New York is probably the most photogenic city when it comes to set locations for movies and TV series. There is something about this city which is so sexy, mysterious, interesting and intriguing, that any script writer or movie director simply cannot resist.
Cult series such as “Sex and the City” and “Gossip Girl” became a huge success thanks to vibrant set locations and memorable background views. Legendary movies such “Vanilla Sky” and “Kramer vs. Kramer” made us all fall in love with New York over and over again.
We decided to dedicate this post to this amazing city for giving us some of the greatest TV shows and movies ever made. I present you here my favorite New York set locations of all times:
King Kong (1976)
King Kong was a movie we all grew up with; the famous scene of Kong climbing the South Tower of the World Trade Center while trying to escape the evil humans is an unforgettable shot. The first version of the movie was made in 1933 and since then it had a numerous remakes. I don’t know about you, but from the moment I got to know the scary but big hearted King Kong, I learned to love gorillas regardless of their size and slightly frightening appearance.
American Psycho (2000)
I continue with probably one of the creapiest thrillers ever seen on screen. For those of you who are not familiar with this kind of insane movie, I would recommend you to never watch it when you’re alone. The movie tells the story of Patrick Bateman, a very charming, handsome – and crazy – Wall Street yuppie. During the movie the main character is revealed as a sick, mad person. American Psycho exposes us to the life of a serial killer in this big city. Make sure to leave some lights on while watching this film as it gets scarier by the minute.
It is impossible to write about famous New York set locations without mentioning the show “Friends”. Not everyone agrees, but I think Friends was a brilliant sitcom that managed to form new opinions about what good friends are all about. Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler and Ross all entered our lives in a storm and showed us how magnificent life can be when your living in New York city with all your best mates surrounding you.
Mad Men (2007)
Even though Mad Men is still relatively new on prime time, it managed quickly to become a cult show with thousands of followers and excellent reviews. Mad Men is set in the 1960s and it tells us about the busy lives of successful advertisers on Madison Avenue, New York. When the show first aired it dragged a lot of different reactions thanks to it authentic feel and eye for detail. As we all know, during the 60s women didn’t have a lot of saying in the household or at working places and their main job was the serve the men and look beautiful. Mad Men succeeded to show how life used to be back in the day, when smoking was allowed everywhere and fashion was absolutely impeccable.
Fame was a huge movie hit that showed us the lives of an extremely talented group of students at the school of performing arts. The school was located in New York City and during the film we got exposed to not only the daily life of the characters but also to the vibrant pace of New York city and all the opportunities it has to offer. Fame became an instant hit thanks to its fresh feel, sexy vibe and beautiful actors. As a result of the huge success of the movie Fame got a musical remake, a TV show remake and plenty of music video clips were made based on the show.
Coyote Ugly (2000)
I decided to finish this list with a good-old chick flick. Coyote Ugly is based on the actual Coyote Ugly Saloon, set in New York City. The movie gives us a real glimpse of what Coyote Ugly is all about: tough chicks which are good girls during daytime and sexy bartenders at night. The term “coyote ugly” refers to the repulsive feeling someone gets after having a one-night stand with a person who looked much better at night than he looked the day after. I don’t know about you, but I certainly fell for the power girl story and didn’t mind watching the film more than once.
There were so many different hits that were filmed in New York city that it was impossible to fit them all in just one short list. For those of you who wonder how come “Wall Street”, “Working Girl”, “When Harry Met Sally”, “The Godfather” and more masterpieces didn’t made it to the list, don’t worry, we didn’t forget about these films; we just thought that some of them are so legendary, that they just don’t need any extra mentioning