Plan a Trip to New York with All The Movies

Plan a Trip to New York with All the Movies on Falcondale Life blog. Get in the mood for a trip to New York with this list of favourite and iconic New York city classic films.

We will soon be visiting New York as a family to see relatives. We hope to see the best sights of the big smoke while we are there. I’ve never been much of a city break person. We normally take a holiday to enjoy nature, scenery or the coast. Even though I am looking forward to visiting New York, mainly I am quite apprehensive, even nervous.

I’ve not been able to get my children excited either. I asked them “aren’t you interested in helping plan some things to do and see?” but they replied “no, you do it mum. You always take us on brilliant holidays. Whatever it is, it’ll be great.” Very flattering but in this case, really annoying!

Then one day the film Madagascar came on the TV. The zoo in this film is based on the real zoo in central park, near to our New York hotel. I realize that we can get in the mood for our trip to New York with some great movies! So many films are set in New York. I asked some fellow bloggers for films that made them think of New York, or films that reminded them of the city. I hope we can watch a few of these before we go and really set the mood.

New York Favourite Movie List

  1. Home Alone 2 – Lost in New York, suggested by Emma Reed “It really gets you in the mood for Christmas, and is just as funny as the first film, which is rare.”
  2. King Kong “with those fabulous skyline shots” suggested by Erica from Nine to Three Thirty and Taxi Driver “because so much of it is set on the streets of the city.”
  3. Enchanted is an idea from Laura from The Unsung Mum: “The way everyone is really mean at the start then sing in Central Park! Love it!”
  4. Sleepless in Seattle suggested by Leslie from Messy Blog UK: “Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan make a great team and I love the scene on top of the Empire State Building.”
  5. Breakfast at Tiffanys “a classic”, says Sarah at Toby Goes Bananas, and On the Town “it’s an old musical but it’s fab and it was the first musical shot entirely on location.”
  6. Fools Rush In is a suggestion from Lyndsey at Me, Him, The Dog and the Baby: “Grays Papaya have THE BEST hot dogs in NYC and a must do when you go. Seeing them makes me want to go back every time.”
  7. New Years Eve is suggested by Nicola (Mrs Lighty) from All Things Spliced. She says it’s “one that I love but is a bit seasonal. It’s a bit like an American Love Actually, set in the Big Apple.”
  8. Elf and Miracle on 34th Street are two favourites of Abi from Something About Baby: “I fell in love with New York at Christmas time because of these films. They show all the iconic landmarks such as the Empire State, Macy’s, and Times Square. I actually went to visit NY for Thanksgiving to see the parade because of Miracle on 34th Street.”
  9. Serendipity is one of Nikki from Yorkshire Wonders favourite films. “It’s set in New York and many scenes are in the Waldorf Astoria. I have wanted to stay there ever since. I think it would be an ideal spot for my next big birthday!”
  10. Annie is an idea from Family Travel with Ellie: “My daughters absolute favourite film – so upbeat and uplifting – portrays New York in a wonderful light of positivity , hope and promise.”
  11. Coming to America is suggested by Nicola from A Blogs Life, she says “Eddie Murphy plays a brilliant part.”
  12. Big is a suggestion from Laura at Milton Keynes Kids who says “I’ve adored Tom Hanks since I was a child and loved visiting the Big piano in FAO Schwartz when my husband and I visited before we had kids. It shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise when the shop looked very different to the film. We visited 20 years after the film was made.”
  13. When Harry Met Sally is an idea from Sophie from Life As Mrs D: “Katz’s Deli – “I’ll have what she’s having” Need I say more?”
  14. Ghostbusters is a tip from Kat at Confessions of a Working Mum: “It features loads of iconic places – Statue of Liberty, Central Park, NY City Library. You can go and visit the fire house where they filmed. I’m such a geek and got really excited about it. Sadly I didn’t see Slimer but they have the real Ghostbusters sign hanging up inside!
  15. The Odd Couple is suggested by Chris from Grey Matters: “Most of it is played out in an Upper West Side apartment. I love it, not just because of the wonderful script and fantastic performances by Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. The atmosphere of 60’s New York comes across in the film.”

Well that is a fabulous list but I think there must be loads more than this! Can you make some more suggestions in the comments?

Plan a Trip to New York with All the Movies on Falcondale Life blog. Get in the mood for a trip to New York with this list of favourite and iconic New York city classic films.

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  1. 30th July 2017 / 2:51 pm

    I love Sleepless in Seattle and Elf. One film listed there that I’ve never seen and have always wanted to is Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Enjoy your holiday, I’m sure it’ll be wonderful. We visited New York last year for the first time and will definitely be returning!

  2. 29th July 2017 / 12:52 pm

    I love Breakfast at Tiffany’s and ELF. You are right there are so many amazing films that you can watch to get you in the mood for New York x

  3. 28th July 2017 / 9:39 pm

    So many great movies on that list! I hope you get around to watching them all before your trip!

  4. 28th July 2017 / 1:36 pm

    I really should try to see Home Alone 2. I re-watched the original last Christmas, and loved it! Good luck with all the planning for New York. Sounds like a brilliant trip.

  5. 28th July 2017 / 8:56 am

    Breakfast at Tiffany’s would have been my suggestion that is my absolute love!

  6. 28th July 2017 / 8:54 am

    Slightly different genre, but my husband is a massive They Might Be Giants fan, and the first time we visited NYC together, we had to go and visit all the places mentioned in their song about New York.

  7. 27th July 2017 / 1:47 pm

    Some great suggestions here – perfect if you are planning a trip and want to get in the mood. Might also spot some places you’d like to visit.

  8. 27th July 2017 / 12:19 pm

    Home Alone 2 is the first one that springs to my mind too – I love New York so much and I think they films have helped make it magical 🙂

  9. 27th July 2017 / 12:17 pm

    So many movies are based in New York, I love seeing the skylines in the superhero movies as so many are based in New York x

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