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The 50 Best New York City Movies

36. Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)

Director: Susan Seidelman
Leading Actors: Rosanna Arquette, Madonna, Aiden Quin, Mark Blum, Laurie Metcalf
NYC Neighborhoods Featured: Lower East Side, Central Park

This mistaken identity comedy is almost Shakespearean, featuring two pairs of lovers who look strikingly similar and an "enchanted forest" that they must traverse to find happiness. Of course, that forest is the labyrinth of artist lofts and tacky lounges of the Lower East Side in the mid-'80s. It's strange watching this film, as it stars a Madonna and an LES that are both strikingly different from what we see now. Maybe today this film would take place in Bushwick and star Lady Gaga. Anybody have the number for Focus Features? —BG

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