Top 5 Best Movies with an NYC Setting

King Kong, Ghostbusters and many more are popular movies NYC landmarks have featured in, and this is no surprise, as the Big Apple is a city like no other.

With a population density and urban environment that stand out whenever the city is photographed or filmed, stories set in NYC appear throughout literature, television and film. Some of the best movies set in New York City use the city itself as a character, interacting with and impacting the lives of everyone else.

Here are the top five popular movies NYC is a setting in:

5.) New York, I Love You


Released in 2009, New York, I Love You is an NYC-based companion to movies such as Paris je t’aime and is the second film in the Cities of Love franchise, created and produced by Emmanuel Benbihy.

The American romantic-comedy is one of the many movies NYC citizens can credit as covering most of their daily lives, with each exploring a different aspect of life in New York, but with the film centered on the topic of love.

Notable directors and actors include Natalie Portman, Bradley Cooper, Christina Ricci, Shia LaBeouf and Brett Ratner. Some segments of the movie’s NYC setting help to celebrate New York City’s beauty and the vibrancy of its residents, while others show how lonely the modern metropolis can be. The differences in tone and theme from one segment to the next reflect New York City, with all its wonders and its many imperfections.

The movie, which is a compilation of 11 short films, was set in all five boroughs of New York City.

Release Date: October 16, 2009