Top 50 Greatest NYC Movies — #36
Marty (dir. Delbert Mann, 1955)
Though New York is a place where the ambitious and the talented can rise to the very top, it is also a city of eight million ordinary people. Marty celebrates that ordinariness and finds magic in it. Ernest Borgnine is the titular Bronx butcher who goes to Mass every Sunday and knows all his customers by name. In some sections of the Bronx, such men still exist. Like Marty, they take the bus along Grand Concourse, open up shop at 187th Street and Arthur Avenue, and ride the elevated train along Gun Hill Road every day. These Bronx locations and more add perfect flavor to this butcher’s tale, written by Bronx native, Paddy Chayefsky, who won one of the movie’s four Oscars, including Best Picture of 1955.
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