Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

Top 50 Greatest NYC Movies — #10

Midnight Cowboy (dir. John Schlesinger, 1969)

08-17 Midnight Cowboy

A country boy must learn fast how to live like a metropolitan if he doesn’t want the Metropolis to eat him. And, as this is a city in which one can always re-invent oneself, it makes sense that our hero’s journey takes him from Park Avenue, to Times Square at its seediest, to Andy Warhol’s Factory. The famous shot of Jon Voight staring in shock at the homeless man lying face-down in front of Tiffany’s while the rest of the city walks on as though nothing is happening splendidly represents the movie as a whole. It also represents the path of many a newly settled New Yorker.

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