Highest-Rated Movies about 'New York City', Sort by Popularity


Detour (1945), Big (1988), On the Bowery (1956), A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969), Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things (2019), End of the Century (2003), Supernatural (2005), Disney's Newsies: The Broadway Musical (2017) ... Let's take a look at the ranked list of the best New York City movies.


Detour (1945)

A down-and-out piano player becomes involved with a mysterious woman and two murders as he hitchhikes west.

pianist, singer, driver, femme fatale, girlfriend, brooding, dark

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Big (1988)

A wishing machine turns a boy into a 35-year-old man (Tom Hanks) with a fun job and a girlfriend (Elizabeth Perkins).

boy, friend, owner, executive, love interest, rival, charming

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On the Bowery (1956)

Filmmaker Lionel Rogosin turns his camera on the homeless "bums" who frequent New York City's Bowery area.

homeless person, thief, bum, alcoholic, disheartening, shocking, powerful

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A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969)

Charlie Brown wins a slot in the national spelling bee in the "Peanuts" gang's first big-screen adventure.

charlie brown, snoopy, linus van pelt, lucy van pelt, cool, heartwarming, school

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End of the Century (2003)

Joey, Johnny and Dee Dee -- better known as The Ramones -- changed the course of rock history with their rebellious punk ethos and minimalist approach to songwriting, and in the process became counterculture icons. "End of the Century" follows the Queens kids from their earliest underground gigs in the 1970s to their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, featuring rare archive concert footage and candid interviews with the band members.

rock star, parent, audience, raw, gritty, queens, n.y., new york city

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Disney's Newsies: The Broadway Musical (2017)

Newsboys go on strike in 1899 New York in this stage performance of the musical "Newsies," filmed at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.

delivery boy, homeless child, friend, reporter, singer, romantic interest, lighthearted

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Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey (2002)

The creators of the internationally renowned stage show "Stomp" aim to bring its infectious energy to the world stage. Shooting on location on five different continents, the filmmakers interweave various musical styles with the inventive percussion and high-energy dance numbers of the off-Broadway smash to reveal the evolving nature of music around the world. Performers rhythmically pound their feet, clap their hands and bang any object in sight to reveal the pulse that connects all mankind.

musician, drummer, dancer, street performer, frenetic, thrilling, playful

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Gia (1998)

A 1970s supermodel (Angelina Jolie) embodies glamour but uses drugs to dull the pain of loneliness and despair.

model, restaurant owner, makeup artist, agent, bleak, intense, new york city

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Sugar (2008)

Like many young men in the Dominican Republic, 19-year-old Miguel "Sugar" Santos (Algenis Perez Soto) dreams of winning a slot on an American baseball team. Indeed, his talents as a pitcher eventually land him a slot on a single-A team in Iowa, but culture shock, racism and other curveballs threaten to turn Sugar's dream sour.

coach, baseball player, baseball pitcher, farmer, mother, friend, engaging

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Lovers and Lollipops (1956)

A New York widow's (Lori March) 6-year-old daughter (Cathy Dunn) resents her businessman boyfriend (Gerald S. O'Loughlin).

widow, engineer, daughter, endearing, new york city, museum, central park

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Prince of the City (1981)

A New York police detective (Treat Williams) wears a "wire" for federal agents to nail his friends on the take.

detective, cop, junkie, drug dealer, wife, investigator, suspenseful

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All You Need Is Cash (1978)

This seminal mockumentary satirizes the career of the Beatles via a fictional pop group called the Rutles. Commonly known as the "Pre-Fab Four," Barry Wom, Dirk McQuickly, Stig O'Hara and Ron Nasty are a gang of mop-topped goofballs from Liverpool, England, whose songs bewitch the entire world. But between hits like "Cheese and Onions" and "Doubleback Alley," the group ultimately implodes, leading to a bitter public breakup.

rock star, manager, girlfriend, artist, creative, hilarious, witty

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The Godfather: Part II (1974)

The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City is portrayed, while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate.

gangster, murderer, brother, father, criminal, politician, dark

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In America (2002)

