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Top 100 NYC Films

This list was compiled in August 2012 on the basis that the films were popular in the era of release as well as successful at the Box Office and have lasted the test of time.

100. Celebrity (1998)

The fortunes of a husband and wife differ drastically after they divorce.

Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Judy Davis and Leonardo DiCaprio
Link: Film Locations

99. Quick Change (1990)

Three thieves successfully rob a New York City bank, but making the escape from the city proves to be almost impossible.

Directors: Howard Franklin, Bill Murray
Stars: Bill Murray, Geena Davis and Randy Quaid
Link: Film Locations

98. Jacob's Ladder (1990)

Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam vet attempts to discover his past while suffering from a severe case of disassociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusion, and perception of death.

Director: Adrian Lyne
Stars: Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña and Danny Aiello
Link: Film Locations

97. The Bone Collector (1999)

Denzel Washington plays a quadriplegic homicide detective. He and his female partner track down a serial killer.

Director: Phillip Noyce
Stars: Denzel Washington, Angelina Jolie and Queen Latifah
Link: Film Locations

96. Fame (1980)

A chronicle of the lives of several teenagers who attend a New York high school for students gifted in the performing arts.

Director: Alan Parker
Stars: Eddie Barth, Irene Cara and Lee Curreri
Link: Film Locations

95. How to Murder Your Wife (1965)

A man who has set up the perfect lifestyle for himself makes the mistake of marrying while drunk... and his fantasies of murder are used against him.

Director: Richard Quine
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Virna Lisi and Terry-Thomas
Link: Film Locations

94. Sex and the City (2008)

A New York writer on sex and love is finally getting married to her Mr. Big. But her three best girlfriends must console her after one of them inadvertently leads Mr. Big to jilt her.

Director: Michael Patrick King
Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall and Cynthia Nixon
Link: Film Locations

93. What Happens in Vegas (2008)

A man and a woman are compelled, for legal reasons, to live life as a couple for a limited period of time. At stake is a large amount of money.

Director: Tom Vaughan
Stars: Cameron Diaz, Ashton Kutcher and Rob Corddry
Link: Film Locations

92. Frankie & Johnny (1991)

Johnny has just been released from prison, and gets a job in a cafe beside waitress Frankie. Frankie is a bit of a loner, but Johnny is determined their romance will blossom.

Director: Garry Marshall
Stars: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer and Hector Elizondo
Link: Film Locations

91. Manhattan (1979)

A divorced New Yorker currently dating a high-schooler brings himself to look for love in the mistress of his best friend instead.

Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton and Mariel Hemingway
Link: Film Locations

90. Awake (2007)

The story focuses on a man who suffers "anesthetic awareness" and finds himself awake and aware, but paralyzed, during heart surgery.

Director: Joby Harold
Stars: Hayden Christensen, Jessica Alba and Terrence Howard
Link: Film Locations

89. Cloverfield (2008)

Revolves around a monster attack in New York as told from the point of view of a small group of people.

Director: Matt Reeves
Stars: Mike Vogel, Jessica Lucas and Lizzy Caplan
Link: Film Locations

88. Sliver (1993)

Carly Norris is a book editor living in New York City who moves into the Sliver apartment building.

Director: Phillip Noyce
Stars: Sharon Stone, William Baldwin and Tom Berenger
Link: Film Locations

87. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

A naive young woman comes to New York and scores a job as the assistant to one of the city's biggest magazine editors, the ruthless and cynical Miranda Priestly.

Director: David Frankel
Stars: Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep and Adrian Grenier
Link: Film Locations

86. One Fine Day (1996)

Two working parents trying to manage their day in New York City after their children miss out on a school trip.

Director: Michael Hoffman
Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, George Clooney and Mae Whitman
Link: Film Locations

85. Wait Until Dark (1967)

A recently blinded woman is terrorized by a trio of thugs while they search for a heroin stuffed doll they believe is in her apartment.

Director: Terence Young
Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin and Richard Crenna
Link: Film Locations

84. Cruel Intentions (1999)

Kathryn makes a bet that her step-brother, Sebastian, won't be able to bed Annette. If he loses, Kathryn gets his Jaguar, if he wins, he gets Kathryn.

Director: Roger Kumble
Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon
Link: Film Locations

83. Midnight Cowboy (1969)

A naive male prostitute and his sickly friend struggle to survive on the streets of New York City.

Director: John Schlesinger
Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight and Sylvia Miles
Link: Film Locations

82. Moonstruck (1987)

Loretta Castorini, a book keeper from Brooklyn, New York, finds herself in a difficult situation when she falls for the brother of the man she agreed to marry.

Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: Cher, Nicolas Cage and Olympia Dukakis
Link: Film Locations

81. The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

The affair btw a politician and a ballerina is affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart.

Director: George Nolfi
Stars: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt and Michael Kelly
Link: Film Locations

80. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

btw two Thanksgivings, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly.

Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest and Michael Caine
Link: Film Locations

79. Shaft (1971)

Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter.

Director: Gordon Parks
Stars: Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn and Charles Cioffi
Link: Film Locations

78. Saturday Night Fever (1977)

A Brooklyn youth feels his only chance to get somewhere is as the king of the disco floor.

Director: John Badham
Stars: John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney and Barry Miller
Link: Film Locations

77. It Could Happen to You (1994)

A police officer promises to share his lottery ticket with a waitress in lieu of a tip.

Director: Andrew Bergman
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Bridget Fonda and Rosie Perez
Link: Film Locations

76. Last Night (2010)

The story follows a married couple, apart for a night while the husband takes a business trip with a colleague to whom he's attracted. While he's resisting temptation, his wife encounters her past love.

