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The 50 Best New York City Movies

47. King Kong (1933)

Director: Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack
Leading Actors: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot
NYC Neighborhoods Featured: Midtown

King Kong. Depending on how you watch the flick, it's either a morality tale, an uncommon love story, or a messy look at race in America. Featuring incredible special effects that still impress (despite the constantly shifting scale for Kong's size), this epic upped the ante for visuals, a true high-water mark. Though much of the film was filmed on sound stages, the shots of the city used during the climax came from real cameras pointed at Gotham. The image of Kong wrapped around the Empire State Building, fighting off prop planes, is one of the most iconic in film history. —GT

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