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The Best New York Movies on Netflix

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 Netflix.

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1. The Talented Mr. Ripley

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7.4/10
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84/100
Released: 1999Rated: R
Crime, LGBTQ

What it's about: Tom Ripley is a calculating young man who believes it's better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody. Opportunity knocks in the form of a wealthy U.S. shipbuilder who hires Tom to travel to Italy to bring back his playboy son, Dickie. Ripley worms his way into the idyllic lives of Dickie and his girlfriend, plunging into a daring scheme of duplicity, lies and murder.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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2. The Squid and the Whale

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7.3/10
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82/100
Released: 2005Rated: R
Comedy, Independent

What it's about: Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980's.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Sony Crackle), stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play, Prime Video & 3 others).

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3. Paris Is Burning

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8.2/10
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81/100
Released: 1990Rated: R
Documentary, LGBTQ

What it's about: A chronicle of New York City's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality.

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

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4. Always Be My Maybe

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6.8/10
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80/100
Released: 2019Rated: PG-13
Romance, Comedy

What it's about: Reunited after 15 years, famous chef Sasha and hometown musician Marcus feel the old sparks of attraction but struggle to adapt to each other's worlds.

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

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5. The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

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6.9/10
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77/100
Released: 2017Rated: R
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: An estranged family gathers together in New York for an event celebrating the artistic work of their father.

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

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6. The Seven Five

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7.6/10
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74/100
Released: 2014Rated: R
Documentary, Biography

What it's about: Meet the dirtiest cop in NYC history. Michael Dowd stole money and dealt drugs while patrolling the streets of '80s Brooklyn.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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7. The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

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6.4/10
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71/100
Released: 2009Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: Armed men hijack a New York City subway train, holding the passengers hostage in return for a ransom, and turning an ordinary day's work for dispatcher Walter Garber into a face-off with the mastermind behind the crime.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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8. Tramps

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6.5/10
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69/100
Released: 2016
Comedy, Romance

What it's about: A young man and woman find love in an unlikely place while carrying out a shady deal.

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

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9. To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

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6.6/10
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68/100
Released: 1995Rated: PG-13
Comedy, LGBTQ

What it's about: Three New York drag queens on their way to Hollywood for a beauty pageant get stranded in a small Midwestern town for the entire weekend when their car breaks down. While waiting for parts for their Cadillac convertible, the flamboyant trio shows the local homophobic rednecks that appearing different doesn't mean they don't have humanity in common.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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10. Center Stage

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6.7/10
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68/100
Released: 2000Rated: PG-13
Drama, Romance

What it's about: A group of 12 teenagers from various backgrounds enroll at the American Ballet Academy in New York to make it as ballet dancers and each one deals with the problems and stress of training and getting ahead in the world of dance.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Sony Crackle), stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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11. Murder Party

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5.8/10
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68/100
Released: 2007
Comedy, Independent

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 & Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix & Monsters Nightmares) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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12. First Match

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6.3/10
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66/100
Released: 2018Rated: R
Drama, Sport

What it's about: Hardened by years in foster care, a teenage girl from Brooklyn’s Brownsville neighborhood decides that wrestling boys is the only way back to her estranged father.

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

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13. You Don't Mess with the Zohan

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5.5/10
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66/100
Released: 2008Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: An Israeli counterterrorism soldier with a secretly fabulous ambition to become a Manhattan hairstylist. Zohan's desire runs so deep that he'll do anything -- including faking his own death and going head-to-head with an Arab cab driver -- to make his dreams come true.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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14. Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain

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6.8/10
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65/100
Released: 2013Rated: R
Documentary, Stand-up & Talk

What it's about: Captures the laughter, energy and mayhem from Hart's 2012 "Let Me Explain" concert tour, which spanned 10 countries and 80 cities, and generated over $32 million in ticket sales.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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15. Brooklyn's Finest

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6.7/10
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65/100
Released: 2009Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Enforcing the law within the notoriously rough Brownsville section of the city and especially within the Van Dyke housing projects is the NYPD's sixty-fifth precinct. Three police officers struggle with the sometimes fine line between right and wrong.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix & Prime Video) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 2 others).

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16. Carrie Pilby

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6.6/10
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64/100
Released: 2017
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Awkward, isolated and disapproving of most of the people around her, a precocious 19-year-old genius is challenged to put her convictions to the test by venturing out on to the NYC dating scene, in this adaptation of Caren Lissner’s best-selling 2003 novel.

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

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17. Set It Up

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6.5/10
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63/100
Released: 2018
Romance, Comedy

What it's about: Two overworked and underpaid assistants come up with a plan to get their bosses off their backs by setting them up with each other.

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

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18. Someone Great

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6.2/10
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63/100
Released: 2019Rated: R
Comedy, Romance

What it's about: An aspiring music journalist lands her dream job and is about to move to San Francisco when her boyfriend of nine years decides to call it quits. To nurse her broken heart, she and her two best friends spend one outrageous last adventure in New York City.

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

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19. Brain on Fire

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6.6/10
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62/100
Released: 2017Rated: PG-13
Drama, Biography

What it's about: Susannah Cahalan, an up-and-coming journalist at the New York Post becomes plagued by voices in her head and seizures, causing a rapid descent into insanity.

