Movies and TV shows set in harlem manhattan new york city

The list contains the best, new and most relevant movies set in harlem manhattan new york city ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, bleak and psychological films and TV shows about / with african american, society, murder, death, cigarette smoking, racism, crimes, violence, friendship and black american plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, Germany, France and other countries.
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harlem manhattan new york city movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as harlem manhattan new york city: Luke Cage (2016), Topaz (1969), Kill Your Darlings (2013), If Beale Street Could Talk (2018), The Stone Killer (1973), Trouble on the Corner (1997), Come Back, Charleston Blue (1972), Killa Season (2006), The Old Settler (2001), Lady Sings the Blues (1972).

List of movies set in harlem manhattan new york city

 7.4
 105K
Luke Cage (2016)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
Story: Given superstrength and durability by a sabotaged experiment, a wrongly accused man escapes prison to become a superhero for hire.
Style: serious, exciting, stylized, bleak, suspenseful
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: superhero, master villain, superhuman powers, good versus evil, fighting crime, danger, crimes, save the day, escapades, african american, violence, death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city
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 6.3
 15K
Topaz (1969)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: A French intelligence agent becomes embroiled in the Cold War politics first with uncovering the events leading up to the 1962 Cuban Missle Crisis, and then back to France to break up an international Russian spy ring.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: espionage, betrayal, cold war, nato, kgb, cia, mole, undercover, rebellion, double agent, state affairs, chases and races ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1962
Place: cuba, new york, france, usa, latin america ...
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Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.
Style: bleak, serious, captivating, intellectual, psychological ...
Plot: poet, friendship, obsession, youth, murder, writer's life, student life, mental illness, fascist, friends, confession, university ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1944, year 2005
Place: usa, campus, new york, greenwich village manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city ...
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If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: After her fiance is falsely imprisoned, a pregnant African-American woman sets out to clear his name and prove his innocence.
Plot: lawyer, young adult, love story, new yorker, 18 year old, wrongful conviction, man in underwear, 19 year old, carpenter, park, umbrella, kiss ...
Place: harlem, puerto rico, harlem manhattan new york city, new york, manhattan new york city
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The Stone Killer (1973)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A Los Angeles detective is sent to New York where he must solve a case involving an old Sicilian Mafia family feud.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, hitman, murder, mafia, maverick cop, tough cop, brainwashing, heist, vigilantism, car chase, rivalry, crimes ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, asia, new york, vietnam, harlem manhattan new york city
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Trouble on the Corner (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Jeff Steward, a psychologist, takes good care of his patients mostly living in the same apartment. One day a piece of the bathroom ceiling collapses so he can watch the woman living in the upper apartment taking a bath. This causes total disorder of ...
Plot: neo-noir, english, therapy, religious fanatic, chess, rooftop, nurse, dying, model, male female relationship, psychologist, homosexual ...
Place: manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
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Come Back, Charleston Blue (1972)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Sequel to Cotton comes to Harlem. Another bad influence is hitting Harlem and Gravedigger and Coffin Ed are the two cops who will stop it. Charleston Blue was a prohibition era black gangster, dead 4 decades. When he seems to have reappeared, once ...
Plot: cigar, uncle niece relationship, pool table, death, gun, sex, african american, violence, champagne, photographer, heroin, ghost ...
Place: harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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 4.9
 560
Killa Season (2006)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Flea was a basketball player, happy with his subtle hustle, until a Dominican connect introduced him to a new way to spread the work and make money.
Plot: rap, hip hop, power, business, street, african american, gun, money
Place: manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
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The Old Settler (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Story: The Old Settler is the story of two middle-aged sisters, Elizabeth and Quilly, who share an apartment in Harlem in 1943. The sisters quarrel amiably, but they share a wounded history that becomes revealed as the tale unfolds. An earnest but ...
Plot: racial issues, unrequited love, racial prejudice, memory, black american, racism, lost love, city country contrast, african american woman, african american man, friendship between women, world war two ...
Time: 1940s
Place: manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
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Lady Sings the Blues (1972)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Chronicles the rise and fall of legendary blues singer Billie Holiday. Her late childhood, stint as a prostitute, early tours, marriages and drug addiction are featured.
Style: realistic, serious, twists and turns, gloomy, sentimental ...
