This is a list of some of my favorite, and some of the most noteworthy films set in New York. For me, it’s not essential if the film was shot in New York, if it documents an area I’ve never been to, or what genre of film it is. What matters is if it feels like New York. Which, of course, could feel like just about anything. Just like the city itself, New York films are wildly varied, from Manhattan to the Hamptons, from the height of luxury to the depths of poverty. New York means a lot of different things to a lot of different people, and this selection of films reflects that.
I’d love to come back and expand this list, as well as add some screen grabs later. Please feel free to leave a comment or suggest other titles, but this list is a bit personal. This is my cinematic New York. What’s yours?
Need to See:
Across 110th St.
The Naked City
The Panic in Needle Park
New York, New York
Once Upon a Time in America
102 Minutes That Changed America