Thanks to its unique landmarks, attractions and streets, New York City has been a favorite destination for movie filming. And, in admiration of our beloved city, we are looking back at some of the most memorable movies ever filmed in New York City to take you on a trip down memory lane or help you travel through the Big Apple from the comfort of your home.
1/ Miracle on 34th St. (1947)
This movie is many things: a celebration of the Christmas spirit, a heartfelt plea against the “over-commercialism” of Christmas, an examination of faith; just to name a few. Most scenes of Miracle on 34th street were filmed in Macy’s New York City store. Christmas in the Big Apple will never be the same after you see this film.
2/ Home Alone 2 (1992)
This movie is an absolute blast, it’s not your typical Christmas movie, but it does take place at that time of the year in New York City. There are some great location shots at the Rockefeller Center as well as Central Park. There are also many heartwarming moments in this family-friendly comedy movie.
3/ Do the Right Thing (1989)
Do The Right Thing is not an easy watch; but it’s a fascinating and suspenseful film that broke many taboos. The movie takes place on a particularly hot day in Brooklyn within the neighborhood known as Bedford-Stuyvesant. Watch it to get a perspective on the difficult issues that this Brooklyn community was dealing with at the time.
4/ Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
Let’s just say that we created this entire list just so we can talk about Breakfast at Tiffany’s because Audrey Hepburn is that amazing. This movie is a romantic love story about two people who find happiness in a wild, mixed-up world. Recommended for anyone who loves old Hollywood movies.
5/ When Harry Met Sally (1989)
The film that made countless people ask the question “can men and women ever be just friends?”. When Harry Met Sally is a conversation-centered movie exploring love, sex, and how men and women interrelate. This flick is hilarious and it’s full of beautiful shots of New York City.
6/ Coming to America (1988)
This entertaining film featuring Eddie Murphy is still many people’s favorite and if you’re looking for a notable 1980s comedy, particularly one that has great outfits, definitely check this one out. Yes, the story line is a little silly, but sometimes those movies are exactly what you need to put you in a good mood.
7/ Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
If you haven’t seen this almost 3 hours long epic story based on the true life of Jordan Belfort, a former New York stockbroker, you absolutely should. Although you may have heard, his memoir is quite explicit with reference to drugs, alcohol use and sex, so just be aware. Despite the fact that Leonardo DiCaprio didn’t get an Oscar for his role in this movie, his performance is totally worth watching.
8/ Manhattan -By Woody Allen (1979)
Often considered one of Allen’s best films, in “Manhattan,” he finds the joy of eating out, visiting museums and walking the streets; making the borough maybe the movie’s most unforgettable character. The collection of artistic shots of New York City’s skyline and fireworks over Central Park at the opening sequence was apparently meant to be his love letter to the city.
9/ The Godfather (1972)
Hopefully you’ve already seen this masterpiece The Godfather, but if not, this is still a good time to do so right now. Not only is it packed with some of the most iconic quotes from American movie history, but this movie also has plenty of actions. Now go have a movie night with Don Corleone.
10/ Taxi Driver (1976)
This film is an immense classic of American cinematic dominance. This crime movie follows lonely, ex-marine who became a New York City Taxi Driver at night to cope with his habitual insomnia. While it deals with dark ideas, it’s hard not to be amused while watching this movie.
The list of great cinemas filmed in New York City can be never-ending as multiple movies continue to get recorded here to this day. Plus, there’s just something extraordinary about life in Gotham City that can excite and inspire anyone including filmmakers, actors and audiences alike. What’s your most memorable movie scene filmed in New York City?