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Table 6.IX.A

New York City (NYC) Themed Movies
A Select List of Popular Films Featuring NYC

 
     
 

 

2001 - 2013
   
 
Movie
Title
Storyline

Year

 
 
The
Great Gatsby
The 2013 adaptation of the great Gatsby, a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, depicts a world of wealth and glamour in the 1920’s jazz age. A young man by the name of Nick Caraway (Tobey Maguire) moves to New York from Minnesota in 1922 to learn more about the bond markets. Nick’s neighbor Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan), his cousin, is married to Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton), Nick’s former classmate at Yale. Set in Long Island’s West Egg district, a wealthy neighborhood, he also meets the mysterious and alluring character by the name of Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio).  As he gets sucked in by the allure of Gatsby’s glamorous Sunday parties and luxurious life style, he learns the truth behind Gatsby’s obsession with Daisy, and witnesses the tragic unraveling of a story about love, wealth, morality and more
2013
 
 
Oblivion

After the earth was destroyed by an alien Scavenger race called ‘Scavs’, what remained of the human race is relocated to Jupiter’s moon, Titan. From there humans set out on a mission to extract what resources were left on earth to sustain Titan’s human population. The drones stationed on earth also protect the water supplies that power titan’s energy source. Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is one of the last drone repair men sent to earth as a part of this mission. After rescuing a woman from the spacecraft, Odyssey, they are captured by the Scavs.  Soon Jack discovers that the Scavs, are not an enemy Alien race, and he begins to question everything he knows about earth’s destruction.
2013
 
 
World
War Z

This apocalyptic film, based on a novel by Max Brooks depicts a world were a sudden plague affects more than half of the human population within days. The affected victims turn into vicious zombies. The movie follows the story of New Yorker, Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and his family, and their struggles to escape the plague unscathed. On their journey to one of the few safe zones, in Freeport, Nova Scotia, Gerry discovers a vital clue for evading the zombies notice; they hope to one day find a cure.

2013
 
 
Broken
City

Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) is a New York City detective with a dark past.  After going to trial for murdering a convicted rapist, key evidence against him disappears and he is declared not guilty by the judge.  Since then he has been struggling to save his detective business with girlfriend Natalie Barrow (Natalie Martinez).  New York city Mayor, Hostetler (Russell Crowe) offers Billy $50,000 to investigate his wife, Cathleen Hostetler (Catherine Zeta-Jones), who is having an affair. After Paul Andrew (Kyle Chandler) is found dead, Billy, caught in a political cross fire, realizes that he has been framed by the mayor.

2013
 
 
The
Amazing
Spiderman
Based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, this is a reboot of the Spider-Man film series, portraying the character's origin story and his development into a superhero while still a NYC high school student. Andrew Garfield stars in the title role, with Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy and Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors.
2012
 
 
The Avengers
Nick Fury (Samuel Jackson ) is director of S.H.I.E.L.D, an international peace keeping agency. The agency includes Marvel Super Heroes, Iron Man (Robert Downy Jr.), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). When global security is threatened by Loki (Tom Hiddleson) and his co-horts, Nick Fury and his team will need all their powers to save the world from disaster.
2012
 
 
The
Adjustment
Bureau
Brooklyn Congressman David Norris (Matt Damon) unsuccessfully runs for the U.S. Senate. While rehearsing his concession speech, he meets the beautiful Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt). Fast forward and after being given the opportunity to take a look at the future, he realizes that he desires something else. To get it, he must pursue across, under and through the streets of modern-day New York the only woman he's ever loved.
2011
 
 
Black
Swan
Nina (Natalie Portman) is a talented ballerina with a life consumed in dance. She lives in NYC with her obsessive and controlling mother Erica (Barbara Hershey), a former ballerina herself. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina, Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) in the new production of Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. However, Nina's competition: a new dancer, Lily (Kunis), impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer to portray contrasting qualities of the White and Black Swan. Nina portrays the White Swan's role perfectly, but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side - a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.
2010
 
 
Wall Street:
Money Never
Sleeps
As the global economy teeters on the brink of disaster, young Wall Street trader Jacob (Shia LeBeouf) partners with disgraced former Wall Street corporate raider Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) on a two-tiered mission: To alert the financial community of the impending doom and to find out who was responsible for the death of the young trader's mentor.
2010
 
 
Sex
And The City
This screen adaptation of the HBO series continues following the lives and crazy adventures of four NYC girlfriends, Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Charlotte (Kristin Davis), Samantha (Kim Cattral) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon).
2008
 
 
American
Gangster
Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) establishes himself as the #1 importer of heroin in Harlem, NYC. His strategy is to buy heroin directly from the source in South East Asia and devises a creative plan to import the drugs into the U.S.. The result is a cheaper and superior product than what is available on the streets of NYC. An alliance with the New York Mafia secures his position in the drug industry. On the side of the law, there is police officer, Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe), who heads up a joint narcotics task force with the Federal government determined to put an end to it. Based on a true story.
2007
 
 
The
Bourne
Ultimatum
Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is once again brought out of hiding. This time inadvertently by London-based reporter Simon Ross (Paddy Considine) - who is trying to unveil Operation Blackbriar - an upgrade to Project Treadstone - in a series of newspaper columns. Bourne sets up a meeting with Ross and instantly realizes they're being followed. The new information helps restore some of his memory and Bourne must finally, ultimately, uncover his dark past while dodging The Company's best efforts in trying to eradicate him.
2007
 
 
I Am
Legend
Robert Neville (Will Smith) is a scientist unable to stop the spread of a incurable and man-made virus that has killed everyone. Immune to the virus, Neville is now the last human survivor in NYC and perhaps the world. For 3 years, he has been desperate to find other survivors. However, he is not alone. Mutant victims called - the infected - lurk in the shadows...watching Neville's every move. Perhaps mankind's last, best hope, Neville is driven by one remaining mission: to reverse the effects of the virus by using his own immune blood. He soon realizes that he is outnumbered..and quickly running out of time.
2007
 
 
Micheal
Clayton
Michael Clayton (George Clooney), a high-priced-law-firm's fixer, leaves a late-night poker game, gets a call to drive to Westchester, and watches his car blow up as he's taking an impromptu dawn walk through a field. Flash back four days. He owes a loan shark to cover his brother's debts (Michael's own gambling habits have left him virtually broke). His law firm is negotiating a high-stakes merger and the firm's six-year defense of a huge case is at risk when a top litigator's behavior puts the case in jeopardy. While Michael is trying to fix things, someone decides to kill him. Who? Meanwhile, his son Henry (Austin Williams) summarizes the plot of a dark fantasy novel.
2007
 
 
A Night At The Museum
In New York, Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) is unemployed, divorced and about to be evicted from his apartment. His son Nick (Jake Cherry) is disappointed with his father, so Larry accepts a job as night watchman in the Museum of Natural History to raise money for bills. On his first night, Larry realizes that nothing in the museum is as it seems. The Museum comes to life because of power coming from an ancient Egyptian stone. Larry encourages his son to spend a night with him and dramatic events unfold as someone tries to steal the magical stone. Larry organizes a battle to stop the criminals and save the museum.
2006
 
 
The Devil
Wears Prada
In NYC, a naive recent journalism graduate Andrea Sachs (Anne Hathaway) is hired to work as second assistant to Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), the powerful and ruthless editor of Runway fashion magazine. First assistant, Emily (Emily Blunt) advises Andrea on the neverending duties and expectations of their cruel boss. Stylist Nigel (Stanley Tucci) has pity on Andrea and shows her how to act and dress more appropriately for the fashion environment. Andrea's changes begin affecting her personal relationships in a negative way. In the end, Andrea learns the lesson that life is comprised of many tough choices and decisions.
2006
 
 
Inside Man
From his jail cell, a man reports that he has planned the perfect bank robbery and invites us to watch. A gang of robbers enter a Manhattan bank, lock the doors, take hostages and deliberately work without haste. Detective Frazier (Denzel Washington) is assigned to negotiate the hostage situation, however he is preoccupied with some personal matters of his own. The bank's president has something to protect in a safe deposit box and brings in Madaline (Jodie Foster), a high-power broker with a hidden agenda. With an army of police surrounding the bank, various characters enter high-stakes negotiations and a number of secrets are discovered over time.
2006
 
 
Rent
This screen adaptation of the Broadway Musical by Jonathan Larson, depicts the lives of several bohemian types and their struggles with sexuality, drugs, finances, and life under the shadow of AIDS. It takes place in the East Village of NYC from 1989 to 1990. The film features six of the original Broadway cast members reprising their roles.
2005
 
 
Something's
Gotta Give
Harry Sanborn (Jack Nicholson) is a wealthy NYC music industry exec with a fondness for younger women like Marin (Amanda Peet), his latest trophy girlfriend. Things get a little awkward when Harry suffers a heart attack at the Hampton, LI home of Marin's mother Erica (Diane Keaton). Left in the care of Erica and his doctor, a love triangle begins to take shape.
2003
 
 
Anger
Management
Mild-mannered and timid businessman Dave Buznik (Adam Sandler) works for a pet clothing company in NYC. He's got an abrasive boss - Frank Head (Kurt Fuller), who frequently takes credit for his work and takes advantage of him. He's got a loving girlfriend, Linda (Marisa Tomei), however her best friend is an ex college boyfriend, Andrew (Allen Covert). When a misunderstanding aboard an airplane goes haywire, Dave is court ordered to undergo anger management therapy at the hands of specialist Dr. Buddy Rydell (Jack Nicholson), an unpredictable, psychopathic character. The relationship between Dave and Buddy becomes tense because the unorthodox treatment wreaks havoc in Dave's life. However, Buddy might be the only one who can save David from his real problem .
2003
 
 
Analyze That
The mafia's Paul Vitti (Robert De Niro) is back in prison and will need some serious counseling when he gets out. Naturally, he returns to his analyst Dr. Ben Sobel (Billy Crystal) for help and finds that Sobel needs some serious help himself as he has inherited the family practice, as well as an excess stock of stress.
2002
 
 
Gangs of
New York

In 1846, Lower Manhattan's Five Points has evolved into a territorial war between the "Natives" (U.S. Born) and recently arrived Irish Catholic immigrants. The Natives are led by Bill "the Butcher" Cutting (Daniel Day-Lewis). The leader of the Irish gang, the Dead Rabbits, is known as "Priest" Vallon (Liam Neeson). The gangs meet in a bloody battle, concluding when Bill kills Vallon, which Vallon's son Amsterdam witnesses. Fast forward to 1862, and Amsterdam (Leonardo DiCaprio) has returned to Five Points to avenge his father's death. He befriends the Butcher and with a new army, fights hard to restore peace to the area.

2002
 
 
Spiderman
Based on the Marvel Comics' superhero character, this is the story of Peter Parker (Toby McGuire) - a nerdy high-schooler that was orphaned as a child, bullied by jocks, and has a major crush on neighbor, Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst). One day while on an excursion to a laboratory a runaway radioactive spider bites him... changing his life. Peter acquires a muscle-bound physique, clear vision, ability to cling to surfaces and crawl over walls, shooting webs from his wrist. Meanwhile, an eccentric millionaire Norman Osborn (William Dafoe) experiments with a performance enhancing drug on himself and his maniacal alter ego Green Goblin emerges. Now Peter Parker has to become Spider-Man and take on Green Goblin. They come face to face and the war begins in which only one of them will survive at the end.
2002
 
 
Mr. Deeds
When Longfellow Deeds (Adam Sandler), a small-town pizzeria owner and poet, inherits $40 billion from his deceased uncle, he quickly begins rolling in a different kind of dough. Moving to the big city, Deeds finds himself besieged by opportunists vying for their piece of the pie. Babe (Winona Ryder), a television tabloid reporter, poses as an innocent small-town girl doing an exposé on Deeds. However, Deeds' sincere naiveté has Babe falling in love with him instead. Ultimately, Deeds realizes that money has the power to change things, but it doesn't necessarily require for him to change.
2002
 
   
1991- 2000
   
 
Movie
Title
Storyline

Year

 
 
For the Love
of the Game
A baseball legend finishing a distinguished career at the age of 40 has one last shot to prove what he is still capable of - and win the heart of the woman he has loved for the past four years.
1999
 
 
Patterns
Jimmy (Joshua Gregory McCarthy) and Tommy (Ben Engel) are inseperable brothers. Tommy is older and autistic. He lives in a world of patterns he has created in his mind. Jimmy is a visitor to this honest world and falls into its rhythm.
1999
 
 
Analyze This
Dr. Ben Sobel (Billy Crystal) is a New York psychiatrist who is experiencing boredom with his neurotic clientele. Suddenly, he is visited by Mafia boss, Paul Viti (Robert DeNiro), who has been reduced to tears and panic attacks by stress and his guilt following his father's assassination. Dr. Sobel becomes consumed and frustrated when his new patient becomes a full-time job, as Viti summons the psychiatrist for professional help at the most unconvenient times. As the therapist and patient are making breakthroughs, the FBI gets involved and threatens to undermine the new arrangement.
1999
 
