While many movies are filmed in Los Angeles, some of the most iconic films of all time take place in New York City. There is just something about NYC's skyscrapers, gritty vibe, and an interesting array of citizens that give it a unique charm. Whether you are a fan of action movies, chick flicks, Christmas movies, or comedies, chances are one of your favorite films was shot in New York. Many of the locations, like Times Square and Grand Central Terminal on this list are such amazing filming locations that they hosted a number of movie sets. Others will hearken a very particular movie scene in your mind. If you have the time to make a trip to the Big Apple, try to check off all of these iconic spots while you are there. It will feel like you are a part of the movie magic! Plus with locations all over the city on this list, finding them all is a great way to see a lot of New York.
Did your favorite New York movie location make the cut? Read on to learn about the top 20 most iconic movie locations you can visit right now in New York City!
20 Tiffany & Co. (Breakfast at Tiffany's)
If you are a film buff, it's almost a given that you have seen Breakfast at Tiffany's at least once. The beautiful Audrey Hepburn stars in this classic romantic comedy, making it beloved by generations. In the movie, the main character Holly Golightly dresses up and eats pastries while admiring the jewelry in Tiffany's window before returning to her hum-drum life. So many of us feel the same way . . . wishing for a taste of the high life! You too can have "Breakfast at Tiffany's" by visiting the iconic Tiffany & Co. flagship store at 727 Fifth Avenue.
19 The Plaza Hotel (Home Alone 2: Lost in New York)
One of NYC's most well-known landmarks is the Plaza Hotel, located at 768 Fifth Avenue. With a stunning view of Central Park and 5-star quality rooms, it is the place to stay for the rich and famous. The hotel's amazing interiors have made it a prime shooting spot for movies. One of the most beloved of these is Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. If you're a fan of the Christmas classic, you know that the main character Kevin checks in to the Plaza after hopping on a separate flight from his family. While not everyone can afford a room, you can check out the gorgeous lobby where many of the movie's scenes were shot.
18 New York Public Library (Sex and the City: The Movie)
Another well-known building in New York is the New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, located at 476 Fifth Avenue. With its iconic lion statues outside, a cavernous lobby, and an amazing reading room, this place has been one of the most-used filming locations in NYC. Rom-com lovers will recognize it from Carrie Bradshaw's failed wedding to Big in Sex and the City: The Movie. It was also featured in the spooky opening scene of Ghostbusters. Other movies filmed here include Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Thomas Crown Affair, and Spider-Man. Visit here to reminisce about your favorite movies, but stay for the amazingly beautiful architecture.
17 Katz's Delicatessen (When Harry Met Sally)
One of the most loved romantic comedies of all time, When Harry Met Sally, takes viewers on a tour of not only the main characters' romance but also of NYC. This movie was filmed in a lot of gorgeous New York locations, but its most famous scene was filmed in Katz's Delicatessen, found at 205 East Houston Street. Known for its huge portions of matzo ball soup and pastrami on rye sandwiches, the deli has become a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. While you are trying one of their delicious lunches, you can sit in the same space where Meg Ryan performed the "I'll have what she's having" scene.
16 Coney Island (Brooklyn)
Coney Island's beaches and boardwalk provide an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. This makes it not only a fun place to visit in NYC but also an interesting filming location. Many movies have filmed here over the years, including the 2015 romantic drama Brooklyn, where the film's two young lovebirds go on a date. This is also where the boardwalk scenes at the beginning of Beaches were filmed, as well as where Woody Allen's character's flashbacks to childhood take place in Annie Hall. Visit Coney Island to enjoy a hot dog and some thrill rides just like some of your favorite stars.
