Entertainment

The Best Movies Set in New York City

New York City has played a starring role in many movies. The cityscape, familiar to viewers worldwide, is characterized by iconic architecture and a certain cosmopolitan yet gritty majesty. Imagining these films set anywhere else would be incomprehensible. From Fifth Avenue to Central Park to the brownstones of Brooklyn, the Big Apple should win an Oscar for being a supporting actor in the following films.

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  • Breakfast at Tiffany's
    1
    Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal
  • Saturday Night Fever
    2
    John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Barry Miller
  • The Devil Wears Prada
    3
    Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Adrian Grenier

    The Devil Wears Prada is a 2006 American comedy film directed by David Frankel and produced by Wendy Finerman. The screenplay, written by Aline Brosh McKenna, is based on Lauren Weisberger's 2003 novel of the same name.

  • Miracle on 34th Street
    4
    Jane Alexander, Sebastian Cabot, David Hartman
  • Elf
    5
    Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart
  • Rear Window
    6
    James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey
  • A Perfect Murder
    7
    Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen
  • You've Got Mail
    8
    Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Parker Posey
  • Working Girl
    9
    Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver
  • Wall Street
    10
    Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen
  • Moonstruck
    11
    Cher, Nicolas Cage, Vincent Gardenia
  • The Pope of Greenwich Village
    12
    Eric Roberts, Mickey Rourke, Daryl Hannah
  • Desperately Seeking Susan
    13
    Rosanna Arquette, Madonna, Aidan Quinn
  • When Harry Met Sally...
    14
    Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher
  • 13 Going on 30
    15
    Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Judy Greer
  • Single White Female
    16
    Bridget Fonda, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Steven Weber
  • Taxi Driver
    17
    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd
  • Paris Is Burning
    18
    André Christian, Freddie Pendavis, Willi Ninja
  • Night at the Museum
    19
    Ben Stiller, Carla Gugino, Dick Van Dyke
  • Black Swan
    20
    Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel
  • Sex and the City
    21
    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Chris Noth
  • Summer of Sam
    22
    John Leguizamo, Adrien Brody, Mira Sorvino
  • Serendipity
    23
    John Cusack, Kate Beckinsale, Molly Shannon
  • Midnight Cowboy
    24
    Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles
  • 9½ Weeks
    25
    Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger, Christine Baranski