The 50 Best New York City Movies

3. Manhattan (1979)

Director: Woody Allen
Leading Actors: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway
NYC Neighborhoods Featured: Midtown, Upper East Side

That Manhattan is first and foremost a beautiful love letter to the city can get lost amid the gross coupling of Woody Allen's character and his underage lover. But maybe that's the point. If we could just get past our hang-ups and refrain from partaking in the self-destructive actions our neurotic personalities push us toward, Allen tells us, we might just have a chance at happiness. Sure, maybe. (Probably not a get-out-of-jail-free-card for statutory rape, though.) The beauty that Allen sees in Manhattan is captured at every turn with lovely black and white photography and the Gershwin-heavy score, but these characters never have a moment to enjoy it, as they choose to roam the corridors of their own minds. —BG

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