With top-of-the-line HD and surround sound, the screening room at 88 & 90 Lexington is an amenity you’ll use again and again. Here are 10 of the greatest films about New York City, best enjoyed with popcorn and friends in your very own private cinema:
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
You can almost smell the liquor, sweat, and tobacco in this seedy but sublime flick, starring Tony Curtis as a young man who’ll do anything for a shot at the big time. The NYC jazz club scenes really transport you back to another era of Manhattan.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
One of cinema’s most enduring images is that of Audrey Hepburn fitted out in those pearls and with that cigarette holder, although the movie’s most iconic moment might be Holly Golightly sitting on her fire escape, strumming Moon River.
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Maybe you came to New York City from small town America in an attempt to make it big—which means you’ll really empathize with Jon Voight in Midnight Cowboy. Whatever the case, the theme by John Barry and that bittersweet ending will have you in tears.
Taxi Driver (1976)
Long before Uber came along, there was Robert De Niro and Taxi Driver. Films about Manhattan hardly ever get more brooding than this. You talkin’ to us? You should!
Woody Allen has directed a few odes to Manhattan in his time, but this black and white beauty remains the most romantic and the most hilarious.
Whether you favor the Bill Murray classic or the Kristen Wiig reboot, this franchise boasts some of the funniest (and spookiest) films about NYC. Just right for Halloween hosting.
Wall Street (1987)
The greed. The money. The mobile phones. Wall Street features a tour de force from Michael Douglas as the redoubtable Gordon Gekko. And while the suits may have gone out of fashion, the themes are all too timeless.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
Forget the first Home Alone: this one’s got Central Park, a cameo from Donald Trump, AND the plot is almost identical to the first movie anyway. Perfect for your holiday condo party.
Gangs of New York (2002)
Broadway wasn’t always the center of world-class theater and glitzy shopping, as this epic from Martin Scorsese reveals. An all-star cast, including Cameron Diaz and Leonardo DiCaprio, is in top form, but it’s Daniel Day-Lewis and his mustache that steal the show.
Black Swan (2010)
The brutal underworld of NYC’s ballet scene is brought to the fore in this mesmeric, sometimes nightmarish film, created by the great Darren Aronofsky. Bring a pillow to hide behind.