Los Angeles may be the showbiz hub of the world, but New York, for some reason, has a romance that LA doesn’t. Maybe it’s the sense of history, or maybe it’s the otherworldly landscape, or maybe it’s the fact that nowhere can make you feel quite as lonely as the busiest place on Earth. But for some reason, almost ever since movies started being made, New York has been the setpiece for hundreds of romantic comedies—nowadays it seems every year another dozen New York rom-coms come out.
Today I’ve compiled of list of 10 New York romantic comedies. This isn’t a perfect list — it’s missing, for example, It Should Happen to You, a classic that I couldn’t find anywhere to watch. If you think there are any others that should take the place of something here, feel free to mention it in the comments. But for now, let’s start it off with a real classic, one of my favorite movies ever:
Adam’s Rib (1949)
Probably the best of the famous Spencer Tracy/Katherine Hepburn vehicles, Adam’s Rib is the story of two married lawyers who get hired for opposing sides of an attempted murder case. Katherine Hepburn, a famously ferocious and independent woman in her own right, plays the role of Amanda Bonner, one of the earliest and best examples of a genuinely strong-willed, independent female movie character.
Adam and Amanda Bonner have the perfect marriage, as far as I can tell, fiery and complex, but in all ways equal. As the movie announced proudly:
“There’s no room in marriage for what used to be known as ‘the little woman.’ She’s got to be as big as the man is…Sharing — that’s what it takes to make a marriage, keep a marriage from getting sick of all the duties and responsibilities…and, and troubles. Listen, no part of marriage is the exclusive province of any one sex.”