Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

Top 50 Greatest NYC Movies — #31

Scent of a Woman (dir. Martin Brest, 1992)

07-09 Scent of a Woman

Nevermind the prep school campus setting that bookends this film. The meat and potatoes of this tale, set over Thanksgiving weekend, is a madcap adventure through New York. That the characters are not, themselves, New Yorkers (though star Al Pacino certainly is), is very important as the most memorable scenes are set in hotels. Our first look at the Waldorf Astoria reflects east midtown in all its grandeur and sparkle, while the dinner at the Oak Room reminds out-of-towners about NYC prices. But it’s the legendary tango scene in the ballroom at the Pierre that sticks in most viewers’ minds. This is New York from a visitor’s perspective, and it shines.

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