Urban setting movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant urban setting movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out cult film, interesting, weird, realistic, humorous and serious films and TV shows about / with urban setting, dialogue, mentor, police, storytelling, runaway, police officer, chase, culture clash and brutality plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Crime genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
urban setting
urban setting movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as urban setting: Tom and Jerry (2021), Oliver & Company (1988), Taxi Driver (1976), The Mask (1994), The Terminator (1984), Saturday Night Fever (1977), Lost in Translation (2003), The Dark Knight (2008), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Between Us (2009).

List of urban setting movies

Tom and Jerry (2021)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK, France, Germany
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Tom the cat and Jerry the mouse get kicked out of their home and relocate to a fancy New York hotel, where a scrappy employee named Kayla will lose her job if she can't evict Jerry before a high-class wedding at the hotel. Her solution? Hiring ...
Style: humorous, entertaining, captivating, light, disturbing ...
Audience: kids
Plot: cat and mouse, urban setting, rivalry, comedy duo, cartoon mouse, wedding, talking animals, hotel, cat versus mouse, cartoon cat, cartoon dog, animal protagonist ...
Time: contemporary, 2020s
Place: manhattan new york city, new york
Is relevant ?
Oliver & Company (1988)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: This animated take on Oliver Twist re-imagines Oliver as an adorable orphaned kitten who struggles to survive in New York City and falls in with a band of canine criminals led by an evil human. First, Oliver meets Dodger, a carefree mutt with street ...
Style: funny, sentimental, touching, feel good, light ...
Audience: kids, preschoolers, girls' night, family outing
Plot: disney, friendship, dog, orphan, pets, adventure, cat, adoption, kitten, talking cat, alone, criminal ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, america, manhattan new york city, new york state
Is relevant ?
Taxi Driver (1976)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.
Style: psychological, bleak, neo noir, cerebral, disturbing ...
Plot: loner, character study, vigilante, loneliness, lone wolves, obsession, psychology, social decay, alienation, taxi driver, vigilantism, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1975
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa, vietnam, harlem
Is relevant ?
The Mask (1994)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: When timid bank clerk Stanley Ipkiss discovers a magical mask containing the spirit of the Norse god Loki, his entire life changes. While wearing the mask, Ipkiss becomes a supernatural playboy exuding charm and confidence which allows him to catch ...
Style: funny, humorous, light, entertaining, romantic ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, kids, teens, date night
Plot: superhero, alter ego, superhuman powers, double life, transformation, supernatural power, dual identity, adventure, magic, dog, villain, bank ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
Is relevant ?
Related movie lists
city movies
neo noir movies
ghetto movies
The Terminator (1984)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In the post-apocalyptic future, reigning tyrannical supercomputers teleport a cyborg assassin known as the "Terminator" back to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor, whose unborn son is destined to lead insurgents against 21st century mechanical ...
Style: suspenseful, neo noir, bleak, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, time travel, cyborgs, man versus machine, androids and robots, sent to the past, post apocalypse, time paradox, artificial intelligence, killer robot, dystopic future, androids ...
Time: 80s, future, 2020s, year 1984, 20th century ...
Place: los angeles, usa, mexico
Is relevant ?
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Tony Manero is a Brooklyn paint-store clerk who'd give anything to break out of his dead-end existence. In life, Tony is a peasant; on the disco dance floor, he's a king. As the soundtrack plays one Bee Gees hit after another, white-suited ...
Style: sexy, sentimental, light, serious, rough ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: dancing, disco, slut, working class, dancer, nightclub, slutty attitude, music, dysfunctional family, teenager, dance performance, dance contest ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city, california, usa
Is relevant ?
Lost in Translation (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two lost souls visiting Tokyo -- the young, neglected wife of a photographer and a washed-up movie star shooting a TV commercial -- find an odd solace and pensive freedom to be real in each other's company, away from their lives in America.
Style: melancholic, atmospheric, touching, depressing, cerebral ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: loneliness, age difference, midlife crisis, older man younger woman relationship, friendship, unlikely friendships, adultery, fish out of water, culture clash, unlikely couple, actor, character study ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, yale university, kyoto japan
Is relevant ?
The Dark Knight (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 152 min.
Story: Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but ...
Style: exciting, neo noir, serious, suspense, epic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: superhero, batman, secret identity, heroes, organized crime, moral dilemma, psychopath, good versus evil, double life, rivalry, tragic hero, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, hong kong
Is relevant ?
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Fortune hunter Holly Golightly finds herself captivated by aspiring writer Paul Varjak, who's moved into her building on a wealthy woman's dime. As romance blooms between Paul and Holly, Doc Golightly shows up on the scene, revealing ...
Style: sentimental, feel good, touching, romantic, sweet ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night, teens, kids
Plot: fashion, romance, cat, love story, woman, love of one's life, love, gold digger, broken engagement, adultery, social climber, urban setting ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: manhattan new york city, new york, usa, brazil, los angeles
Is relevant ?
Between Us (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Abruptly abandoned by her husband in a country completely foreign to her, Colombian native Mariana (Paola Mendoza) struggles to take care of herself and her two young children on the unforgiving streets of New York City. Sebastian Villada, Laura ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious
Plot: homelessness, poverty, urban setting, starting over, human spirit, society, life is a bitch, family relations, american dream, hopes, family problems, immigrants ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, colombia
Is relevant ?
Thanatos, Drunk (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 107 min.
Story: They live in an old house on the fringe of Taipei City: Rat and his elder gay brother Shanghe. Two brothers look for jobs to survive while search for themselves and long for a foothold in life. The younger works at market where he meets a mute woman ...
Style: serious, touching, sincere, psychological, stylized ...
Plot: true love, prostitute, brother brother relationship, fish out of water, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, gay, gay interest, sexuality, seduction, urban setting, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: taipei, asia, taiwan
Is relevant ?
S.W.A.T. (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Hondo Harrelson recruits Jim Street to join an elite unit of the Los Angeles Police Department. Together they seek out more members, including tough Deke Kay and single mom Chris Sanchez. The team's first big assignment is to escort crime boss ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, stylized, sexy ...
Audience: girls' night, boys' night, teens
Plot: swat team, sniper, crimes, basic training, police brutality, police, tough law enforcer, partners, law enforcement, squad, hostage, siege ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, north america, california
Is relevant ?
Related movie lists
Predator 2 (1990)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Ten years after a band of mercenaries first battled a vicious alien, the invisible creature from another world has returned to Earth -- and this time, it's drawn to the gang-ruled and ravaged city of Los Angeles. When it starts murdering drug ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, rough, scary, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: deadly creature, evil alien, alien, monster, predator, alien invasion, extraterrestrial, lone hero, drug lord, survival, police, death ...
Time: 90s, future, 20th century, year 1997
Place: los angeles, california, usa
Is relevant ?
Ghostbusters II (1989)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Five years after they defeated Gozer, the Ghostbusters are out of business. When Dana begins to have ghost problems again, the boys come out of retirement to aid her and hopefully save New York City from a new paranormal threat.
Style: scary, humorous, funny, entertaining, not serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens
Plot: ghost, supernatural, painting, monster, single mother, chase, ghost hunter, psychic, rescue, heroes, reincarnation, old love ...
Time: 80s, future, 20th century, year 1989
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
Is relevant ?
Night City (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The disturbed young loner Paul is looking for his place in life in the urban 80s metropolis Night City. When the sleazy city infused with crime and violence pushes him to the edge, he decides to strike back against the scum. Falling in love with the ...
Style: suspense, psychotronic, disturbing, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: loner, serial killer, prostitute, revenge, rape, urban setting, buddy cop, murder, psychopath, violence, tough guy, prostitution ...
Time: 80s
Is relevant ?
Exit Strategy (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Evicted from his apartment, James has to move in with his girlfriend of 3 months. He quickly discovers that she's everything he never wanted in a woman. His only option is to get her to break up with him -- but still let him sleep on the couch.
Style: humorous, feel good, light, captivating, romantic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: urban setting, romance, couples, couple relations, buddies, roommate, moving, friendship, honesty, breakup, high maintenance, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
Is relevant ?
Candyman (2021)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago's Cabrini Green neighborhood were terrorized by a word-of-mouth ghost story about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand, easily summoned by those daring to repeat his ...
Style: scary, slasher, suspense, macabre, gothic ...
Plot: urban legend, mirror, african american, urban decay, vengeful ghost, missing child, ghost, haunted by the past, bee, serial killer, supernatural, strong violent content ...
Time: contemporary, 2020s, 2010s, year 2019, year 1977
Place: chicago illinois, usa
Is relevant ?
Zootopia (2016)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Family, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Determined to prove herself, Officer Judy Hopps, the first bunny on Zootopia's police force, jumps at the chance to crack her first case - even if it means partnering with scam-artist fox Nick Wilde to solve the mystery.
Style: feel good, witty, funny, allegory, clever ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, pre-teens, chick flick
Plot: disney, animals, rabbit, anthropomorphism, talking animals, adventure, female protagonist, happy ending, police, anthropomorphic animal, friendship, stereotypes ...
Time: year 2016
Is relevant ?
Related movie lists
Die Hard (1988)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: NYPD cop, John McClane's plan to reconcile with his estranged wife is thrown for a serious loop when minutes after he arrives at her office, the entire building is overtaken by a group of terrorists. With little help from the LAPD, wisecracking ...
Style: intense, exciting, suspenseful, suspense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostage, heist, gunfight, christmas, terrorist, one man army, tough guy, police officer, one against many, police, courage, machismo ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
Is relevant ?
Pixote (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Pixote, a 10-year-old runaway boy, is arrested on the streets of Sao Paulo during a police round-up homeless people. Pixote endures torture, degradation and corruption at a local youth detention center where two of the runaways are murdered by ...
