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April 17th, 2007, 04:27 AM
My posts tend to be random, but anyway. All you New Yorkers (and the rest of the world... possibly...) must have a favourite movie that is set in New York. What is it?

I have a lot, as I tend to deliberately watch movies set in New York because New York is such a great city. :)
King Kong (1933)
King Kong (2005)
Spider-Man 2
World Trade Center (typical, I know, but I'm very interested in 9/11 - not the conspiracy side, mind you)
United 93 (see above)
Godzilla (not a very good MOVIE, but you gotta love those disaster movies with huge skyscrapers. AND New York.
Jaws (actually set on Amity Island, which is somewhere along Long Island, which is near New York, if I'm not mistaken)Now. Everybody else?

April 19th, 2007, 02:50 PM
Hannah and Her Sisters. you gotta love that scene where Sam Watterson takes Diane Weist & Carrie Fisher on a tour of Manhattan Architecture :)

April 19th, 2007, 03:44 PM
^^ Amity from Jaws is based on Martha's Vineyard/Nantucket which are off Cape Cod and are more closely related to Boston than New York.

Wall Street
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
American Psycho
Crocodile Dundee

April 19th, 2007, 03:50 PM
My posts tend to be random, but anyway. All you New Yorkers (and the rest of the world... possibly...) must have a favourite movie that is set in New York. What is it?

I have a lot, as I tend to deliberately watch movies set in New York because New York is such a great city. :)

King Kong (1933)
King Kong (2005)
Spider-Man 2
World Trade Center (typical, I know, but I'm very interested in 9/11 - not the conspiracy side, mind you)
United 93 (see above)
Godzilla (not a very good MOVIE, but you gotta love those disaster movies with huge skyscrapers. AND New York.
Jaws (actually set on Amity Island, which is somewhere along Long Island, which is near New York, if I'm not mistaken)Now. Everybody else?

Amity Island was in Mass. United 93 has nothing to do with NYC

Good NY Movies

Godfather 2 ( Period Piece)
Wall Street

April 19th, 2007, 03:51 PM
I haven't seen United 93, but does it really have much to do with NYC?

As for NYC movies, I like Metropolitan, The Last Days of Disco, and The Royal Tenenbaums. The Eyes of Laura Mars is a good period piece.

April 19th, 2007, 03:54 PM
Gangs of New York was a movie based on New York City history, unfortunately most of it was incorrect.

April 19th, 2007, 04:08 PM
Working Girl. Paris is Burning.

Gregory Tenenbaum
April 19th, 2007, 04:26 PM
Toss up between Donnie Brasco and Copland (although the latter was about Jersey too).

April 19th, 2007, 05:03 PM
Amity Island was in Mass. United 93 has nothing to do with NYC

You kind of got me there, but they do take off from Newark Airport and there are a few scenes set in the New York control towers etc. But I guess you're right. :eek:

April 19th, 2007, 09:43 PM
Ooh, I'd forgotten about Paris Is Burning. Also, I have great love for The Thin Man.

April 22nd, 2007, 02:08 PM
Home Alone 2! :p

April 22nd, 2007, 03:03 PM
Home Alone 2! :p

That movie's a little random - but does happen to feature the WTC... :D

April 23rd, 2007, 12:06 AM
lol, why is it random? It was one of my favorite movies as a kid and I'll be honest, whenever I catch it on tv I watch it.

April 23rd, 2007, 12:28 AM
It's a cool movie, :) but I find the idea of a kid his age beating up crooks very strange (but very amusing)! :D

April 23rd, 2007, 10:01 AM
Gotta be Wall Street. :)


April 23rd, 2007, 03:58 PM
Thomas Crown Affair.

April 23rd, 2007, 04:49 PM
"A Woman's World"


(do read the viewers comments.)

I will never forget seeing this on TV when I was a kid. It had EVERYTHING : New York, fabulous gowns, AND Detroit dream cars from the 1950's.

It is my favorite film of all time.

The BEST scene is Lauren Bacall cruising through Manhattan in THIS:



My number 2 fave NYC film is the unbelievably wacky, early 1960's beatnick-Village cool, utterly forgotten film called, "the Troublemaker".

Plot summary:

"A naive chicken farmer from New Jersey moves to Greenwich Village to open a coffee house. The obstacles he must overcome include the mob (who, in one of the movie's funniest scenes, surreptitiously follow him in a garbage truck) and corrupt officials--among them, an Irish fire chief, played by Godfrey Cambridge, black comic actor."

Written by Buck Henry... and waaaay ahead of it's time. Score by Cy Coleman! Great shots of the Village in it's folky beatnick hey-day.




April 23rd, 2007, 07:00 PM
I agree with wjfox2007: gotta be Wall Street.

April 25th, 2007, 09:36 PM
The Seven Ups
The French Connection
A Thousand Clowns

April 26th, 2007, 07:28 PM
Raging Bull is one of my fav NYC movies. Also, how can I forget Manhattan?

