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The Best New York Movies and TV Shows on PopcornFlix

Finding a good New York movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best New York movies and TV shows of all time streaming on PopcornFlix.

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1. Highlander

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7.1/10
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77/100
Released: 1986Rated: R
Fantasy, Action & Adventure

What it's about: He fought his first battle on the Scottish Highlands in 1536. He will fight his greatest battle on the streets of New York City in 1986. His name is Connor MacLeod. He is immortal.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, Peacock, Plex & 2 others), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, fuboTV & ConTV) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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2. The Lifeguard

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5.6/10
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61/100
Released: 2013Rated: R
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A former valedictorian quits her reporter job in New York and returns to the place she last felt happy: her childhood home in Connecticut. She gets work as a lifeguard and starts a dangerous relationship with a troubled teenager.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Plex & 2 others), stream on a subscription service (Paramount+, Philo, fuboTV & 2 others), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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3. Q

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59/100
Released: 1982Rated: R
Horror, Thriller

What it's about: New York police are bemused by reports of a giant flying lizard that has been spotted around the rooftops of New York, until the lizard starts to eat people. An out-of-work ex-con is the only person who knows the location of the monster's nest and is determined to turn the knowledge to his advantage, but will his gamble pay off or will he end up as lizard food?

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV & PopcornFlix), stream on a subscription service (Cinemax & Shout Factory TV) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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4. A Shock to the System

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6.7/10
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60/100
Released: 1990Rated: R
Crime, Comedy

What it's about: Madison Avenue executive Graham Marshall has paid his dues. A talented and devoted worker, he has suffered through mounting bills and a nagging wife with one thing to look forward to: a well-deserved promotion. But when the promotion is given to a loud-mouthed yuppie associate, Graham unleashes his rage on an overly aggressive panhandler, who he accidently kills by pushing him into the path of an oncoming subway train. He re-thinks his problems with an entirely new solution. First, he arranges an "accident" for his annoying wife. Then he creates another "mishap" for his boss. It seems like the world is once more Graham's oyster…but a missing cigarette lighter and a prying police detective may change all that.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PopcornFlix) & stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, HBO & 3 others).

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5. Murder Party

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59/100
Released: 2007
Horror, Comedy

What it's about: A random invitation to a Halloween party leads a man into the hands of a rogue collective intent on murdering him for the sake of their art, sparking a bloodbath of mishap, mayhem and hilarity.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PopcornFlix), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Warriors Gangsters) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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6. The Quest

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60/100
Released: 1996Rated: PG-13
Drama, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Ghang-gheng, the ancient winner-take-all competition in which the deadliest fighters from around the world employ the most spectacular feats of martial arts skills ever displayed in order to win the prized Golden Dragon. But fighting prowess alone will not be enough for Chris to triumph over such daunting foes.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PopcornFlix), stream on a subscription service (Starz), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Starz) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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7. A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints

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Released: 2006Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Dito Montiel, a successful author, receives a call from his long-suffering mother, asking him to return home and visit his ailing father. Dito recalls his childhood growing up in a violent neighborhood in Queens, N.Y., with friends Antonio, Giuseppe, Nerf and Mike.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Peacock & 5 others), stream on a subscription service (Philo, fuboTV, Hoopla & 1 other) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Microsoft).

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8. Fear City

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55/100
Released: 1984Rated: R
Mystery, Thriller

What it's about: Strippers in Manhattan are being stalked and murdered by a psycho. A hard-nosed police detective and a conflicted ex-boxer-turned-private-eye, hired by the strip club owners, set out to find him before he strikes again.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Plex & 3 others), stream on a subscription service (Philo, fuboTV, Kanopy & 1 other) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Microsoft & YouTube).

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9. Noel

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6.2/10
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58/100
Released: 2004Rated: PG
Romance, Drama

What it's about: Christmas Eve in New York, and the lonely divorced publisher, Rose Collins, needs a miracle to improve the health of her mother, interned in a hospital with Alzheimers. She feels sorry for another patient and meets his visitor. Meanwhile, Nina Vasquez breaks her engagement with her beloved fiancé Mike due to his suffocating jealousy, but misses him. Mike is stalked by a stranger, bartender Artie Venzuela. The poor Jules arranges to spend Christmas Eve in the hospital, where he spent the best Christmas of his life when he was a teenager. The lives of some of these characters cross with others along the night.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Plex & 4 others), stream on a subscription service (Philo, fuboTV & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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10. Sugar Hill

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Released: 1994Rated: R
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: In the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, the Mafia steps in when a drug dealer quits his partner brother to lead a straight life with his girlfriend.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PopcornFlix) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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11. Whirlygirl

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Released: 2006Rated: R
Romance, Drama

What it's about: After a run in with a hot exotic dancer one wintry night straight-laced prep school student James will find himself on the ride of his life. Risking his future he follows this mysterious woman to New York City - ditching school dodging cops and partying at hot nightclubs along the way.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & PopcornFlix) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Microsoft).

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12. The Saint of Fort Washington

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54/100
Released: 1993Rated: R
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: Matthew, a young schizophrenic, finds himself out on the street when a slumlord tears down his apartment building. Soon, he finds himself in even more dire straits, when he is threatened by Little Leroy, a thug who is one of the tough denizens of the Fort Washington Shelter for Men. He reaches out to Jerry, a streetwise combat veteran, who takes Matthew under his wing as a son. The relationship between these two men grows as they attempt to conquer the numbing isolation of homelessness.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PopcornFlix) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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13. Lily in Love

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42/100
Released: 1984Rated: PG-13
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: Insulted when his screenwriter wife writes a leading role for a younger man, aging Broadway idol Fitz Wynn disguises himself as a handsome young Italian.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV, Plex & PopcornFlix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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14. Octopus 2: River of Fear

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Released: 2001Rated: R
Thriller, Horror

What it's about: Dead bodies are being found in New York harbor. The police have no clues nor suspects until Nick and his colleague realize the killer is a giant octopus. Everybody, especially the police captain, refuses to believe Nick's story, and soon the harbor will be filled with boats for the 4th of July celebrations.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & PopcornFlix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Microsoft).

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15. Stray Bullets

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40/100
Released: 2017
Crime, Thriller

What it's about: In upstate New York, two teenage boys are tasked with cleaning out their father's old mobile home on an abandoned property, but the boys are in for a surprise when they discover three crooks on the run have taken refuge in the trailer.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Plex, PopcornFlix & Crackle), stream on a subscription service (Philo, fuboTV & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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16. Lonely Boys

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32/100
Released: 2016
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Following a recent breakup, struggling writer Jules (Dan Simon) crashes with his recently separated best friend, Saul (Gregory Lay), at his apartment in Brooklyn. While Saul wants to drink heavily and lament over his impending divorce, Jules just wants to escape into latest script. After Saul is fired from his job as restaurant manager and Jules loses an off-Broadway production of his play, the two embark on a weekend bender through New York City and Connecticut in search of solace and sometimes more pain. When the sun finally rises, neither expects to see the light.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & PopcornFlix), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Paramount+ & Epix), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Vudu).

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