Style: disturbing, rough, depressing, bleak, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: prostitution, sex with a minor, child rape, street kid, breast feeding, juvenile delinquency, coming of age, jail, loneliness, children, tragedy, friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, sao paulo brazil, africa, latin america
Is relevant ?
Antares (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Austria
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A deadly car crash sets off three parallel stories of women at crisis points, faltering behind the doors of the same, plain Vienna apartment block.
Style: erotic, sexy, psychological, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: infidelity, explicit sex, sex, extramarital affair, betrayal, cheating wife, female masturbation, oral sex, erection, male female relationship, husband wife relationship, marriage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: vienna
Is relevant ?
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Genre: Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Eccentric candy man Willy Wonka prompts a worldwide frenzy when he announces that golden tickets hidden inside five of his delicious candy bars will admit their lucky holders into his top-secret confectionary. But does Wonka have an agenda hidden ...
Style: feel good, humorous, surreal, entertaining, stylized ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, girls' night, pre-teens
Plot: chocolate, mischievous children, teacher, children, factory, childhood, overweight child, tour guide, surrealism, grandfather grandson relationship, candy, poverty ...
Time: 70s
Place: arizona, germany, europe, west germany, paraguay ...
Is relevant ?
Trading Places (1983)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A snobbish investor and a wily street con-artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.
Style: funny, feel good, humorous, entertaining, cynical ...
Plot: stock market, switching roles, rags to riches, class differences, wrongful arrest, beggar, rich and poor, prostitute, fish out of water, christmas, millionaire, wager ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: pennsylvania, philadelphia, new york, manhattan new york city, usa
Is relevant ?
Related movie lists
Six Degrees of Separation (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The story of a young, gay black con artist who, posing as the son of Sidney Poitier, cunningly maneuvers his way into the lives of a white, upper-class New York family.
Style: talky, semi serious, realistic, humorous, sexy ...
Plot: art, high society, racism, satire, art dealer, con artists, character study, crimes, social differences, lgbt, urban setting, social climbing ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, california, usa
Is relevant ?
RoboCop (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In a violent, near-apocalyptic Detroit, evil corporation Omni Consumer Products wins a contract from the city government to privatize the police force. To test their crime-eradicating cyborgs, the company leads street cop Alex Murphy into an armed ...
Style: futuristic, entertaining, bloody, humorous, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, cyborgs, robot, androids and robots, police, superhero, graphic violence, revenge, law enforcement, violence, distopia, satire ...
Time: future, 80s
Place: detroit, usa, michigan
Is relevant ?
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A naive male prostitute and his sickly friend struggle to survive on the streets of New York City.
Style: disturbing, realistic, sexy, depressing, psychological ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, cowboy, homosexuality, gigolo, gay, hustler, male prostitute, fish out of water, homosexual, cripple, prostitute, prostitution ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s
Place: new york, texas, usa, manhattan new york city, florida ...
Is relevant ?
Irma Vep (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A Chinese movie actress, in France to star in a remake of "Les Vampires", finds petty intrigues and clashing egos on the set.
Style: sexy, thought provoking, clever, witty, psychedelic ...
Plot: filmmaking, nervous breakdown, film industry, cat burglar, actress playing herself, urban setting, burglar, satire, bdsm, culture clash, vampire, kung fu ...
Time: 90s
Place: paris france, france, tokyo, europe, new york ...
Is relevant ?
Grand Canyon (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Grand Canyon revolved around six residents from different backgrounds whose lives intertwine in modern-day Los Angeles. At the center of the film is the unlikely friendship of two men from different races and classes brought together when one finds ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, clever, touching, feel good ...
Plot: adoption, friendship, midlife crisis, grand canyon, compassion, father son relationship, class differences, interracial friendship, helicopter, gang, dysfunctional family, rescue ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, new jersey, usa, arizona
Is relevant ?
Dark Angel (1990)
Genre: Action, Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Jack Caine is a Houston vice cop who's forgotten the rule book. His self-appointed mission is to stop the drugs trade and the number one supplier Victor Manning. Whilst involved in an undercover operation to entrap Victor Manning, his partner ...
Style: suspense, rough, serious, suspenseful, buddy movie ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroin, police investigation, drug lord, evil alien, buddy cop, alien, reluctant partners, investigation, good versus evil, space and aliens, organized crime, killing spree ...
Time: 80s, 90s
Place: houston texas, austin texas, texas
Is relevant ?
Back to the Future (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Eighties teenager Marty McFly is accidentally sent back in time to 1955, inadvertently disrupting his parents' first meeting and attracting his mother's romantic interest. Marty must repair the damage to history by rekindling his ...
Style: feel good, exciting, light, funny, entertaining ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids, girls' night, date night
Plot: time travel, mad scientist, changing the past or future, adventure, teenager, time machine, destiny, scientist, time paradox, inventor, alternate reality, sent to the past ...
Time: future, 80s, 50s, year 1955, year 1985 ...
Place: usa, california
Is relevant ?