Moving to NYC? Watch these 10 movies first!

Hi all! I’ve always been a big fan of movies and when I get excited about something I like to watch movies about it. For instance, when I studied abroad in Rome, I watched The Lizzie Mcguire Movie and Roman Holiday about a thousand times. With my Manhattan move-in only a few days away, there are ten movies that I’ve been watching to get myself in a New York state of mind.

1. Frances Ha

A girl moves to New York to pursue her dreams. Combine relatable characters with a a nostalgic aesthetic and charmingly quirky dialogue, you have Frances Ha!

2. Manhattan

“He adored New York City. He idolized it all out of proportion…no, make that: he romanticized it all out of proportion….” Woody Allen’s personal life aside, even the intro to Manhattan alone is one of the reasons why this movie will make you feel ready for the city that never sleeps. Oh, this movie also features a young Meryl Streep, so that’s an added bonus.

3. Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Yes, Breakfast at Tiffany’s has its issues, including an infamously racist portrayal of an Asian man by a white actor; HOWEVER, there is no movie that captures the glam side of Manhattan quite like this Audrey Hepburn classic.

4. Do the Right Thing

It would be almost criminal if I didn’t include this award-winning Spike Lee movie on the list. Do the Right Thing might not be about a glitzy and glamorous New York, but this eye-opening Brooklyn-based movie is one that everyone should watch.

5. Annie Hall

Would it really be a NYC movie list if there was only one Woody Allen movie on it? Annie Hall has always been among my favorite New York movies and you can bet I’ll be re-watching it before I leave for the city.

6. West Side Story

Honestly, I don’t feel that I even need to introduce this one. Just be sure to get ready to sing along… and–if you’re anything like me and cry easily–maybe keep a box of tissues nearby.

7. Tiny Furniture

If you’re a fan of Girls, be sure to check out Lena Dunham’s indie film, Tiny Furniture. Especially for those of us who are recent college grads, this movie is definitely worth the watch.

8. When Harry Met Sally

For any RomCom lovers out there, this movie needs no introduction. When Harry Met Sally made Katz Deli a must-see for NYC tourists and is not only guaranteed to awaken the hopeless romantic inside of you, but the New Yorker as well.

9. Elf

Okay, okay, I know it’s not time for the holidays yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t watch Elf! As a self-proclaimed festive freak I had to put Elf on this list, plus it always makes me feel ready to stroll down 5th ave. and even fight through crowds of tourists at Rockefeller Plaza and the Empire State Building.

10. The Devil Wears Prada

I always count my lucky stars that my experience in fashion couldn’t have been more different than Andy’s in The Devil Wears Prada! That said, there’s nothing more entertaining than the demanding and quick-witted Miranda Priestly.

What are your favorite movies based in NYC?

Until next time,


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