April 26th, 2007, 09:18 PM
Did I forget Rosemary's Baby?

April 27th, 2007, 11:41 AM
part of my personal criteria for NYC movies is that the film be shot here. i hate when they use some city in canada (more recently) or a sound stage to represent nyc.
gotta love:
manhattan ..any movie that opens up with gershwin's " rhapsody in blue' gets my vote.
midnight cowboy...is anything more ny than ratso hitting the cab and saying "i'm walking here!"?

fabrizio...never heard of "the troublemaker". thanks for the head's up. now i have to find it

April 28th, 2007, 01:51 AM
I like "Wedding Crashers", "Sweet Home Alabama", "Cruel Intentions", "Lord of the Rings" and of course "Gone with the Wind". And many Russians films, what you never seen. :)

April 28th, 2007, 02:33 AM
^^ I don't know if all the ones you mentioned were in NYC, but Lord of the Rings???

April 28th, 2007, 05:57 AM
North by Northwest

April 29th, 2007, 08:15 AM
The Warriors has to be my favorite. :D

April 30th, 2007, 06:21 PM
Another good one is Coming to America. Talk about a funny movie.

April 30th, 2007, 07:12 PM
Also: other great films set in NYC .

"The Sweet Smell Of Success" (1957)

Considered by many as one the best films of all time. Great shots of NYC. Scenes were also filmed at "21".

Here a great shot of 6th Avenue before the skyscrapers:



Of course "Breakfast at Tiffany" (1961)

Here's the terrific, iconic, opening scene. 57th and 5th avenue. Note 5th ave when it was still a limestone canyon. You get a glimpse of the Bonwit Teller department store next to Tiffany (torn down for Trump Tower). Notice the beautiful windows and ornamentation it had. Note too the 5th Avenues steet lamps. :





Another great one is "The Best Of Everything" (1959). (Joan Crawford!)

About the book it was based on: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4763874

Great shots of the brand-new Seagrams Building where much of the story is set. Here's Suzy Parker on 45th street:

April 30th, 2007, 10:17 PM
I've always wondered if "Hamburger Heaven" from How to Marry a Millionaire was a real restaurant. Maybe it evolved into "Burger Heaven"?

May 2nd, 2007, 11:31 AM
"johnny dangerously"

Ma Kelly (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0822972/): You've gotten to be like a daughter to me and I wanna share somethin' with ya.
Lil (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000447/): Awww, what's that Mom Kelley?
Ma Kelly (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0822972/): I go both ways.
Lil (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000447/): Oh.

May 2nd, 2007, 12:36 PM
kinda surprised no one mentioned Godfather 1 and 2

May 2nd, 2007, 02:56 PM
kinda surprised no one mentioned Godfather 1 and 2

i think someone mentioned the second one.

May 2nd, 2007, 03:32 PM
Amity Island was in Mass. United 93 has nothing to do with NYC

Good NY Movies

Godfather 2 ( Period Piece)
Wall Street


I thought GF1 was more away from the city itself....

I will have to pull it out and give it another spin!

May 3rd, 2007, 03:26 PM
Yeah first one had a few scenes in the city but was more in Queens and Long Beach

May 3rd, 2007, 04:46 PM
I'd say the new Spider Man III movie

May 3rd, 2007, 04:54 PM
Oh you mean that fictional NYC with the elevated track through midtown that ends in the middle of nowhere with no platform or anything?


Sorry, that was SM2... :D

May 3rd, 2007, 06:51 PM
Oh you mean that fictional NYC with the elevated track through midtown that ends in the middle of nowhere with no platform or anything?


Sorry, that was SM2... :D

and that scene was shot in downtown chicago (minus the el track that ends abruptly).

May 3rd, 2007, 11:11 PM
Was spidey really set in NYC, or have they made it in another "metropolis"?

Marvel always seemed to want to have the real cities in their stuff... DC was the one that made up stuff....

May 4th, 2007, 12:43 AM
Was spidey really set in NYC, or have they made it in another "metropolis"?

Marvel always seemed to want to have the real cities in their stuff... DC was the one that made up stuff....

i *think* it was intended to be nyc. they just shot in the chicago loop for the scene with the train, because it has an el but looks similar to manhattan. the newspaper company is made up.

May 4th, 2007, 12:55 AM
i *think* it was intended to be nyc. they just shot in the chicago loop for the scene with the train, because it has an el but looks similar to manhattan. the newspaper company is made up.

But not the building it was in! (Go the Flatiron Building!)


But yes. It is explained on Disk 2 of SM2 that the NYC in the films is changed to make the scenes better. For example, in SM2 there is a shot of Spider-Man swinging down a street with the ESB in the centre. There isn't a street like that. But mostly the SM2 locations are real places.

