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The Best New York City Movies that you shouldn't miss

By FactsWow Team

Posted on: 30 Dec, 2022

25th Hour (2002)

During his final night of street-walking in New York City before handing himself in to begin a seven-year jail sentence, Monty Brogan (Edward Norton) is the subject of Spike Lee's drama 25th Hour from 2002. The aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks was one of the first films to be filmed, and 25th Hour shows the fragmented exterior of New York City and the country as a whole

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When Harry Met Sally (1989)

In When Harry Met Sally by Rob Reiner... tells the tale of Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) and Harry Burns (Billy Crystal), two young professionals who transform from college grads who don't want to interact to working professionals who are hopelessly in love with one another, even if they do not wish to acknowledge it.

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Do The Right Thing (1989)

One of the best movies on Amazon, Do the Right Thing, from 1989, shows how Spike Lee has always had his finger on the pulse of New York City. Lee is able to accurately depict the region he knows and loves by not avoiding the issues plaguing the city.

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Big (1988)

Big, a comedy from 1988 by Penny Marshall, does a remarkable job of capturing what it could be like to be a young person living alone in one of the world's busiest (and scariest) cities.Twelve-year-old Josh Baskin (David Moscow), who is dissatisfied with his stature, grants a wish that transforms him into a fully-grown adult (Tom Hanks), and the two decide to start over in New York City.

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Ghostbusters (1984)

It is difficult to think of another film from the 1980s that shouts out 'New York City' as much as Ivan Reitman's iconic Ghostbusters from 1984. Where else are you likely to see a ghost in the New York Public Library, a demon-dog tearing through Central Park, or a marshmallow man wandering the streets of New York?

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Trading Places (1983)

Trading Places, directed by John Landis, features one of the most sinister Wall Street-centered stories ever to be released in the 1980s (and that is saying a lot), but thanks to Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd's performances, it becomes not only one of the coolest New York movies but also one of the finest of all-time comedies.

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Tootsie (1982)

While most of Sydney Pollack's 1982 comedy Tootsie takes place in a TV studio, it does have several notable New York City scenes, such as the legendary scene in which Dustin Hoffman plays Dorothy and walks through the streets of the Big Apple; this scene has since been replicated in films like Elf.

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Manhattan (1979)

Manhattan is without a doubt an unreserved love letter to the city of New York. The movie's beginning, which features a montage of stunning vistas of the city accompanied with 'Rhapsody in Blue' and Woody Allen attempting to write a book, gives away the plot before any of the characters are introduced. Brilliant!

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Taxi Driver (1976)

Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver, one of the best films available on Netflix, puts you in the driver's seat with Robert De Niro's Travis Bickle, one of the most insane characters ever created. Bickle progressively starts to lose his sense of reality while being mostly confined to his cab and run-down flat.

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The Godfather (1972)

The Godfather's most important scenes all take place in and around New York City. Don Vito Corleone was the target of an attempted assassination, Paulie Gatto (Johny Martino) was killed with the Statue of Liberty in the background, Michael Corleone killed a rival mob boss and a corrupt police officer, and so on. It's difficult to envision the city without the movie and vice versa.

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West Side Story (1961)

In their 1961 adaption of the iconic Broadway musical West Side Story, Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise created a contemporary Romeo and Juliet tale that takes place in 1950s New York City's streets, alleys, and fire escapes where the Jets and Sharks are perpetually at each other's throats.

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Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

With its plot, cast of people, and obvious charm, George Seaton's 1947 holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street perfectly depicts the atmosphere of New York City during the busiest time of the year. Few Christmas movies make effective use of some of the major institutions in New York City; one could argue that it is merely an extended advertisement for Macy's.

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Speedy (1928)

In the 1928 silent picture Speedy, directed by Ted Wilde, Harold Lloyd plays Harold 'Speedy' Swift, a young man who is so dedicated to his love that he will stop at nothing to prevent the evil rival of her family's business from permanently putting them out of business.

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