Currently I’m in New York. My family and I flew across all those flyover states to celebrate my grandfather’s 93rd birthday. Although my whereabouts are not in “the city” – they’re in Rochester, western New York – they will be soon. I will be visiting New York City for the first time in my life. Really not that exciting to anyone but myself. So, to mark this joyous occasion I decided picking a film set in New York for each year of my life would suffice. Here’s twenty-one films coming atcha!

One more thing. I was actually surprised with how many quality films based in New York come out every year. It made this relatively easy, which is what all real writers strive for… *cough*

Oh, except for 2005. There was a better film than the one I picked, but you know, I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

 

 

2013: Dead Man Down

the directing: Niels Arden Oplev
the writing: J.H. Wyman
the acting: Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Dominic Cooper

 

 

2012: The Avengers

the directing: Joss Whedon
the writing: Zak Penn & Joss Whedon
the acting: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson

 

 

2011: Shame

the directing: Steve McQueen
the writing: Steve McQueen & Abi Morgan
the acting: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan

 

 

2010: It’s Kind of a Funny Story 

the directing: Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck
the writing: Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck
the acting: Keir Gilchrist, Emma Roberts, Zach Galifianakis

 

 

2009: Watchmen

the directing: Zack Snyder
the writing: David Hayter & Alex Tse
the acting: Patrick Wilson, Malin Akerman, Jackie Earle Haley

 

 

2008: Cloverfield

the directing: Matt Reeves
the writing: Drew Goddard
the acting: T.J. Miller, Michael Stahl-David, Lizzy Caplan

 

 

2007: American Gangster

the directing: Ridley Scott
the writing: Steven Zaillian
the acting: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe

 

 

2006: Inside Man

the directing: Spike Lee
the writing: Russell Gewirtz
the acting: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster

 

 

2005: King Kong

the directing: Peter Jackson
the writing: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson
the acting: Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Andy Serkis

 

 

2004: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

the directing: Michel Gondry
the writing: Michel Gondry, Charlie Kaufman, Pierre Bismuth
the acting: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet

 

 

2003: Elf 

the directing: Jon Favreau
the writing: David Berenbaum
the acting: Will Ferrell

 

 

2002: Gangs of New York

the directing: Martin Scorsese
the writing: Jay Cocks, Steven Zaillian, Kenneth Lonergan
the acting: Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz

 

 

2001: The Royal Tenenbaums

the directing: Wes Anderson
the writing: Wes Anderson & Owen Wilson
the acting: Luke Wilson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Gene Hackman

 

 

2000: X-Men

the directing: Bryan Singer
the writing: David Hayter, Tom DeSanto & Bryan Singer
the acting: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen

 

 

1999: The Matrix

the directing: The Wachowski Siblings
the writing: The Wachowski Siblings
the acting: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving

 

 

1998: Rounders

the directing: John Dahl
the writing: David Levien & Brian Koppelman
the acting: Matt Damon, Edward Norton, John Malkovich

 

 

1997: Men in Black

the directing: Barry Sonnenfeld
the writing: Ed Solomon
the acting: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones

 

 

1996: Sleepers

the directing: Barry Levinson
the writing: Barry Levinson
the acting: Kevin Bacon, Robert De Niro, Brad Pitt

 

 

1995: Die Hard with a Vengeance

the directing: John McTiernan
the writing: Jonathan Hensleigh
the acting: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irons

 

 

1994: Leon: The Professional

the directing: Luc Besson
the writing: Luc Besson
the acting: Jean Reno, Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman

 

 

1993: Searching for Bobby Fischer

the directing: Steven Zaillian
the writing: Steven Zaillian
the acting: Max Pomeranc, Ben Kingsley, Laurence Fishburne

 

 

1992: Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

the directing: Chris Columbus
the writing: John Hughes
the acting: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern

 

 

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