9 NYC Movies to Stream When You Don’t Feel Like Going Outside
Generally, we advocate for getting outside and exploring the city, no matter the season. But we’ll concede that sometimes it’s just not gonna happen. Fortunately, you can still soak up some NYC ambience from the comfort of your bed/couch—by way of these movies.
A classic rom-com that’s managed to hold up over time, despite the fact that it’s 30 years old. (And Cher won an Oscar for it, NBD.)
You’ll have to sign up for a Starz free trial for this one, but it’s a small price to pay to watch Kate McKinnon in all her madcap glory.
Grey Gardens (HBO)
No, not the acclaimed 1975 documentary that introduced the world to Jackie O.’s eccentric relatives and their Hamptons estate (though if you haven’t seen it, go watch immediately). This 2009 HBO film stars Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore (as Big and Little Edie, respectively)…so, yeah. No further explanation needed.
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (Hulu)
Feel like becoming a more involved New Yorker but not sure where to start? Get inspired by this documentary about activist Jane Jacobs, who went head-to-head with city developers in the ’50s and ’60s over their plans to build a highway through downtown Manhattan. (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel even gave her a shout-out.)
Jenny Slate and ’90s nostalgia, all wrapped up in one dysfunctional Manhattan family portrait? Consider our Prime subscription renewed.
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (Hulu, Netflix)
Pour one out for the late, great Broadway legend (and onetime mother of Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock), who passed away in 2014. Thankfully, she left us with this hilarious, riveting glimpse into her life at age 86.
Inside Llewyn Davis (Amazon)
Or as we like to call it, two hours of Oscar Isaac’s face. (Just kidding, it’s also a very good movie, and Greenwich Village features prominently.)
Frances Ha (Netflix)
Already seen Lady Bird twice in theaters? Keep the Gerwig lovefest going with this 2013 charmer (which she co-wrote) that captures a sometimes painfully familiar slice of 20-something life in NYC.