1. Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961)
One-night-only New York City party girl Holly Golightly demands “money for the powder room and cab fare” in exchange for her company. To top it all off, she landed a lucrative one-time job as a weather forecaster for notorious convict Sally Tomato in Sing Sing. it’s a piece of work that Sally tells her as proof of her visits with him in exchange for money. Tiffany’s, the world-famous high-end jewelry retailer where she believes nothing can go wrong, epitomizes her aspirations for glitz and riches. When she receives a call from her mother, her resolve to acquire this wealth is strengthened, if not slightly shifted. Paul Varjak, a writer who Holly says reminds her of her brother Fred, moves into Holly’s walk-up apartment building, and thus into her life. Holly hasn’t seen Fred in years and he’s currently serving in the military.
In their quest for something different from their current situation, the two quickly become friends. Paul’s predicament resembles Holly’s in more ways than one. Emily Eustace Failenson, his wealthy married “decorator,” hasn’t published anything in over five years, so he’s allowed to stop writing, which he no longer does. Paul eventually develops feelings for Holly and wants to be the one to look after her instead of being the one to be taken care of. As much as Holly seems to be smitten with him, it’s unclear if Paul will be able to help Holly achieve her goals.
2. Men In Black (1997)
Based on the comic book series of the same name. There is a secret government agency called MiB that no one else is aware of. This organization is a form of extraterrestrial spy agency. One of the best men at the agency, only known as “K” (‘Tommy Lee Jones’ (qv)), is looking for a new employee to join the team. The New York Police Department’s James Edwards (a.k.a. “Will Smith (I)”) has been selected as his replacement. A flying saucer then crashes into the Earth one day. The “Bug” race was represented by this alien. He travels to New York in the guise of a farmer named ‘Vincent D’Onofrio’ (qv). He’s on the lookout for “The Galaxy,” a super-energetic source of energy. Agents J and K are now tasked with stopping the bug before it escapes and takes the rest of the galaxy with it.
3. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Mid-century New Rochelle. Frank Abagnale Jr., a senior in high school, looks up to his troubled father, Frank, who works for the Internal Revenue Service. When Frank’s parents divorce, he flees to Manhattan with only $25 in his checking account, vowing to make up for his father’s losses and reunite his family. Few years later, the FBI tracks him down in France. He is extradited, tried, and sentenced to prison for issuing more than $4,000,000 in bad checks during his time in the U.S. As a result of this, he has taken on the identities of a Pan Am pilot, a pediatrician, and an attorney, among other professions. Carl Hanratty, a stoic FBI agent, has been after him since almost the beginning of his criminal career. What begins as a game of cat and mouse transforms into a father-son relationship.
4. Manhattan (1979)
Even though his life in Manhattan has been more of a tragicomedy than a romance for 42-year-old Isaac Davis, the protagonist in his first book has a romanticized view of his hometown of New York City and, in particular, Manhattan. In addition to the ten-second rush of endorphins he got from quitting his job as a hack writer for… a bad television comedy, now he regrets it, especially as he isn’t sure that his book writing career will support him. Jill Davis, his second ex-wife, is a lesbian and is penning a memoir about their acrimonious divorce.
He is paying alimony to both her and her new partner. Even though Tracy is seventeen and still in high school, there is one bright spot in his life: he’s dating her. To a large extent, this is because of the age gap; he doesn’t see them having a long term future together. When he meets Yale Pollack’s mistress, Yale’s best friend, journalist Mary Wilkie, his life could become even more tragicomical. After all, he thinks Mary is a pretentious intellectual, but Isaac is seduced by her. They do become friends, but she knows that being Yale’s “other woman” is not a role she wants to play for the foreseeable future. A Yale-involved Isaac/Mary relationship could further complicate matters. Isaac, on the other hand, may be able to make sense of everything.
5. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Andrea Sachs, a fresh journalism graduate from New York, is hired to work as Miranda Priestly’s second assistant, a powerful and sophisticated Runway magazine executive who is ruthless and merciless. Andrea aspires to be a journalist and views this opportunity… as a short-term test of her abilities. When it comes to their cruel boss’s behavior and preferences, Emily, Andrea’s first assistant, offers advice on how to dress appropriately for the environment. Stylist Nigel also assists Andrea in this endeavor. Andrea alters her outlook and behavior, which has an impact on her personal life, including her relationship with Nate, her family, and her circle of friends. Andrea is not alone. After all is said and done, Andrea has come to understand that life is all about making choices.
6. Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
Melanie Carmichael, a young New York fashion designer on the rise, has had virtually all of her childhood dreams come true. She has a successful career and is New York City’s JFK-like fiancee. When he asks her to marry him, she says yes, but she doesn’t forget about her roots in the South. What’s worse is that she has a husband back home who has refused to divorce her for the past seven years despite receiving divorce papers from her. Her decision is made to go to the south quickly and get the paperwork signed by him to clear the air. When things don’t go as planned, she realizes that her life in the South was far superior to her life in New York City.
