New York City has long been a favorite backdrop for filmmakers. The skyscrapers, famous skyline, renowned landmarks, mountains of garbage, notable mass transit system, beautiful parks, and streets lined with crazy people are an alluring setting for everything from romantic comedies (Weekend at Bernie’s 2), tragedies, (Autumn in New York), mysteries (Desperately Seeking Susan), adventure (the Die Hard oeuvre) and horror films (Kids). Films set in New York City cover a variety of educational topics, too, ranging from domestic policy (Single White Female) to infrastructure (Money Train) to physics (Ghostbusters) to drug policy (The Wackness) to religion (Miracle on 34th Street) and, of course, international relations (Coming to America). Woody Allen’s early career was a singular love affair with the Big Apple. You couldn’t have filmed The Godfather in Portland or Raging Bull in Sioux City or Splash in Phoenix.
When a film is made here, New York City is as much of a setting as it is a supporting character. Today on IFC we are showing Naked in New York at 8:25 p.m ET. It was produced by Martin Scorsese and features Eric Stoltz, Ralph “Karate Kid” Macchio, Kathleen Turner and a lot of other notable New Yorkers. As we wait until showtime rolls around here are a few more films made in New York:
New York, I Love You is a series of short films loosely strung together into a love song to New York City:
If you don’t call yourself a Kurt Russell fan, then you haven’t seen Escape From New York. Team Snake!:
In Ed Burns’ Sidewalks of New York, the interwoven lives of six city residents show how such a large city can feel like a small village:
And, of course, Naked in New York, which airs tonight at 8:25 p.m. ET: