The 50 Best New York City Movies

12. Marty (1955)

Director: Delbert Mann
Leading Actors: Ernest Borgnine, Besty Blair, Joe Mantell
NYC Neighborhoods Featured: Belmont, The Bronx

Ernest Borgnine puts on an acting clinic in this charming 1955 film that follows a lonely, awkward man on his last-ditch search for love. It's only fitting that after so many films chronicling beautiful people looking for relationships in Manhattan, this sweet story comes out of the Bronx. The Bronx is always neck and neck with Staten Island in the race for most disrespected borough, and as such, the Boogie Down makes the perfect backdrop for the love story of a portly butcher and a homely teacher. Uptown, baby. —BG

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