If there’s one city that stands as the capital for culture in the United States (and quite possibly the world), it’s New York City. Maybe that’s why the Big Apple has been the backdrop for some of Hollywood’s greatest films. From Times Square to Central Park, the city’s varied neighborhoods provide a rich tapestry of settings for inventive filmmakers. Some of history’s greatest movie minds have passed through New York’s streets and lent their vision to the city’s storied past. Here are just a couple of the movies that have taken place in the world’s greatest town.
1. The Seven Year Itch
Billy Wilder’s 1955 comedy isn’t really about Marilyn Monroe. It’s about the feelings of restlessness that attack some men deep into their marriages. But, you could hardly convince anyone of that these days, because the shot of Marilyn Monroe fighting the breeze from an amorous subway grate is pretty much the only thing people remember about the film. Still, that one shot (filmed at 586 Lexington) stands as one of the most iconic shots in film history.