New York Stories

New York Stories

60 Episodes

From the fiscal crisis of the 1970s to the September 11 attacks twenty years ago to a global pandemic that swept through America’s largest city, New York has seen its share of troubles over the years—but its resilience and vibrancy remain indomitable. Surveying a century of cinematic history, this panoramic celebration of films set in the five boroughs captures the mix of grime, glamour, and anything-can-happen energy that has made the Big Apple an unforgettable canvas for generations of filmmakers. Swoon-inducing romance (THE CLOCK), street-level desperation (THE PANIC IN NEEDLE PARK), subway snafus (THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE), creative cool (DOWNTOWN 81), racial tension (DO THE RIGHT THING), queer liberation (PARIS IS BURNING), criminal ambition (THE KING OF NEW YORK), immigrant struggle (MAN PUSH CART), and moral education (MARGARET)—these are just some of the eight million stories that make up life in the world’s most exciting city.

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New York Stories
  • The Crowd

    Episode 1

    Directed by King Vidor • 1928 • United States
    Starring James Murray, Eleanor Boardman, Bert Roach

    King Vidor’s ode to the everyman is one of the crowning achievements of silent cinema. Born on the Fourth of July in the year 1900, John Sims (James Murray) believes himself destined for greatness w...

  • The Immigrant

    Episode 2

    Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1917 • United States

    AU REVOIR LES ENFANTS features a screening of Charlie Chaplin’s 1917 film THE IMMIGRANT, which features Chaplin’s Little Tramp as an immigrant sailing for the United States. Director Louis Malle chose this film because “it was an evocation of fr...

  • Speedy

    Episode 3

    Directed by Ted Wilde • 1928 • United States
    Starring Harold Lloyd, Ann Christy, Bert Woodruff

    SPEEDY was the last silent feature to star Harold Lloyd—and one of his very best. The slapstick legend reprises his “Glasses Character,” this time as a good-natured but scatterbrained New Yorker who ca...

  • The Clock

    Episode 4

    Directed by Vincente Minnelli • 1945 • United States
    Starring Judy Garland, Robert Walker, James Gleason

    Judy Garland received her first serious, non-musical role in this swooning romance exquisitely directed by her soon-to-be husband Vincente Minnelli. While on forty-eight-hour-leave in New Yor...

  • The Naked City

    Episode 5

    Directed by Jules Dassin • 1948 • United States
    Starring Barry Fitzgerald, Howard Duff, Dorothy Hart

    “There are eight million stories in the Naked City,” as the narrator immortally states at the close of this breathtakingly vivid film and this is one of them. Master noir craftsman Jules Dassin a...

  • Little Fugitive

    Episode 6

    Directed by Morris Engel, Ruth Orkin, and Raymond Abrashkin • 1953 • United States
    Starring Richie Andrusco, Richard Brewster, Winifred Cushing

    One of the most influential and enchanting films of the American independent cinema, this charming, stylistically innovative fable poetically captures t...

  • On the Bowery

    Episode 7

    Directed by Lionel Rogosin • 1956 • United States
    Starring Ray Salyer, Gorman Hendricks, Frank Matthews

    Lionel Rogosin’s landmark of American neorealism chronicles three days in the drinking life of Ray Salyer, a part-time railroad worker adrift on New York’s skid row, the Bowery. When the film ...

  • The Garment Jungle

    Episode 8

    Directed by Vincent Sherman • 1957 • United States
    Starring Lee J. Cobb, Kerwin Mathews, Gia Scala

    In this gritty noir shot on location in New York City’s Garment District, Korean War veteran Alan Mitchell (Kerwin Mathews) returns home and goes to work for his widowed father (Lee J. Cobb), a gar...

  • An Affair to Remember

    Episode 9

    Directed by Leo McCarey • 1957 • United States
    Starring Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Richard Denning

    Leo McCarey’s sublimely romantic update of his own hit 1939 tearjerker LOVE AFFAIR is the rare remake to have become a beloved classic in its own right. When Nickie Ferrante (Cary Grant) and Terry M...

  • Shadows

    Episode 10

    Directed by John Cassavetes • 1959 • United States
    Starring Lelia Goldoni, Anthony Ray, Hugh Hurd

    John Cassavetes’s directorial debut revolves around a romance in New York City between Lelia (Lelia Goldoni), a light- skinned black woman, and Tony (Anthony Ray), a white man. The relationship is p...

  • The Apartment

    Episode 11

    Directed by Billy Wilder • 1960 • United States
    Starring Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray

    Jack Lemmon stars in one of Billy Wilder’s most beloved films as C. C. Baxter, a company man anxious to please his superiors at the New York insurance firm where he works—enough to let his boss...

