The 50 Best New York City Movies

18. Network (1976)

Director: Sidney Lumet
Leading Actors: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch
NYC Neighborhoods Featured: Upper West Side

A movie steeped in the cynicism of the '70s, Network does more than just portray trends in TV. It offers real criticism of the medium, insight that predicts the nonsense information overload and white noise of today. Early in the film, a frustrated anchor walks rainy New York City streets, working himself into a fervor over his firing. Ratings have axed him, but he'll leave one last message with the world. His on-air tirade catches the attention of an angry public, setting into motion a dark comedy so well written and acted, it only feels like a period piece when you pay attention to the clothes. —GT

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