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The 50 Best New York City Movies

20. Midnight Cowboy (1969)

Director: John Schlesinger
Leading Actors: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles, Bob Balaban
NYC Neighborhoods Featured: Midtown

Midnight Cowboy proves it's tough to make it in New York City, no matter what you do. Even prostitution is tough to break into, let this controversial Best Picture-winner tell it. Though struggle and poverty are certainly part of the deal in NYC, it's hard to believe that these seedy, run-down characters ran the streets of Midtown, near Times Square, which have since been fumigated and freed of unshaven men like Dustin Hoffman's Ratso Rizzo. At least one thing remains true so many years later: If you don't get aggressive with taxis, they will run your ass over. —BG

"Gritty Realism"

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