 
U.S.
Marshals
When a prisoner transport plane carrying Deputy Sam Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones) as an escort crashes, one prisoner, Mark Roberts (Wesley Snipes) helps him rescue some trapped prisoners and then escapes himself and flees to NYC. Gerard and his crack team of U.S. Marshals start their pursuit, but the simple fugitive situation soon gets more complicated as Gerard learns more about Roberts and the story behind his suspicious incrimination. At the same time, MarkRoberts is out to redeem himself while staying one step ahead of Gerard.
1998
 
 
As Good
As it Gets
Melvin (Jack Nicholson), a cranky, bigoted, obsessive-compulsive NYC writer, finds his life turned upside down when neighboring gay artist Simon (Greg Kinnear) is hospitalized and his dog is entrusted to Melvin. Meanwhile, Carol (Helen Hunt), the only waitress who can tolerate his behavior, must leave work to care for a sick son, making it impossible for Melvin to eat breakfast. A love interest develops, but nothing about it is easy to manage.
1997
 
 
The
Devil's
Advocate
Based on a book by Andrew Neiderman, the film centers on a young lawyer who becomes very successful in a New York firm - only to discover that there is more to his boss's increasingly bizarre personality.
1997
 
 
City Hall
An innocent young boy dies from a stray bullet during a shootout between a cop and mobster who had previously been supiciously given probabtion, only to break its terms. New York's Deputy Mayor, Kevin Calhoun (John Cusack) begins digging for information to crack the case.
1996
 
 
Die Hard: With a
Vengeance
John McClane (Bruce Willis) is back, almost a full-blown alcoholic and gets suspended from the NYPD. When a bomb is detonated in a popular department store, police are unable to figure out what's going on. Soon, a man named Simon (Jeremy Irons) calls and requests for McClane. Simon tells police that McClane must play a game called "Simon Says"- doing tasks he assigns him or more bombs will be set off. With the help of Zeus Carver (Samuel Jackson), McClane races all over NYC trying to complete frustrating tasks given him. However, when a bomb goes off in a subway station by the Federal Reserve (the biggest gold storage in the world) things begin to heat up.
1995
 
 
It Could
Happen
To You
Charlie (Nicolas Cage) and Muriel Lang (Rosie Perez) have led simple lives - That's until they win $4 million in the NY lottery! Immediately, there are problems. Prior to winning, Charlie was eating at a cafe and unable to tip the waitress. Jokingly, he promised her that if he won the lottery he'd give her half of it. His wife, Muriel won't have anything to do with it and decides to leave him. Not only does she not want to give the waitress anything, she wants the $4 million all for herself!
1994
 
 
The
Age of
Innocence
Society scion Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis) is engaged to May Welland (Winona Ryder), but his well-ordered life is upset when he meets May's unconventional cousin, Countess Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer). At first, Newland defends the Countess, whose separation from her abusive husband makes her a social outcast in 19th Century New York high society. As time goes on, he finds a companion spirit in her and they fall in love.
1993
 
 
A
Bronx Tale
Gangster Sonny (Chazz Palminteri) runs Calogero's (aka C) (Lillo Broncato) Bronx neighborhood. As a boy, C witnesses a shooting and begins a lasting bond with the gangster. However, his father, bus driver Lorenz (Robert DeNiro) disapproves. C grows up under the wings of both men, torn between his own natural honesty and a fascination with Sonny. C's neighborhood friends get involved in theft, guns, and racial fights. When C meets a girl he likes, things don't get any easier. C's leap to manhood is marked by tragedy, but also by his recognition of real love.
1993
 
 
Carlito's
Way
A Puerto Rican ex-con pledges to stay away from his former drug dealing ways, but finds himself being dragged back into it by past connections. Hoping to raise enough money to get away from NYC, Carlito Brigante (Al Pacino) takes on the job of running a nightclub and renews an affair with a dancer. However, his instincts and old associates suck him back into a world of violence and mistrust.
1993
 
 
Sleepless
in Seattle
After his wife Maggie (Carey Lowell) passes away, Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks) and son Jonah (Ross Malinger) relocate to Seattle to escape the grief associated with Maggie's death. Eighteen months later, Sam is still grieving and can't sleep. Although Jonah misses his mother, he wants his father to get on with his life. On Christmas Eve, Sam - on Jonah's initiative, pours his heart out on a national radio talk show about his beautiful marriage to Maggie, and how much he still misses her. Many women including Annie Reed (Meg Ryan), a Baltimore based newspaper writer hear Sam's story. Her infatuation with the story ultimately changes life's course for both of them.
1993
 
 
Scent
of a
Women
Frank (Al Pacino) is a retired Lt Col in the US Army. He's blind and extremely difficult. Charlie (Chris O'Donnell) is looking to help pay for a trip home for Christmas and agrees to look after Frank over the Thanksgiving holiday. Frank's niece promises the job to be easy money, but she didn't reckon on Frank spending his thanksgiving in NYC.
1992
 
 
Franky
and
Johnny
Johnny (Al Pacino) has just been released from prison, and gets a job in a cafe beside waitress Frankie (Michelle Pfeiffer). Frankie is a bit of a loner, but Johnny is determined to make their romance blossom.
1991
 
 
Regarding
Henry
Henry (Harrison Ford) is a lawyer who survives a shooting only to find out that he has amnesia. If that weren't enough, Henry also must recover his mobility and speech in a very difficult life. Fortunately, Henry has a loving wife and daughter to help him through his rehabilitation.
1991
 
 

 

1981 - 1990
   
 
Movie
Title
Storyline

Year

 
 
Awakenings
Dr. Malcolm Sayer (Robin Williams) finds himself working in a ward full of comatose patients. He is disturbed by the fact that many have been comatose for decades with no hope of a cure. When he stumbles on a possible cure, he gets permission to try it on a patient. As a patient awakens, he realizes that life as an adult is very different from his early teens when the coma first occured. The film highlights the new awareness of patients and then on the reactions of their relatives to the changes in the newly awakened.
1990
 
 
Bonfire
of the
Vanities
Financial "Master of the Universe" Sherman McCoy (Tom Hanks) sees his life unravel when his mistress Maria Ruskin (Melanie Griffith) hits a black boy with his car. When yellow journalist Peter Fallow (Bruce Willis) enflames public opinion with a series of distorted tabloid articles on the accident, the case is seized upon by opportunists like Reverend Bacon (John Hancock) and mayoral candidate D.A. Abe Weiss.
1990
 
