Thursday 25 December 2014

5 Great New York Movies

Published 21/02/2014 | 14:30

5 Great New York Movies:

Manhattan (1979).

There's arguably no director more umbilically linked to New York than Woody Allen, and no film from his body of work more in love with the city where he was born and raised than this Gershwin-soaked black-and-white poem.

Taxi Driver (1977).

Martin Scorsese rivals Allen as the cinematic King of New York, never more so than with this snarling evocation of the Big Apple glimpsed through the windshield of Robert De Niro's vengeful cabbie. Hell's Kitchen has never looked so hellish.

King Kong (1933).

Clutching Fay Wray as biplanes buzz around him, is there any more iconic New York sight than that giant simian King Kong at the top of the Empire State Building? A film often aped (sorry) but never bettered.

The Sweet Smell of Success (1957).

If New York is the ultimate urban jungle, then it's never more apparent than in British director Alexander Mackendrick's bile-soaked showbiz drama, driven by Burt Lancaster's gossip columnist and Tony Curtis's press agent.

Do The Right Thing (1989).

From the moment Rosie Perez dances to Public Enemy in the opening credits, Spike Lee's landmark drama about raucous race relations in a hot and sweaty Brooklyn burns with 100 degree intensity. Handle with asbestos gloves.

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