May 11th, 2007, 05:06 PM
I prefer movies that show what a great and beautiful city New York really is. They are not always the best movies, but I just like to see good shots of the city.
My first visit to NYC and my stay on the Upper West Side was inspired after seeing "You've Got Mail" Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

"You've Got Mail" ----- Verdi Square, Grays Papaya, Zabars, H & H Bagels, 79th Street Boat Basin, 91st Street garden etc.

"One Fine Day" ----- Central Park, Bathesda Terrace, Grand Central Station, Circle Line Pier, Serendipity, etc.

"Hitch" ----- Columbia University, Tribeca, North Cove Marina, Ellis Island, etc.

"Don't Say a Word" ----- Ansonia Building, Fairway at W74th Street, Verdi Square, etc.

"State of Grace" ----- Hells Kitchen, Intrepid, etc.

"Sleepless in Seattle" ----- Empire State Building, Tiffany, The Plaza, etc.

There are lots more I know.
Anyone else have any favourite film shots in NYC?

June 1st, 2007, 06:07 PM
Terrific exhibition (http://grandcentralterminal.com/pages/getpage.aspx?id=113A31DD-244A-404D-A00E-F2E142DD492D) on films that take place in NYC with huge painted backdrops used in films that take place in NYC ...

Can be seen at Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal (through June 22) :

Portrait of Jennie (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0040705/) -- Opening Shot (1948)


The Clock (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0037604/) (1945) :



North by Northwest (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0053125/) (1959) :



East Side cityscape for unknown film circa 1953 :


Cityscape / 59th Street Bridge for unknown film circa 1960 :


Celluloid Skyline at Grand Central



You may be familiar with James Sanders' book Celluloid Skyline: New York and the Movies (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0375710272/002-7161125-1092022?ie=UTF8&tag=gothamist03-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=0375710272), which celebrated New York City's role in movies and is a must for any fan of New York, architecture, or film. But even if you haven't, you get a chance to experience it in beyond the pages: Starting tomorrow, Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall will be the setting for a Celluloid Skyline exhibit. There will be huge "scenic backing" paintings from old films, film footage, artifacts, displays and more that will show NYC's role in production and as a "mythic city" of the movies. Here's a description:
[The exhibit] will also carry visitors into the dream city of the movies, through “immersive” elements that allow visitors to feel as if they are actually inhabiting the various environments of the filmic city – streets, skyscrapers, rooftops, theaters, waterfronts, interiors – allowing viewers to come away with a greater understanding not only of the moviemaking process, but of the urban character, texture and significance of the real city.
Along the way, the show will celebrate some of the greatest New York films ever made – from 42nd Street, Rear Window and King Kong to Ghostbusters, Annie Hall, Taxi Driver and Do the Right Thing – and highlight the work of generations of movie New Yorkers on both sides of the camera: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Marlon Brando, Audrey Hepburn, Woody Allen, Jimmy Cagney, Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, Robert De Niro. We're especially excited by the scenic backing paintings - one of the backdrops is the U.N. lobby (photograph) from North by Northwest!

Turner Classic Movies is also launching a program of movies to go along with the exhibit (http://www.tcm.com/thismonth/article/?cid=159671) starting June 1; films include Grand Central Murder, On the Town, Batman Returns, The Naked City and The Fountainhead (yes, North by Northwest is one of the films, too).

And here's Sanders' Celluloid Skyline website (http://www.celluloidskyline.com/).

June 1st, 2007, 06:22 PM
Starring New York, City of Grit and Glamour

Turner Classic Movies
Cary Grant, center, glancing at Alfred Hitchcock, between lights, during filming
of a scene in Grand Central Terminal for "North by Northwest" (1959), from the exhibition
"Celluloid Skyline: New York and the Movies."

NY TIMES (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/25/movies/25cell.html?_r=1&oref=slogin)
May 25, 2007


To walk through the main concourse at Grand Central Terminal is to step onto a real-life movie set. Cary Grant passes through it while escaping his would-be killers in “North by Northwest.” Jim Carrey grabs Kate Winslet’s hand and dashes across it in “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” watching people vanish one by one as his memory is erased. Most tellingly, it is the site of a pivotal moment in “The Fisher King,” when Robin Williams, as a pure-hearted, emotionally unbalanced man, spots the quite plain woman of his dreams heading for her train. Suddenly everyone in the room breaks into a waltz, as this grimy, everyday place becomes a scene of glittering romance.

Its magical role on screen makes Grand Central the ideal location for “Celluloid Skyline: New York and the Movies,” (http://www.celluloidskyline.com/main/home.html) an ambitious exhibition of films, photographs and sets that begins today in Vanderbilt Hall, adjacent to the main concourse. The project was put together by James Sanders, based on his 2001 book of the same title, which shrewdly observes that two New Yorks — the real city and the screen fantasy — feed each other in a never-ending circle.

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James Sanders, author of the book "Celluloid Skyline."

