NYC Movies

NYC is a cinematic city – it has inspired many classic movies.  Films created by New York artists offer an authentic view of the landscape, culture and character of the city.

The following films are set in NYC, and were filmed (at least in part) in actual city locations.  NYC plays a central role in each of these films.

(Click on the link for information about the film)

Films of Woody Allen – particularly Annie Hall, Broadway Danny Rose, Hannah and Her Sisters, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Bullets Over Broadway, and, of course, Manhattan.

Taxi Driver

Do the Right Thing

On the Waterfront (okay, filmed in Hoboken, but set on the docks of NYC)

Midnight Cowboy

The Apartment


The Naked City

The Out-of-Towners (1970)

West Side Story

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

Kramer vs. Kramer

West Side Story

West Side Story

Sweet Smell of Success

On the Town

Saturday Night Fever


Breakfast at Tiffany’s


The French Connection


Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Dog Day Afternoon


Working Girl

Rosemary’s Baby

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany's

After Hours

All that Jazz

Six Degrees of Separation

Crossing Delancey

Fame (1980)

Sex and the City



Green Card

A Bronx Tale

The Warriors

Cradle Will Rock

You’ve Got Mail

Center Stage


Films set (at least partially) in NYC

The Godfather Trilogy

King Kong (1933 & 2005) (2005 remake meticulously recreates 1930s Manhattan)

King Kong Empire State Building
King Kong (1933)

42nd Street (or Footlight Parade…basically the same movie)

When Harry Met Sally (come on, who can forget that scene in Katz Delicatessen?)

The Jazz Singer (1927)

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Raging Bull

An Affair to Remember & Sleepless in Seattle (in you’re going to the Empire State Building, you gotta see these films)

North By Northwest

Once Upon a Time in America (Beautifully evokes turn-of-the-century Lower East Side)

Gangs of New York

Rear Window

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

The Fisher King (amazing fantasy sequence in Grand Central Terminal)


Spiderman Trilogy

Brighton Beach Memoirs

Arthur (1981)

The Seven-Year Itch (featuring Marilyn Monroe’s famous encounter with a subway grating)

When Harry Met Sally
When Harry Met Sally

All About Eve

The Crowd

Stuart Little

The Lost Weekend


Street Scene

Pick Up on South Street


Marathon Man

Three Days of the Condor

The Way We Were

Reds (partially set in bohemian Greenwich Village)


New York, New York

Hester Street (immigrant life on the Lower East Side)

42nd Street
42nd Street

Funny Girl

Dinner at Eight


American Psycho

The Cotton Club

Superman (1978)

Sophie’s Choice (romantic old Brooklyn)

Of course, this is only a partial list of memorable NYC movies.  Have I left off any of your favorites?