Poll Suggestion: The Empire State Movies

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The Empire State is the official nickname of New York. New York is nicknamed "The Empire State" for its national and global significance. Today people associate the nickname with the Empire State Building, but the nickname came first. The actual origin of New York's nickname is unknown; some sources credit George Washington, who referred to New York state in December 1784 as "at present the seat of the Empire" (source: statesymbolsusa.org). New York became the 11th state of the United States of America in 1788.
These movies have a connection with New York. They are (partially) filmed there or it's a topic in the story. Which movie (or movie poster) do you associate the most with New York?

My list: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls049508805/
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Hoekkie

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The only one i can re call is King Kong,
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Dog Day Afternoon
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King Kong on top of The Empire State Building will for ever be an icon!
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being a born-n-bred new yorker, most of these movies are very personal to me...'manhattan' is definitely one that came to mind, as well as 'the paper' with michael keaton...

but my favorite movie of all time is also a born-n-bred new york soaked masterpiece....

'chinese coffee' with al pacino and jerry orbach....

thanx hoekkie...can never get enough of my hometown....
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Hoekkie

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Thanks!
I don't know these films, and looking at the number of votes they don't seem very known.
And it seems that the films don't show a lot of New York and that many scenes takes place indoors. It's great to have suggestions from a New Yorker, but I don't know which movies I should remove for these two. My current picks seems better.
I added Chinese Coffee to my watchlist. Seems like a good movie.
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Tough choice, a lot of great movies. I am mostly torn between Taxi Driver (1976) and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) both of which are of great personal infulence in my life. 
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Hoekkie,

I was rather surprised that On the Town (1949) is not on your list.

Three sailors on a day of shore leave in New York City look for fun and romance before their twenty-four hours are up.
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great addition dan...excellent film....
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Thank you! I added On the Town. I don't know this film, seems like a fun movie.
There are to many movies about New York, I have to pick them carefully. So, all the suggestions are welcome.
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Hoekkie,

Thanks.

New York, New York - On the Town

The Legendary Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and Jules Munshin perform New York, New York from the 1944 musical and the 1949 MGM musical film On the Town. The music was written by Leonard Bernstein and the lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. The best known line of this song is, "New York, New York, a helluva town. The Bronx is up but the Battery's down." For the film version, the word "helluva" was changed to "wonderful" to appease the Production Code offices.


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It's a great musical!
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Oh and I know there's only one place left, but FYC:
The King of Comedy (1982)
Joker (2019)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
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Hoekkie

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Thanks! I added Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Joker seems like a good one, but this one isn't released yet.
I'll keep that one in mind.
I think The King of Comedy doesn't show a lot of New York, so maybe the other picks are better.
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Hoekkie, technically it's already released, just not yet widely. But I totally get it. 

The King of Comedy (1982) actually has a few protracted scenes filmed on the streets of NY, including one with Jerry Lewis pretty much improvising most of the scenes interacting with random pedestrians. :) Although to be honest there are already quite a few Martin Scorsese movies on the list and those which are already there are more NY-centric. :)