The 50 Best New York City Movies

10. Rosemary's Baby (1968)

Director: Roman Polanski
Leading Actors: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon
NYC Neighborhoods Featured: Upper West Side

One of the greatest horror films ever made, Roman Polanski's adaptation of Ira Levin's novel captures the paranoia and isolation big cities breed. Mia Farrow plays Rosemary, the bewildered outsider tortured in the private space of her own high rise apartment and pregnancy, capturing the oxymoron of "real paranoia" with grace and precision. John Cassavetes is wonderful as the distancing husband seduced into darkness by the sweet elderly couple next door. For every New Yorker that's wondered about his or her neighbors, there's something scary waiting for them here. —GT

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