The exhibition and its offshoots, including a series on Turner Classic Movies and special material added to Grand Central’s tours, do more than take viewers behind the scenes and through the city’s history on screen. They illustrate how film has made New York a communal experience, familiar even to people who have never been here. Hemingway applied the phrase to Paris, but New York in the movies is another kind of movable feast.

But what is a New York film? It’s not one that simply happens to be set here; whether it’s shot here doesn’t matter either (though that helps). In a genuine New York movie the characters and their stories can’t be separated from the life of the city. There is a dynamic between character and place like the one that makes Mr. Williams in “The Fisher King” lead a band of homeless people in song — “I like New York in June, how about you?” — and insist that no threat of criminals will chase him out of Central Park because “This park is mine just as much as it is theirs.”

Mr. Sanders is right to point out how reality fuels the movies’ fantasy of New York, which in turn helps shape real New Yorkers’ perceptions of the city. Push that idea further, and you see that those fantasies are almost always close to the soul of the city, to what New York is or wants to be.

As the country struggled out of the Depression, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers danced through a city of dazzling, black-and-white Deco elegance, in nightclubs created with all the artifice Hollywood sound stages could offer.
The changing, freewheeling ’60s saw the tawdry street hustlers of “Midnight Cowboy,” as well as the glamorous Holly Golightly (a more refined hustler) in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” The crime and deterioration of the ’70s were handled by Neil Simon as a comic nightmare in “The Out of Towners” and ominously by Charles Bronson as a vigilante in “Death Wish.”

Turner Classic Movies
Spike Lee in Brooklyn in a scene from his film "Do the Right Thing" (1989).

Today the bracing, multiethnic realism of Spike Lee in “Do the Right Thing,” “Jungle Fever” and “25th Hour” make him the pre-eminent New York filmmaker, capturing the city’s varied elements — racial tensions, upscale ambitions, drug-dealing street scenes — with a clearsighted, trenchant vision. He doesn’t romanticize the city as Woody Allen did in his classic comedies from the ’70s, “Annie Hall” and “Manhattan,” but obviously loves New York every bit as as much. Mr. Lee, like Martin Scorsese in ’70s masterworks like “Taxi Driver,” depicts it without sugarcoating.

Even the most cartoonish versions of New York are connected to something real. “Spider-Man 3” is a virtual tourist ad for Times Square today; the camera swoops among the bright signs like the hero himself. The city of “King Kong,” old and new versions, and the Gotham City of the Batman movies all play off New York’s larger-than-life quality.

Celluloid is an archaic word in the digital age, and much of the exhibition explores how the magical images of New York were created. The rarest items include four gigantic, colorful painted backdrops (each about 25 feet high) used on stage sets, including one for “North by Northwest,” a movie whose plot has plenty to do with New York before Grant is chased by crop-dusters or climbs onto Mount Rushmore.

The film begins on Madison Avenue — in one of Alfred Hitchcock’s famous cameos, the doors of a bus slam shut on him — then follows Grant for a drink in the Oak Bar at the Plaza Hotel. By the time he follows the villains to the United Nations, the production gets trickier.

Hitchcock didn’t have permission to shoot there, so he hid a camera on the street to film Grant walking toward the General Assembly building. A scene in the lobby is a set that includes the painted backdrop. Barely glimpsed in the film, the backdrop blends in perfectly.

No movies were actually shot in the United Nations until Sydney Pollack made “The Interpreter” with Nicole Kidman. The building was the liveliest thing about that 2005 thriller, proof that an authentic location is never enough to make a good New York film.

Another of the giant backdrops comes from Vincente Minnelli’s creaky wartime romance, “The Clock” (1945), in which Judy Garland meets a soldier on leave (Robert Walker) at the old Penn Station. The station’s entire waiting room was reconstructed on a set. (The exhibition’s painted backdrop was part of it.) The story doesn’t hold up — they meet, fall in love and marry in two days — and while the film is full of New York streets and scenes, at times it’s all too conspicuous that the actors are superimposed against background film.

Such background images can be intriguing in themselves, though. Two large rear-projection screens in the exhibition show bits of film without actors, some meant only to establish a setting and others projected behind the stars. Among the most valuable snippet of film is a lush black-and-white sequence shot in the real, lost Penn Station, torn down in 1963.

Those establishing shots include many old images of Broadway through the decades. The buildings look familiar, but the signs and shops are different, creating an eerie, dreamlike overlay of past and present. In 1929 the news ticker in Times Square (an earlier version of the one still there) refers to President Hoover. The neighborhood looks more familiar in color film from the 1950s, except for Jack Dempsey’s Broadway Bar next to Romeo’s Spaghetti.

Visitors to the exhibition are meant to stand before these screens and feel as if they’re stepping into a movie. But too many scenes are unfamiliar, and fantasies about entering films are always more specific. Moviegoers want to enter a way of life that calls out to them and meet people they already know.