 
The
Freshman
Clark Kellogg (Matthew Broderick) is a young man beginning his first year at film school in NYC. After small time crook steals all his belongings, Clark meets Carmine "Jimmy the Toucan" Sabatini (Marlon Brando), an "importer" bearing a startling resemblance to a certain cinematic godfather. When Sabatini makes Clark an offer he can't refuse, he finds himself caught up in a caper involving endangered species and fine dining.
1990
 
 
Goodfellas
Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) is a small time gangster, who takes part in a robbery with Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro) and Tommy De Vito (Joe Pesci), two other gangsters who have set their sights a bit higher. His two partners kill off everyone else involved in the robbery, and slowly start to climb up through the hierarchy of the Mob. Henry, however, is badly affected by his partners success, but will he stoop low enough to bring about the downfall of Jimmy and Tommy?
1990
 
 
When Harry
Met Sally
Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) 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?"
1989
 
 
Coming
to America
Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) of Zamunda is celebrating his 21st birthday and about to marry a woman he never seen before. He breaks with tradition and embarks on an exciting adventure to America (NYC) in a progressive attempt to find the love of his life.
1988
 
 
Cocktail
After leaving the Army, Brian Flanagan (Tom Cruise) tries to find a job in NYC, but without a college degreeit seems impossible. He decides to begin studying for a business degree at the local City College and lands a part time job as a bartender. He quickly realizes that new gig isn't easy, but his new boss Douglas Coughlin (Bryan Brown) teaches him tricks of the bar trade and they become the most famous bartenders in town. With plans to open their own bar one day, Brian travels to Jamaica to work as a bartender in a resort Tiki Bar, with great pay. There he meets Jordan (Elisabeth Shue) and love begins to blossom.
1988
 
 
Working Girl
Tess McGill (Melanie Griffith) is a frustrated secretary, struggling to forge ahead in the world of big business in NYC. She gets a chance when her boss, Katharine (Sigourney Weaver), breaks her leg in a skiing accident. Tess takes advantage of her absence to push ahead with her career. She teams up with investment broker Jack Trainer (Harrison Ford) to work on a big deal. The situation gets really complicated uwhen the boss returns.
1988
 
 
Fatal
Attraction
Happily married New York lawyer Dan Callagher (Michael Douglas) has a weekend affair with colleague Alex (Glenn Close), while his wife and child are away. When Dan tries to end it, Alex will not let go and stops at nothing to have him for herself. Just how far will she go to get what she wants? The results could be fatal.
1987
 
 
Wall Street
Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) is an ambitious New York Wall Street stockbroker in the early. He spends his spare time getting the attention of powerful and, successful (but ruthless and greedy) broker, Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), until he finally takes the youth under his wing. From taking the advice and working closely with Gekko, Fox soon finds himself swept into a world of shady business deals, fast money and women. This creates difficulty with his family, including his estranged father and the blue-collared way Fox was brought up.
1987
 
 
Brighton
Beach
Memoirs
Eugene(Jonathan Silverman), a young teenage Jewish boy, recalls his memoirs oftime as an adolescent youth. He lives with his parents, an aunt, two cousins, and his brother, Stanley (Brian Drillinger), whom he looks up to and admires. He goes through the hardships of puberty, sexual fantasy, and living the life of a poor boy in a crowded house.
1986
 
 
Brewster's
Millions
Brewster (Richard Pryor) is a minor league baseball player. Unknown to him, he had a (recently deceased) rich relative. To test if Brewster understands the value of money, he is given the task of disposing $30 million in 30 days. Brewster isn't allowed to keep the assets or waste the money in any way. If successful, Brewster will inherit $300 million. However, Brewster can't tell anyone what he's doing. He quickly realizes that the task is not gonna be an easy one.
1985
 
 
Desperately
Seeking
Susan
Bored Roberta (Rosanna Arquette) spots a regular personal ad in the paper titled 'Desperately Seeking Susan'. She heads off to NYC, following one of the ads, and finds Susan (Madonna). When Susan sells her jacket, Roberta - trying to emulate her mystery ad writer - buys the jacket and wears it. Little does she know someone is looking for the jacket - and its owner.
1985
 
 
Moscow
on the
Hudson
A Russian circus visits the U.S. A clown wants to defect, but doesn't have the nerve. His saxophone playing friend however comes to the decision to defect in the middle of Bloomingdales. He is befriended by the black security guard and falls in love with the Italian immigrant from behind the perfume counter. We follow his life as he works his way through the American dream and tries to find work as a musician.
1984
 
 
Trading
Places
The Duke brothers, Mortimer (Don Ameche) and Randolph (Ralph Bellamy) are commodity brokers who enjoy a little wager every now and then. Randolph believes they can take street hustler, Billy Ray (Eddie Murphy) and transform him into a successful businessman, all while destroying the life of their upper class broker, Louis (Dan Aykroyd). Unfortunately, the Duke brothers underestimate the consequences of their new wager.
1983
 
 
Author!
Author!
Playwright Travalian (Al Pacino) is a bit overwhelmed these days. He has a Broadway play in rehearsal and producers want rewrites. His wife is divorcing him and leaving him with five children to raise on his own. And, his lead actress wants to move in with him but isn't very fond of children.
1982
 
 
Tootsie
Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman) is an unemployed actor with a notorious reputation. To find work, he dresses as a woman, Dorothy Michaels, and lands a part in a daytime show. Dorsey loses himself in the progressive female role and gains a captivating audience of women all around the city. However, the newfound role lands Dorsey in a tough spot when matters of the heart get involved.
1982
 
 
Arthur
Arthur (Dudley Moore) is happy to be a drunk with little ambition. He is also heir to a vast fortune, which can only be his if he marries Susan (Jill Eikenberry). He doesn't love Susan, but his family assumes she will make a better man of him. Everything changes when working class, Linda (Liza Minelli) captures his heart.
1981
 
   
1971 -1980
   
 
Movie
Title
Storyline

Year

 
 
Raging Bull

Jake LaMotta (Robert De Niro) is an Italian American middleweight boxer that is self-destructive, violent and has a bad temper that leads him to the top in the ring, but destroys his relationship with his wife and family.

