Every now and then, I've thought of putting together a list of films that would be appropriate for a "New York City" Film Festival. In other words, films in which most would agree that the city is itself a central character. Occasionally, I've thought that it might be interesting to try to do a festival by decade, i.e. have each film (or set of films) represent a particular decade in the city's life, and not necessarily have been made then. Of course, that would work too, as films like TAXI DRIVER and ANNIE HALL might be thought of as representing the 1970s. Then the festival could be shown in chronological order by period; and at the moment, I imagine that GANGS OF NEW YORK would come first, since I can't think of a New York film set before then. As for science fiction films, I'd put them all at the end as "futuristic" visions of the city, even if they're already set in the past.
So, the question I'm raising here is, what films would you add to this list? The only restriction I might put on this is that because certain directors are so associated with NYC (such as Woody Allen, Spike Lee and Martin Scorsese) that we probably want to select just a handful from each of them. Unless that's the only way to get a festival going.
So I'll start with what I've noted above and one or two others (yes, the easy ones):
GANGS OF NEW YORK (Scorsese, 2002; 19th century)
TAXI DRIVER (Scorsese, 1976; 1970s)
ANNIE HALL (Allen, 1977; 1970s)
THE 25TH HOUR (Lee, 2002; 2000s)
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (Carpenter, 1981; "1990's")
Anyone want to add more? Directors and year of release can easily be found at the IMDB.