It’s the fantasy that comes true for Cecilia, Mia Farrow’s character in “The Purple Rose of Cairo,” who escapes her dreary, Depression-era existence by going to the movies so often that one day the actor Tom Baxter (Jeff Daniels) walks off the screen to join her; eventually she steps into the film herself. It’s not the New York location that matters, but an experience viewers either envy (“We can take you night-clubbing,” Tom Baxter offers, with Astaire-like panache) or, with evil-New-York movies, feel smugly, safely apart from.

That interplay works in this exhibition once: If you’ve ever watched “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” all you have to do is see the establishing shot of a yellow taxi cruising up Fifth Avenue (yes, up — traffic went both ways then) and you can hear “Moon River.”

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Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in Blake Edwards's "Breakfast at Tiffany's"(1961).

The most amazing films in “Celluloid Skyline” have little to do with such fantasies. They are black-and-white shorts that go back to the early days of movies themselves. (They are shown on monitors in the exhibition and are also linked on celluloidskyline.com.) Called “actuality films” because they captured actual life, they are wonderful artifacts of New York’s past.

In 1903 men and women — including a policeman who might have stepped out of a Keystone Kops comedy — are blown around in a windstorm at the foot of the Flatiron Building. A street scene on lower Broadway in 1902 shows a city in transition, as horse-drawn carts mingle with trolleys, and pedestrians jaywalk among them.

One of these so-called actualities was staged. As a man and a woman walk on 23rd Street, she steps over a sidewalk grate, and the wind blows her skirt up over her knees, anticipating a more famous staged photograph, when Marilyn Monroe stood over a subway grate to promote “The Seven Year Itch.”

But the 1905 film inside a subway tunnel was genuine, and the subway system itself was just eight months old. Except for the color, the film looks a little too much like any shot in the subway today. Look closely and you can even read the sign on the platform where the passengers get off: Grand Central.

“Celluloid Skyline: New York and the Movies,” an exhibition of background paintings, film clips, production stills and archival photographs, will be on view through June 22 in Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall; grandcentralterminal.com (http://grandcentralterminal.com/pages/getpage.aspx?id=3C4B4D62-B687-4E2C-ABC8-5F06E08D2EFE).

In addition, films with New York City settings will be shown Saturdays at noon and 2 p.m. through June 30 on Turner Classic Movies.

Copyright 2007 The New York Times Company

June 1st, 2007, 10:33 PM
just want to second the notion that celluloid skyline is a fun book.

June 2nd, 2007, 01:13 PM
Thanks Lofter1,
I'll be in NYC from 14th. to 21st. June.
Will try to have a look at the exhibition.

June 3rd, 2007, 09:22 PM
Not in any order, but all very evocative of New York, the city and its idiosyncrasies:

Thousand Clowns 1965
Crossing Delancey 1987
Smoke/Blue in the Face 1995
Godspell 1973
Hair 1979
Dog Day Afternoon 1973

For anyone who's interested, I highly recommend Scenes from the City - Filmmaking in New York (http://www.amazon.com/Scenes-City-Filmmaking-New-York/dp/0847828905/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-9018566-9699331?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1180919515&sr=1-1).

June 4th, 2007, 12:01 PM
"wait until dark" has a few nice street scenes, and alan arkin awesomeness.

June 10th, 2007, 06:02 PM
Does anyone know Radio Man?

Radio Man appears at most New York movie locations.

He gets a mention in the Directors Commentary, and gets in shot at Coney Island in the film "Two Weeks Notice".

He is also mentioned, but I could not spot him, in the Directors Commentary for "The Devil Wears Prada".

July 5th, 2007, 04:30 AM
The Professional
Taxi Driver
Vanilla Sky
Requiem for a Dream
Breakfast at Tiffany's

October 18th, 2007, 04:16 PM
There are way too many NYC movies to count:

After Hours
All About Eve
Bullets Over Broadway
Desperately Seeking Susan
Escape From New York
Mean Streets
My Man Godfrey
Naked City
On The Waterfront
Seven Year Itch
She's Gotta Have It
The Apartment
The Jazz Singer
The Producers
West Side Story

But, my Favorite is French Connection.


October 18th, 2007, 04:32 PM
Was EYES WIDE SHUT set in New York???:confused:

October 18th, 2007, 07:57 PM
It ^^^ was set is some dream that Stanley Kubrick had back in the early 1970s :(

October 18th, 2007, 08:46 PM
I thought it was filmed in Toronto or something. I can't watch a movie whose story is set in New York, but is not filmed in New York. It is very distracting and bothersome. I also find it annoying when they just get things wrong - like the street view of the ESB in Independence Day.

October 18th, 2007, 11:35 PM
One of my fav scenes shot in NY> final chase on the Statue of Liberty's torch in Hitchcock's Saboteur.

