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The City is a Character

Films where a city defines the film to the point where it becomes an integral character.

Suggestions welcome.

EDIT: Other settlements like towns and villages are also now included.

  • La La Land
  • Casablanca
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Don't Look Now
  • Blade Runner
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Taxi Driver
  • Man with a Movie Camera
  • West Side Story
  • Dark City
  • Oliver!
  • Once Upon a Time in America
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • La Haine
  • Suzhou River
  • Amélie
  • Akira
  • Gangs of New York
  • City of God
  • Sin City
  • After Hours
  • Secret Sunshine
  • In the Mood for Love
  • Lost in Translation
  • Mean Streets
  • Magnolia
  • Batman Begins
  • The Dark Knight
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • Chungking Express
  • Fallen Angels
  • Oliver Twist
  • Odd Man Out
  • Columbus
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Mary Poppins
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • The Neon Demon
  • Before Sunrise
  • Before Sunset
  • Suspiria
  • Widows
  • Alphaville
  • The Departed
  • Taxi
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • '71
  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
  • Tokyo Story
  • Se7en
  • The Third Man
  • La Dolce Vita
  • Manhattan
  • PlayTime
  • Naked
  • Heat
  • Rebel Without a Cause
  • Amarcord
  • On the Town
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Metropolis
  • Metropolis
  • Last Tango in Paris
  • Bringing Out the Dead
  • Mystery Train
  • Roma
  • Enemy
  • Wings of Desire
  • Bullet Ballet
  • Dog Day Afternoon
  • Summertime
  • The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
  • Under the Silver Lake
  • Possession
  • Night and the City
  • Passport to Pimlico
  • 10 Rillington Place
  • Quadrophenia
  • The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
  • Dirty Pretty Things
  • 28 Weeks Later
  • Repulsion
  • Brussels By Night
  • The Brand New Testament
  • Any Way the Wind Blows
  • Steve + Sky
  • Zootopia
  • Paterson
  • Yi Yi
  • A Brighter Summer Day
  • Only Lovers Left Alive
  • Angel's Egg
  • The Blues Brothers
  • Ingrid Goes West
  • Victoria
  • Martin
  • Tokyo Godfathers
  • Only God Forgives
  • Drive
  • Nightcrawler