10 Movies and TV Shows that Remind Me of NYC

October 06, 2020

These classics are so NYC.

Something Great

This rom-com movie about friendship stars Gina Rodriguez as Jenny, who lives in New York City, and is hired at Rolling Stone in San Francisco. Her boyfriend of 9 years, Nate, breaks her heart, so her friends Blair (Brittany Snow) and Erin (DeWanda Wise) find a way to cheer her up by getting tickets to a show called Neon Classic. This movie is available to stream on Netflix.

Gossip Girl

This drama is about a group of kids from the Upper East Side of New York City who are trying to make their way through life, but they are followed closely by a gossip column called Gossip Girl. This show stars Blake Lively (Serena van der Woodsen), Leighton Meester (Blair Waldorf), Penn Badgley (Dan Humphrey), Chase Crawford (Nate Archibald), and Ed Westwick (Chuck Bass). It is available to stream on Netflix.

Sleepless in Seattle

This romantic comedy from 1993 is about Sam Baldman (Tom Hanks), whose wife Maggie died of cancer, and his son Jonah (Ross Malinger) who live in Seattle. A year and a half after her death, Jonah calls into a radio show on Christmas Eve and convinces Sam to talk to the host about his wife. Annie Reed (Meg Ryan), who lives in Baltimore and is engaged to another man, hears his story and sends a letter to him saying that she wants to meet him at the top of the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day. This movie is available to stream on Netflix.

How I Met Your Mother

This sit-com follows a group of 5 friends and is narrated by Josh Radnor as Ted Mosby, who tells his children the story of how he met his wife. This show also stars Neil Patrick Harris (Barney Stinson), Cobie Smulders (Robin Scherbatsky), Jason Segel (Marshall Eriksen), and Lily Aldrin (Alyson Hannigan). It is available to stream on Hulu.


This classic sit-com takes place in NYC and follows a group of 6 friends who try to make their way through life with each other’s help. This show stars Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green), Courtney Cox (Monica Geller), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay), Matt LeBlanc (Joey Tribbiani), Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing), and David Schwimmer (Ross Geller). It is available to stream on HBO Max.

13 Going on 30

This romantic comedy stars Jennifer Garner as Jenna, who makes a wish on her 13th birthday that she wants to be 30 years old. Her world is turned upside down when she wakes up in her NYC apartment and goes to her job at Poise Magazine. This movie also stars Mark Ruffalo (Matt Flamhaff), Judy Greer (Lucy Wyman), and Andy Serkis (Richard). It is available to stream on Hulu, Starz, and Amazon Prime Video

Baby Daddy

This sit-com follows Jean-Luc Bilodeau as Ben Wheeler, who is trying to navigate life after his baby Emma is left on his doorstep from a one night stand. This show also stars Tahj Mowry (Tucker Dobbs), Derek Theler (Danny Wheeler), Melissa Peterman (Bonnie Wheeler), and Chelsea Kane (Riley Perrin). It is available to stream on Hulu.


This television show is about a team of a music and lyrics duo, Debra Messing as Julia Houston and Christian Borle as Tom Levitt, who create a musical about the life of Marilyn Monroe. This show also stars Katherine McPhee (Karen Cartwright), Megan Hilty (Ivy Lynn), Jack Davenport (Derek Wills), and Anjelica Huston (Eileen Rand). It is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.  

The Last Five Years

This movie musical is based off of the 2002 Off-Broadway that was released in 2014. The movie stars Jeremy Jordan as Jamie, a writer, and Anna Kendrick as Cathy, an actress, as the pair struggle as a married couple for five years and we are told the story from both perspectives. This movie is available to stream on YouTube and Amazon Prime Video


This romantic comedy from 1987 stars Cher as Loretta Castorini, a 37 year old woman from Brooklyn, New York, who gets engaged to her boyfriend Johnny Cammareri, played by the late Danny Aiello. Loretta has to get in touch with Johnny’s brother Ronny Cammareri (Nicholas Cage) to invite him to their wedding. This movie is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

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