this list for you!

This list has the best movies about New York including: Wall Street, Manhattan, Rosemary’s Baby, Dog Day Afternoon, Taxi Driver, Sweet Smell of Success, The French Connection, Ghostbusters, Saturday Night Fever, On the Town, and Escape from New York.

Vote up your favorite New York City film or add the one you love if it is not already on the list.

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    25th Hour

    Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman
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    New Jack City

    Chris Rock, Ice-T
    New Jack City is a 1991 American action crime film directed by Mario Van Peebles. In his rise...  more

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    Taxi Driver

    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster
    Taxi Driver is a 1976 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Martin...  more

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    Annie Hall

    Woody Allen, Diane Keaton
    Annie Hall is a 1977 American romantic comedy film directed by Woody Allen. Neurotic New York...  more

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    Christian Bale, Robert Duvall
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    Sweet Smell of Success

    Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis
    Sweet Smell of Success is a 1957 American film noir/drama film made by Hill-Hecht-Lancaster...  more
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    Mean Streets

    Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese
    Mean Streets is a 1973 film directed by Martin Scorsese and co-written by Scorsese and Mardik...  more

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    When Harry Met Sally...

    Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal
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    The Apartment

    Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon
    The Apartment is a 1960 American comedy-drama film produced and directed by Billy Wilder,...  more

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    Staying Alive

    John Travolta, Sylvester Stallone
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    The Pope of Greenwich Village

    Mickey Rourke, Daryl Hannah
    The Pope of Greenwich Village is a 1984 American black comedy film directed by Stuart...  more

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    King of New York

    Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi
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    King Kong

    Naomi Watts, Jack Black
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    Amy Adams, Meryl Streep
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    The King of Comedy

    Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis
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    On the Waterfront

    Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint
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    Ernest Borgnine, Jerry Orbach
    Marty is a 1955 American romantic drama film directed by Delbert Mann. The screenplay was...  more
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    Once Upon a Time in America

    Jennifer Connelly, Robert De Niro
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    Paris Is Burning

    Brooke Xtravaganza, André Christian
    Paris Is Burning is a 1990 American documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston. Filmed in...  more
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    Al Pacino, Ed O'Neill
    Cruising is a 1980 psychological thriller film written and directed by William Friedkin and...  more
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    After Hours

    Martin Scorsese, Teri Garr
    After Hours is a 1985 American black comedy film directed by Martin Scorsese, written by...  more

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    Life Itself

    Oscar Isaac, Olivia Cooke
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    Glengarry Glen Ross

    Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin
    Glengarry Glen Ross is a 1992 American drama, adapted by David Mamet from his 1984 Pulitzer...  more

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    Sarah Silverman, Rosario Dawson
    Rent is a 2005 American musical drama film directed by Chris Columbus. It is an adaptation of...  more

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