Plot: drug abuse, jazz, showbiz, racism, racist, nightclub owner, music, addiction, figment, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, tragic hero ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 70s, 1940s
Place: harlem, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, cross country
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 5.6
 5K
Mulberry St (2006)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A mysterious virus, carried by mutant rats, creates pandemonium in New York City in which rat-bite victims turn into homicidal rat-mutants. This movie centers on six tenants of a small apartment complex on the Lower East Side Mulberry Street as they ...
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, scary
Audience: boys' night
Plot: zombie, infection, urban, future dystopia, dangerous animal, chaos and mayhem, plague, heroes, disorder, gory, deadly, survival ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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Who's the Man? (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Ed Lover and Doctor Dre are two inept barbers. Deciding that maybe they ought to find another line of work, they join the police. A big mistake, as far as their duty sergeant, Sgt Cooper is concerned, who proceeds to harass them at every turn. ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, light, sentimental ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, working undercover, friendship, fighting crime, odd couple, police detective, police investigation, gang, deadly, disorder, law enforcement, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
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 6.8
 914
Joe and Max (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport, War
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: True story of boxers Joe Louis and Max Schmeling and their enduring friendship.
Style: serious, sincere, realistic
Plot: sport, racism, friendship, boxer, contests and competitions, interracial relations, against the odds, ambition, discrimination, human spirit, war, follow your dream ...
Time: 30s, 40s, 1940s, 1930s
Place: paris france, chicago illinois, germany, berlin germany, manhattan new york city ...
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For Love of Ivy (1968)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: When it was released in 1968, For Love of Ivy was the first mainstream Hollywood film to depict a mature romantic relationship between a black man and woman. Sidney Poitier stars as Jack Parks, a trucking executive who runs an illegal travelling ...
Style: realistic, feel good, humorous, semi serious
Audience: date night
Plot: gambling, eligible bachelor, family life, racism, hidden identity, master and servant, city life, fall in love, love and romance, cons and scams, love affair, dishonesty ...
Time: 60s
Place: manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
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The Young Savages (1961)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A district attorney investigates the racially charged case of three teenagers accused of the murder of a blind Puerto Rican boy.
Style: suspenseful, clever, serious, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: gang, racism, murder, juvenile delinquent, deadly, youth, legal investigation, crime, dedicated lawyer, life is a bitch, crimes, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: harlem, new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city
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Preaching to the Choir (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Estranged since the death of their parents years ago, twin brothers, Teshawn and Wesley Tucker, have taken radically different paths in life. Wes (Darien Sills-Evans) has become a minister in a Harlem gospel church while Te (Billoah Greene) ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, uplifting, realistic, feel good
Plot: artists and showbiz, lifestyle, ego clash, society, family relations, music, siblings relations, follow your dream, hopes, life is a bitch, on the run, redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city
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Blast of Silence (1961)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 77 min.
Story: A hired killer from Cleveland has a job to do on a second-string mob boss in New York. But a special girl from his past, and a fat gun dealer with pet rats, each gets in his way.
Style: bleak, atmospheric, stylized, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: hitman, crime, coldhearted, crimes, gangsters, hippie, estrangement, contact, dishonesty, solitary, deadly, tunnel ...
Time: 60s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
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Hell Up in Harlem (1973)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Tougher than Shaft and smoother than Superfly, this high-voltage sequel to Black Caesar explodes with enough action to incinerate New York City. Packed with machine-gun mayhem and riveting adventure, Hell Up in Harlem is nothing less than a ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, exciting, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, chase, rivalry, downfall, criminal's revenge, deadly, dishonesty, racism, gang, tough heroes, urban ghetto, vengeance ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, harlem, new york, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city ...
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 6.1
 155
In My Life (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Philippines
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Shirley is a woman who wants to be in control of everything. Working as a librarian in a public school, a firm "Sshhh!" from her makes the students tremble in fear. But in her family, her unwarranted intervention in the lives of her ...
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: unfulfillment, parents and children, gays and lesbians, terminal illness, family relations, gender, cancer, migration, hospital bed, librarian, parent child relationship, funeral ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
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 7.0
 387
Little Senegal (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Algeria, France, Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Passionné par l'histoire de son peuple, Alloune, un vieux guide du musée africain "La Maison des Esclaves" à Gorée, part en pèlerinage pour retrouver les descendants de ses ancêtres aux Etats-Unis. Cet émouvant voyage va le ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching
Plot: family relations, elderly, immigrants, golden years, society, obsessive quest, family tradition, teenage pregnancy, old man, immigration, widower, green card ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, harlem, usa, africa, manhattan new york city ...