7. Some Like It Hot (1959)
When Joe and Jerry, two Chicago musicians, witness the St. Valentine’s Day massacre, they decide to leave the city and avoid Spats Colombo, the gangster who carried it out. Despite their desperation, the only job they can find outside of town is in an all-girl band headed to Florida. At the train station, Josephine and Daphne, the band’s replacement saxophonist and bassist, appear. Especially Sugar Kane Kowalczyk who sings and plays the ukulele, they enjoy being around the girls. While Jerry/Daphne is being courted by a millionaire, Joe is courting Jerry/Daphne. Spats Colombo and his crew show up for a meeting with several other crime lords, and chaos ensues as the two men attempt to conceal their true identities.
8. King Kong (2005)
Carl Denham must complete his film, and Skull Island is the ideal setting. However, he still has to track down a leading lady. Ann Darrow is this’soon-to-be-unfortunate’ soul. It’s impossible to predict what they’ll find on this island or why it’s so enigmatic, but as soon as they get there, they’ll discover… something. Ann is being held captive by the giant gorilla who lives on this secluded island. There are many creatures to avoid in the jungle as Jack Driscoll, Carl and Ann’s new love, searches for Kong and Ann. Carl, on the other hand, has a different idea.
9. Faa Yeung Nin Wa (2000)
Chow Mo-Wan, a newspaper editor, and his wife move to a new building in Hong Kong in 1962. Another couple joins the throng: beautiful secretary Su Li-zhen and her executive husband. Chow and Li-zhen spend a lot of time together… as friends… while their spouses are away. From noodle shops to martial arts, they have a lot in common. They soon learn to their horror that their spouses are having an extramarital relationship. They’re hurt and angry, but as their friendship grows, they find solace in the fact that they’re not like their unfaithful partners.
10. The Apartment (1960)
The amiable C.C. Baxter has been employed by the insurance company Consolidated Life for nearly four years and is one of over 32,000 people working in their Manhattan headquarters as of November 1, 1959. The reason he works late is because he can’t get into his apartment, which is off Central Park West and which he has loaned out to a few of the company’s executives – namely Mssrs.
Dobisch, Kirkeby, Vanderhoff, and Eichelberger – on a rotating basis for their extramarital affairs in exchange for a good word to Jeff D. Sheldrake, the personnel director. He finds out when Baxter is first called into Sheldrake’s office not only to be promoted, but also to add married Sheldrake to the list of people to whom his apartment will be lent. The truth is that Fran Kubelik, an elevator girl in the building that Baxter likes, is Sheldrake’s mistress. Meanwhile, Sheldrake is totally unaware of Baxter’s feelings for Fran. If you’re in love with Sheldrake, you have no idea that he’s had a string of mistresses before you. You also have no idea that he has no plans to leave his wife for you.
And you have no idea the apartment belongs to Baxter, who Fran likes as a buddy. A few new details emerge on Christmas Eve, and one of the three decides to act alone. This decision sets in motion a chain of events that will continue for the rest of the year.
11. Capote (2005)
Truman Capote, a well-known writer who was born and raised in the South but now lives in New York City’s elite social circle, is getting tired of writing autobiographical-style pieces for the New Yorker. Truman is compelled to write his next article about the cold-blooded murders of the Clutter family in their rural Kansas home that occurred on November 14, 1959, after reading a newspaper article about the incident. As a result, he travels to Kansas with his personal assistant, Nelle ‘Harper Lee (I)’ (qv), who is also a southern-born New Yorker and an aspiring writer. Laura Kinney, the Clutter daughter who discovered the bodies, and Alvin Dewey, the lead police investigator who is also a friend of the Clutter family, are two people Truman hopes to gain access to using his celebrity status.
Truman will do whatever it takes to smooth things over if his notoriety doesn’t help. When the police charge Dick Hickcock and Perry Smith, two young men, Truman employs the same guerilla tactics to gain entry to them. Truman is fascinated by the story, and he thinks that by turning the article into what he calls a non-fiction novel, he can revolutionize the writing industry. Truman’s personal involvement changes as he grows emotionally attached to Perry, the criminal pair’s seemingly sensitive and thus likely submissive member. Trum, are you working on a fiction or nonfiction project?
12. Greenberg (2010)
Florence has a lot going for her: she’s thoughtful, sweet, attractive, and great with both kids and dogs. A personal assistant for a Los Angeles family on vacation, she’s twenty-five years old. Her boss’s brother, who recently spent time in an asylum, arrives from New York City to help out around the house. A forty-year-old… carpenter, Roger has been absent from Los Angeles for fifteen years. He’s back. He’s Roger.
On his way to pick up the family’s dog, he runs into Florence because he doesn’t have a car and will need her help. On top of that, he’s reconnecting with three former bandmates: two men and one woman. He’s overly analytical, has a short fuse, and has a hard time laughing at himself when it’s appropriate to do so. He’s his own saboteur as he makes his way through the past and the present. What about Florence, by the way? Is Roger just one more thing on her plate, or does he have any other responsibilities?
