One Film, One New York

On September 13th, one film will unite New York City. Which one will it be?

The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment has teamed up with chief film critics A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis of The New York Times to choose five great films all shot in New York City. During the month of August, we want you to vote for the one film we'll all watch together in parks and movie theaters on September 13th.

Hugh Jackman, Sting, Trudie Styler, John Leguizamo, Laverne Cox and Katie Holmes have all made their picks in the videos below. Now it's your turn!

The choices: Crooklyn, On the Town, Desperately Seeking Susan, The Wedding Banquet or New York, New York

WATCH famous New Yorkers share their picks:

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Written and directed by Spike Lee, this 1994 film tells the story of a nine-year-old girl who lives in Bedford-Styvesant with her parents and four older brothers. It's a slice-of-life story that depicts Brooklyn in the 1970s, complete with kids getting in trouble, parents trying to make ends-meet and everyone in the neighborhood getting in their way. Crooklyn also boasts an amazing soundtrack composed completely of 70s music. And of course, Spike Lee makes a cameo.


This 1985 comedy starring Madonna and directed by Susan Seidelman tells the story of a bored New Jersey housewife played by Rosanna Arquette who is desperate to escape her suburban life. When she suffers amnesia after a little accident, Arquette is mistaken for a free-spirited and free-loading New York City drifter named Susan, portrayed by Madonna in her first starring role. The movie boasts a time capsule of great songs from the 80s, most notably, Madonna's smash hit "Into the Groove."


Directed by Martin Scorcese and starring Robert De Niro and Liza Minnelli, this 1977 film tells the story of a saxophone player and a singer who fall in love, with their rocky romance playing-out against some of the world’s greatest jazz standards. This film also gave New York City one of its greatest musical anthems, the title song New York, New York written my Kander and Ebb.


This 1949 classic starring Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra was the first musical ever be shot on location in New York City. It tells the story of three sailors who are on leave in New York City for just one day and want to paint the town “Red, White and Blue” with the help of three lovely ladies. Not only did Gene Kelly star in the movie, but he also choreographed and directed it with Stanley Donan. With music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Comden and Green, this movie is a musical love letter to New York City.


Directed by Ang Lee, this 1993 breakout indie comedy tells the story of a New York City man and his longtime partner who stage a wedding with a woman to appease his traditional Taiwanese parents. The plan backfires when the man’s parents arrive in the United States to plan their son’s wedding reception and he has to hide the truth. The film also touts an incredible musical soundtrack from French composer, Mader.

Where to watch the winning film for free on September 13 in movie theaters & parks in all 5 boroughs



Special thanks to SAG-AFTRA.