Top 5 Best Movies with an NYC Setting

2.) Saturday Night Fever

In 1977, John Badham directed what would become the defining movie of the disco era. This is one of the movies NYC has explaining its social- and nightlife in the disco era.

Saturday Night Fever stars John Travolta as a working-class Brooklynite whose nightly trips to the dance club elevate his status to that of a superstar.

The film showcased aspects of the music, the dancing and the subculture surrounding the disco era: symphony-orchestrated melodies, haute couture styles of clothing, pre-AIDS sexual promiscuity and graceful choreography.

Not only does the movie capture a particular place and time in New York’s history, it also symbolizes the class struggle and dream of rising to a higher station in life that has inspired New Yorkers for centuries.

The film was fully filmed in New York in locations like Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island.

The story was based on a 1976 New York magazine article by British writer Nik Cohn, “Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night,” which he admitted to having fabricated.

The movie made disco music popular around the world, and in 2010, the film was also selected to be preserved in the National Film Registry.

Release Date: December 16, 1977