Thursday, March 11, 2010

Favorite Films Set in New York City

Below is a list of my favorite films either set in New York City:


"American Gangster" (2007) - Ridley Scott did a superb job in sending moviegoers back to the late 1960s and early 1970s in this biopic about gangster Frank Lucas and the New Jersey cop that caught him, Ritchie Roberts. Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe co-starred.

2. "Spider-Man 2" (2004) - Sam Rami directed this best entry of the SPIDER-MAN franchise in which the crime fighting web-slinger decides to give up his costume for a normal life. The movie starred Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Rosemary Harris and Alfred Molina.

3. "Bullets Over Broadway" (1994) - Woody Allen directed this hilarious Oscar-winning tale about the behind-the scenes of a Broadway play in the late 1920s. John Cusak, Oscar winner Dianne Weist and Oscar nominees Jennifer Tilly and Chazz Palminteri co-starred.

4. "The Heiress" (1949) - William Wyler directed this superb adaptation of Henry James' 1880 novel, "Washington Square", about a New York heiress in the late 1840s being pursued by a penniless fortune hunter. Oscar winner Olivia De Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson and Miriam Hopkins co-starred.

5. "The Thin Man" (1934) - The first (and one of the best) of six movies about a former detective and his wife, Nick and Nora Charles. This story, based upon Dashiell Hammett's novel, has Nick Charles investigating the disappearance of a wealthy friend accused of murdering his girlfriend. William Powell and Myrna Loy starred.

6. "Kate and Leopold" (2001) - Meg Ryan and Golden Globe nominee Hugh Jackman co-starred in this romantic tale about an English duke who time travels from New York in 1876 to the present and falls in love with a career woman in the modern day Manhattan. Directed by James Mangold, Liev Schreiber and Breckin Meyer co-starred.

7. "Hello Dolly!" (1969) - Gene Kelly directed this fun and splashy adaptation of the Broadway musical about a matchmaker in 1890 New York who inflicts chaos upon the lives of a Yonkers businessman, his employees and his niece. Barbra Streisand, Walter Matthau and Michael Crawford starred.

8. "Manhattan Murder Mystery" (1993) - This funny tale about a middle-aged couple investigating the possible murder of one of their neighbors made me a fan of Woody Allen movies. The director, along with Diane Keaton, Alan Alda and Anjelica Huston co-starred.

9. "Kid Galahad" (1937) - Edward G. Robinson portrayed a tough boxing manager who decides to promote a young bellhop as a potential boxing champ in this exciting drama. Directed by Michael Curtiz, Bette Davis, Wayne Morris, Jane Bryan and Humphrey Bogart co-starred.

10. "Die Hard with a Vengeance" (1995) - Bruce Willis returned to portray NYPD detective John McClane for the third time in this exciting thriller directed by John Tiernan about the detective's attempts to prevent former East German mercenaries led by Jeremy Irons from bombing New York City. Samuel L. Jackson portrayed his reluctant partner - a Harlem electronics store owner dragged into the fray.

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