  • West Side Story

    Episode 12

    Directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins • 1961 • United States
    Starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn

    Winner of ten Academy Awards, including best picture, this dazzling musical epic transposes Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET to 1950s New York, where rival gangs rumble for control...

  • The Incident

    Episode 13

    Directed by Larry Peerce • 1967 • United States
    Starring Tony Musante, Martin Sheen, Beau Bridges

    It’s next stop terror in this nerve-shredding, New York City–set exercise in pure suspense. It’s 2:00 a.m., but for Joe Ferrone (Tony Musante) and Artie Connors (Martin Sheen, in his film debut), th...

  • Symbiopsychotaxiplasm Take One

    Episode 14

    Directed by William Greaves • 1968 • United States
    Starring William Greaves, Patricia Ree Gilbert, Don Fellows

    In his one-of-a-kind fiction/documentary hybrid SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM TAKE ONE, director William Greaves presides over a beleaguered film crew in New York’s Central Park, leaving them t...

  • The Queen

    Episode 15

    Directed by Frank Simon • 1968 • United States

    More than forty years before “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” this groundbreaking documentary about the 1967 Miss All-American Camp Beauty Pageant introduced audiences to the world of competitive drag. The film takes viewers backstage with the contestants as t...

  • Putney Swope

    Episode 16

    Directed by Robert Downey Sr. • 1969 • United States
    Starring Arnold Johnson, Laura Greene, Buddy Butler

    The most popular film by Robert Downey Sr. is this offbeat classic about the antics that ensue after Putney Swope (Arnold Johnson, his voice dubbed by a gravelly Downey), the token black man ...

  • The Angel Levine

    Episode 17

    Directed by Ján Kadár • 1970 • United States
    Starring Zero Mostel, Harry Belafonte, Ida Kaminska

    Ján Kadár, codirector of the Oscar-winning Czechoslovak New Wave touchstone THE SHOP ON MAIN STREET, made his Hollywood debut with this unique, long-overlooked adaptation of a Bernard Malamud story, ...

  • The Out-of-Towners

    Episode 18

    Directed by Arthur Hiller • 1970 • United States
    Starring Jack Lemmon, Sandy Dennis, Sandy Baron

    Scripted by Neil Simon, this black comedy of mishaps follows an Ohio couple (Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis) as they travel to New York City for a job interview, a doomed thirty-six-hour excursion duri...

  • The Panic in Needle Park

    Episode 19

    Directed by Jerry Schatzberg • 1971 • United States
    Starring Al Pacino, Kitty Winn, Alan Vint

    A fragile romance unfolds against the backdrop of 1970s New York in this unsparing look at heroin addiction, scripted by Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne and directed by Jerry Schatzberg. Taking its t...

  • Born to Win

    Episode 20

    Directed by Ivan Passer • 1971 • United States
    Starring George Segal, Karen Black, Paula Prentiss

    J (George Segal), a former New York City hairdresser turned heroin junkie, sees his life spiral out of control as he bounces between committing petty crimes, a new relationship with a free-spirited ...

  • Little Murders

    Episode 21

    Directed by Alan Arkin • 1971 • United States
    Starring Elliott Gould, Marcia Rodd, Vincent Gardenia

    The black-comic stage play by writer and Pulitzer Prize–winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer provides the basis for Alan Arkin’s directorial debut, a surreal satire of urban alienation and the sensele...

  • Ciao! Manhattan

    Episode 22

    Directed by John Palmer and David Weisman • 1972 • United States
    Starring Edie Sedgwick, Wesley Hayes, Isabel Jewell

    Warhol superstar and icon of sixties bohemia Edie Sedgwick delivers her final performance in this semiautobiographical look at the price of fame. Fiction and documentary—including...

  • Super Fly

    Episode 23

    Directed by Gordon Parks Jr. • 1972 • United States
    Starring Ron O’Neal, Carl Lee, Julius Harris

    Charismatic Harlem cocaine dealer Youngblood Priest (Ron O’Neal) lives in luxury, drives expensive cars, and plans one last big score to escape his life of violence. But when corrupt cops working for...

  • Sisters

    Episode 24

    Directed by Brian De Palma • 1973 • United States
    Starring Margot Kidder, Jennifer Salt, Charles Durning

    Margot Kidder is Danielle, a beautiful model separated from her Siamese twin, Dominique. When a hotshot reporter (Jennifer Salt) suspects Dominique of a brutal murder, she becomes dangerously...