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

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20. Barry

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5.8/10
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61/100
Released: 2016
Biography, Drama

What it's about: A biopic of Barack Obama set during his time as a college student in New York City.

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

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21. SampleThis

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6.4/10
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59/100
Released: 2013
Documentary

What it's about: A documentary that reveals how a forgotten record by the Incredible Bongo Band helped cement the foundation of hip hop when DJ Herc extended its percussion by playing them back to back, creating an anthem on the streets of the Bronx.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (iTunes & PlayStation Store).

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22. Otherhood

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6.0/10
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58/100
Released: 2019Rated: R
Comedy

What it's about: Three suburban moms travel to New York City to visit their sons.

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

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23. 5 Flights Up

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6.2/10
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58/100
Released: 2014Rated: PG-13
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: A long-time married couple who've spent their lives together in the same New York apartment become overwhelmed by personal and real estate-related issues when they plan to move away.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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24. Sex and the City 2

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4.5/10
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56/100
Released: 2010Rated: R
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Carrie, Charlotte, and Miranda are all married now, but they're still up for a little fun in the sun. When Samantha gets the chance to visit one of the most extravagant vacation destinations on the planet and offers to bring them all along, they surmise that a women-only retreat may be the perfect excuse to eschew their responsibilities and remember what life was like before they decided to settle down.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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25. Little Boxes

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5.9/10
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55/100
Released: 2017
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: It's the summer before 6th grade, and Clark is the new-in-town biracial kid in a sea of white. Discovering that to be cool he needs to act 'more black,' he fumbles to meet expectations, while his urban intellectual parents Mack and Gina also strive to adjust to small-town living. Equipped for the many inherent challenges of New York, the tight-knit family are ill prepared for the drastically different set of obstacles that their new community presents, and soon find themselves struggling to understand themselves and each other in this new suburban context.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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26. Bushwick

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5.2/10
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55/100
Released: 2017Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: When an unknown military force invades Bushwick, a Brooklyn neighborhood, young student Lucy and war veteran Stupe must rely on each other to escape and survive.

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

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27. A Kind of Murder

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5.3/10
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52/100
Released: 2016Rated: R
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: In 1960s New York, Walter Stackhouse is a successful architect married to the beautiful Clara who leads a seemingly perfect life. But his fascination with an unsolved murder leads him into a spiral of chaos as he is forced to play cat-and-mouse with a clever killer and an overambitious detective, while at the same time lusting after another woman.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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28. Late Life: The Chien-Ming Wang Story

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7.1/10
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48/100
Released: 2018
Documentary, Sport

What it's about: The first and only Taiwanese player for the New York Yankees, Chien-Ming Wang held many titles: American League Wins Leader, World Series Champion, Olympian, Time 100 Most Influential, and The Pride of Taiwan. He had it all - until a 2008 injury forever altered the course of his career. Late Life: The Chien-Ming Wang Story - named after the late sinking action on his signature pitch - follows the rise and fall of the international icon as he fights his way back into the Major Leagues through endless rehab programs and lengthy stints away from home, carrying the weight of the world on his battered shoulder. A poignant and intimate account of Wang’s steadfast quest, Late Life tells the story of a man who is unwilling to give up and unable to let go.

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

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29. Wolves

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5.7/10
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48/100
Released: 2016Rated: R
Drama, Sport

What it's about: Anthony Keller, star of his NYC high school basketball team, is riding his way to Cornell on a sports scholarship. But he can only maintain his popular jock facade for so long, as his troubled father Lee has a gambling addiction that threatens to derail his dreams both on and off the court.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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30. Five Minarets in New York

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5.8/10
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47/100
Released: 2010
Drama, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Two Turkish anti-terrorist agents are sent to New York City on a mission to find and bring back the dangerous Islamic leader codenamed "Dajjal", believed to be hiding in there. Working with the FBI and NYPD, the agents orchestrate the arrest of Hadji Gumus, a well-respected Muslim scholar and family man who years before fled to the United States after being released from a Turkish prison, where he served time for murder. This tale love, friendship, peace and prejudices, takes us on a journey seeking to answer the question of whether innocence or guilt even matters to one who lusts for vengeance.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & Vudu), stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix & Prime Video) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Prime Video & YouTube).

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31. Deep

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4.0/10
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45/100
Released: 2017Rated: PG
Animation, Action & Adventure

What it's about: In 2100, when humanity has abandoned the earth, a colony of extravagant creatures still thrives in the deepest abyss of the ocean.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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32. Good Sam

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5.6/10
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42/100
Released: 2019Rated: PG
Comedy, Romance

What it's about: A news reporter looks into who has been anonymously leaving large cash gifts on random doorsteps in New York.

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

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33. Manhattan Romance

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5.5/10
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41/100
Released: 2015
Comedy, Romance

What it's about: Danny, a commercial editor and documentary filmmaker attempts to finish his film, a study on relationship while navigating the relationships in his own life. Will he continue to chase the unattainable Theresa a hippy new age dancer(Caitlin Fitzgerald) or will he finally admit he's in love with his best friend Carla (Katherine Waterston) who is in an unfulfilling relationship with a political strategist(Gaby Hoffman). Manhattan Romance is a funny insightful look at contemporary life in Manhattan. It explores new age ideas and open relationship as well as true friendship and connection.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).