Wordless Wednesday: 10 Memorable Scenes set in NYC


Happy Midweek folks! I always choose a certain theme for my Wordless Wednesday posts and since I’ll be spending a few days in New York City this weekend, I thought I pick ten clips (including one music video) from some of my fave movies set in the Big Apple. I lost count how many times I’ve visited the city, in fact I was just there last year for my sister in-law’s wedding.

In any case, for this purpose I choose scenes that highlight the city, the streets, landmarks, Hudson river, etc., and some shows the daily life of New Yorkers, so they’re not necessarily the best scenes from the film. So without further ado, here we go…

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)


Superman: The Movie (1978)


Working Girl (1988)


Sleepless in Seattle (1993)


One Fine Day (1996)


You’ve Got Mail (1998)


Serendipity (2001)


The Devil Wears Prada (2006)


The Visitor (2007)


Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)


So those are just 10 of my fave New York City scenes, feel free to share your own favorites!

46 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday: 10 Memorable Scenes set in NYC

  1. Great list to many fun films, Ruth. I would have added ‘Taxi Driver’, ‘Midnight Cowboy’ ‘Saturday Night Fever’, and ‘Gangs of NY’. Have a great time in NYC; see a show for me while you are at it 😉

    1. Hi Cindy! There are so many great scenes in NYC aren’t they? People are bound to have their own faves. I actually haven’t seen 3 on your list, I guess I prefer more of the romantic side of the Big Apple 😉

    1. Ahah yes you’re right, but I think it still counts 😉

      He..he.. well I guess I’m not so much into dark movies which most of Scorsese’s movies are. If I had seen Taxi Driver I might’ve put that in.

  2. Pick any scene from Woody’s Manhattan. Never has a film captured NYC like that one. The first 45 seconds of this trailer says it all.

    The three old guys sitting against the bright red brick wall commenting on the goings on of a block in Bed-Stuy in Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing.

    Robin Williams dancing naked in the moonlight in Central Park in The Fisher King.

    The piano scene at FAO Swartz in Big.

    1. One of these days I should get over my aversion of seeing Woody Allen in his own movies & watch Manhattan 😉 Oh I still need to see The Fisher King! As for BIG, well last year I was playing on top of that very *piano* at FAO Swartz 😀

  3. For me, the opening of Manhattan, The scene where the young Noodles and his gang walk with the Brooklyn Bridge on the background just before one of the boys gets killed in Once Upon a Time in America, the final battle in Ghostbusters, and Robin Williams staring at Amanda Plummer at Grand Central Station which leads to an imaginary waltz in The Fisher King.

  4. Great post. I grew up in New York, so I can really appreciate this post. There are also many more great scenes. 25th Hour has some great shots of the city post-911, Man on Wire has some of the towers when they were first built.

    1. Oh cool! Did you grow up in NYC? It’s such an awesome town, I’ve been there many times but never gets old. Oh, is Man on Wire a documentary? That sound intriguing.

  5. Ted S.

    NYC maybe the best city for films, no IT IS the best city for films! I haven’t been back for years, I might go there during the holidays this year. I have a lot of favorite scenes from movies of the city, Die Hard 3, Death Wish, The French Connection, Taxi Driver, the fantasy version of NYC in You’ve Got Mail, The Bourne Ultimatum, the 1997 version of NY in Escape From New York, Wolfen, Shaft remake and much more I couldn’t remember.

    1. It IS the best city for films, I think even better than some other big cities like London or Paris as it can be dark and sinister as well as fluffy and romantic. It just works for all kinds of storyline!

  6. Great post lady! I have never been to New York, though it is definitely a place I would love to see one day (seeing as it appears in movies so much!), it must be quite the experience.

    PS: Your Sleepless In Seattle video is also under You’ve Got Mail. Sorry, don’t mean to be a pain!

    1. Hello Zoë!! Ahah I just want to make sure people are paying attention. Clearly you’re the only one who did 😉 No you’re not being a pain at all, I’m glad you told me as I LOVE the You’ve Got Mail Starbucks scene and the Cranberry song is lovely.

      I hope one day you get to visit NYC! I think you’d love it so much you’d want to go back again and again 🙂

      1. Always a pleasure Ruth! I haven’t seen You’ve Got Mail in the longest time, but I remember when I was younger I watched it a few times, I thought it was really sweet.

        It always just looks so thrilling. I had a friend who moved to the States and he said New York really is an experience. Another place really high up on my to visit list is New Orleans!

  7. This makes me want to visit even more. It’s such a photogenic city and one of the biggest reasons I have to visit New York one day is to check out where so many classic movies were filmed! Well, that and to see the Yankees play!

    1. Ted S.

      No Dan, don’t go see the evil empire that is The Yankees!! Go watch the Giants’ or Jets’ game instead, football is more fun. LOL.

  8. Love this post Ruth! I love New York, I have always wanted to live there. I also love when NY is the back drop to a movie. My votes of course would go to Woody Allen’s best NY flicks Annie Hall and Manhattan and the other two I instantly think of are Saturday Night Fever and one of my faves Taxi Driver. And how could we forget Sex and the City, totally iconic. Like I said earlier have fun chica! Enjoy yourself, take a selfie with Lady Liberty and send me a twitter pic! 🙂

    1. Hey Mel! I don’t know if I have the energy to live in NYC but yeah, it looks so dreamy in the movies!! I still need to see Manhattan. It’s funny but I prefer Woody Allen movies where he’s NOT in the movie, ahah.

      I rarely take selfies so I’m a retard at it, ahah. I’m not even on Instagram! But I might ask my hubby to take a pic of me on Ellis Island, yeah I might post some on Twitter. You do the same on South Beach ok girl? 😉

      1. Lady Ruth, yes I agree as much as I love NYC when I leave I feel happier in a sense because it is so much chaos there. Aww, poor Woody! Is he too neurotic?

        Then I guess a regular old photo will do. haha Sounds good! 🙂

        1. Yeah that would’ve been in poor taste 😛 Though my company somehow decides to do a fire drill in my building today, on 9/11!! The timing is just morbid!

  9. Ooo, love that you included clips from two Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan movies. That Captain America scene is one of my favorites, and I forget what a big deal it is that he wakes up in NYC 70 years later!

    I think one of the most memorable NYC scenes in a movie for me is when Tom Cruise drives into Time Square and it’s empty. I thought it was so cool Cameron Crowe was able to get the entire place cleared on a Sunday to shoot that scene!

    1. Hi Kris! Oh I LOVE Nora Ephron movies, she captured NYC so well! Ahah yeah, poor Cap being so confused w/ all the technology that’s happened in the last 70 years!

      Which movie was that you’re referring to? Was it Vanilla Sky? I haven’t seen that one yet.

  10. Nice selection Ruth! Ok, so I have to be really cheesy here and say I’d have to put at least one scene from the first Sex and the City movie in here – maybe the one between Miranda and Steve on the Brooklyn Bridge. There I said it, don’t judge me! 🙂

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  12. I LOVE that you included The Visitor and One Fine Day! I might add the opening from Woody Allen’s Manhattan and the chase from The French Connection.

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