New York in the Movies – a Gallery

I’ve been wanting to dedicate a gallery post to my home town and today I found my excuse.  It was 351 years ago – on September 8, 1664 – that New Amsterdam became New York.  How’s that for a stretch?


I love seeing New York in the Movies.  I love movies about New York.  The City’s glitz and glamour and its dark underbelly have made memorable settings for movies since the dawn of the motion picture industry.  So – I offer a gallery of New York movies – an impressive lot.  Note that this does not include every single movie made that has a story set either all or in part in New York, but there are well over 200 accounted for.  I hope you enjoy it.

“One can’t paint New York as it is, but rather as it is felt.” ― Georgia O’Keeffe

New York in Pictures – a gallery (through 1985)

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“I look out the window and I see the lights and the skyline and the people on the street rushing around looking for action, love, and the world’s greatest chocolate chip cookie, and my heart does a little dance.”
Nora Ephron, Heartburn

“Yet, as only New Yorkers know, if you can get through the twilight, you’ll live through the night.” ― Dorothy Parker

“One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.” ― Tom Wolfe

“Of course, in Los Angeles, everything is based on driving, even the killings. In New York, most people don’t have cars, so if you want to kill a person, you have to take the subway to their house. And sometimes on the way, the train is delayed and you get impatient, so you have to kill someone on the subway. That’s why there are so many subway murders; no one has a car.” ― George Carlin, Brain Droppings

“When you leave New York, you are astonished at how clean the rest of the world is. Clean is not enough.” ― Fran Lebowitz

“When you leave New York you ain’t going anywhere.” ― Jimmy Breslin

“If you live in New York, even if you’re Catholic, you’re Jewish”― Lenny Bruce

“Everybody ought to have a lower East Side in their life.” ― Irving Berlin

“I go to Paris, I go to London, I go to Rome, and I always say, “There’s no place like New York. It’s the most exciting city in the world now. That’s the way it is. That’s it.” ― Robert De Niro

“The glamour of it all! New York! America!” – Charlie Chaplin


12 thoughts

  1. I may have missed these, but had you included The World of Henry Orient or Mary, Mary? Henry Orient is probably my all-time favourite New York movie. I grew up wanting to be one or both of those girls! Love, love, that movie.

  2. Ahhh, New York. We all know when people talk about coming to America…they are talking about coming to New York. Or more specifically MANHATTAN. I love my town!! Nice post.

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