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New York Romance Movies: Falling In Love In The Big Apple (VIDEOS)

The Huffington Post   Christopher Mathias   First Posted: 02/ 7/2012 2:38 pm   Updated: 02/ 7/2012 2:47 pm

People are always falling in love in (and with) New York, and the city's proved a perfect backdrop for countless on-screen romances.

Here's a look back at some of our favorite New York love stories-- from An Affair To Remember to Blue Valentine, with three appearances by Meg Ryan, four by Tom Hanks, two musicals, a lotta kisses, heartbreak, the Verrazano, and the wisdom of Woody Allen.

We have, no doubt, omitted many movies, so let us know what we missed and we'll update our list!

Happy Valentine's, New York.

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  • Manhattan

    There's an actual love story in this movie, sure, but what we find most interesting about <em>Manhattan</em> is Woody Allen's passion for the city itself. The opening ode to the Big Apple is a love letter of epic proportions, swelling with the sounds of Gershwin and narrated with Woody's wonderfully romantic ramblings.

  • Serendipity

    There's ONE person out there for you, New York. Fate will only take you so far--you'll have to put a lot of leg work--and then you'll finally find the love of your life as snow falls on the ice in Central Park and Nick Drake sings about magic.

  • Kate & Leopold

    Because the most charming New York romances are ones that TRANSCEND TIME.

  • West Side Story

    New York City's Romeo and Juliet. A classic.

  • Sleepless in Seattle

    The New York romance movie gets meta when Meg Ryan, obsessed with <a href="" target="_hplink"><em>An Affair To Remember</em></a>, asks to meet Tom Hanks at the top of the Empire State building on Valentine's Day. And, after some improbable twists of fate, they do! Funny, sweet, so 90s.

  • An Affair To Remember

    A couple falls for each other on a cruise from Europe to New York. Both engaged to other people, they agree to meet on top of the Empire State building ("the nearest thing we have to heaven in New York") 6 months later. But do they? This movie will <a href="" target="_hplink">make you cry</a>.

  • You've Got Mail

    Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan fall in love in New York again! All with the help of some primitive AOL email! (AOL pride!)

  • Blue Valentine

    If you're feeling a little hurt by love this Valentine's, this one might be for you. You're not alone! Love really, really sucks sometimes, but that doesn't mean it also wasn't amazing.

  • A Lot Like Love

    After joining the mile-high club on a flight from LA to NY, Oliver (Ashton Kutcher) and Emily (Amanda Peet) share a magical day in the Big Apple-- a day that inspires them to reunite over and over again over the next seven years until finally, they fall in love. Oh, and Smashmouth is in the soundtrack.

  • Breakfast At Tiffany's


  • Enchanted

    Because sometimes love can be a fairytale. Even in New York.

  • Moonstruck

    Snap out of it!

  • Saturday Night Fever

    Love AND disco. And the Verrazano.

  • When Harry Met Sally

    Women and men can't <em>just</em> be friends, New York! Plus, women are really good at faking orgasms.

  • Splash

    A mermaid (Daryl Hannah) comes to New York and falls in love with Allen Bauer (Tom Hanks). NEED WE SAY MORE? An 80s classic.

  • Big

    A 12-year-old boy gets caught in a man's body (Tom Hanks), plays with toys for a living, and ends up falling in love with a grown woman. The intrigue! Plus, this famous scene at FAO Schwartz.

  • The Apartment

    Jack Lemmon plays a struggling insurance clerk who lends out his apartment as place for higher-ups to take their mistresses. And then, well, he falls in love.

  • Annie Hall

    We'll finish off with Annie Hall because love is crazy and dumb and irrational, and it can really, really hurt, but we do it anyway because, you know, we need the eggs.