The 20 Best Movies Set in New York City

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The best movies set in Manhattan and greater New York City are among the best movies ever made. New York City has inspired America's most brilliant filmmakers, including Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, and Spike Lee. The following 20 films belong on every New Yorker's (and everyone-who-loves-New York) must-see list. (Bonus: They also make great gifts for any NYC film buff.)

Looking to see some of these and other famous NYC film (and TV) locations firsthand? Set out on one of the best film tours in NYC. Then check out the ​Ultimate Guide to NYC for Film Lovers for all things film-related in Manhattan.