1980
 
 
Superman
II
Picking up where "Superman: The Movie" left off, three criminals from the planet Krypton are released from the Phantom Zone by a nuclear explosion in space. They descend upon Earth where they could finally rule. Superman (Christopher Reeve), meanwhile, is in love with Lois Lane (Margot Kidder), who finds out who he really is. Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) escapes from prison and is determined to destroy Superman by joining forces with the three criminals.
1980
 
 
Kramer
vs.
Kramer
Ted Kramer (Dustin Hoffman) is a career person that puts work before his family. His wife, Joanna (Meryl Streep), is fed up with it and decides to leave him. Ted is now faced with juggling housekeeping, taking care of himself and a young son Billy (Justin Henry). Just when he has learned to be more responsible, Joanna returns and wants to take their son. Ted refuses and a major custody battle ensues between the parents.
1979
 
 
Manhattan
Isaac (Woody Allen), 42, has divorced wife Jill (Meryl Streep) and now she is writing a very personal book about their relationship. Isaac is having a love affair with 17yr old, Tracy (Mariel Hemingway), when he meets Mary (Diane Keaton), a mistress of his best friend, Yale (Michael Murphy). Of course, Yale is married to Emily (Anne Byrne Hoffman). Needless to say, things get really complex as the story unfolds.
1979
 
 
King
of the
Gypsies
A story about the criminal and violent lives of a group of modern day gypsies based in New York City. On his deathbed, their "king", Zharko Stepanowicz (Sterling Hayden) passes his leadership to an unwilling grandson, Dave (Eric Roberts). Despite his refusal, Dave's father, Groffo (Judd Hirsch) is angry with the choice and attempts to have Dave killed. A major confrontation develops and it looks like Dave may become the gypsies' king after all.
1978
 
 
Superman
Scientist Jor-El (Marlon Brando) takes drastic measures to preserve the Kryptonian race: He sends his infant son Kal-El to Earth. There, gaining great powers under Earth's yellow sun, he will become a champion of truth and justice. Raised by the Kents, an elderly farm couple, Clark (Christopher Reeve) learns that his abilities must be used for good. As an adult, Clark travels to Metropolis, where he becomes a reporter for the Daily Planet...and a caped wonder (Superman) whose amazing feats stun the city. Meanwhile, Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman), the world's greatest criminal mind, is plotting something evil. Can Superman stop his plot in time?
1978
 
 
Annie Hall
A story about the romantic adventures of neurotic NYC comedian Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) and his equally neurotic girlfriend Annie Hall (Diane Keaton). This film traces the course of their relationship from the beginning and serves as an interesting historical document about love in the 1970s.
1977
 
 
The
Goodbye Girl
After being dumped by her live-in boyfriend, unemployed dancer Paula McFadden, (Marsha Mason) and her 10-year-old daughter, Lucy (Quinn Cummings) are reluctantly forced to live with struggling off-Broadway actor, Elliot (Richard Dreyfuss).
1977
 
 
Saturday
Night Fever
Brooklyn native, Tony Manero (John Travolta), lives for Saturday nights at the local disco, where he's king of the club, thanks to his stylish moves on the dance floor. However, outside the club, things aren't as great., Tony constantly fights with his father, competes with his older brother, a priest and can't find satisfaction at his dead-end job. However, things begin to change when he notices Stephanie (Karen Lynn Gorney) in the disco and begins training with her for a dance competition. Stephanie dreams of the world beyond Brooklyn, and her plans to move to the big city soon change Tony's life forever.
1977
 
 
The
Turning Point
A story of two women whose lives are dedicated to ballet. Deedee (Shirley MacLaine), left a promising dance career to become a wife and mother and now runs a ballet school in Oklahoma. Emma (Anne Bancroft), stayed with a company and became a star - though her time is nearly past. Both are envious of each other's life and reflect on missed opportunities when they are reunited as Deedee's daughter joins the company.
1977
 
 
Marathon
Man
In NYC, the brother of an infamous Nazi war criminal is killed in a head on collision car accident. Shortly thereafter, members of a covert US government group called "The Division" begin to be murdered one by one. When the brother to one Division member sees his brother knifed to death, it is revealed that former SS dentist Szell (Laurence Olivier), "the White Angel" of Auschwitz, is wrapping up loose ends to smuggle priceless diamonds from the United States.
1976
 
 
Taxi Driver
Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) is an ex-Marine and Vietnam War veteran living in NYC. While suffering from insomnia, he spends time working as a cabbie at night, watching porn movies at seedy cinemas during the day, and obsessing about the deterioration of the world and NYC specifically. He's a loner and has strong opinions about what is right and wrong with mankind. For Travis, the one bright spot in New York is Betsy (Cybill Shepard), a campaign worker for presidential nominee, Senator Charles Palatine (Leonard Harris). Travis becomes obsessed with Betsy. After an incident involving Betsy, Travis believes he must go through extreme measures to make the world a better place. One priority is to be savior for Iris (Jodie Foster), a twelve year old runaway and prostitute who he believes wants to get out of the profession and away from her pimp and lover, Matthew (Harvey Keitel).
1976
 
 
Dog Day
Afternoon

On a hot summer afternoon, the First Savings Bank of Brooklyn is held up by Sonny (Al Pacino) and Sal (John Cazale), two down-and-out characters. During the robbery, Sonny realizes that there's actually little money available, since most of the cash has been picked up for the day. Sonny then gets an unexpected phone call from Police Captain Moretti (Charles Durning), who tells him the place is surrounded by the city's entire police force. It is discovered that Sonny is gay and was determined to get money for his male lover to undergo a sex change operation. Having few options under the circumstances, Sonny nervously bargains with Moretti, demanding safe escort to the airport and a plane out of the country in return for the bank employees' safety. Based on a real-life story.

