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The 101 Best New York City Movies Ranked by Vulture

What makes a great New York City movie? Not just a movie set in New York — there are plenty of those. We’re talking about a great New York City movie that transcends establishing shots and dodgy accents to immortalize something distinct about this place. The anxious pace of a weekday commute, the philharmonic overlapping of sidewalk talk, the sweaty jockeying for position on any square foot. Great New York City movies find beauty in the rot of Times Square and ugliness in the penthouses of Central Park West. Many reflect the perilous reality of living in Brooklyn today and the Bronx yesterday; others, the urbane fantasy. The best do both. In assembling this list of the greatest New York…

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  • 25th Hour

    1

  • Dog Day Afternoon

    2

  • Sweet Smell of Success

    3

  • Taxi Driver

    4

  • Paris Is Burning

    5

  • The Apartment

    6

  • Crossing Delancey

    7

  • Moonstruck

    8

  • News from Home

    9

  • The Muppets Take Manhattan

    10

  • Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.

    11

  • Margaret

    12

  • The Godfather

    13

  • Parting Glances

    14

  • An Unmarried Woman

    15

  • The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

    16

  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    17

  • Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One

    18

  • Rosemary's Baby

    19

  • The Cool World

    20

  • Do the Right Thing

    21

  • Rear Window

    22

  • Miracle on 34th Street

    23

  • Carlito's Way

    24

  • Two Lovers

    25

  • Metropolitan

    26

  • Black Caesar

    27

  • After Hours

    28

  • Once Upon a Time in America

    29

  • The Royal Tenenbaums

    30

  • American Psycho

    31

  • In Jackson Heights

    32

  • The Crowd

    33

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    34

  • Smithereens

    35

  • Man Push Cart

    36

  • Love Is Strange

    37

  • Klute

    38

  • Annie Hall

    39

  • Shadows

    40

  • Personal Problems

    41

  • Make Way for Tomorrow

    42

  • Light Sleeper

    43

  • The Producers

    44

  • Applause

    45

  • Mother of George

    46

  • I Shot Andy Warhol

    47

  • All That Jazz

    48

  • Girlfriends

    49

  • On the Town

    50

  • How to Survive a Plague

    51

  • Shaft

    52

  • When Harry Met Sally...

    53

  • Flaming Creatures

    54

  • Putney Swope

    55

  • The Landlord

    56

  • Little Fugitive

    57

  • Dead Presidents

    58

  • Tootsie

    59

  • Baby Face

    60

  • Born in Flames

    61

  • In the Cut

    62

  • The Squid and the Whale

    63

  • I Like It Like That

    64

  • Working Girl

    65

  • The French Connection

    66

  • Saving Face

    67

  • Across 110th Street

    68

  • God Told Me To

    69

  • Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    70

  • Desperately Seeking Susan

    71

  • Speedy

    72

  • Marty

    73

  • The Fisher King

    74

  • Prince of the City

    75

  • The Heiress

    76

  • New Jack City

    77

  • Park Row

    78

  • The Clock

    79

  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    80

  • Midnight Cowboy

    81

  • Saturday Night Fever

    82

  • Funny Girl

    83

  • The Hottest August

    84

  • The Warriors

    85

  • On the Bowery

    86

  • The Women

    87

  • Wild Style

    88

  • Sidewalk Stories

    89

  • The Blank Generation

    90

  • Uncut Gems

    91

  • Cloverfield

    92

  • Weiner

    93

  • Hester Street

    94

  • Wall Street

    95

  • The Odd Couple

    96

  • Jacob's Ladder

    97

  • The Naked City

    98

  • Dick Johnson Is Dead

    99

  • Ghostbusters II

    100