Here are some of Brooklyn’s most enduring cult masterpieces, from gritty gangster flicks to sweet romantic comedies and everything in between.
1. The Warriors (1979)
A Brooklyn Coney Island gang is wrongfully convicted of the murder of a rival gang leader in the film The Warriors. To go back to Coney Island, the Warriors have to battle their way through New York City.
2. Last Exit to Brooklyn (1990)
As a film, Last Exit to Brooklyn was based on Hubert Selby Jr’s memoir about growing up in the rough and tumble neighborhood in the 1950s.
3. The Wiz (1978)
New York City’s all-African-American ensemble put on a loose version of the Wizard of Oz in The Wiz, which was based on the classic story.
4. Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Teenager Tony Manero from the Brooklyn borough of New York believes he can only achieve in life if he wins at dancing. In the 1970s, the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn was a hotbed of disco culture.
5. The French Connection (1971)
Two New York City narcotics officers are tasked with intercepting a massive shipment of heroin en route from France in this gritty police drama.
6. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
The story revolves around four people from Brooklyn’s Coney Island who become heroin addicts and see their hopes and goals dashed.
7. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Dog Day Afternoon is based on a true story of a Brooklyn bank heist that occurred on August 22, 1972. There is a hostage crisis and media hysteria.
8. Moonstruck (1987)
This is a story about Loretta Castorini (Nicolas Cage), a Brooklyn Heights woman who falls for her fiance’s brother (played by Nicolas Cage).
9. The Lords of Flatbush (1974)
As a coming-of-age story set in 1950s Brooklyn, a group of kids form a group of friends and face a variety of challenges.
10. Do the Right Thing (1989)
Do the Right Thing examines life on a Brooklyn street during the hottest day of the year. As soon as a client questions why Pizza Shop owner Sal Fragione only has Italian-American images on the walls when the shop is located in an area with a high concentration of African-American residents, racial tensions flare.
“Let me tell you the story of Right Hand, Left Hand,” says a well-known quotation. You can’t have it both ways. Cain iced his brother with this hand because he hated him. The five fingers of love pierce the human heart like a knife through butter. The right hand is a symbol of romantic love. Static. That’s the life tale. The left hand is kicking a lot of ass, and one hand is continually fighting the other. I mean, it appears that Love’s right hand has been completed. Stop the presses now, the right hand is returning. Right on the ropes, he has the left hand in place. A devastating right and Hate is injured, he’s down. Ooh, it’s horrible. Left-Hand “Love KOed Hate.”