October 19th, 2007, 12:13 AM
"Eyes Wide Shut" was actually shot mainly on soundstages near London. Location shots of NYC for "EWS" were shot by a 2nd unit crew -- not by Kubrick.

October 19th, 2007, 04:12 AM
For the Scenery of New York,
One Fine Day
Maid in Manhattan
For the Grittiness of New York,
City Hall
Hells Kitchen
In America
A State of Grace
Taxi Driver
King of New York
Leon the Professional
The Interpreter
For the Romance of New York,
You've Got Mail
Breakfast at Tiffany's
When Harry Met Sally
For the Glamour of New York,
The Devil Wears Prada
For the Sorrow of New York,
World Trade Centre
For the Humour of New York,
Johnny Dangerously

I know there are hundreds more.

November 19th, 2007, 09:08 AM
My favourites:

Taxi Driver
Donnie Brasco
Raging Bull
Annie Hall
The Sunshine Boys
Home Alone 2
Miracle on 34th street
Dog Day Afternoon
Who`s that Girl
Mean Streets
The Secret Of My Success
Coming To America
See No Evil Hear No Evil
Once upon a time in America
The French Connection
Les Aventures De Rabbi Jacob (Great shots on the beggining of the Movie)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Szczęśliwego Nowego Jorku
After Hours
New York Stories
Night On Earth
Planes Trains And Automobiles
New York:A Documentary Movie by PBS
Christmas In New York
Wall Street
The Family Man
Elf (scenery)
The Interpreter (Great shots)
Krush Groove
Beat Street
Style Wars
The Warriors
Chasing Amy
When Harry Met Sally
Panic In The Needle Park
The King Of New York
Frankie And Johny
Scent Of A Woman
Carlito`s Way
The Devil`s Advocate
Wild Style
Die Hard 3
Who`s The Man
Vanilla Sky
Requiem For A Dream
Money Train
Inside Man
Blue In The Face
Bad Lieutenant

November 19th, 2007, 09:52 PM
I still have no idea what Vanilla Sky was all about.

November 20th, 2007, 07:23 PM
1-Gangs Of New York
3-Breave Heart

November 20th, 2007, 09:49 PM
Titanic didn't really have much to do with New York.

November 22nd, 2007, 06:32 PM
Rosemarys baby is a pretty good film - i bought it recently - very good.

December 1st, 2007, 08:49 PM
kinda surprised no one mentioned Godfather 1 and 2
I came here to mention this.

December 6th, 2007, 07:50 AM
"Roman Holiday" should not be forgotten.
let alone, "Gone with the wind."
The most charming man, Clark Gable, he is adorable . Audrey Hepburn, wow! that moment was her most lovely time in her life, I think. When she showed up in the movie, wow~

I love the old movies, do you like them?

January 20th, 2008, 05:02 AM
Does anyone know Radio Man?

Radio Man appears at most New York movie locations.

He gets a mention in the Directors Commentary, and gets in shot at Coney Island in the film "Two Weeks Notice".

He is also mentioned, but I could not spot him, in the Directors Commentary for "The Devil Wears Prada".

No answers? I'll answer it myself.


January 21st, 2008, 03:04 PM
Just saw a re run of "Three Days of the Condor" with Robert Redford.

Good shots of the lobby of the World Trade Centre.

The Benniest
January 21st, 2008, 03:47 PM
I'm not sure how if this thread has an date limits (saw some Gone with the Wind posts), but I really like the movies Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, and The Devil Wears Prada. Both movies show a lot of New York City, which I like.

- Ben :)

January 24th, 2008, 05:57 PM
I recently saw Cloverfield, and I have to say that it is officially my favourite movie set in New York. It is... astounding. I'm seeing it (for the fourth time...) again today, in fact! :D

The Benniest
January 24th, 2008, 06:09 PM
Agreed. I add Cloverfield to my list as well. Awesome movie!

February 8th, 2008, 05:54 AM
A few reminders here


February 8th, 2008, 06:22 AM
I tend to favor nostalgic NYC based films. Two of my favorites are David Duchovny's House of D (very underrated) and Spike Lee's Crooklyn (great family story that is true to the heart & brilliant old school soundtrack)

February 8th, 2008, 11:36 AM
"One Fine Day" starring George Clooney and Michelle Phieffer

I know, such a sappy movie, but I love how they ran around all of Manahattan.

February 17th, 2008, 05:41 PM
Any movie that shows the World Trade Center towers in it.


Stop by and see my list sometime.

February 17th, 2008, 09:33 PM
Michael Clayton with George Clooney and Sidney Pollack. Absolutely terrific psychological thriller.

February 17th, 2008, 11:11 PM
Taking OFF -- saw it Friday night in a packed house at MoMA as part of the current Milos Forman retrospective (http://www.moma.org/exhibitions/film_exhibitions.php?id=7521). Hilariously funny. Buck Henry is a national treasure.

