New York is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and so many movies have taken advantage of it. And even when studios can’t afford to shoot in the expensive city, they use other New York-like cities to act as the Big Apple, just like, according to Secret Manchester, The crown did when they completely transformed Manchester’s Northern Quarter.
Whether or not these movies set in New York are actually shot in the city, Redditors marvel at their depictions of NY (whether it’s the twinkling baubles on the Rockefeller Christmas tree or the thick New York accents). Between several detective films, a few celebratory films, and a memorable romance film, however received, these releases have helped New York’s tourism industry massively.
Uncut Gems (2019)
Uncut Gems will be considered a classic 20 years from now, but anyone who thinks it accurately captures the spirit of New York will undoubtedly want to avoid the city at all costs. The 2019 crime thriller is set primarily in the Diamond District, and each character is a seedy jeweler with ties to illegal bookmakers and other criminals.
New York resident Currentroster says “we don’t have Kevin Garnett walking around with a rock or Adam Sandler thrown into our local water fountain, but everything else…yeah.” The film sees Howard Ratner (Sandler) being thrown into the neighborhood fountain when he can pay his debts, but getting a little wet is far from the worst that happens to him.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
Many think home alone 2 is better than the original movie, and part of the reason it’s a colorful New York setting. The 1992 film isn’t just set in New York, but it’s set in New York City during the holiday season, and few other Christmas movies have captured the city like this.
Platinumkanikus hilariously states that they “never been there, but I guess it’s just like home alone 2It’s unclear if the Redditor is talking about the beautiful Rockefeller Center Christmas tree or the Central Park ice rink, but either way, the film’s portrayal of NY is certainly unique.
Inside the Man (2006)
Final_Masterpiece479 counts heist movie directed by Spike Lee Inside the man “best capture New York.” If there’s one director who has tried hardest to capture the beauty of New York City, it’s Lee, as almost all of his films are set in the picturesque city.
And if there is something Inside the man is known for aside from its unique take on the heist subgenre, it’s New York accents and the way the characters use typical NY vernacular and slang.
Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)
just like Home Alone 2, Die Hard with a Vengeance is another sequel that took the franchise to New York. The film also takes advantage of the city by subverting the show’s trademark. The first two films saw John McClane inside a building and tasked with taking down terrorists with limited resources, but the trio sees McClane traveling across the Big Apple, solving clues almost as if he were the The Riddler’s Batman by Simon Gruber.
Generalosabenkenobi observes that “they can circumvent the realistic way you might get from place to place, but the locations are all real locations”. As John and Zeus speed around New York, the roads are eerily free of traffic.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York isn’t the only NYC-based Christmas movie, as quoted by Frosty_Parsnip_5108 Elf as another film that “best captures” the Big Apple. Elf hits most of the same beats when it comes to New York, but there are a few unique scenes and locations that set it apart.
First, Buddy’s dad works in the Empire State Building and he thinks the elevator buttons look like a Christmas tree when they light up. He also works at a huge Gimbels department store, and the film pokes fun at the hyperbole found in the city, such as cafes that advertise “the best coffee in the world”. Unfortunately, for such a big hit, fans are still waiting for a sequel.
King of New York (1990)
1990 was a huge year for classic gangster movies, as it saw the release of both The Godfather Part III and Freedmen. But because these films became huge events, a cult classic lives in their shadow, king of new york. ShiZnit3 reminds people, “don’t forget king of new york and Jack’s New Town.”
When it comes to depictions of the city, the two mentioned by the Redditor are the grittiest and most exhausting. However, they are also the most captivating and they are a great double feature.
A Rainy Day in New York (2019)
Mace-window777 thinks A rainy day in New York has one of the best representations of NY, and how could it not have “New York” literally in the title of the film? However, the Redditor is also highly critical of the film, remembering the film as “the recent movie that nobody likes called A rainy day in New York with Chalamat.”
Although the film uses the beauty and allure of NY in every shot, the film wasn’t all it got. Timothee Chalamet has apparently become one of Hollywood’s fan-favorite actors, but for such a good actor, A rainy day in New York is not his best work.
Escape from New York (1981)
Using the Statue of Liberty in disaster movies has become a common trend, whether in Ghostbusters 2, Cloverfieldor the iconic The Planet of the Apes. But Escape from New York was the very first to see Lady Liberty’s head decapitated and rolled through the streets of the Big Apple.
However, while Gryptype_Thynne123 thinks the film is a great representation of NY, they explain that the film was “mostly shot in St Louis, oddly enough”. There is even a sequel Escape Los Angeleswhich sees the unlucky serpent in the same predicament in the City of Angels, and it’s just as entertaining, but LA isn’t quite as much of a character itself as New York was in the 1981 film.
Royal Tenenbaum (2001)
Although they think where they live devalues their opinion, this Redditor thinks The Royal Tenenbaums is the best representation of New York. The Redditor explains, “Take this with a grain of salt because I’m a West Coaster, but: Royal TenenbaumsThe film established famed director Wes Anderson’s signature cartoonish, symmetrical style, but some believe it fell too far in style and the director is its worst enemy.
However, while Anderson has become known for cutting between styles, whether using thumbnails that intentionally resemble miniature animation or stop-motion, the 2001 film never reminds people they’re watching a movie. . But there are still countless shots in slow motion.
Quick Change (1990)
Although many people may not have heard of the 1990 criminal hug, Kubrickian80 defends it and thinks it presents a great portrayal of New York City. Quick change just holds a 6.8 on IMDb, but the Redditor defends it, calling it “an underrated New York movie for sure.”
The movie is based in the Big Apple as it follows three criminals who pull off an elaborate heist, but it’s less about the heist itself and more about the hilariously botched getaway. Quick change was the first and only movie directed by movie star Bill Murray, and it’s no surprise he never returned to the director’s chair. A box office bomb that failed to recoup its budget is enough to put anyone off.
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