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, suspenseful, rough, talky and melancholic films and TV shows about / with african american, murder, society, racism, violence, gangsters, crimes, death, sex and vengeance plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, Germany, Italy and other countries.
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harlem manhattan new york city movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as harlem manhattan new york city: If Beale Street Could Talk (2018), Hell Up in Harlem (1973), Shaft (1971), New York, New York (1977), Jungle Fever (1991), Harlem Nights (1989), Black Caesar (1973), Miracle at St. Anna (2008), Luke Cage (2016), Topaz (1969).

List of movies set in harlem manhattan new york city

If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)
Genre: Crime, 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, black american, racism, saying grace, injustice, giving a toast, crying man, rape, love, prison ...
Place: harlem, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, puerto rico
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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: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, criminal's revenge, crime, gang, urban ghetto, gangsters, drug dealing, vengeance, urban, violence spree, criminal heroes, crimes ...
Time: 70s
Place: harlem, usa, new york, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
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 6.6
 14K
Shaft (1971)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: private detective, police, gangsters, rescue, crimes, vigilante, urban, violence, organized crime, gunfight, hitman, anti-hero ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: usa, new york, harlem, harlem manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city ...
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New York, New York (1977)
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: An egotistical saxophone player and a young singer meet on V-J Day and embark upon a strained and rocky romance, even as their careers begin a long uphill climb.
Style: stylized, realistic, serious, sentimental, atmospheric ...
Plot: jazz, saxophonist, musician's life, crumbling marriage, falling in love, rising to stardom, couple relations, relationship vs career, showbiz, fall in love, ambition, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, 1950s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, new jersey
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 6.5
 15K
Jungle Fever (1991)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A successful and married black man contemplates having an affair with a white girl from work. He's quite rightly worried that the racial difference would make an already taboo relationship even worse.
Style: sexy, serious, sexual, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: architect, interracial romance, infidelity, love affair, drugs/alcohol, interracial relations, romance, forbidden love, xenophobia, addiction, dishonesty, urban ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, harlem, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city ...
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 6.0
 18K
Harlem Nights (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: "Sugar" Ray is the owner of an illegal casino, who contend with the pressures of vicious gangster and corrupt policemen who want to see him go out of business. In the world of organized crime and police corruption in the 1920s, any ...
Style: stylized, humorous, semi serious, realistic, witty ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: nightclub, rivalry, friends, police, gangsters, corruption, crime, buddies, gang, nightclub owner, hoodlum, nightlife ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 30s, 1930s, 80s
Place: harlem, new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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 6.4
 3K
Black Caesar (1973)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Tommy Gibbs is a tough kid, raised in the ghetto, who aspires to be a kingpin criminal. As a young boy, his leg is broken by a bad cop on the take, during a payoff gone bad. Nursing his vengeance, he rises to power in Harlem, New York. Angry at the ...
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, racism, criminal's revenge, gang, crime, urban ghetto, gangsters, drug dealing, vengeance, violence spree, criminal heroes, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1950s
Place: harlem, usa, new york, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
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Miracle at St. Anna (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 160 min.
Story: Miracle at St. Anna chronicles the story of four American soldiers who are members of the all-black 92nd "Buffalo Soldier" Division stationed in Tuscany, Italy during World War II.
Style: epic, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: village, soldier, partisan, war, racism, behind enemy lines, military, war crime, survival, black people, military life, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 80s, year 1984, 1940s ...
Place: italy, europe, rome italy, harlem manhattan new york city, berlin germany ...
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 7.4
 102K
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, save the day, danger, fighting crime, crimes, 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: suspense, suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: espionage, cold war, betrayal, cia, nato, kgb, politics, secret agents, chases and races, dishonesty, state affairs, undercover ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1962
Place: cuba, new york, france, europe, russia ...
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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, realistic, intellectual ...
Plot: poet, friendship, murder, obsession, youth, friends, writer's life, university, mental illness, drinking, bohemian life, postcard ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1944, year 2005
Place: usa, campus, new york, harlem, greenwich village 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: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, mafia, maverick cop, brainwashing, tough cop, chase, murder, gangsters, gory, crime, extreme violence, chases and races ...
