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The Best New York Movies  

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List Rules Movies 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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The Wolf of Wall Street is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New York Movies
MattGreene1 added Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie
The Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 American biographical black comedy film directed by Martin Scorsese. The screenplay by Terence Winter is adapted from the eponymous memoir by Jordan Belfort and ...more
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MattGreene1 added Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper, Bruce Cabot
King Kong is a 1933 American fantasy monster/adventure film directed and produced by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack. The screenplay by James Ashmore Creelman and Ruth Rose was from an ...more
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DeborahTragasz added Christian Bale, Robert Duvall, Ann-Margret
Newsies is a 1992 American musical drama film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and directed by choreographer Kenny Ortega in his film directing debut. It is loosely based on the New York City ...more
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MattGreene1 added Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon, Fred MacMurray
The Apartment is a 1960 American comedy-drama film produced and directed by Billy Wilder, which stars Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray. It was Wilder's next movie after Some ...more
When Harry Met Sally... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New York Movies
MattGreene1 added 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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MattGreene1 added Ernest Borgnine, Jerry Orbach, James Bell
Marty is a 1955 American romantic drama film directed by Delbert Mann. The screenplay was written by Paddy Chayefsky, expanding upon his 1953 teleplay of the same name. The film stars Ernest ...more
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Depraved David Call, Joshua Leonard
Depraved is a 2019 American horror film written and directed by Larry Fessenden. A veteran Army medic suffering from PTSD, Henry (David Call) uses body parts to construct a man, Adam (Alex ...more
Hustlers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New York Movies
Hustlers Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B
Hustlers is a 2019 American comedy-drama film directed by Lorene Scafaria, based on New York magazine's 2015 article "The Hustlers at Scores" by Jessica Pressler. A crew of savvy ...more
After The Wedding is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New York Movies
After The Wedding Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore, Billy Crudup
After the Wedding is a 2019 drama film directed by Bart Freundlich, and a remake of the 2006 film by Susanne Bier. Isabel (Michelle Williams), a co-founder of an orphanage in Kolkata travels to ...more
The Goldfinch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New York Movies
Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman, Aneurin Barnard
The Goldfinch is a 2019 American drama film directed by John Crowley, based on the novel by Donna Tartt. After surviving a terrorist bombing that killed his mother, Theodore Decker (Ansel ...more
The Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New York Movies
Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss
The Kitchen is a 2019 American crime drama film directed by Andrea Berloff, based on the comic book miniseries by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle. After the FBI arrests their Irish mobster ...more
Otherhood is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New York Movies
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
The Mountain is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New York Movies
Tye Sheridan, Denis Lavant, Hannah Gross
The Mountain is a 2018 American drama film directed by Rick Alverson. in the 1950s, a young photographer (Tye Sheridan) joins a renowned lobotomist (Jeff Goldblum) on a tour to promote the ...more
Adam is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New York Movies
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
Brittany Runs a Marathon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New York Movies
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
Killerman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New York Movies
Liam Hemsworth, Emory Cohen, Diane Guerrero
Killerman is a 2019 action drama film directed by Malik Bader. A New York City money launderer wakes up with millions of dollars in cash and contraband with no memory as to how it got there, he ...more
The Sound of Silence is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New York Movies
Peter Sarsgaard, Rashida Jones, Tony Revolori
The Sound of Silence is a 2019 American drama film directed by Michael Tyburski. Peter Lucian (Peter Sarsgaard) is a "house tuner" working in New York City helping his clients tune ...more
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MattGreene1 added Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, Martin Scorsese
The King of Comedy is an American black comedy film starring Robert De Niro and Jerry Lewis. Directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul D. Zimmerman, the film focuses on themes including ...more
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MattGreene1 added Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, Powers Boothe
The Goodbye Girl is a 1977 American romantic comedy-drama film. Directed by Herbert Ross, the film stars Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, Quinn Cummings, and Paul Benedict. The original ...more
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DeborahTragasz added Sarah Silverman, Rosario Dawson, Idina Menzel
Rent is a 2005 American musical drama film directed by Chris Columbus. It is an adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name, in turn based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La bohème. ...more
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MattGreene1 added Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Doubt is a 2008 American drama film adaptation of John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize winning fictive stage play Doubt: A Parable. Written and directed by Shanley and produced by Scott Rudin, ...more
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clash1977 added Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall
The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel by Mario Puzo. The aging patriarch (Marlon Brando) of an organized crime dynasty transfers ...more
Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New York Movies
Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese
Taxi Driver is a 1976 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul Schrader. Set in New York City soon after the end of the Vietnam War, the film ...more
Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New York Movies
Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci
Goodfellas is a 1990 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is a film adaptation of the 1986 non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scorsese. ...more
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DeborahTragasz added Katie Holmes, Patricia Clarkson, Alison Pill
Pieces of April is a 2003 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Peter Hedges. The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. The name is taken from a 1972 hit song by Three Dog ...more