The 50 Best New York City Movies

19. Ghostbusters (1984)

Director: Ivan Reitman
Leading Actors: Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Sigourney Weaver
NYC Neighborhoods Featured: Midtown, Tribeca, Central Park

If you weren't hooked by the theme song and opening scene, you don't enjoy fun. Ghostbusters remains one of the most beloved movies to come out of the weird cultural ark that is the '80s. The movie borrows from too many genres to name, with a 50/50 cast of straight men and punch-liners, and a very soft science fiction angle that provides a great excuse to open up the private lives and histories of New York's residents like a Whitman's Sampler. The business aspect of ghostbusting is as American as the Stay Puft Marshmallow man lumbering through Midtown, our own Godzilla. But Billy Murray's lip-sticking cigarette will always be the highlight in a movie that is a bag of gems and gags. —GT

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