|Coney Island has played a key role in several Brooklyn-based movies.|
New York City is known as one of the top filmmaking cities in the world, with many unforgettable movies shot on location all around Gotham, including the great borough of Brooklyn. In fact, the area has served as the backdrop for some of the most iconic flicks in cinematic history.
Step back in time when you enjoy clips from these seven noteworthy movies filmed in Brooklyn.
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Based on real-life occurrences, Dog Day Afternoon tells the tale of gay bank robbers who hold up a Chase Manhattan Bank in Gravesend, Brooklyn on August 22, 1972. John Wojtowicz, Sonny (Al Pacino) in the movie, along with Sal, hatch a plan to steal enough money from the bank to pay for Sonny’s male lover’s sex change operation.
Exterior shots were filmed on location on Prospect Park West between 17th and 18th Street in Windsor Terrace, according to multiple film sites.
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Saturday Night Fever tells the tale of Italian-American Brooklyn teenager Tony Manero, who boogies his way to discotheque nobility as a way to escape his troublesome existence. Several scenes take place in the well-known neighborhoods of Bensonhurst and Bay Ridge, especially the opening sequence of the movie, which was filmed on 86th Street. Tony also takes dance lessons at Philip’s Dance Studio, right off of Bay Parkway in Bensonhurst.
The Warriors (1979)
The Warriors is a 1979 cult film about the Coney Island gang called the Warriors (what else?), who are traveling back to their home turf after being framed for the murder of a respected gang leader.
Though the movie was shot throughout NYC, who can forget the final scene when rivals gangs face off in Coney Island, with the Warriors finally walking off onto the beach and into the sunset after being vindicated?
With scenes taking place in the Jewish area of Brighton Beach, the classic semi-autobiographical 1983 Neil Simon play was adapted into a film in 1986. The story depicts Eugene, a young teenage Jewish boy, as he recalls his time as an adolescent growing up in a cramped house in Brooklyn during the Great Depression.
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Filmed in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, Brooklynite and Director Spike Lee dives deep into the controversial topic of racism in this dramatic movie.
Sal’s Pizzeria, the only white-owned business on a block where African-Americans and Puerto Ricans live and the site of the film’s famed melee – was located at Stuyvesant Place, according to Imdb.com. It’s at Sal’s, where tempers flare and eventually explode on one of the hottest days of the year, ending in a torched pizzeria and tragic violence.
Jungle Fever (1991)
Spike Lee’s early ’90s movie plunges into inter-racial dating, along with extramarital affairs, often with negative outcomes. Though Angie Tucci’s (Annabella Sciorra) home is supposed to be set in Bensonhurst, an area known for racial discrimination at that time, it’s actually located in East Flatbush, according to movie-locations.com.
However, parts of the movie were filmed in Bensonhurst.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
It’s no secret that film director, screenwriter and producer Darren Aronofsky loves to film in his hometown of Brooklyn, where scenes of the Requiem for a Dream were shot. The neighborhoods include Red Hook and Coney Island, the area where he went to junior high school. The film parallels the lives of several dark and dreary characters as they spiral downward on devastating drug trips into the abyss.
What’s your favorite movie filmed in Brooklyn?