Of the numerous iconic New York movies, here is a list of our personal favorite scenes. Follow along to see which scenes you can recognize, and which films need to be put on the list for immediate review.
Here are 9 Most Famous Movie Scenes in NYC:
1. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
If Breakfast at Tiffany’s brought you a love of New York, you are certainly not alone. Audrey Hepburn incited many young girls’ enticement of the big city and the romantic lure of finding love in the reflection at Tiffany’s. Hepburn forever glamorized the little black dress, pearls and big sunglasses, all essential to a girl’s attainable dream or glitz, glamour and being adored in New York.
2. The Seven Year Itch (1955)
The Seven Year Itch gave the world one of women’s most iconic images: Marilyn Monroe over the subway gates, white dress flying up toward an unexacting yet unembarrassed face and a glimpse of her white panties for all the world to see. Marilyn freed productivity for women in this scene and romanticized the unending moments of the unexpected in the city.
3. Big (1988)
Can one ever forget Tom Hanks waking up as a man-child, living his dream at the toy store, ordering a pinball machine and trampoline to his unfathomably large loft? One scene in the movie you can still recreate around the city is the infamous toe-tapping dance to Heart and Soul along the FAO Schwartz piano floor.
4. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Another classic, Meg Ryan’s dramatized pleasure scene in the seat at Katz’ Deli is still famous and mimicked by people all over the world.
5. Taxi Driver (1976)
One of Martin Scorsese’s most beloved films, Taxi Driver, has scenes shot at the Time Square Adult Film Theatre, where a young Robert De Niro displays oddly engaging inappropriate dating behavior.
6. Ghostbusters (1984)
Could we make this list without including Ghostbusters and its winning cast of Bill Murray, Harold Ramos and Dan Aykroyd? Of course not, not to mention the classic’s prominent scenes in New York Public Library where you can still imagine your ghost busting skills, today.
7. Manhattan (1979)
Manhattan iconized Sutton Place Park and marked it as a forever setting for budding, established or long-fought-for love. If not for Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, the romantic city alcove might still be left known to only a wandering few.
8. Miracle on 34th St. (1947)
A holiday classic, Miracle on 34th St. popularized the Macy’s storefront in midtown Manhattan and charmed it into a wildly romantic place that today’s residents know it not to become the dizzying holiday shopping season.
9. Home Alone 2 (1992)
Ah, Kevin McCallister’s infamous vacation to The Plaza Hotel, where robbers were a phone call to security away and the robed room-service life was in reach. Christmas in New York is romanticized for many reasons, not least of them, Macaulay Culkin running around free in the city in his youth.
Did you recognize the places mentioned in the movie scenes above? Let us know which scenes are your favorites and if any classics we missed should be put on the list.
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