Movies to inspire your student life in New York City

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New York has provided the backdrop to many movies over the years. One way to fall in love with Big Apple and to get a feel for the city is to watch some of the best movies set here. Whether you’re deep into movies, or just like to catch the blockbusters with friends, here are some great movies to watch when you’re an SAF scholar in New York.


Woody Allen’s Manhattan is a love letter to the city, filmed in black and white and released in 1979. It’s a romantic comedy starring Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep, and the cinematography makes the city look gorgeous. When you watch it, you might recognize the Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, and the pizzeria John’s of Bleecker Street, which is still open today if you fancy pizza at a movie location.

Desperately Seeking Susan

We’ve given you 1960s and 1970s New York, now let’s see New York in the 80s. Starring Madonna early in her career, this cool film features the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Battery Park, and the East Village. You can visit Landmark Coffee Shop and Pancake House in SoHo today, which is where Rosanna Arquette’s character falls in love with the projectionist, Dez. After watching this movie, don’t be surprised if you get the urge to buy a cool jacket from a thrift store.


See New York taken over by ghosts and a team of ghostbusters attempting to capture them. This 80s comedy classic features gothic midtown blocks overlooking Central Park, ghostly goings on in the New York Public Library, and a classic Manhattan firehouse you can visit today: Hook and Ladder at 14 North Moore Street in Tribeca – look out for its Ghostbusters badge outside.

Eager for more to watch? There are so many more films that capture New York life: try Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, Billy Wilder’s The Apartment, or Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing.