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August 10, 2012 12:34 PM
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Here Are 10 of Our Favorite Romantic Comedies Set in the Big Apple, in Honor of '2 Days in New York'

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With "2 Days in New York," Julie Deply's hilarious and romantic follow up to her wry comedy "2 Days in Paris," opening in select theaters today (it's also currently available on VOD), we've decided to share with you 10 of our favorite romantic comedies (though some of our choices are questionably classified as such) set on the island of Manhattan. This list is by no means definitive, so we invite you to share some of your picks below.

"Annie Hall"
"Annie Hall," the romantic comedy that proved Woody Allen was an auteur of the highest order and did the unthinkable by beating "Star Wars" for the Best Picture Oscar in 1997, still holds up to this day as arguably Allen's best and most widely accessible film to date. Diane Keaton won a Best Actress Oscar for playing the titular role, a nutty yet totally loveable lounge singer with a fear of initimate relations (she needs to smoke up before sex in order to relax) and the hots for Alvy (Allen), a Jewish comic armed with a earful of self depricating wit. Prior to "Annie Hall," Allen had established himself as one of the country's most promising funnymen thanks to "Bananas" and "Sleeper." "Annie Hall" was the one to prove he could balance drama with the laughs, the perfect combination for any classic romantic comedy.

"The Apartment"
Old is gold in "The Apartment," Billy Wilder's black and white classic that pairs two of Hollywood’s most iconic stars, Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, for a romantic dramedy that still packs a bite despite being over 50 years old. Lemmon’s character, C.C Baxter, to achieve ascension in the corporate world, lets four company managers use his Upper West Side apartment for their marital affairs, which isn’t as simple an arrangement as it seems. At the same time, he nurses a love for the elevator operator, played by none other than a wry and wonderful MacLaine. Also starring Fred MacMurray, the film was nominated for ten Oscars at the 33rd annual Academy Awards and won five of them including Best Pictures and Best Director.

"Breakfast at Tiffany's"
No one captures the wealth, glitz and glam of New York’s Upper East Side than Audrey Hepburn in her critically acclaimed role as socialite Holly Golighty in the 1961 rom-com classic, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Directed by Blake Edwards, this film is largely responsible for making an icon out of Hepburn (it also earned her with an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress). Based on Truman Capote’s novel, the comedy follows a socialite's race to the top and all the men who come under her charming ways (these include an ex-mobster, a South American millionaire and her real love -- a struggling writer and neighbor played by George Peppard).

7 Comments

  • Mark Rabinowitz | August 11, 2012 5:56 PMReply

    Nice list, but IMHO, no way does 'Working Girl' beat out 'Barefoot in the Park.'

  • jean vigo | August 10, 2012 5:33 PMReply

    Uhm, 'Moonstruck?' 'The Seven Year Itch?' 'Mr Deeds Goes To Town?' 'Mr and Mrs Smith (Hitchcock)?' 'Woman Of The Year?' 'Desk Set?' 'Splash?' 'It Should Happen To You?' 'Barefoot In The Park?'

    An argument could be made for 'Desperately Seeking Susan' - it IS a rom-com at its core.

    Woody also knocked one out of the park with 'Hannah And Her Sisters.'

  • Skippy | August 10, 2012 3:55 PMReply

    I guess this list is supposed to be from about 1970 on, right? I could name ten romantic comedies from the 1930s-40s alone that would be just as good if not better candidates for this list.

    Also, I tend to agree with the other comments--"Eternal Sunshine" was easily my favorite movie of the first decade of the 21st century, but I never think of it as a movie where New York is an important part of the setting.

  • brian godshall | August 10, 2012 2:38 PMReply

    thanks for including a gay film - TRICK was good.

  • Frank Russo | August 10, 2012 2:13 PMReply

    No PILLOW TALK with Doris Day and Rock Hudson? The granddaddy of all romantic comedies!

  • Tanner Kundrat | August 10, 2012 12:53 PMReply

    I love it, but does ETERNAL SUNSHINE really count as an NYC film?

  • randy | August 10, 2012 3:25 PM

    agreed