Romance

The Best Romantic Movies Set in New York  

Ranker Film
167 votes 12 voters 31 items

List Rules The Romantic movie must be primarily set in New York.

There are many great romantic movies based in New York. Odds are, there's at least one that's on your list of personal favorite films. Quite a few of them are certified classics of the genre because of how deeply they've touched the millions of viewers who have seen them. Showing some of the city's most beloved sights, like Central Park or the top of the Empire State Building, is often a part of these romantic gems. Such areas make great backdrops for stories of people falling in love or overcoming obstacles to be together.

Vote up the best romantic movies based in New York below. If you notice any really amazing films set in the Big Apple are missing, add them to the list, then check back to see how other users are responding. 

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Enchanted is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in New York
Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon, Julie Andrews
Enchanted is a 2007 American musical live-action/animated fantasy romantic comedy film, produced by Walt Disney Pictures with New York Academy Barry Sonnenfeld and Josephson Entertainment. ...more
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West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in New York
Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin
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 ...more
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Splash is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in New York
Tom Hanks, John Candy, Daryl Hannah
Splash is a 1984 American fantasy romantic comedy film directed by Ron Howard, written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, and starring Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, John Candy, Eugene Levy, and Dody ...more
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Hitch is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in New York
Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Paula Patton
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 ...more
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How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in New York
Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Bebe Neuwirth
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is a 2003 romantic comedy film, directed by Donald Petrie, starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey. It is based on a short cartoon book of the same name by ...more
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When Harry Met Sally... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in New York
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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Annie Hall is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in New York
Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Sigourney Weaver
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).
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Adam's Rib is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in New York
Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Judy Holliday
Adam's Rib is a 1949 American romantic comedy film directed by George Cukor. Domestic and professional tensions mount when a husband (Spencer Tracy) and wife (Katharine Hepburn) work as opposing ...more
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Coming to America is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in New York
Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones
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 ...more
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Ghost is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in New York
Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Swayze
Ghost is a 1990 American romantic fantasy/crime thriller film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn, and Whoopi Goldberg. It was written by Bruce Joel Rubin and directed by Jerry ...more
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Serendipity is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in New York
Kate Beckinsale, John Cusack, Bridget Moynahan
Serendipity is a 2001 American romantic comedy film, starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale. It was written by Marc Klein and directed by Peter Chelsom. The music score is composed by Alan ...more
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Moonstruck is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in New York
Nicolas Cage, Cher, Danny Aiello
Moonstruck is a 1987 American romantic comedy film directed by Norman Jewison and written by John Patrick Shanley. It stars Cher, Nicolas Cage, Danny Aiello, Vincent Gardenia, and Olympia ...more
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Nick & Norah's Infinite Playli... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in New York
Kat Dennings, Michael Cera, Mimi Imfurst
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist is a 2008 romantic comedy-drama film directed by Peter Sollett and starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings. Written by Lorene Scafaria and based on the novel ...more
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You've Got Mail is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in New York
Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Sara Ramirez
You've Got Mail is a 1998 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Nora Ephron, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. It was written by Nora and Delia Ephron based on the 1937 play Parfumerie ...more
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An Affair to Remember is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in New York
Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Richard Denning
An Affair to Remember is a 1957 film starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, and directed by Leo McCarey. It was distributed by 20th Century Fox. The film is considered one of the most romantic ...more
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Maid in Manhattan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in New York
Jennifer Lopez, Ralph Fiennes, Bob Hoskins
Maid in Manhattan is a 2002 romantic comedy film directed by Wayne Wang about a hotel maid and a high profile politician who fall in love starring Jennifer Lopez, Ralph Fiennes, and Natasha ...more
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Breakfast at Tiffany's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in New York
Audrey Hepburn, Mickey Rooney, Mel Blanc
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 ...more
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It Could Happen to You is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in New York
Nicolas Cage, Emily Deschanel, Bridget Fonda
It Could Happen to You is a 1994 American romantic comedy-drama film starring Nicolas Cage and Bridget Fonda. It is the story of New York City police officer who wins the lottery and splits his ...more
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Kate & Leopold is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in New York
Hugh Jackman, Meg Ryan, Liev Schreiber
Kate & Leopold is a 2001 romantic-comedy fantasy that tells a story of a duke who travels through time from New York in 1876 to the present and falls in love with a woman in modern New York. ...more
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13 Going on 30 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in New York
Jennifer Garner, Ashley Benson, Mark Ruffalo
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 ...more
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The Apartment is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in New York
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
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Someone Great is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in New York
Gina Rodriguez, Brittany Snow, DeWanda Wise
Someone Great is a 2019 American romantic comedy film directed by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson. An aspiring New York music journalist, Jenny (Gina Rodriguez), has just landed her dream job at an ...more
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No Reservations is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in New York
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Zoë Kravitz, Abigail Breslin
No Reservations is a 2007 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Scott Hicks. Starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart and Abigail Breslin, the screenplay by Carol Fuchs is an ...more
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Two Weeks Notice is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in New York
Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant, Norah Jones
Two Weeks Notice is a 2002 romantic comedy film directed by Marc Lawrence. A lawyer (Sandra Bullock) decides that she's used too much like a nanny by her boss (Hugh Grant), so she walks out on
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New York, I Love You is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in New York
Natalie Portman, Blake Lively, Christina Ricci
New York, I Love You is a 2008 American romantic comedy-drama anthology consisting of eleven short films, each by a different director. The short films all relate in some way to the subject of ...more