Hoping to see a double featrue of HAIR & Amadeus on Monday.
Taking Off. 1971. USA. 93 min. Directed by Milos Forman. Screenplay by Forman,
Jean-Claude Carrière, John Guare, Jon Klein. With Lynn Carlin, Buck Henry.
In this dark, affectionate, and rarely seen satire, a husband and wife embark
on a wild-goose chase after their runaway daughter and wind up experimenting
with the wild habits of youth counterculture. In his first film after migrating to
the U.S. in the wake of the Soviet crackdown, Forman offers a fresh,
idiosyncratic perspective on his adopted country. Ike and Tina Turner
contribute an electrifying performance.

February 22nd, 2008, 11:00 AM
February 22, 2008, 9:46 am

We Love This Dirty Town (on Film)

By Jennifer 8. Lee (http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/author/jlee/)

The actor George Clooney, on the set of ‘’Michael Clayton'’ in TriBeCa, with John Battista, center, the deputy commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, and Katharine Oliver, the commissioner. (Photo: Mary Altaffer/Associated Press)

Arguably, no one can outdo Martin Scorsese as a New York filmmaker. “Taxi Driver.” (http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/48731/Taxi-Driver/overview) “Mean Streets.” (http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/31981/Mean-Streets/overview) “Who’s That Knocking at My Door?” (http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9F0CE1DE1031EE3BBC4153DFBF668382679EDE) Not only was he born in New York, but he also went to New York University’s Tisch School. He even had a film called “New York, New York” (http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9B01E6DB113FE334BC4B51DFB066838C669EDE) (though admittedly a box-office and critical failure).

So it was rather disappointing that, after being shut out numerous times, the movie that won him an Academy Award for best director was “The Departed,” (http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/310756/The-Departed/overview) which (gasp!) is set in Boston. That would be like Joe Torre taking over the Red Sox and managing them to a World Series title.

This year, with the annual Academy Awards approaching on Sunday night, City Room’s hopes are on “Michael Clayton,” (http://movies.nytimes.com/2007/10/05/movies/05clay.html) which illuminates the moral darkness and world view of New York’s contemporary power elite through the eponymous fixer played by George Clooney.

Like any self-respecting New Yorker, City Room pulls for its hometown favorites (Go Giants! (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/04/sports/football/04game.html)). Besides, we’re bored with the sepia-themed World War II-era flicks (http://movies.nytimes.com/2007/12/07/movies/07aton.html) already. So “Masterpiece Theater.” (Alas, the odds-makers (http://www.bodoglife.com/sports-betting/tv-film-movie-props.jsp) are putting their money on “No Country for Old Men,” (http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/348834/No-Country-for-Old-Men/overview) as does David Carr (http://carpetbagger.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/02/22/pickery/) over at The Carpetbagger (http://carpetbagger.blogs.nytimes.com/), our Oscars blog.)

Turns out the last New York movie that was nominated for best picture was “Gangs of New York (http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/257288/Gangs-of-New-York/overview),” in 2002 (directed by, who else, Mr. Scorsese). But that was set in the messy Civil War-era New York, way before anyone who actually saw the movie was born.

So City Room, after polling experts, friends, family and the guy in the next cubicle, picked out a list of films (one for each decade) which, like “Michael Clayton,” seemed to capture the contemporary New York of the eras in which they were made.

“42nd Street” (http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/258/42nd-Street/overview) (1933)
“The Naked City” (http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9C06E4DA143BE33BBC4D53DFB5668383659EDE) (1948)
“Sweet Smell of Success” (http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/48117/Sweet-Smell-of-Success/overview) (1957)
“The Apartment” (http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9C01EFD91638EF32A25755C1A9609C946191D6C F) (1960)
“Taxi Driver” (http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/48731/Taxi-Driver/overview) (1977)
“Do the Right Thing” (http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/14126/Do-the-Right-Thing/overview) (1989)
“Kids” (http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=990CE2DE1F3AF930A15754C0A9639582 60) (1995)
“Michael Clayton” (http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/326692/Michael-Clayton/overview) (2007)Honorable mentions: “Wall Street” (http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/53205/Wall-Street/overview) (1987), “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/6998/Breakfast-At-Tiffany-s/overview) (1961), “King Kong” (http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/27391/King-Kong/overview) (1933), Marty” (http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9D01EEDC133AE53BBC4A52DFB266838E649EDE) (1955), almost everything by Woody Allen (http://movies.nytimes.com/person/79388/Woody-Allen) before he went to London, including “Annie Hall (http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/2547/Annie-Hall/overview)” (1977). And for kitsch value, “Ghostbusters” (http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/19671/Ghostbusters/overview) (1984).

Of course, any exercise like this is bound to leave out somebody’s favorite.

