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Films Set in New York City

New York is the cultural heart of the United States. It is monolithic, legendary, and the symbol of American enterprise. Maybe not everybody loves to live there, but most Americans still at least admire and respect New York City, even from afar. Dozens of film-makers, most notably Woody Allen, have made their camp there and shunned Hollywood.

You'll find that no matter what the mood of a movie, New York will have it. It can be romantic and hopeful in a love story, gritty and dangerous in a crime thriller, dark and threatening in a horror flick, or cheerfully bonkers in a screwball comedy. From King Kong ascending the Empire State Building to flying saucers hovering over the city menacingly in Independence Day, when New York is in trouble, you know the chips are down.

  • 1957 12 Angry Men
    12 Angry Men Director: William Friedkin
    Starring: Jack Lemmon, Mary McDonnell, Courtney B Vance, Dorian Harewood, Mykelti Williamson
  • 2007 1408
    1408 Director: weinstein
  • 2004 A Home at the End of the World
    A Home at the End of the World Director: Michael Mayer
    Starring: Colin Farrell, Robin Wright Penn, Dallas Roberts, Sissy Spacek
  • 2009 After Life (2009)
    After Life (2009) Director: Stephen Herek
    Starring: Ellen Muth, Callum Blue, Sarah Wynter, Jasmine Guy, Britt McKillip
  • 1950 All About Eve
    All About Eve Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
    Starring: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill
  • 1977 Annie Hall
    Annie Hall Director: Woody Allen
    Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane, Paul Simon
  • 2012 Avengers, The
    Avengers, The Director: Joss Whedon
    Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson
  • 2011 Battle for Brooklyn
    Battle for Brooklyn Director: Michael Galinsky, Suki Hawley
  • 1999 Big Daddy
    Big Daddy Director: Dennis Dugan
    Starring: Adam Sandler, Joey Lauren Adams, Jon Stewart, Cole Sprouse, Dylan Sprouse
  • 2010 Blue Valentine
    Blue Valentine Director: Derek Cianfrance
    Starring: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, John Doman, Mike Vogel, Faith Wladyka
  • 2004 Bourne Supremacy, The
    Bourne Supremacy, The Director: Paul Greengrass
    Starring: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Brian Cox, Julia Stiles, Karl Urban
  • 1941 Citizen Kane
    Citizen Kane Director: Orson Welles
    Starring: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton, Dorothy Comingore, Everett Sloane, Ray Collins
  • 2006 Click
    Click Director: Frank Coraci
    Starring: Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken, Henry Winkler, David Hasselhoff
  • 2005 Dark Water (2005)
    Dark Water (2005) Director: Walter Salles
    Starring: Jennifer Connelly, Tim Roth, Shelly Duvall, Camryn Manheim, Pete Postlethwaite
  • 2013 Delivery Man
    Delivery Man Director: Ken Scott
    Starring: Chris Pratt, Vince Vaughn, Simon Delaney, Bobby Moynihan
  • 2012 Disconnect
    Disconnect Director: Henry Alex Rubin
    Starring: Alexander Skarsgård, Frank Grillo, Hope Davis, Jason Bateman, Michael Nyqvist
  • 2011 Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Director: Stephen Daldry
    Starring: Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Thomas Horn, Viola Davis, John Goodman
  • 1990 Ghost (1990)
    Ghost (1990) Director: Jerry Zucker
    Starring: Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Goldwyn, Rick Aviles
  • 1972 Godfather
    Godfather Director: Francis Ford Coppola
    Starring: Marlon Brando, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Al Pacino
  • 1990 Goodfellas
    Goodfellas Director: Martin Scorsese
    Starring: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino
  • 2004 Hellboy
    Hellboy Director: Guillermo Del Toro
    Starring: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Jeffrey Tambor, Karel Roden, Rupert Evans
  • 2002 Hours, The
    Hours, The Director: Brett Ratner
    Starring: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Tom Wilkinson, Elizabeth Pena, Philip Baker Hall
  • 2013 How I Live Now
    How I Live Now Director: Kevin Macdonald
    Starring: Saoirse Ronan, George MacKay, Tom Holland, Harley Bird, Anna Chancellor
  • 2013 Inside Llewyn Davis
    Inside Llewyn Davis Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
    Starring: Oscar Issac, Carey Mulligan
  • 1999 Insider, The
    Insider, The Director: Pete Woeste
    Starring: Russell Crowe, Al Pacino, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora, Philip Baker Hall
  • 1933 King Kong (1933)
    King Kong (1933) Director: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
    Starring: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot
  • 1979 Kramer vs. Kramer
    Kramer vs. Kramer Director: Robert Benton
    Starring: Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, Jane Alexander, Justin Henry, Howard Duff
  • 1994 Leon: The Professional
    Leon: The Professional Director: Luc Besson
    Starring: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello, Peter Appel
  • 1970 Love Story
    Love Story Director: Arthur Hiller
    Starring: Ali MacGraw, Ryan O'Neal, John Marley, Ray Milland, Russell Nype
  • 2008 Man on Wire
    Man on Wire Director: James Marsh
  • 2005 Munich
    Munich Director: Steven Spielberg
    Starring: Eric Bana, Geoffrey Rush, Daniel Craig, Ciaran Hinds, Mathieu Kassovitz
  • 2009 Precious
    Precious Director: Lee Daniels
    Starring: Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd
  • 1980 Raging Bull
    Raging Bull Director: Martin Scorsese
    Starring: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent, Nicholas Colasanto
  • 1954 Rear Window
    Rear Window Director: Alfred Hitchcock
    Starring: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Raymond Burr, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter
  • 2000 Requiem For A Dream
    Requiem For A Dream Director: Darren Aronofsky
    Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans
  • 1992 Scent of a Woman
    Scent of a Woman Director: Martin Brest
    Starring: Al Pacino, Chris O'Donnell, James Rebhorn, Gabrielle Anwar, Philip Seymour Hoffman
  • 2013 Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013), The
    Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013), The Director: Norman Z. McLeod
    Starring: Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Boris Karloff
  • 1993 Sleepless in Seattle
    Sleepless in Seattle Director: Nora Ephron
    Starring: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Bill Pullman, Ross Malinger, Rob Reiner
  • 2011 Something Borrowed
    Something Borrowed Director: Luke Greenfield
    Starring: Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin, John Krasinski, Colin Egglesfield, Steve Howey
  • 1976 Taxi Driver
    Taxi Driver Director: Martin Scorsese
    Starring: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks, Harvey Keitel, Leonard Harris
  • 2010 Twelve
    Twelve Director: Joel Schumacher
    Starring: Chace Crawford, Rory Culkin, Philip Ettinger, Esti Ginzburg, 50 Cent
  • 1995 Usual Suspects, The
    Usual Suspects, The Director: Bryan Singer
    Starring: Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio Del Toro, Kevin Pollak, Kevin Spacey
  • 2001 Vanilla Sky
    Vanilla Sky Director: paramount
    Starring: Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Kurt Russell, Jason Lee
  • 1961 West Side Story
    West Side Story Director: Jerome Robbins, Rober Wise
    Starring: Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris
  • 2014 Winter's Tale
    Winter's Tale Director: Akiva Goldman
    Starring: Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findley
  • 2013 Wolf of Wall Street, The
    Wolf of Wall Street, The Director: Martin Scorsese
    Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill
  • 2013 World War Z
    World War Z Director: Marc Forster
    Starring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Fana Mokoena, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox
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