15 Serendipity 3 (Serendipity)
Craving dessert? Head to Serendipity 3, located at 225 East 60th Street. This café is best known for its sweet concoction known as Frrrrozen Hot Chocolate. If you are a fan of the 2001 romantic comedy Serendipity, you will surely want to make a pilgrimage here. The restaurant's decadent desserts have also popped up in other movies and TV shows, including Gossip Girl, One Fine Day, and Trust the Man. Even if you don't know these films, Serendipity 3 is still worth the visit to try their amazing ice cream sundaes (including the $1,000 Golden Opulence Sundae) and other treats!
14 FDNY's Hook and Ladder 8 (Ghostbusters)
Ghostbusters introduced many of us to a wide array of NYC locales. The one most prominently featured in the film is the Ghostbusters headquarters, which they set up in a run-down firehouse. You can still visit FDNY's Hook and Ladder 8 at 14 North Moore Street in Tribeca. When the city started closing fire companies to save money, this location almost got shut down but was saved by a public campaign. The firehouse also makes a few appearances in the 2016 remake of Ghostbusters, including a potential headquarters location which the team rejects for being too expensive to rent. This is a must-see for the films' fans!
13 Sutton Place Park (Manhattan)
If you are a fan of Woody Allen's films, you will love this list. Almost all of his movies take place in NYC, so there are a lot of beautiful locations to visit that you will recognize. One of the most iconic of these is Sutton Square, located along the East River between 56th and 57th Streets. It is here that Woody Allen and Diane Keaton snuggle on a bench with an amazing view of the Queensboro Bridge. Even if you aren't familiar with the movie, this park will give you breathtaking views and is the perfect place for a romantic stroll.
12 The American Museum of Natural History (Night at the Museum)
Here is a filming location that the whole family can appreciate. The American Museum of Natural History, found at Central Park West and 79th Street, is known for its world-class exhibits on everything from dinosaurs to gemstones. While it is definitely worth a visit on its own, fans of the movie Night at the Museum will especially love this place. It was here that Ben Stiller's character got more than he bargained as a night security guard for when the museum exhibits came to life! While you probably won't get chased around by historical people or T. Rex fossils, it's fun to see the different artifacts from the film in person.
11 Central Park (Enchanted)
Because of its immense size and the wide array of amenities, Central Park has appeared in almost every NYC-based movie ever made. The beautiful walking paths, the huge lake, sports fields, and grassy lawns make it the ideal outdoor filming location in New York. One movie that showcases everything Central Park has to offer is the family-friendly flick Enchanted. In the film, a princess played by Amy Adams performs a song while exploring the park. You have also probably seen this iconic location in Maid in Manhattan, Wall Street, When Harry Met Sally and more. No matter the season, it's gorgeous! No New York trip would be complete without stopping here.
10 Verrazano Narrows Bridge (Saturday Night Fever)
If you are a disco fan, chances are you have seen the classic dance film Saturday Night Fever. In it, John Travolta's character Tony longs to move away from his family and friends in Brooklyn to a better life in Manhattan. The Verrazano Narrow Bridge, which connects the two boroughs, not only serves as the location for two key scenes in the film, but also as a symbol of Tony's journey into adulthood. Rewatch the scene where Tony tells Stephanie the entire history of the bridge as they admire it from a bench, then visit there yourself to really get the full effect.
9 Cafe Lalo (You've Got Mail)
Fans of romantic comedies are spoiled for choice with this list, but perhaps the most well-known location is Café Lalo. Located at 201 West 83rd Street, the pastry shop was made famous by the movie You've Got Mail. It was here that Meg Ryan's and Tom Hanks' characters meet in person for the first time after chatting online. Not only will this café remind you of that romantic moment, but its delicious desserts and picturesque Upper West Side location are well worth the trip on their own. You will feel like you have been transported into the movie and to France all at once!
8 Times Square (Captain America: The First Avenger)
There is no more recognizable and famous place in New York City than Times Square. With its huge flashing billboards, giant stores, and pedestrian-friendly streets, it is a must-see for tourists. The area's iconic status is one reason why it is featured in a ton of New York movies. Setting a scene here is the best way to remind viewers of where the movie is set! One scene you will probably recognize it from is when Captain America wakes up after 70 years. Times Square has also appeared in a number of other superhero movies, plus others like Big, Vanilla Sky, and Jerry Maguire.
