Though Hollywood serves as the metonym for the American film industry, filmmakers have been drawn to the streets of New York City since the earliest days of cinema. Because of its countless representations on the silver screen, New York occupies a massive part of our cultural imagination, leading to a plethora of New York movies.

When you imagine becoming an actor, you picture working in a restaurant in Soho. When you imagine becoming a writer, you picture being unemployed in Brooklyn. And so on. We have all these New York pictures to thank for that.

These are the 50 best New York movies, the flicks shot on location that reveal something about the character of the place, and the people that call it home.

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