This is one of these cities in which, wherever you walk, you feel like you're in the middle of a movie set. For decades, the hustle and bustle of NYC has been providing the perfect backdrop for movies, no matter the topic or the budget. The fire escapes, the school buses, Greenwich village, Central Park, the yellow taxis, Grand Central Terminal, Times Square, all these places became iconic.
If you've read my last posts about New York, you probably know how much I love the city of New York. I went there in 2008 on a school trip, then got back there last year for an epic week. Now, while waiting to have the chance to hop on a plane and continue exploring the Big Apple, I've put together a list of 10 movies from years past that will inspire you to visit the five boroughs.
A perfect plan for the cosy season coming up: watch them, then book a flight to see the sights in person!
10 movies that will make you want to visit new york
#1. Frances Ha (2014)
Frances Ha follows a 27 year old directionless alternative dancer named Frances who is trying to figure out her life. Shot in black and white, the movie takes us from Tompkins Square Park, East Broadway, Bryant Park, Chinatown, City Hall Park to Washington Heights. It makes you rediscover the city in a whole different atmosphere than the usual NY movies. ❤
#2. friends (1994-2004)
Because Central Perk and Central Park, because Greenwich Village, because Smelly Cat, because of that wedding in the street, because of the grandma's old yellow cab, because of that romantic night in the Museum of Natural History, because of Phoebe, because of Monica, because of Chandler, Ross, Joey and Rachel. ❤
#3. Brooklyn (2015)
Set in the 50s, Brooklyn tells the story of a young Irish woman's immigration to Brooklyn, where she falls in love. When her past catches up with her she must choose between two countries and the life that exist within them for her. It makes you travel in the old New York, with some gorgeous vintage shots of Coney Island. ❤
#4. Sex & The city, the series (1998-2004)
Sex & the City -it's a classic! The series that makes you want to live in New York and drink margaritas with your girlfriends. With six seasons produced from 1998 to 2004, it takes you to all parts of NYC, with the most fashionable addresses. Carrie and Miranda even go to that cupcake bakery I told you about -Magnolia Bakery! ❤
#5. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
Audrey Hepburn makes you discover New York at her stylish best in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Romp through Central Park, the New York Public Library, Park Avenue, the Upper East Side and, of course, outside Tiffany & Co. with a danish in the wee hours. The character is adorable, quirky, and neurotic. One of the best NY classic movies. ❤
#6. The Devil wears Prada (2006)
A naive young woman comes to New York and scores a job as the assistant to one of the city's biggest magazine editors, the ruthless and cynical Miranda Priestly. It mainly takes place in Manhattan, from Madison Avenue to the 5th. And most important, it makes you want to go shopping in NYC.
#7. manhattan (1979)
There's no New York-inspired movie list without a Woody Allen film! This romantic comedy-drama tells the story of a television writer and his rather interesting dating life. It’s a movie about finding love and happiness in a city where everything seems possible -served with a side of melancholy. A pure Woody Allen.
#8. sleepless in seattle (1993)
Don’t let the name fool you. Sleepless in Seattle features a healthy dose of New York City in all its 90s romantic glory. Taking place on top of the Empire State Building, the last scene is just mythical...
#9. Serendipity (2001)
They meet while fighting over the same pair of cashmere gloves in Bloomingdale's. They feel, if not love, strong attraction at first sight. They go out for hot chocolate, find out each is dating somebody else. They separate. They meet again. He wants her phone number. But they must leave themselves in the hands of Fate. Serendipity is the perfect movie for Christmas lovers. The scene from Central Park ice rink under the snow is magical -and cheesy, I know.
#10. begin again (2014)
A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter, new to Manhattan turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents. The artists decide to sing all over the city, offering the most beautiful footages of New York, from the subway to Washington Square Gardens, Central Park, Times Square, Prince Street...