Big Apple Moments: 14 Films Set In 1990s New York

Do you enjoy the beautiful backdrop of New York City? These films are set in the ’90s (some are made in the ’90s but set earlier). Still, they are incredible watches for New York landscapes.

1. King of New York (1990)

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The neo-noir film King of New York is the time-worthing choice for people looking for criminal gangster-based movies. The film is set on Frank White (Christopher Walken), a drug lord. After being released from prison, he and his gang are on the way to control New York’s underground crimes.

2. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

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The best option as a Christmas comedy film, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, is an American thriller film. The movie revolves around Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin). His family plans to celebrate Christmas in Miami. But at the airport, Kevin accidentally separates from his family and decides to tour New York City.

3. Sleepers (1996)

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The American legal crime film Sleepers is derived from a novel of the same name. The movie is about a group of four boys: Shakes (Ron Eldard), Tommy (Billy Crudup), Micheal (Brad Pitt), and John Riley (Ron Eldard). They play pranks. Due to a wrong prank, in which they injured an elderly man, they were sent to a Juvenile detention center. People there brutalize them. After 13 years, they get a chance to take revenge.

4. New Jack City (1991)

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For crime and action film lovers, New Jack City offers a thrill with its gangster-based story. The film is about a megalomaniac man, Nino Brown (Wesley Snipes). His gang is dominant in the city because of the crack cocaine. Brown wants to become the crime lord and have all powers. But a police officer plans to stop him and his gang.

5. The Devil’s Advocate (1997)

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A supernatural horror film, The Devil’s Advocate, is derived from a novel of the same name. The movie is about a young Florida lawyer (Reeves). He is invited to New York for a film work. But his wife becomes haunted. The lawyer then comes to know that the owner of the firm is a Devil.

6. Die Hard With a Vengeance (1995)

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Fans looking for an action thriller can go with Die Hard with a Vengeance. The movie is set on NYPD Lieutenant John McClane (Bruce Willis) and Zeus Carver (Samuel L. Jackson), McClane’s partner. They are on a mission to stop a terrorist group. This group has planted multiple bombs all over New York.

7. The Last Days of Disco (1998)

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An American comedy-drama, The Last Days of Disco is based on writers travel experiences. The film depicts his experiences in different nightclubs, including Studio 54 in Manhattan. It revolves around Alice Kinnon (Chloë Sevigny) and Charlotte Pingress (Kate Beckinsale)—a group of Ivy League and Hampshire College graduates in relation to disco scenes of New York City.

8. The Fisher King (1991)

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If you are looking for a fantasy and comedy film, The Fisher King is an exquisite choice. The film is about a radio shock jock. He finds redemption and helps a man who has a shattered life. This movie also depicts “the intermingling of New York City’s usually strictly separated social strata.”

9. Juice (1992)

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It is a crime thriller film revolving around four black youngsters. Omar Epps, Tupac Shakur, Jermaine Hopkins, and Khalil Kain play leading roles in it. The film explains the lives of these youngsters and their struggle to deal with rival gangs. They bunk schools and are regularly harassed by police.

10. Do the Right Thing (1989)

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Directed by Spike Lee, Do The Right Thing is an American comedy-drama. The movie is about Mookie (Spike Lee), who is a 25-year-old and lives in Bedford–Stuyvesant. The film depicts the racial tension between the African-American people and the Italian-American owners of a pizzeria.

11. Summer of Sam (1999)

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Summer of Sam is another option for thriller film lovers. The film is about the 1977 David Berkowitz (Son of Sam) serial murders. A fictional group of Italian-American residents is shown to be affected by these murders. It also focuses on two young men: Vinny (John Leguizamo) and Ritchie (Adrien Brody).

12. Clockers(1995)

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The crime-based film Clockers is an American thriller film. The film is set in New York and depicts a street-level drug dealer Strike (Phifer). He becomes entangled in a murder investigation. Ultimately, Strike is set free with a warning to leave his place. He boards a train and leaves his town for his life.

13. Fresh (1994)

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An American crime drama, Fresh is a gangster-based thriller film. The movie is about Michael (Sean Nelson), a preteen boy who deals with drugs for a gangster. His father’s chess lessons inspire him. He plans to push himself and his sister, who is addicted to drugs, towards a happy life.

14. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

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With the adaptation of comic characters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an American superhero comedy film. The movie is based on the four teenage mutant turtles. They emerge from the shadows. The ninja turtles aim to protect New York City from the gang of criminal ninjas.

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