New York History Through Ten Memorable Films. King Kong, Ghostbusters, Wall Street, Taxi Driver…

New York History Through Ten Memorable Films. King Kong, Ghostbusters, Wall Street, Taxi Driver…
Isabel del Rio
New York History Through Ten Memorable Films. King Kong, Ghostbusters, Wall Street, Taxi Driver…

Gangs of New York

What do you know about New York History? Would you like to know much more? Learn about the history, society and culture of New York and NYC with an easy and funny method. After dinner, sit cousily on your sofa and enjoy these classic movies. Every important event, iconic landmark or peculiar behavior has been filmed!

Crime dramas, romantic comedies, documentaries and more. New York rocks!

Our ten proposals: Gangs of New York (2002); Working Girl (1988); Ghostbusters (1984); Wall Street (1987); Eyes Wide Shut (1999); All About Eve (1950); Escape From New York (1981); Taxi Driver (1976); Dressed To Kill (1980); and King Kong (1976).

King Kong (1976 film)

King Kong (1976 film)

Gangs of New York (2002) American fictionalized historical drama film set in the mid-19th century in the Five Points district of Lower Manhattan in 1863, the year of New York Draft Riots. The two principal issues of that time were Irish immigration to the city and the ongoing Civil War. It was directed by Martin Scorsese and nominated for numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Working Girl (1988). It focuses on the gap between secretaries and bosses in Manhattan during the 80’s and 90’s. The film features a famous opening sequence following Manhattan-bound commuters on the Staten Island Ferry accompanied by Carly Simon’s song “Let the River Run”. Simon received the Academy Award for Best Song.

Ghostbusters (1984) is an American supernatural comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan Reitman. You can live the atmosphere of the wonderful New York Public Library, the iconic Central Park… and of course, have lot of fun. It was a critical and commercial success, grossing US$242 million in the United States and more than $295 million worldwide.

Wall Street (1987) is a drama film, directed and co-written by Oliver Stone. It stars Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Daryl Hannah and Martin Sheen. The film has come to be seen as the archetypal portrayal of 1980s excess, with Douglas’ character memorably declaring that “greed is good.”

Michael Douglas in Wall Street (1987)

Michael Douglas in Wall Street (1987)

Eyes Wide Shut (1999) by Stanley Kubrick. The story, set in and around New York City, follows the sexually charged adventures of Dr. Bill Harford (Tom Cruise) and his wife, Alice (Nicole Kidman). Among other storylines, Eyes Wide Shut features the different possibilities of sexual satisfaction that you could find in NYC fifteen years ago.

All About Eve (1950) by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Here, the bright light of Broadway are used to illuminate a Darwinian world of competition, insecurity and backstabbing. The film stars Bette Davis as Margo Channing, a highly regarded but aging Broadway star.

Escape from New York (1981) by John Carpenter. Now, the New York Public Library and Grand Central Terminal are villains’ trash-strewn headquarters. New sets that you will enjoy for sure. Furthermore, the plot is absolutely thrilling! When the US President crashes into Manhattan, a convicted bank robber is sent in for a rescue.

Taxi Driver (1976). Set in New York City soon after the end of the Vietnam War, the film stars Robert De Niro and features Jodie Foster, Harvey Keitel, Cybill Shepherd, Peter Boyle, and Albert Brooks. The film was considered “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant by the US Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 1994.

Dressed to Kill (1980). Set in the Metropolitan Museum, it’s Brian De Palma’s most suspenseful chiller. A mysterious blonde woman kills one of a psychiatrist’s patients and then, goes after the high-class call girl who witnessed the murder. The movie stars Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, and Nancy Allen.

King Kong (1976) is a monster thriller film produced by Dino De Laurentiis and directed by John Guillermin. It is a remake of the 1933 classic film of the same name, about a giant primate that is captured and imported to New York City for exhibition. This film is the only one in the King Kong film series to feature the World Trade Center towers rather than the Empire State Building.

Of course, there are other remarkable films about New York. What would you recommend? Tell us your opinion now!

Enjoy your day, Yareah friends. Art is everywhere and up to you!

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  • I will recommend a very sad story but a breat film by John Schlesinger, Midnight Cowboy.
    Thanks, Isabel

Isabel del Rio

Managing Editor at Yareah® Magazine. Author of ‘Ariza’ (2008) and ‘The Girls of Oil’ (2010)

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