The objective with this list wasn't just to pick movies that are set in New York (or that destroy it in alien invasions, natural disasters, etc.) but rather to choose movies that capture the spirit and identity of the city. Movies where NYC is itself a character, as the cliché goes. As usual, no particular order. And instead of runner ups, we're just doing a straight 15 because it's New York and New York deserves it.
I also really wanted to give props to a movie that destroys New York nice and proper but I couldn't pick one. They more or less do the same thing.