You can learn a lot about a city through the films that are set there. This is especially true when it comes to the Big Apple. The story may be largely fictional, but the distinctive urban backdrop is like a character in its own right. Here are 11 iconic movies about New York, where the skyline, hubbub, street culture and attitudes depicted on screen capture some vital essence of this great city.
1. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
This classic Audrey Hepburn romantic comedy was based on a Truman Capote novella. It tells the tale of a small town girl trying to reinvent herself as socialite Holly Golightly in New York City. She does this by gold digging wealthy men to try to secure her position. The film begins on Fifth Avenue, with Holly eating a pastry outside the famous Tiffany & Co. jewelry store that seems to represent everything she wants in life. The Upper East Side, Central Park and the New York Public Library are also featured in this NYC film. It is often said that New York is a symbol of capitalist excess in this movie.