1975
 
 
The
Prisoner
of Second
Avenue
The story of Mel (Jack Lemmon) and Edna ( Anne Bancroft), a middle-class, middle-aged, middle-happy couple living in a Manhattan high rise apartment building. Mel loses his job, the apartment is robbed, Edna gets a job, Mel loses his mind, Edna loses her job . . . to say nothing of the more minor tribulations of nosy neighbors, helpful relatives and exact bus fares. The couple suffers indignity after indignity (some self-inflicted) and when they seem on the verge of surrender, they thumb their noses defiantly and dig the trenches for battle.
1975
 
 
The
Stepford
Wives
Set in a small suburban neighborhood, the women happily go about their housework - cleaning, doing laundry, and cooking gourmet meals - to please their husbands. Unfortunately, Bobbie (Paula Prentiss) and Joanna (Katharine Ross) discover that the village's wives have been replaced with robots, and Joanna'a husband wants in on the action.
1975
 
 
Three Days
of the
Condor
A mild mannered CIA researcher, paid to read books, returns from lunch to find all of his co-workers assassinated. "Condor" (Robert Redford) must find out who did this and get in from the cold before he's the next casualty.
1975
 
 
The
Godfather
Part II
The continuing saga of the Corleone crime family tells the story of a young Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro) growing up in Sicily and in 1910s New York; and follows Michael Corleone in the 1950s as he attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.
1974
 
 
The Taking
of Phelam
123
Four armed men hijack a NYC subway train and demand $1 million dollars - which must be delivered in 1 hour - or else. Lt. Zachary Garber (Walter Matthau) of the NYC Transit Police must contend with City Hall red tape, the unrelenting demands of the hijackers, and the ever-ticking clock in his efforts to save the passengers and bring the hijackers to justice.
1974
 
 
The Exorcist
A visiting actress (Ellen Burstyn) in Washington, D.C., notices dramatic and dangerous changes in the behavior and physical make-up of her 12-year-old daughter, Regan (Linda Blair). Meanwhile, a young priest (Jason Miller) at nearby Georgetown University begins to doubt his faith while dealing with his mother's terminal sickness. And, a frail, elderly priest (Max von Sydow) recognizes the necessity for a show-down with an old demonic enemy.
1973
 
 
Serpico
Serpico (Al Pacino) is a NYC cop in the early 1970s. Unlike his colleagues, he refuses a share of the money that cops routinely extort from local criminals. Nobody wants to work with Serpico, and he's in constant danger of being placed in life threatening positions by his "partners". Nothing seems to get done even when he goes to the highest of authorities. Despite the dangers he finds himself in, he still refuses to 'go with the flow', in the hope that one day, the truth will be known.
1973
 
 
The
Godfather
"Don" Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) is the head of a New York Mafia "family". His beloved son, Michael (Al Pacino), has returned home from the war and has no intention to become part of his father's business. The family business is kind to those who give respect, but given to ruthless violence when anything threatens the family's postion. Don Vito lives a life characteristic of old tradition, butr times are changing and many don't want to follow the old ways of handling the family business. The clash of the Don's fading old world values and the new ways will demand a terrible price.
1972
 
 
The
French
Connection
William Friedkin's (Film Director) gritty police drama portrays two tough NYC cops trying to intercept a huge heroin shipment coming from France. 'Popeye' Doyle (Gene Hackman) is a short-tempered alcoholic and bigot, but a hard-working and dedicated police officer. His nemesis, Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey), is a suave and urbane gentleman, but nevertheless a criminal and one of the largest drug suppliers of pure heroin to North America. During the surveillance and eventual bust, Director William Friedkin provides one of the most gripping and memorable car chase sequences ever filmed.
1971
 
 
Plaza
Suite
The film version of the Neil Simon play that has three separate acts set in the same New York Plaza Hotel suite, starring Walter Matthau in a triple role. The first act, Karen Nash (Maureen Stapleton) tries to get her inattentive husband Sam's (Matthau) attention to spruce up their failing marriage. In the second, brash film producer Jesse Kiplinger (Mathau), tries to get former flame Muriel (Barbara Harris) to see him for what he stands for. In the final act, Roy Hubley (Mathau) and wife Norma (Lee Grant) try and try to get their difficult daughter out of the bathroom before her fast approaching wedding.
1971
 
   
1961 - 1970
   
 
Movie
Title
Storyline

Year

 
 
The Out
of Towners
George(Jack Lemmon) and Gwen Kellerman (Sandy Dennis) live in the small, quiet town of Twin Oaks, Ohio with their two young children and pet dog. George has a strong sense of what is right and wrong, especially as it applies to himself and Gwen, but he still looks to her for validation. Working for a plastics company, George believes he is a shoo-in for the company's Vice-President of Sales, New York Division job, a position located in NYC. George is looking forward to their future life in New York City, with all the amenities and benefits living in the big city has to offer. He and Gwen plan on taking a flight that lands in New York the evening before, giving them time for a night out on the town before the interview. However, nothing on the trip goes according to plan.
1970
 
 
Hello Dolly
A matchmaker named Dolly Levi (Barbra Streisand) takes a trip to Yonkers, NY to see the "well-known unmarried half-a-millionaire," Horace Vandergelder (Walter Matthau). While there, she convinces him, his two stock clerks and his niece and her beau to go to New York City. In NY, she fixes Vandergelder's clerks up with the woman Vandergelder had been courting, and her shop assistant (Dolly has designs of her own on Mr. Vandergelder, you see).
1969
 
 
Popi
Abraham(Alan Arkin) is a Puerto Rican single parent with two boys. He is becoming very worried about them living in their run down neighborhood when one day he notices that Cubans who escape are lionized and given exceptional benefits. He thinks up a plot to have his sons washed ashore as cuban immigrants who will be adopted by rich anglos.
1969
 
 
Funny Girl
The life of comedienne Fannie Brice (Barbra Streisand), from her early days in the Jewish slums of the Lower East Side, to the height of her career with the Ziegfeld Follies, including her marriage to and eventual divorce from her first husband, Nick Arnstein (Omar Sharif).
1968
 
 
The
Odd Couple
Felix Ungar (Jack Lemmon), has just broken up with his wife. Despondent, he tries to kill himself, but is saved by good friend Oscar Madison (Walter Matthau). With nowhere else to go, Felix is urged by Oscar to move in with him, at least for a while. The only problem is that Felix is neat, tidy, and neurotic, whereas Oscar is slovenly and casual.
1968
 
 
The
Producers
Down-on-his-luck theatrical producer Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) is forced to romance rich old ladies to finance his efforts. When timid accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder) reviews Max's accounting books, the two hit upon a way to make a fortune by producing a sure-fire flop. The play which is to be their gold mine? "Springtime for Hitler."
1968
 
 
Barefoot
in the Park
Paul Bratter (Robert Redford), a conservative young lawyer, marries a vivacious young woman, Corrie (Jane Fonda). Their highly passionate relationship descends into comical discord in a five-flight NYC walk-up apartment.
1967
 
 
The
Pawnbroker
This was one of the first films to deal with the effects of Nazi Germany's concentration camps on their survivors. Sol Nazerman (Rod Steiger), operator of a pawn shop, and a concentration camp survivor faces a horrid internal conflict. Being engulfed in a New York ghetto Environment, Sol suffers flashbacks. The flashbacks juxtapose concentration camp treatment with ghetto neighborhood treatment. Although, the flashbacks suffer several historical inaccuracies, the point is well made. His internal conflicts between submitting to the same injustices he and his family suffered or resisting the injustice a peak at the end of the film.
1964
 
