07/24/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Best New York Movies (SLIDESHOW, POLL)

Directors have struggled to capture the essence of New York City since the first talkie, The Jazz Singer, was set here in 1927. At turns romantic and gritty, idealized and denigrated, New York City has been a major cinematic player, as much a character as a setting. Cick here for HuffPost's NY vertical.

Audrey Hepburn epitomized the romance of the city in Breakfast At Tiffany's, while Scorsese focused on 1970's anomie in Taxi Driver. Woody Allen and Nora Ephron lionized the city, while Spike Lee focused on underlying racial tensions.

What New York movie do you think best evokes the city? Vote in the slideshow below.

Best New York Movies