As the cultural capital of the United States, it’s no surprise that New York City has fascinated filmmakers for generations.
The city has been the backdrop of more movies than we can count, and a number of them are absolutely awful representations. Hollywood has a tendency to show us the lives of “everyone” from fashion magazine editors in massive mythical apartments, to fashion magazine interns in unaffordable, non-existent sublets.
But that doesn’t mean there are no good — and even great — movies and documentaries about New York. With that in mind we’ve compiled 12 excellent examples that showcase the City That Never Sleeps on celluloid.