You don’t need us to point out to you that countless movies have been set and filmed in our fabulous city. In fact, if you live in the Big Apple, you’ll probably encounter a movie set at least once in your lifetime. Just last month, I walked past the set of Mr. Popper’s Penguins, starring Jim Carry, set to come out in 2011. With so many to choose from, it’s tough to pick the “best” movies ever filmed in NYC – but we definitely have our favorites. Here they are, and don’t forget to name your favorite by leaving a comment down below!
By Erin Semple.

The Godfather

Probably the most famous of the bunch is The Godfather, an American gangster-drama filmed in 1972. Starring alongside megastars Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and Diane Keaton were the streets of New York City. You can find Fifth Avenue, Bellevue Hospital, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary on 14th Street, New York State Supreme Court, Staten Island, Old St. Patrick’s and Woodside, Queens depicted in the film. Sequels followed in 1974 and 1990.


Woody Allen and Diane Keaton starred in a romantic comedy in 1979, known as Manhattan. Presented in Black and White, you’ll see The Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire Diner on 10th Avenue, the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Natural History, Dean and Deluca, John’s pizzeria on Bleecker Street, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Who ya gonna call? This 1984 adventure flick featured the New York Public Library, Columbia University and 55 Central Park West. Ghostbusters stars included big names like Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver.


You might know Big as the movie where Tom Hanks performed on the giant piano keys at FAO Schwarz. Catch the toy store’s main location on 5th Avenue and 58th street, along with Coney Island, in this 1988 classic

When Harry Met Sally

Order a mouthwatering sandwich at Katz’s Deli to understand exactly what made one onlooker go “I’ll have what she’s having,” when Meg Ryan starred in 1989’s When Harry Met Sally.


(Photo: Paramount/Courtesy Everett Collection)

In 1990, the streets of NYC and the subway cars of Times Square hit the big screens in “Ghost.”


Also in 1990, Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci and Ray Liotta were filmed on the set of Goodfellas in New York City. In this movie, you’ll find shots of Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island.

Independence Day

Six years later, in Independence Day, aliens took over the city. Check out great shots of the New York Harbor, Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building in this well known movie.

You’ve Got Mail

Sleepless Seattle favorites returned in You’ve Got Mail , and showed viewers the romantic side of this city featuring parts of Central Park, Fifth Avenue and the Upper West side.


John Cusack chases his love and gives us a rushed tour of the city in Serendipity. Catch the Waldorf=Astoria, Central Park, Bloomingdales and of course, the cafe for which the movie is named.

Spiderman (All 3 Of Them)

Spiderman, Spiderman 2 and Spiderman 3 certainly displayed some of favorite places in NYC. In Spiderman 3, Peter Parker even proposed to Mary Jane at one of these places, the bow bridge in Central Park. You can also see parts of Forest Hills, Queens, midtown and downtown as Spiderman himself glides over the city.


Will Smith helps Kevin James win the heart of his unrequited, out-of-his-league love interest in Hitch. In between laughs, you’ll see parts of Wall Street, Ellis Island, Morningside Heights, Columbia University, Fulton Fish Market, and the North Cove Marina. The Wall Street Bull scene is one of my favorites – if you’ve seen it, you know why.

27 Dresses

Say what you will about this rom-com, but 27 Dresses makes our list for its picturesque shots of Central Park, including The Loeb Boathouse.  Hudson River and other parts of the city are shown as Katherine Heigl runs around serving a duty as a faithful bridesmaid.

Erin Semple is freelance writer from the New York City area. For more from The Best Of New York, follow us on Twitter & Facebook!

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