Time: 70s
Place: asia, usa, vietnam, new york, 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: religious fanatic, male female relationship, nurse, dying, rooftop, therapist, aids, holocaust survivor, model, therapy, english, neighbor ...
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: sex, african american, gun, death, uncle niece relationship, cigar, violence, champagne, black american, photographer, drug dealer, pool table ...
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: money, hip hop, rap, african american, gun, business, street, power
Place: harlem manhattan new york city, 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, racial prejudice, unrequited love, tenant, sibling rivalry, lost love, sister sister relationship, gold digger, jealousy, infidelity, world war two, racial injustice ...
Time: 1940s
Place: harlem manhattan new york city, 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, gloomy, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: jazz, drug abuse, racist, nightclub owner, music, racism, showbiz, blues, musician's life, addiction, tragic hero, blues music ...
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: suspenseful, serious, rough, scary
Audience: boys' night
Plot: zombie, infection, dangerous animal, gory, urban, deadly creature, mad scientist, save the world, survival, vengeance, apocalypse, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem 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: semi serious, humorous, realistic, psychotronic, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hip hop, buddies, gang, gangsters, master criminal, odd couple, partners against crime, reluctant partners, tough law enforcer, drug dealing, fighting crime, police corruption ...
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: sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: sport, boxer, friendship, racism, athlete's life, underdog, war, contests and competitions, follow your dream, human spirit, nazism, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 30s, 40s, 1940s, 1930s
Place: chicago illinois, manhattan new york city, germany, berlin germany, harlem 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: feel good, semi serious, humorous, realistic
Audience: date night
Plot: gambling, hidden identity, urban, romance, single parent, young lovers, opposites attract, couple relations, interracial relations, looking for love, love affair, parents and children ...
Time: 60s
Place: harlem manhattan new york city, 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: bleak, serious, gloomy, realistic, rough ...
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquent, racism, murder, jazz, juvenile delinquency, crime, legal investigation, urban ghetto, urban, social decay, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1960s
Place: harlem, usa, new york, 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: feel good, semi serious, humorous, realistic, uplifting
Plot: clergy, underdog, music, church, drug dealing, follow your dream, redemption, siblings relations, hopes, society, musician's life, twins ...
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, serious, realistic, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: hitman, jazz, crime, lone wolves, estrangement, crimes, deadly, anti heroes, gangsters, assassination, destiny, danger ...
Time: 60s
Place: new york, usa, 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: serious, realistic
Plot: gays and lesbians, parents and children, family relations, terminal illness, gender, unfulfillment, gay son, marriage of convenience, limousine, chauffeur, picnic, subway ...
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, touching, realistic
Plot: immigrants, obsessive quest, society, family relations, golden years, elderly, family tradition, slave, slavery, taxi driver, french, racism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: harlem, usa, new york, manhattan new york city, africa ...
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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: serious, sincere, realistic, thought provoking, psychological
Plot: prison, psychiatrist, nightmare, psychopath, mentally unstable, human spirit, idealism, doctors and patients, interracial relations, mental illness, prison life, racism ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, year 1942
Place: manhattan new york city, madison square garden manhattan new york city, harlem 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: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug dealing, vigilantism, buddies, partners against crime, adventure, crime, life is a bitch, crimes, partners, rivalry, gangsters, chase ...
Time: 70s
Place: harlem, usa, new york, harlem manhattan new york city, 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: emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting, feel good ...
Plot: hip hop, opera, dancer's life, urban ghetto, musician's life, performer's life, prodigy, music, desire for fame, follow your dream, urban ghetto life, ambition ...
Time: 90s
Place: harlem, new york, harlem manhattan new york city, 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 lead character, gay kiss, homosexual, gay, raised middle finger, gay relationship, holding hands, gay bar, condom, obscene finger gesture, group of friends ...
Place: harlem manhattan new york city, new york
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