A handsome actor (Paddy Considine), his wife (Samantha Morton) and their two daughters emigrate from Ireland and search for success in New York.

young girl, actor, mother, daughter, son, endearing, charming

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ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway (2005)

Filmmaker Dori Berinstein charts the creation of four Broadway shows during the 2003-2004 season: "Wicked," "Taboo," "Avenue Q" and "Caroline, or Change."

director, actor, actress, producer, critic, amusing, fascinating

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Sid & Nancy (1986)

Sid Vicious (Gary Oldman) of the punk-rock Sex Pistols self-destructs with girlfriend Nancy Spungen (Chloe Webb).

bassist, singer, girlfriend, drug addict, manager, amusing, shocking

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Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation (1999)

Filmmaker Chuck Workman charts the achievements of Beat notables Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Neal Cassady.

writer, college student, free spirit, creative, inspiring, fascinating, cool

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No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005)

Filmmaker Martin Scorsese traces Bob Dylan's evolution from folk troubadour to iconic rock star. Live concert footage and press conferences from the 1960s and a new interview with Dylan are used to draw a portrait of the legendary singer-songwriter.

musician, girlfriend, allen ginsberg, gutsy, passionate, new york city, concert stage

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It's Always Fair Weather (1955)

A talk-show staffer (Cyd Charisse) puts a fight manager (Gene Kelly), adman (Dan Dailey) and cook on TV 10 years after they parted as GIs.

veteran, friend, gangster, tv personality, charming, amusing, new york city

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Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)

Racial tension flares up among an ex-cop, a bigot and a black entertainer who band together to rob a bank.

thief, ex-convict, entertainer, girlfriend, police chief, wife, dark

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Nico-Icon (1995)

Filmmaker Susan Ofteringer profiles German model, cult figure and heroin addict Nico, nee Christa Paffgen.

musician, artist, filmmaker, actress, model, brooding, creative

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The Woman in the Window (1944)

A sober professor (Edward G. Robinson) meets a model (Joan Bennett) and gets mixed up in murder when his family goes away.

professor, artist's model, boyfriend, district attorney, bodyguard, dark, suspenseful

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Sybil (1976)

This tale of child abuse and and its deep psychological scars, based on a true story, follows Sybil (Sally Field), an introverted student living alone in New York City who suffers from multiple personality disorder. Haunted by nightmares of her past, Sybil starts seeing a psychiatrist named Dr. Cornelia B. Wilbur (Joanne Woodward). When Dr. Wilbur discovers Sybil has over a dozen different personalities, she becomes obsessed with uncovering her patient's tortured childhood in order to heal her.

student, psychiatrist, mother, doctor, sad, intense, shocking

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Walking and Talking (1996)

Amelia (Catherine Keener) is jealous when her closest friend and roommate, Laura (Anne Heche), moves out to live with her fiancé. Suddenly alone, Amelia takes a pessimistic look at her own life. Her pet name for Bill (Kevin Corrigan), the last guy she dated, is the "Ugly Guy"; her conversations with her ex-boyfriend, Andrew (Liev Schreiber), usually devolve into name-calling; and her beloved cat has come down with cancer. She then tries to put aside her envy and rely on Laura for support.

single woman, best friend, fiancé, ex-boyfriend, video store clerk, therapist, witty

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Goodfellas (1990)

The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.

mobster, gangster, thief, partner, agent, mob enforcer, gritty

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Arizona Dream (1992)

Called to Arizona by his Cadillac-dealer uncle (Jerry Lewis), a fish-and-game warden (Johnny Depp) meets a kooky widow (Faye Dunaway) and an heiress.

salesman, stepdaughter, eccentric, uncle, older woman, cousin, dreamy

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Vote for Me (2003)

Vote For Me! is a political comedy set in East Harlem: the story of a 70-year old Puerto Rican super who runs for Congress and wins.

superintendent, candidate, mother, politician, social worker, amusing, inspiring

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Sisters (1973)

A newswoman (Jennifer Salt) and a private eye (Charles Durning) probe a murder confused by separated Siamese twins (Margot Kidder).

reporter, model, police officer, private investigator, man, sister, frightening

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