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The Best New York Movies

Updated December 12, 2019 1.9k votes 158 voters 7.5k 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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  • 1
    The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New York Movies
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    The Godfather

    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando

    Released1972

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the... more on Wikipedia

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    Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New York Movies
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    Goodfellas

    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1990

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Goodfellas is a 1990 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is a film adaptation... more on Wikipedia

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    Greta is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New York Movies
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    Greta

    Isabelle Huppert, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2019

    Directed byNeil Jordan

    Greta is a 2018 American drama thriller film directed by Neil Jordan. A young woman (Chloe... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    The Warriors is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New York Movies
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    The Warriors

    Mercedes Ruehl, Robert Townsend

    Released1979

    Directed byWalter Hill

    The Warriors is a 1979 American cult thriller film directed by Walter Hill and based on Sol... more on Wikipedia
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    The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New York Movies
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    The Godfather Part II

    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro

    Released1974

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    The Godfather Part II is a 1974 American epic crime film produced and directed by Francis Ford... more on Wikipedia
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    Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New York Movies
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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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    Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New York Movies
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    Taxi Driver

    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster

    Released1976

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Taxi Driver is a 1976 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Martin... more on Wikipedia

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    Saturday Night Fever is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New York Movies
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    Saturday Night Fever

    John Travolta, Fran Drescher

    Released1977

    Directed byJohn Badham

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    The French Connection is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New York Movies
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    The French Connection

    Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider

    Released1971

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

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    Dog Day Afternoon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New York Movies
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    Dog Day Afternoon

    Al Pacino, Carol Kane

    Released1975

    Directed bySidney Lumet

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    West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New York Movies
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    West Side Story

    Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno

    Released1961

    Directed byJerome Robbins, Robert Wise

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    Gangs of New York is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New York Movies
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    Gangs of New York

    Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Released2002

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Gangs of New York is a 2002 American fictionalized historical drama film set in the mid-19th... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Mean Streets is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New York Movies
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    Mean Streets

    Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese

    Released1973

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    Do the Right Thing is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New York Movies
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    Do the Right Thing

    Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence

    Released1989

    Directed bySpike Lee

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    Escape from New York is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New York Movies
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    Escape from New York

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kurt Russell

    Released1981

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    Escape from New York is a 1981 American science fiction action film co-written, co-scored, and... more on Wikipedia

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    Once Upon a Time in America is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New York Movies
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    Once Upon a Time in America

    Jennifer Connelly, Robert De Niro

    Released1984

    Directed bySergio Leone

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    The Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New York Movies
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    The Odd Couple

    Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau

    Released1968

    Directed byGene Saks

    The Odd Couple is a 1968 American black comedy film written by Neil Simon, based on his play... more on Wikipedia
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    The Taking of Pelham One Two T is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New York Movies
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    The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

    Jerry Stiller, Walter Matthau

    Released1974

    Directed byJoseph Sargent

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    On the Waterfront is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New York Movies
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    On the Waterfront

    Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint

    Released1954

    Directed byElia Kazan

    On the Waterfront is a 1954 American drama film about union violence and corruption amongst... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Manhattan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New York Movies
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    Manhattan

    Meryl Streep, Woody Allen

    Released1979

    Directed byWoody Allen

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    If Beale Street Could Talk is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New York Movies
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    If Beale Street Could Talk

    Kiki Layne, Stephan James

    Released2018

    Directed byBarry Jenkins

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  • 22
    Breakfast at Tiffany's is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New York Movies
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    Breakfast at Tiffany's

    Audrey Hepburn, Mickey Rooney

    Released1961

    Directed byBlake Edwards

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    The Wolf of Wall Street is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New York Movies
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    The Wolf of Wall Street

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2013

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    After Hours is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New York Movies
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    After Hours

    Martin Scorsese, Teri Garr

    Released1985

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    Hannah and Her Sisters is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New York Movies
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    Hannah and Her Sisters

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Woody Allen

    Released1986

    Directed byWoody Allen

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