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Movies Set in Brooklyn

Updated June 14, 2019 40.9k views63 items

List of films set in Brooklyn, New York. This is a list of movies which take place in the borough of Brooklyn, not necessarily a collection of films actually made in the location. All of part of the following films take Brooklyn, NYC, as a major or significant setting.

Dozens of popular films have taken the vibrant Brooklyn neighborhood as a setting, many of them dealing with the borough's rich history. Sophie's Choice, for example, takes place in 1940s Brooklyn, where an Auschwitz survivor has resettled following WWII. Sergio Leone's epic Once Upon a Time in America looks at organized crime in Brooklyn in the '20s and '30s. Other movies have used the neighborhood as a microcosm to look at larger political and social issues in America, including a number of films from Brooklyn-raised filmmaker Spike Lee. (These include Mo' Better Blues, She's Gotta Have It, Clockers, and Do the Right Thing.)

Many of these were movies filmed in Brooklyn, or even have Brooklyn in the title, but all are great movies and have this hipster borough as an integral part of the plot.
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    9½ Weeks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Movies Set in Brooklyn

    9½ Weeks

    Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger

    Released1986

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

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    Annie Hall is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Movies Set in Brooklyn

    Annie Hall

    Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

    Released1977

    Directed byWoody Allen

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    Arranged is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Movies Set in Brooklyn

    Arranged

    John Rothman, Marcia Jean Kurtz

    Released2007

    Directed byStefan Schaefer, Diane Crespo

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    The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Movies Set in Brooklyn

    The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

    Lee Van Cleef, Cecil Kellaway

    Released1953

    Directed byEugène Lourié

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    The Bounty Hunter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Movies Set in Brooklyn

    The Bounty Hunter

    Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler

    Released2010

    Directed byAndy Tennant

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    Brooklyn Force is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Movies Set in Brooklyn

    Brooklyn Force

    Adam Bertocci, Kent Sanderson

    Released2008

    Directed byAdam Bertocci

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    Brooklyn Lobster is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Movies Set in Brooklyn

    Brooklyn Lobster

    Jane Curtin, Danny Aiello

    Released2005

    Directed byKevin Jordan

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    Brooklyn Matters is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Movies Set in Brooklyn

    Brooklyn Matters

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    Brooklyn Rules is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Movies Set in Brooklyn

    Brooklyn Rules

    Alec Baldwin, Mena Suvari

    Released2006

    Directed byMichael Corrente

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    Brooklyn's Finest is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Movies Set in Brooklyn

    Brooklyn's Finest

    Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke

    Released2009

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

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    Cadillac Man is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Movies Set in Brooklyn

    Cadillac Man

    Robin Williams, Tim Robbins

    Released1990

    Directed byRoger Donaldson

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    Clockers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Movies Set in Brooklyn

    Clockers

    Spike Lee, Harvey Keitel

    Released1995

    Directed bySpike Lee

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    Coney Island Baby is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Movies Set in Brooklyn

    Coney Island Baby

    Laura Fraser, Karl Geary

    Released2003

    Directed byAmy Hobby

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    Cowboy from Brooklyn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Movies Set in Brooklyn

    Cowboy from Brooklyn

    Ronald Reagan, Ann Sheridan

    Released1938

    Directed byLloyd Bacon

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    Crooklyn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Movies Set in Brooklyn

    Crooklyn

    RuPaul, Spike Lee

    Released1994

    Directed bySpike Lee

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    The Cult of Sincerity is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Movies Set in Brooklyn

    The Cult of Sincerity

    Kathryn Merry, Letty Serra

    Released2008

    Directed byBrendan Choisnet, Adam Browne

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    Dead Presidents is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Movies Set in Brooklyn

    Dead Presidents

    Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard

    Released1995

    Directed byAlbert Hughes, Allen Hughes

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    Deuces Wild is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Movies Set in Brooklyn

    Deuces Wild

    James Franco, Debbie Harry

    Released2002

    Directed byScott Kalvert

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    Do the Right Thing is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Movies Set in Brooklyn

    Do the Right Thing

    Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence

    Released1989

    Directed bySpike Lee

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    Dog Day Afternoon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Movies Set in Brooklyn

    Dog Day Afternoon

    Al Pacino, Carol Kane

    Released1975

    Directed bySidney Lumet

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    The French Connection is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Movies Set in Brooklyn

    The French Connection

    Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider

    Released1971

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

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    Godzilla is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Movies Set in Brooklyn

    Godzilla

    Matthew Broderick, Hank Azaria

    Released1998

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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    Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Movies Set in Brooklyn

    Goodfellas

    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1990

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    Half Nelson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Movies Set in Brooklyn

    Half Nelson

    Ryan Gosling, Denis O'Hare

    Released2006

    Directed byRyan Fleck

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    He Got Game is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Movies Set in Brooklyn

    He Got Game

    Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal

    Released1998

    Directed bySpike Lee

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