New York in the movies

Who could forget the iconic image of Audrey Hepburn peering through the shop window in Breakfast at Tiffany’s or Streisand and Redford’s goodbye scene in The Way We Were. Both were shot 40-plus years ago in the City That Never Sleeps—but journalist Christopher Maloney, on his addictive website FILMography, has shown that New York is also the city that never changes.

Using printed movie stills from films dating back to the 40s to present day, Maloney has reproduced more than 250 scenes from around the city. The restaurant shared by Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in You’ve Got Mail (1998) still looks the same, and the building flanked by a young Jon Voight in Midnight Cowboy (1969) hasn’t changed a bit.

 New York City remains the cultural hub of the United States, and directors like Martin Scorcese and Woody Allen are determined to showcase it in their films. Lucky for us viewers, we can see the Big Apple over and over—window-dressed differently by any given filmmaker—and still believe we’re seeing it for the first time.

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

The Way we Were

The Way We Were (1973)

You've Got Mail

You’ve Got Mail (1998)

Midnight Cowboy

Midnight Cowboy (1969)

Annie Hall

Annie Hall (1977)

Home Alone 2

Home Alone 2 (1992)

The Avengers

The Avengers (2012)

Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

How to Murder Your Wife 

How to Murder Your Wife (1965)

For Love or Money

For Love or Money (1993)

Cindarella Man

Cindarella Man (2005)

Fever Pitch

Fever Pitch (2005)

American Psycho

American Psycho (2000)

Doctor Who

Doctor Who: The Angels Take Manhatten (2012)


Godspell (1973)

Factory Girl

Factory Girl (2006)

Men in Black II

Men in Black II (2002)

The Manchurian Candidate

The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

The French Connection

The French Connection (1971)

Marathon Man

Marathon Man (1976)

The Royal Tenenbaums

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Die Hard: With a Vengeance

Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995)


Shaft (1971)

Weekend at Bernie's

Weekend at Bernie’s (1989)

Carlito's Way

Carlito’s Way (1993)

Little Manhatten

Little Manhatten (2005)

The Warriors

The Warriors (1979)

North by Northwest

North by Northwest (1959)

Gentlemans' Agreement

Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)

On the Town

On The Town (1949)

Which photo is your favourite? Have you ever visited the locations from your favourite movies? Let us know in the comments.

  • feedgrids

    Very cool!

  • Craig J. Clark

    Nice. How about one for ‘The Fisher King’?

  • Speider Schneider

    Like other native New Yorkers, I love seeing these photos and count myself lucky to have seen my fair share of films being shot in the city, only later to see the scenes on the big screen. And, like other New Yorkers, you’ll hear me in the audience complaining out loud that the characters are on the Upper East Side, turn the corner and are suddenly in the West Village, or they are on the wrong train to their stated destination. ;)

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  • Iconshots

    awesome collection relly

  • Li Xiaobo

    Nice, It’s all about memories.

  • Sashinka

    That’s why I love NYC. Thanx.