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Pressure Point (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: An African-American prison psychiatrist (Sidney Poitier) finds the boundaries of his professionalism sorely tested when he must counsel a disturbed inmate (Bobby Darin) with bigoted Nazi tendencies.
Style: thought provoking, serious, sincere, psychological, realistic
Plot: prison, psychopath, psychiatrist, nightmare, losing-it hero, confined, hopes, interracial relations, doctors and patients, human spirit, teenage life, mental illness ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, year 1942
Place: madison square garden manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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 6.6
 319
Gordon's War (1973)
Genre: Adventure, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A black soldier comes home to Harlem after a tour in Vietnam and discovers that his wife had become a heroin addict and died of an overdose. Infuriated, he gathers three of his ex-GI buddies and they lay out plans to fight the drug dealers.
Style: serious, bleak, suspenseful, tense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug dealing, vigilantism, life is a bitch, urban ghetto life, crime, crimes, gangsters, chases and races, partners against crime, adventure, rehabilitation, rivalry ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, harlem, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
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 6.2
 196
Harlem Aria (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An aspiring opera singer from Harlem teams up with a charismatic busker and a kindhearted hustler to share his voice with the world, and teaches his two newfound friends the importance of taking your destiny into your own hands. Anton (Gabriel ...
Style: touching, feel good, realistic, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: opera, hip hop, hopes, urban ghetto life, city life, music, desire for fame, teaching the ways of the world, ambition, prodigy, life is a bitch, performer's life ...
Time: 90s
Place: harlem, new york, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
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 6.3
 561
The Skinny (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Feature film from award-winning writer/director Patrik-Ian Polk, tells the story of five black Brown University classmate s- four gay men and one lesbian - reuniting in the Big Apple for a weekend of sin, fun, secrets, lies and drama.
Plot: black lgbt, gay parade, gay kiss, homosexual, group of friends, virgin, gay lead character, gay, sex scene, watching porn, website, lgbt ...
Place: new york, harlem manhattan new york city
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 6.1
 38K
On the Road (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: France, USA, UK, Brazil, Canada, Argentina, Germany, Netherlands, Mexico
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Dean and Sal are the portrait of the Beat Generation. Their search for "It" results in a fast paced, energetic roller coaster ride with highs and lows throughout the U.S.
Style: road movie, atmospheric, inspirational, melancholic, sexual ...
Plot: friendship, on the road, road trip, self discovery, lifestyle, adventure, escapades, americana, society, youth, journey, threesome ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1947, year 1949, 1940s ...
Place: usa, mexico, north carolina, alabama, mexico city ...
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 5.7
 11K
Twelve (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A young drug dealer watches as his high-rolling life is dismantled in the wake of his cousin's murder, which sees his best friend arrested for the crime.
Style: serious, bleak, disturbing, rough, realistic
Plot: murder, drug dealer, juvenile delinquency, youth, drug abuse, drug dealing, drugs/alcohol, life is a bitch, teenage life, deadly, violence spree, strained relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, harlem, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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Who's That Girl (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: An uptight New York tax lawyer gets his life turned upside down, all in a single day, when he's asked to escort a feisty and free-spirited female ex-convict whom asks him to help prove her innocence of her crime.
Style: humorous, feel good, realistic, semi serious, sexy ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: screwball, false accusation, on the run, mountain lion, lawyer, chase, vengeance, romance, love and romance, wrongfully committed, life turned upside down, criminal heroes ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
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 5.2
 920
The Tenants (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The story of a Jewish novelist, Harry Lesser, struggling to complete his latest work, and his antagonistic relationship with a black writer who moves in down the hall.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, thought provoking ...
Plot: friendship, militant, losing-it hero, writer's life, society, urban, couples, dysfunctional family, obsession, couple relations, artists and showbiz, interracial relations ...
Time: 70s, year 1972
Place: new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city
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 8.3
 626K
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: bleak, disturbing, suspenseful, rough, psychological ...
Plot: obsession, lone wolves, social decay, character study, crimes, violence spree, depression, alienation, deadly, taxi, loner, nightlife ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, vietnam
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 6.6
 34K
Summer of Sam (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Spike Lee's take on the "Son of Sam" murders in New York City during the summer of 1977 centering on the residents of an Italian-American South Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another.
Style: clever, sexual, stylized, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, punk, infidelity, crime, intolerance, bigotry, obsession, strong sexual content, deadly, couples, ethnic, urban ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, new york yankees ...
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