 
Breakfast
at Tiffany's
Struggling writer Paul Varjak (George Peppard) moves into a NYC apartment building and becomes intrigued by his pretty, quirky neighbor Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn). 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.
1961
 
 
West Side
Story
Westside Story is the award winning adaptation of the classic romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliette. The feuding families become two warring NYC gangs- the white Jets led by Riff (Russ Tamblyn) and the Puerto Rican Sharks, led by Bernardo (George Chakiris). Their hatred escalates to a point where neither can coexist with any form of understanding. But when Riff's best friend (and former Jet) Tony (Richard Beymer) and Bernardo's younger sister Maria (Natalie Wood) meet at a dance, no one can do anything to stop their love. Maria and Tony begin meeting in secret, planning to run away. Then the Skarks and Jets plan a rumble under the highway - whoever wins gains control of the streets. Maria sends Tony to stop it, hoping it can end the violence. It goes terribly wrong, and before the lovers know what's happened, tragedy strikes and doesn't stop until the climactic and heartbreaking ending.
1961
 
   
1951 - 1960
   
 
Movie
Title
Storyline

Year

 
 
Butterfield
8
Beautiful Gloria Wandrous (Elizabeth Taylor), a New York fashion model engages in an illicit affair with married socialite Weston Liggett (Laurence Harvey). However, Gloria's desire for respectability causes her to reconsider her lifestyle.
1960
 
 
North
By
Northwest
Middle-aged Madison Avenue advertising executive Roger O. Thornhill (Cary Grant) is mistaken for a government agent by a gang of spies. He gets involved in a series of misadventures and is pursued across the States by both the spies and the government whilst being helped by a beautiful blonde.
1959
 
 
Auntie Mame
Mame (Rosalind Russell) is an unconventional individualist socialite from the roaring 20's. When her brother dies, she is forced to raise her nephew, Patrick (Roger Smith). However, Patrick's father has designated an executor to his will to protect the boy from absorbing too much of Mame's rather unconventional perspective. Patrick and Mame become devoted to each other in spite of this restriction, and together journey through Patrick's childhood and the great depression, amidst some rather zaney adventures.
1958
 
 
Weddings and Babies
The film focuses on the stormy relationship between NYC wedding photographer, Al Capetti (Myhers), and his Swedish-born girlfriend and assistant Bea (Lindfors). As the film begins, Bea tells Al how anxious she is to get married and have children of her own. Al, however, resists getting married until he has substantial savings. He buys a movie camera in order to expand his business, but the camera is damaged accidentally. Meanwhile, Al is under pressure from his elderly mother, who he has just committed to a home for the elderly.
1958
 
 
12
Angry Men
The defense and the prosecution have rested and the jury is filing into the jury room to decide if a young Spanish-American is guilty or innocent of murdering his father. What begins as an open and shut case of murder soon becomes a mini-drama of each of the jurors' prejudices and preconceptions about the trial, the accused, and each other. Based on the play, all of the action takes place on the stage of the jury room.
1957
 
 
An Affair
to Remember
Handsome playboy Nicky Ferrante (Cary Grant) and beautiful night club singer Terry McKay (Deborah Kerr) have a romance while on a cruise from Europe to New York. Despite being engaged to other people, both agree to reunite at the top of the Empire State Building in six months. However, an unfortunate accident keeps Terry from the reunion, and Nicky fears that she has married or does not love him anymore. Will he discover the truth behind her absence and reunite with his one true love, or has fate and destiny passed them by?
1957
 
 
The
Bachelor Party
Five office friends meet up for a night on the town to celebrate the upcoming marriage of one of them. As the night progresses and drinking takes over, they become more confident in expressing their concerns and hopes.
1957
 
 
A
Hatful
of Rain
Set in a housing project apartment, Johnny Pope (Don Murray) is a soldier returning from the Korean War. While staying in a military hospital he secretly became addicted to morphine. His emotional distance (and tendency to stay out all night) alienate him from the apartment's other residents: Johnny's pregnant wife Celia (Eva Marie Saint), and brother Polo (Anthony Franciosa). Celia is convinced that Johnny is having an affair, but of course the truth is far worse. Johnny and Polo's father, arrives in town and stays with them in the small apartment, further complicating a tense situation and leading to a dynamic and dramatic climax.
1957
 
 
Sweet
Smell of Success
J.J. Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster), the most powerful newspaper columnist in New York, is determined to prevent his sister from marrying Steve Dallas (Martin Milner), a jazz musician. He therefore covertly employs Sidney Falco (Tony Curtis), a sleazy and unscrupulous press agent, to break up the affair by any means possible.
1957
 
 
The
Harder
They Fall
After 17 years as a recognized and respected sports journalist in NYC, Eddie Willis (Humphrey Bogart) finds himself out of a job when his newspaper folds. He's approached by a major fight promoter, Nick Benko (Rod Steiger), to act as a public relations man for new heavyweight fighter, Toro Moreno(Mike Lane). Eddie knows how the fight game works and after watching Toro perform in the ring, realizes he has little hope of succeeding. Benko offers him a sizable salary and unlimited expense account and given his financial situation, he agrees. Starting in California and moving east, they arrange a series of fights for Toro with stiffs and has-beens. All of the fights are rigged to build up his record and get him a fight with the heavyweight champion, Buddy Brannen, where they will make a sizable profit at the gate.
1956
 
 
Blackboard Jungle
War veteran Rick Dadier (Glenn Ford) is one of three new teachers hired at North Manual High School, an inner city boys school. This is his first teaching assignment, which he needs to support himself and his insecure pregnant wife, Anne (Anne Francis). Despite Principle Warnecke's assertions to the contrary, Dadier quickly learns that the rumors of student discipline problems at the school are indeed true. The established teachers at the school try to counsel the newcomers, all inexperienced in such situations, as how best to handle the rowdy students. Regardless, Dadier tries to exert discipline in his class, which provokes a violent response. Dadier believes the student leaders against him are Artie West, but more specifically Gregory Miller (Sidney Poitier), who he thinks uses the fact of being black as a means of racial provocation. Dadier has to decide either to leave and teach at a "real" school, or stay and figure out how to get through to his students.
1955
 