Fire away, New York film buffs. Which movie best captured the New York City of its era? What is the best New York film ever made? (And you are right, Brian Stokes (http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/02/22/we-love-this-dirty-town-on-film/#comment-206560), how could we forget “Midnight Cowboy (http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/32558/Midnight-Cowboy/overview),” which won best picture for 1969?)

Copyright 2008 The New York Times Company.

February 24th, 2008, 08:06 PM
Roger Dodger

February 27th, 2008, 09:39 PM
I also love movies that show big parts of the city, I think I watch more of the background sometimes, I like to see if i've been anywhere around the scene :)

Here is my list

Die hard 3
maid in manhattan
home alone 2
just my luck (nobody mentioned:D)
new york minute lol
the devil wears prada(one of my favs)
HITCH!!! ( Absolutely LOVE rice to riches!)

And many more of course

February 28th, 2008, 09:59 AM
Just saw 3 fliks recently.

No country for Old Men

3-10 to Yuma.


The first was great, with a few plot holes (how did Woody find him, etc). And the movie has no real ending (maybe symbolizing the whole "life goes on" thing).

3-10 was good, but also had holes. I can see the bond forming, but they made whats-his-face a little to human for a low-down scoundrel/killer. Not a BAD movie, but not as good as I hoped.

Juno was fun. A few eye-rollers when it came to reality, but the telling-off of the "Ultrasound Technician" was great. And you feel bad, but disappointed with the Adopting Father. Also, Juno's knowledge of music and film was a little TOO great to be easily explained for a 16 year old suburban blue collar girl (some appreciation I can see, but this was like she took classes in it!).

I would recommend renting all three if you have the chance. The first two i you are in the mood for a gloomy kind of flik, and the third for a good smile/chuckle/orange tic-tacs.

February 28th, 2008, 10:01 AM
My bad, I though it was asking what our favorite movie, NYC, was...


Take it for what you will though!

March 1st, 2008, 12:29 AM
Not sure I answered this, but there are a few that just came to mind.

The Warriors
The Taking of Pelham One, Two, Three
Taxi Driver
Gangs of New York
The Squid and the Whale

There's a movie I saw in high school that always reminds me of the old Times Square. It's about an out-of-control girl who wants to be a punk rocker. Ultimately, she throws on a trash bag and mask and performs live from the top of the old Selwyn theater on 42nd Street. The movie is "Times Square." I can't figure out why I was so enthralled.

March 20th, 2008, 07:05 PM
I would like to put here also documentary movies about new york which are worth to see by lovers of the city:

- The Cruise by Timothy Speed Levitch
- PBS American Experience: New York
- Modern Marvels - New York Bridges
- Modern Marvels - Times Square
- Sensational cities: New York

Please write if you know something else worth to see. Thanks.

March 20th, 2008, 07:27 PM
The New York Times has a series of 5 minute video's, about different parts of the city, which you can download.

March 31st, 2008, 06:05 AM
A few old favourites,

http://www.nydailynews.com/img/2007/07/09/gal_movies1.jpg (http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/movies/galleries/best_new_york_films/best_new_york_films.html?c=1)

http://www.nydailynews.com/img/2007/07/09/gal_movies2.jpg (http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/movies/galleries/best_new_york_films/best_new_york_films.html?c=2)
Taxi Driver.

http://www.nydailynews.com/img/2007/07/09/gal_movies3.jpg (http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/movies/galleries/best_new_york_films/best_new_york_films.html?c=3)
Breakfast at Tiffany's

http://www.nydailynews.com/img/2007/07/09/gal_movies4.jpg (http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/movies/galleries/best_new_york_films/best_new_york_films.html?c=4)
Pride of the Yankees.

http://www.nydailynews.com/img/2007/07/09/gal_movies5.jpg (http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/movies/galleries/best_new_york_films/best_new_york_films.html?c=5)
Do The Right Thing.

http://www.nydailynews.com/img/2007/07/09/gal_movies6.jpg (http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/movies/galleries/best_new_york_films/best_new_york_films.html?c=0)
On The Town.

Copyright 2007 The New York Daily News.

July 17th, 2008, 07:24 PM
Saturday Night Fever
American Psycho
Taxi Driver

July 18th, 2008, 06:21 AM
The Warriors
The Godfather I & II
Raging Bull
Woody Allen's stuff

July 20th, 2008, 09:50 PM
King Kong
Reign Over Me

August 19th, 2008, 12:13 PM
Mine are, in no particular order.

Accross 110th st
Taxi Driver
Anger Management (just for the scenary!
Saturday Night Fever

God there is so many more i cant remember!

May 18th, 2009, 10:15 AM
almost all Spike Lee movies :D

my favorites: Crooklyn, Do The Right Thing and Clockers

July 5th, 2010, 04:03 PM
Because I grew up in the suburbs Paul Hood's journey to the city and back home in The Ice Storm, replete with party with Libbets Casey and running to get the last train at Grand Central Terminal just like I used to is my pick.