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The Best New York Movies on Fandor

Finding a good New York movie 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 of all time streaming on Fandor.

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1. Bill Cunningham New York

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7.9/10
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73/100
Released: 2011
Documentary, Biography

What it's about: Bill Cunningham is an old man who is obsessively interested in taking photographs to document the way people dress, a New York Times photographer who has two columns in the Style section, but nobody knows who he is.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi TV & Vudu), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Fandor & Sundance Now) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Vudu & PlayStation Store).

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2. Parting Glances

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7.2/10
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68/100
Released: 1986
Drama, Independent

What it's about: Michael and Robert, two gay men living in Brooklyn, spend their last day together before Robert leaves for Africa on work assignment. Michael still has feelings for his friend Nick, who has AIDS.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor, HereTV & Kanopy).

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3. Nothing Sacred

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66/100
Released: 1937Rated: G
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: When a small-town girl is diagnosed with a rare, deadly disease, an ambitious newspaper man turns her into a national heroine.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi TV), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Fandor & Kanopy), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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4. On the Bowery

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7.5/10
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65/100
Released: 1957
Documentary, Drama

What it's about: A mix of documentary and scripted footage on the Bowery, New York City's skid row. Against a backdrop of men (and a few women) drinking in bars, talking and arguing, and sleeping on sidewalks, we have the story of Ray.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor & Sundance Now) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & PlayStation Store).

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5. The Exploding Girl

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6.3/10
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60/100
Released: 2009
Drama, Independent

What it's about: On a summer break from college, Ivy, a young epileptic woman, struggles to balance her feelings for her fledgling boyfriend while her friend Al crashes with her for the season.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu, Fandor & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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6. Hester Street

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58/100
Released: 1975Rated: PG
Drama, Romance

What it's about: Steven Keats plays a Russian emigre who prides himself on the way he's molded himself into a real Yankee in the USA, though the world he lives in, New York's Lower East Side in the late 19th century, is almost exclusively populated by other Jewish immigrants. When his wife (Carol Kane) finally arrives in the New World, however, she has a lot of assimilating to do. This causes the tension which drives the movie along, though it maintains a fairly light atmosphere most of the time.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi TV) & stream on a subscription service (Fandor, Shout Factory TV & Kanopy).

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7. A Shock to the System

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57/100
Released: 1990Rated: R
Comedy, Crime

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, Shout Factory TV & Tubi TV) & stream on a subscription service (Fandor, Shout Factory TV & Kanopy).

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8. An Englishman in New York

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56/100
Released: 2009
Drama, LGBTQ

What it's about: Biographical drama based on the last 20 years of Crisp's life. The literary figure and gay iconoclast emigrated to New York in 1981 and lived there until his death. The film observes Crisp in both his public and private lives, from his seemingly cavalier response to the outbreak of AIDS to his tender relationship with his friend Patrick Angus and his own response to growing old.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi TV), stream on a subscription service (Fandor & CinePride) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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9. Between Us

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49/100
Released: 2012Rated: R
Drama

What it's about: A New York couple and their Midwestern friends find that drastic changes have occurred in their respective lives since they last met.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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10. Home Movie

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43/100
Released: 2008Rated: R
Drama, Horror

What it's about: Reverend David Poe and his psychiatrist wife trade hectic New York life for an idyllic rural farmhouse; the perfect place for 10 year old twins Jack & Emily to run, play and imagine. Documenting this lifestyle change, David decides to film every holiday and special family event. To the Poe's horror their home movies reveal an increasing malice and evil within their children and by Valentines Day, the children's sadism has turned to a blood lust for human prey.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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11. Saturday Night at the Baths

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40/100
Released: 1975Rated: R
Comedy, LGBTQ

What it's about: The Continental Baths, a favorite hangout of New York homosexuals, provides the background of this socially conscious comedy drama that tries to examine the relationships between gay and heterosexual people. The story centers around a macho, heterosexual piano player who gets a job at the notorious nightclub and must therefore reconsider his attitudes. His girl friend helps him too. In the end, he winds up becoming sure of his sexuality when he tries to sleep with a gay man.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Fandor) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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12. Dishonored Lady

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33/100
Released: 1947
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Madeleine Damien is the fashion editor of a slick Manhattan magazine by day and a lively party girl by night. Unfortunately, the pressures of her job, including kowtowing to a hefty advertiser, and her bad luck with men are driving her to a breakdown. She seeks the help of a psychiatrist, and under his orders, quits her job and moves into a smaller flat under a new identity. She becomes interested in painting and a handsome neighbor. He soon finds out about her past when an ex-suitor implicates her in a murder.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (SnagFilms & Tubi TV), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Fandor), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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13. Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder

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30/100
Released: 2009
Documentary

What it's about: The poet and painter, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, is among the world's living monuments to arts and letters. For well over a half century, Ferlinghetti helped shape the currents of poetry and literature with his forceful engagement with society and an ideological position that often found him at odds with the political currents of his day. Ferlinghetti's quiet, behind the scenes demeanor and disarming mien may have assuaged, or even fooled, certain opponents, while in reality he was a literary mercenary, a rebel at the forefront of our own cultural revolution.

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

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14. Coney

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Released: 2012
Drama

What it's about: When an argument between the newly married Alice and Jason goes too far, Jason tries to make up for his temper by taking Alice to Coney Island. With the park on the verge of closing for the season, the couple meander along the boardwalk and both begin to realize that some things can never be repaired.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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15. Jonas

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Released: 1968
Documentary

What it's about: A verité portrait of Jonas Mekas making his daily rounds, JONAS shows us the underground impresario attending a peace rally, filming in Central Park, typing up notes at the Village Voice and projecting his latest rushes at the Film-Makers' Cooperative. A true New Yorker, Mekas seems to be everywhere at once, always with a Bolex camera slung over his shoulder. In detailing these routines, director Gideon Bachmann comes away with a striking time capsule of a city bent on art.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).