 
On The Waterfront
Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) dreams about being a prize fighter, while tending his pigeons and running errands at the docks for Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb), the corrupt boss of the dockers union. Terry witnesses a murder by two of Johnny's thugs, and later meets the dead man's sister and feels responsible for his death. She introduces him to Father Barry (Karl Malden), who tries to force him to provide information for the courts that will smash the dock racketeers.
1954
 
 

 

1941 - 1950
   
 
Movie
Title
Storyline

Year

 
 
All About
Eve
Aspiring actress Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) maneuvers her way into the lives of Broadway star Margo Channing, playwright Lloyd Richards (Hugh Marlowe) and director Bill Sampson (Gary Merrill). This classic story of ambition and betrayal has become part of American folklore. Bette Davis claims to have based her character on the persona of film actress Talullah Bankhead. Davis' line "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night" is legendary, but, in fact, all of the film's dialog sparkles with equal brilliance.
1950
 
 
The
Naked City
Amid a semi-documentary portrait of New York and its people, Jean Dexter, an attractive blonde model, is murdered in her apartment. Homicide detectives Dan Muldoon (Barry Fitzgerald) and Jimmy Halloran (Don Taylor) investigate. Suspicion falls on various shifty characters who all prove to have some connection with a string of apartment burglaries. Then a burglar is found dead who once had an elusive partner named Willie. The climax is a very rapid manhunt sequence. Filmed entirely on location in NYC.
1948
 
 
Easter Parade
Don Hewes (Fred Astaire) and Nadine Hale (Ann Miller) are a dancing team, but she decides to start a career on her own. So he takes the next dancer he meets, Hannah Brown (Judy Garland), as a new partner. After a while this new team is so successful, that Florence Ziegfeld is interested in them, but due to the fact, that Nadine Hale dances also in the Ziegfeld Follies Don says no. In spite of the fact, that he is in love with Hannah, he keeps the relation to her strictly business. So Hannah is of the opinion, that he is still in love with Nadine, and her suspicion grows, when he dances with Nadine in a nightclub floor show.
1948
 
 
Brighton Rock
Pinkie Brown (Richard Attenborough) is a small-town hoodlum whose gang runs a protection racket based at Brighton race course. When Pinkie orders the murder of a rival, Fred (Alan Wheatley), the police believe it to be suicide. This doesn't convince Ida Arnold (Hermione Baddeley), who was with Fred just before he died, and she sets out to find the truth. She comes across naive waitress Rose, who can prove that Fred was murdered. In an attempt to keep Rose quiet Pinkie marries her. But with his gang beginning to doubt his ability, and his rivals taking over his business, Pinkie starts to become more desperate and violent.
1947
 
 
Gentleman's Agreement
Philip Green (Gregory Peck)) is a highly respected writer recruited by a national magazine to write a series of articles on anti-Semitism in America. He's not too keen on the series, mostly because he's not sure how to approach the subject. Then it dawns on him: if he was to pretend to be Jewish, he could experience the degree of racism and prejudice that exists and write a story from that perspective. It takes little time for him to experience bigotry. He soon learns the liberal-minded firm he works for doesn't hire Jews and that his own secretary changed her name to hide the fact that she is Jewish from everyone. Green soon finds that he won't be invited to certain events, that he cannot stay in so-called 'restricted' hotels and that his own son is heckled on the street. His anger at the way he is treated also affects his relationship with Kathy Lacy.
1947
 
 
The
Lost Weekend
Don Birnam (Ray Milland), long-time alcoholic, has been "on the wagon" for ten days and seems to be over the worst; but his craving has just become more insidious. Evading a country weekend planned by his brother Wick(Phillip Terry) and girlfriend Helen (Jane Wyman), he begins a four-day bender. In flashbacks we see past events, all gone wrong because of the bottle. But this bout looks like being his last...one way or the other.
1945
 
 
Rhapsody
In Blue
Composer George Gershwin (Robert Alda) is driven by his need to succeed. Unfortunately, his drive destroys his romantic relationship with singer Julie Adams (Joan Leslie), who is desperately in love with him, and aloof socialite Christine Gilbert (Alexis Smith).
1945
 
 
The
Black Swan
When notorious pirate Henry Morgan (Laird Cregar) is made governor of Jamaica, he enlists the help of some of his former partners in ridding the Carribean of Buccaneers. When one of them apparently abducts the previous governor's pretty daughter and joins up with the rebels, things are set for a fight.
1942
 
 

The Pride
of the Yankees

Biopic traces the life of Lou Gehrig (Gary Cooper), famous baseball player who played in 2130 consecutive games before falling at age 37 to ALS, a deadly nerve disease which now bears his name. Gehrig is followed from his childhood in New York until his famous 'Luckiest Man' speech at his farewell day in 1939.
1942
 
   
1931 - 1940
   
 
Movie
Title
Storyline

Year

 
 
Top Hat
Showman Jerry Travers (Fred Astaire) is working for producer Horace Hardwick (Edward Everett Horton) in London. Jerry demonstrates his new dance steps late one night in Horace's hotel, much to the annoyance of sleeping Dale Tremont (Ginger Rogers) below. She goes upstairs to complain and the two are immediately attracted to each other. Complications arise when Dale mistakes Jerry for Horace.
1935
 
 
42nd Street
Julian Marsh (Warner Baxter), a successful Broadway director, produces what could very well be his last show. The money for the show comes from a rich older man, who is in love with the star of the show, Dorothy Brock (Bebe Daniels). The feeling isn't mutual since she is still in love with her old partner. On the night before the premiere, Dorothy breaks her ankle, and one of the chorus girls, Peggey Sawyer (Ruby Keeler) tries to take over her part.
1933
 
 
King Kong
Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong) needs to finish his movie and has the perfect tropical location: Skull Island. Little is known about the island's inhabitants and it becomes apparent that a giant gorilla (King Kong) is a threat to the crew and leading lady, Ann Darrow (Fay Wray). Kong is captured and brought to NYC and put on display. He escapes captivity and is running loose until his life ends tragically.
1933
 
 

 

1911 - 1930
   
 
Movie
Title
Storyline

Year

 
 
Coney
Island
Roscoe tries to dump his wife so he can enjoy the beach attractions. Buster arrives with Alice who is taken away from him by Al who loses her to Roscoe. Bathing beauties and Keystone Kops abound.
1917
 
     
 
Sources:
The Encyclopedia of New York City (2nd Edition) by Kenneth T. Jackson
IceFilms.info
IMDB.com
Wikipedia.org
 

 

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