Movies where my heart lives or Movies about NYC

Everybody who knows me knows that my favorite place in the whole planet is New York City. I love that place completely, the smells, the streets, the theaters, the life, the people, the parks (specially my happy place Bryant Park) and o course Time Square.

Film makers and script writers also loves New York City; the love to trash it and they love the diversity on it. But the truth is they love NYC because New York City is a magical place where everything is possible, just like in films. In NYC you can have mayhem, love, drama, danger, history, crime, scam, adventure , success, heroes and of course breath taking locations everything you need and want in films in 468.9 sq mi.

In order to pay tribute to this amazing place I create this list with my 10 favorites movies of my favorite place.

10. Serendipity (2001)

Directed by Peter Chelson

Written by Marc Klein

Memorable locations: Waldof Astoria, Central Park, Bloomingdale and Serendipity Cafe

Jonathan Tragger meets Sara Thomas by chance in the Christmas eve, in Bloomingdale’s, both trying to buy the unique pair of black gloves available for sale. They decide to go to the cafeteria Serendipity and Jonathan asks for her name and phone. Sara decides to write it in a book, and his on a five dollars bill. She gives the bill to a newspaperman and she says that she would sell the book in a New York used books store. She states that if destiny wants them two together, Jonathan will get that book back. Or she will receive that bill again. From this day on, Jonathan will ‘chase’ Sara’s book trying to reach his lost love

9. Rosemary’s baby

Written and Directed by Roman Polasnski

Memorable locations: The Dakota Building

After moving into a creepy old apartment in Manhattan with her husband Guy, Rosemary Woodhouse begins to experience odd, unpleasant things happening to her. Guy becomes enchanted with their nosy neighbors, Minnie and Roman Castevet, after the older couple’s ward commits suicide. Then Rosemary gets pregnant after a bad dream in which a horrible creature makes love to her. A caring Minnie keeps giving her some weird concoction for the pregnancy and Rosemary doesn’t feel at all well. The only solution is, as the tag-line says, to “pray for Rosemary’s baby.”

8. West Side Story

Directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise

Written by Ernest Lehman

Memorable location: The Area where the Lincoln Center for the Performing Artscampus of Fordham University now stands  and aerial  shots o the City.

This movie transplants the classic tale of “Romeo and Juliet” to New York City in the 1950s. The two feuding families are replaced by brawling street gangs. The Montagues become the Anglo Jets, led by Riff, and the Capulets become the Puerto Rican Sharks, led by Bernardo. At a dance, Tony, former leader of the Jets and Riff’s best friend, and Maria, Bernardo’s little sister, see each other across the room and it’s love at first sight. With opposition from both sides, they meet secretly and their love grows deeper. However, the gangs are plotting one last rumble, a fight that will finally end the battle for control of the streets.

7. Breakfast at Tiffany’s 

Directed by Blake Edwards

Written by George Axelrod

Memorable locations: 5th Avenue

Struggling writer Paul Varjak moves into a New York apartment building and becomes intrigued by his pretty, quirky neighbor Holly Golightly. Holly’s lifestyle confuses and fascinates Paul; in public she flits through parties with a sexy, sophisticated air, but when they’re alone she changes into a sweetly vulnerable bundle of neuroses.

6. Vanilla Sky

Directes by Cameron Crowe

Written by Cameron Crowe,  Alejandro Amenabar and Mateo Gil

Memorable locations: One o the more amazing shots of time square, Central Park and New York skyline

David Aames, a tycoon’s son who, in the eyes of many, is a spoiled child who has no realization of his wealth or luck. Inhereting his fathers company after both parents were killed in a road accident some years prior, David meets a girl whom his friend brings to a lavish house party one night and instantly falls in love with her. Desperate to find out more about this mystery girl, he gets chatting to her, unfortunately a jilted lover is watching David at all times and plans her final plot. After surviving a car crash and having his face reconstructed courtesy of his ‘jilted lover’, David struggles to find out the truth when his dreams turn into reality, and what he thinks is reality, turns into nightmares. He knows he wants the Mystery girl he met at the party that night, but where is she? who is she? Everything seems muddled slightly, until a doctor manages to repair his face, and life is back to the way it should be, together with his mystery girl, or is it? Questions need to be answered, but who is to be asked and who has the answers.

5. Manhattan 

Directed by Woody Allen

Written by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman

Memorable locations: Brooklyn Bridge, Empire Dinner on the 10th, Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Natural History, the Met and Dean & Deluca.

In Manhattan, Isac Davis is a divorced writer of TV shows unhappy with his job. His ex-wife left him to live with another woman and is writing a book about her relationship with Isac. He presently dates a seventeen years old high-school student, Tracy, who is in love with him, but he does not like her. When he meets Mary Wilkie, the mistress of his married best friend Yale, he has a crush on her. He finishes with Tracy and has an affair with Mary, affecting the lives of many persons including his own.

4. Ghostbusters 

Directed by Ivan Reitman

Written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis

Memorable locations: New York Library, Columbia University, Central Park and Central Park West

Three odd-ball scientists get kicked out of their cushy positions at a university in New York City where they studied the occult. They decide to set up shop in an old firehouse and become Ghostbusters, trapping pesky ghosts, spirits, haunts, and poltergeists for money. They wise-crack their way through the city, and stumble upon a gateway to another dimension, one which will release untold evil upon the city. The Ghostbusters are called on to save the Big Apple.

3. Big

Directed by Penny Marshall

Written by Gary Ross and Spilberg

Memorable locations: FAO Schwarz and Coney Island

A young boy makes a wish at a fairground machine to be big. He wakes up the following morning to find that his wish has been granted and his body has grown older over night. But he is still the same 12 year old kid on the inside. Now he must learn how to cope with the unfamiliar world of grown ups including getting a job, and having his first romantic encounter with a woman.

2. When Harry Met Sally

Written by Nora Ephron

Directer by Rob Reiner

Memorable Locations: Katz Deli, New York at night, MTA and Hudson River.

Harry and Sally meet when she gives him a ride to New York after they both graduate from the University of Chicago. The film jumps through their lives as they both search for love, but fail, bumping into each other time and time again. Finally a close friendship blooms between them, and they both like having a friend of the opposite sex. But then they are confronted with the problem: “Can a man and a woman be friends, without sex getting in the way?”

1. New York. I love you

Directed by Jian Wen, Mira Nair, Shunji Iwai, Yvan Attal, Brett Ratner, Allen Hughes, Shekhar Kapur, Natalie Portman, Fatin Akin, Joshua Marston and Randy Balsmeyer.

Written by Fatih Akin, Keenan Donahue, Natalie Portman,  Anthony Minghella, Joshua Marston, Jeff Nathanson, Hu Hong, Jiang Wen, Meng Yao, Suketu Mehta, Shunji Iwai, Olivier Lécot,  Yvan Attal, Xan Cassavetes,  Stephen Winter, Hall Powell, Israel Horovitz and James Strouse

Memorable locations:  New York’s five boroughs.

Ten vignettes in New York City: a pickpocket meets his match; a young Hasidic woman, on the eve of her marriage, reveals herself to an Indian businessman; a writer tries a pick-up line; an artist seeks a model; a composer needs to read; two women connect; a man takes a child to Central Park; lovers meet; a couple takes a walk on their anniversary; a kid goes to the prom with a girl in a wheelchair; a retired singer contemplates suicide. There are eight million stories in the naked city: these have been ten of them.

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