13. Two Lovers (2008)
Having lost his fiancee, Leonard Kraditor now lives with his immigrant parents, helps out at their Brooklyn dry cleaners, takes photographs, and is suicidal as a result of his burnout. Suddenly, he meets two women: Sandra, the daughter of one of his parents’ business associates, who is direct and sensual, like Leonard, and Michelle, his next-door neighbor who is mercurial, rootless and frivolous, but also blonde and unreachable. Sandra wants to save Leonard because Michelle, who is in love with a married man, weeps on his shoulder. Is Leonard willing to take a chance on losing Sandra’s trust in exchange for a fling with Michelle? Is there any hope for this?
14. Annie Hall (1977)
One of New York City’s most famous standup comedians, fortysomething Alvy Singer, reflects on the end of his most recent relationship with Annie Hall, a nervous, flighty Midwestern WASP want tobe singer. He’s been divorced twice and is a neurotic intellectual Jewish New Yorker. Because he had spent fifteen years in therapy working through his issues, Alvy believed he could make this relationship with Annie last. One of those issues was not wanting to date any woman who wanted to date him, and as a result, subconsciously pushing those women away from him.
Alvy takes a look back at their relationship, noting the many highs and lows, but also the many facets of his appearance that led him to start seeing Annie in the first place. These characteristics include having grown up in Brooklyn near Coney Island, having always been attracted to women of the opposite sex, and having to deal with his parents’ constant bickering over his Jewish heritage for years.
15. The Heat (2013)
Aspiring FBI agent Sarah Ashburn doesn’t get along with her coworkers and isn’t interested in a promotion. She’s been sent to Boston to track down a fugitive drug lord’s stooge, Rojas, and is told that if she can find Larkin, she’ll have a good shot at promotion. When she arrives in Boston, she discovers that Larkin has been evicting his rivals and taking over their businesses. When she finds out that Rojas is being held by the Boston Police Department, she decides to go see him and find out what he knows about Larkin.
However, she is warned that the officer who arrested Rojas, Shannon Mullins, is extremely territorial and not very sociable, so she decides against going to see her. When they finally meet, they have a tense exchange. Mullins decides to search for Larkin on her own after learning why Ashburn is in Boston. Despite Ashburn’s boss’s orders, she finds working with Mullins difficult because she follows the rules strictly while Mullins does things her way.
16. It Happened One Night (1934)
King Westley, a high-society aviator, has just married Ellie Andrews when she is whisked away to her father’s yacht and saved from King’s grasp. Ellie abandons ship and returns home to her husband on a bus. She reluctantly accepts the assistance of unemployed journalist Peter Warne. Either she stays with him until he gets her back with her husband, or he’ll go to her father about Ellie and blow the whistle. No matter how it turns out, Peter ends up with what he wanted… a juicy newspaper story.
17. New York, I Love You (2008)
Each of the novel’s eleven short stories pays homage to some aspect of New York City life. After being attracted to Molly from the get-go, a pickpocket named I. Ben engages in an amusing “pissing match” with her husband-to-be, NYU professor Garry. A Jain diamond wholesaler named Mansuhkhbai and an Orthodox Jewish diamond retailer named Rifka, who are getting married in a day or two, find out that they share more in common than just diamonds. While trying to meet Abarra’s demands as a musician and music editor for a video he’s working on, David finds himself falling in love with Camille, Abarra’s assistant whom he’s never met and has only spoken to about work over the phone.
Young men believe they’ve made an emotional connection with women just by lighting their cigarettes. They then go on to persuade the woman that they have, and that their future is now, not some unspecified time in the future. After his girlfriend dumps him right before senior prom, a local pharmacist, Mr. Riccoli, gives him a gift, which the high school senior doesn’t realize has the full implications of until prom night is over. In the middle of their first official date after a one-night stand, Gus and Lydia are debating whether or not to go through with it. a retired opera singer named Isabelle has returned to a hotel where she has stayed several times before and where she has fond memories of meeting a handsome man.
18. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
William Harford embarks on a night of sexual exploration after learning about his wife Alice’s fantasies. After a string of dud dates, he runs into an old friend, Nick Nightingale, who is now a musician and tells him about strange sex parties where he is required to play the piano… blindfolded. Nick is shocked. The men are all dressed up and wearing masks, while the women are all fresh-faced and attractive. Harford makes it to the party in time for the costume contest and has a good time. However, when he arrives, he is met with a warning from someone who, despite the mask, recognizes him: he is in grave danger. He is able to free himself, but the dangers he had been facing were very real and sinister.
19. Drive (2011)
A mysterious man who works as a mechanic, a stuntman in Hollywood, and a getaway driver is trying to get away from his shady past while falling in love with his neighbor’s child’s single mother whose husband is in prison. A race team financed with gangland money is being set up by his mechanic boss, and our driver is implicated because he will serve as the team’s primary driver. When our hero meets the man married to the woman he loves, he gets more than he bargained for.