Our Top 10 Romance Films Set in NYC

Forget Paris, NYC is the city of love, so take a look at what we consider to be the best romance films set in the greatest city on earth.


A cutesy exploration of a question that probably doesn’t need answering, When Harry Met Sally is a fun and harmless rom-com with a universal appeal to both men and women.

When Harry Met Sally - Romance Films in NYC



Sincere, stylish, and romantic. Romance films that stand the test of time will always deserve spots on lists such as these. A truly sensitive film transporting us way back to the good old days sweetly reminds us that love does indeed exist. The nearest thing to heaven.

3. BUTTERFIELD 8 (1960)

Bigger than life, Liz Taylor’s resistance in the making of the picture gave Butterfield 8 the exaggerated and outrageous quality that paradoxically completes it. Relentlessly sexy, involvingly dramatic, Butterfield 8 is as trashy as it is complex.


A tribute to a time that in all likelihood never existed, this portrait of social aspiration is the quintessential Hepburn role. Breakfast at Tiffany’s will forever occupy a position as a culturally and artistic institution in American cinema.

Breakfast at Tiffany's - Romance Films in NYC

5. MANHATTAN (1979)

Is it a film about love, or a film about loss? Whatever impression you form following the film’s stunning climax, you’ll come away from it with a renewed appreciation of the world’s greatest city, rendered beautifully in breathtaking black and white.

6. HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS (2003)

With the sheer amount of rom-coms set in NYC it’s hard to set a film apart from the rest and remain a fan favorite over a decade later. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days follows the archetypal plots set out and popularised 40 years earlier with ‘battle of the sexes’ forming the backbone to this easy going and ultimately entertaining piece of film.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days - Romance Films in NYC


If this movie consisted solely of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Jesus Christ Superstar scene it would still have made the cut, despite its absence of romance, love or any criteria befitting this particular list. Striking parallels to An Affair to Remember, the laughs are frequent and the feel good factor turned up to eleven. Make it another one of your guilty pleasures.


Ever prescient, this important satire of corporate America blends drama and comedy so, so well. It’s bleak outlook of underling servitude is always counterbalanced with Jack Lemmon’s cautious optimism that his lot in life is on the rise. Frankly, Jack, your $94/month apartment is making us all green with envy. Dated, sure. But timeless? Certainly.

the apartment - Romance Films in NYC


By today’s standards, The Seven Year Itch may strike you as tame and dated, but make no mistake, it’s release in ‘55 was something of a miracle considering the moral code present during the time.

10. ANNIE HALL (1977)

‘A nervous romance’. The movie’s tagline reveals so much and so little at the same time it makes my head hurt. What Annie Hall is, is the most genuine portrayal of a relationship ever committed to film. So endearing in its appeal and so full of candour, it is impossible to watch without being charmed straight out of existence. Woody Allen, we salute you.

annie hall - Romance Films in NYC

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