7 Macy's (Miracle on 34th Street)
No trip to New York City would be complete without seeing the Macy's flagship store. Macy's Herald Square (found at 151 West 34th Street) is one of the world's largest department stores, so you can easily lose a few hours here. If you want to experience its magic in full, though, you must visit during the Christmas season. The beautiful shop window displays and festive decorations both indoors and out will put you in the spirit. You'll especially love visiting here if you are a fan of the holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street, where the Macy's Santa tries to convince a little girl that he is the real Santa Claus.
6 The Empire State Building (Sleepless in Seattle)
The Empire State Building is one of New York City's most recognizable landmarks. Its towering height, one-of-a-kind views, and art deco architecture have drawn crowds for nearly a century. Because of this, it has been featured in a large number of New York-based films. In fact, it has made an appearance in over 250 films! King Kong made the building an icon way back in the 1930s, but the romance movie Sleepless in Seattle has romantics of all ages flocking here with their sweeties. The Empire State Building has also featured prominently in An Affair to Remember, Elf, and Oblivion.
5 Grand Central Terminal (North By Northwest)
There is a reason that busy places are referred to as "Grand Central Station." This iconic and bustling train terminal, located at 89 East 42nd Street, sees thousands of people coming and going each day. Even more amazing is that the station was built in 1871, which explains its breathtaking architecture and decorating style. The giant space and gorgeous interiors make Grand Central Terminal a popular filming destination for films. You might recognize it from the Alfred Hitchcock movie North by Northwest or the crime drama Carlito's Way. Your jaw will drop when you step inside the terminal, so visit for the movie connections or just for its beauty!
4 52nd St. and Lexington Ave. (The Seven Year Itch)
Fans of Marilyn Monroe are definitely familiar with The Seven Year Itch. In this movie, Marilyn moves in above a man whose wife is away for the summer and he becomes infatuated with her. Even if you don't know the story, everyone surely knows this movie because of its iconic grate scene. You know the one, where Monroe steps onto a subway grate and her white dress blows up? It's one of the best-known images in the world! Well, you can visit that very grate today on Lexington Avenue between 52nd and 53rd Street. Though I wouldn't suggest trying the trick . . . no one can look as glamorous as Marilyn!
3 The Calvary Cemetary (The Godfather)
While a cemetery is not exactly the first place you want to visit on vacation, if you are a fan of The Godfather, this location should be on your to-see list. The Calvary Cemetery in Queens is one of the largest and oldest graveyards in the USA. Strolling the grounds and admiring the headstones would be interesting to any history buff. But fans of The Godfather flock here because it was the filming site for Don Vito Corleone. You may also recognize this place as the location where the title character is told he is programmed to be an assassin in Zoolander.
2 The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Ocean's 8)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is just one of New York's amazing cultural institutions. Its huge collection of sculpture, fashion, paintings, and more awe crowds of thousands each day. The museum building itself is just as beautiful as the art housed inside, with stunning architecture, fountains, chandeliers, and more. Its annual gala has made the museum even more famous, so much so that it was featured as the victim of the main heist in the film Ocean's 8. You can also see the Met in movies like The Thomas Crown Affair, Hitch, The Nanny Diaries, and When Harry Met Sally.
1 Flushing Meadows-Corona Park (Men in Black)
While a large number of locations on this list have been in Manhattan, fans of the sci-fi film Men in Black need to head to Queens. Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the site of the 1964 World's Fair, is also where one of the movie's most iconic scenes was filmed. When Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are searching for Edgar the Bug, he comes upon two giant spaceships towering above the earth. These are actually observation towers left over from the World's Fair, which are sadly no longer open to the public. You can also still see the giant globe featured in the movie here.