Director: Massy Tadjedin
Stars: Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington and Eva Mendes
Link: Film Locations

75. Married to the Mob (1988)

An undercover FBI agent falls in love with a recently widowed mafia wife seeking to start her life over after her husband's murder and who is also pursued by a libidinous mafia kingpin seeking to claim her for himself.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Alec Baldwin and Paul Lazar
Link: Film Locations

74. Almost Famous (2000)

A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies it on their concert tour.

Director: Cameron Crowe
Stars: Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand and Kate Hudson
Link: Film Locations

73. Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)

A bored suburban housewife, seeking adventure to her life, accidentally gets hit on the head, wakes up with amnesia, and is mistaken for a free-spirited New York City drifter named Susan.

Director: Susan Seidelman
Stars: Rosanna Arquette, Madonna and Aidan Quinn
Link: Film Locations

72. Donnie Brasco (1997)

An FBI undercover agent infilitrates the mob and finds himself identifying more with the mafia life to the expense of his regular one.

Director: Mike Newell
Stars: Al Pacino, Johnny Depp and Michael Madsen
Link: Film Locations

71. Three Men and a Baby (1987)

Three bachelors find themselves forced to take care of a baby left by one of the guys' girlfriends.

Director: Leonard Nimoy
Stars: Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg and Ted Danson
Link: Film Locations

70. American Psycho (2000)

A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he escalates deeper into his illogical, gratuitous fantasies.

Director: Mary Harron
Stars: Christian Bale, Justin Theroux and Josh Lucas
Link: Film Locations

69. West Side Story (1961)

Musical about two youngsters from rival NYC gangs who fall in love.

Director: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise
Stars: Natalie Wood, George Chakiris and Richard Beymer
Link: Film Locations

68. Scent of a Woman (1992)

A prep school student needing money agrees to "babysit" a blind man, but the job is not at all what he anticipated.

Director: Martin Brest
Stars: Al Pacino, Chris O'Donnell and James Rebhorn
Link: Film Locations

67. An Affair to Remember (1957)

A couple falls in love and agrees to meet in six months at the Empire State Building - but will it happen?

Director: Leo McCarey
Stars: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr and Richard Denning
Link: Film Locations

66. The Naked City (1948)

A veteran cop is placed in charge of the case and he sets about, with the help of other beat cops and detectives, to find the girl's killer.

Director: Jules Dassin
Stars: Barry Fitzgerald, Howard Duff and Dorothy Hart
Link: Film Locations

65. Death Wish (1974)

A New York City architect becomes a one-man vigilante squad after his wife is murdered by street punks in which he randomly goes out and kills would-be muggers on the mean streets after dark.

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Charles Bronson, Hope Lange and Vincent Gardenia
Link: Film Locations

64. Working Girl (1988)

When a secretary's idea is stolen by her boss, she seizes an opportunity to steal it back by pretending she has her boss's job.

Director: Mike Nichols
Stars: Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford and Sigourney Weaver
Link: Film Locations

63. Brewster's Millions (1985)

A minor league baseball player has to waste $30m in 30 days in order to inherit $300m; however he's not allowed to tell anyone about the $300m deal.

Director: Walter Hill
Stars: Richard Pryor, John Candy and Lonette McKee
Link: Film Locations

62. Butterfield 8 (1960)

The romantic life of a fashionable Manhattan beauty who's part model, part call-girl--and all man-trap.

Director: Daniel Mann
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Laurence Harvey and Eddie Fisher
Link: Film Locations

61. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building.

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard and Patricia Neal
Link: Film Locations

60. * batteries not included (1987)

Apartment block tenants seek the aid of alien mechanical life-forms to save their building from demolition.

Director: Matthew Robbins
Stars: Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy and Frank McRae
Link: Film Locations

59. The Family Man (2000)

A fast-lane investment broker, offered the opportunity to see how the other half lives, wakes up to find that his sports car and girlfriend have become a mini-van and wife.

Director: Brett Ratner
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni and Don Cheadle
Link: Film Locations

58. Vanilla Sky (2001)

A successful publisher finds his life taking a turn for the surreal after a car accident with a jaded lover.

Director: Cameron Crowe
Stars: Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz and Cameron Diaz
Link: Film Locations

57. Splash (1984)

A man is reunited with a mermaid who saves him from drowning as a boy and falls in love not knowing who/what she is.

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah and Eugene Levy
Link: Film Locations

56. Mirage (1965)

A New York man suffers amnesia. He soon learns that he's mixed up in a life-and-death situation, but what exactly is it?

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Gregory Peck, Diane Baker and Walter Matthau
Link: Film Locations

55. Big Daddy (1999)

A lazy law school grad adopts a kid to impress his girlfriend, but everything doesn't go as planned and he becomes the unlikely foster father.

Director: Dennis Dugan
Stars: Adam Sandler, Joey Lauren Adams and Jon Stewart
Link: Film Locations

54. Margin Call (2011)

Follows the key people at an investment bank, over a 24-hour period, during the early stages of the financial crisis.

Director: J.C. Chandor
Stars: Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci and Kevin Spacey
Link: Film Locations

53. Limitless (2011)

A writer discovers a top-secret drug which bestows him with super human abilities.

Director: Neil Burger
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Anna Friel and Abbie Cornish
Link: Film Locations

52. Godzilla (1998)

An enormous, radioactively mutated lizard runs rampant on the island of Manhattan.

Director: Roland Emmerich
Stars: Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno and Maria Pitillo
Link: Film Locations

51. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

One year after Kevin was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he accidentally finds himself in New York City, and the same criminals are not far behind.

Director: Chris Columbus
Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern
Link: Film Locations

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