The 50 Best New York City Movies

5. The Godfather (1972)

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Leading Actors: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton
NYC Neighborhoods Featured: Little Italy; Midtown; Prince's Bay, Staten Island

Because The Godfather is such an iconic film, and one so readily identifiable with New York, it's easy to forget how intimate the film really is. So few of the scenes are exteriors; most take place in cramped corridors, or dimly lit rooms, full of whispering characters. What's so moving about the film, and, perhaps what's made it endure, is how quietly and casually momentous power is wielded by the characters. That says more about New York, and humanity, than mere geography (and exterior shots) ever could. —BG

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