New York is a fairly common backdrop for movies, but there’s something about love stories on film that almost requires scenes of couples frolicking in Central Park, or stealing a kiss on the banks of the East River. The New York Daily News has compiled a list of the city’s 100 most romantic movies, and some of my personal favorites made the cut, like When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. (Does it count if it’s Long Island? I guess so because Falling in Love is also on the list, and it takes place on a train to White Plains — works for me.)
However, my dear reader, be warned. One hundred movies based in New York… about love… that’s a long list to make, and of course there is some dreaded filler. Quite a few only make it onto the list by location default. Coyote Ugly. Down with Love. Autumn in New York. (Okay, see this one, it’s tempting right? New York is even in the title! Yeah — that doesn’t make it suck any less.)
My only addition (that I can think of at the moment) is Brown Sugar, a terrific rom-com starring Sanaa Lathan and Taye Diggs that is very much about the city and being in love.
What else do you think should be on the list? And if you can’t think of a romantic movie made in the city, that’s okay too — but bonus points if it’s in the five boroughs.