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, bleak and captivating films and TV shows about / with african american, murder, society, death, friendship, racism, black american, cigarette smoking, violence and rivalry plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, Germany, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as harlem manhattan new york city: Motherless Brooklyn (2019), Premature (2019), Godfather of Harlem (2019), All Eyez on Me (2017), Luke Cage (2016), Topaz (1969), Kill Your Darlings (2013), If Beale Street Could Talk (2018), The Stone Killer (1973), Trouble on the Corner (1997).

List of movies set in harlem manhattan new york city

Motherless Brooklyn (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Lionel Essrog, a private detective living with Tourette syndrome, ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and best friend — a mystery that carries him from the gin-soaked jazz clubs of Harlem to the slums of Brooklyn to the gilded halls of New ...
Style: enigmatic, suspense, melancholic, captivating
Plot: private detective, murder investigation, murder, conspiracy, social injustice, abuse of power, organized crime, politics, corruption, investigation, tourette's syndrome, love ...
Time: 1950s, 50s
Place: harlem, harlem manhattan new york city
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 5.6
 225
Premature (2019)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The summer before she leaves for college, Ayanna meets handsome and mysterious outsider Isaiah; her entire world is turned upside down as she navigates the demanding terrain of young love against a changing Harlem landscape.
Style: romantic, uplifting, touching, sentimental, sweet
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: friendship, love, african american, mother daughter relationship, coming of age, reunion, youth, fall in love, destiny, hopes, love affair, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary
Place: harlem manhattan new york city
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Godfather of Harlem (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
Story: Loosely based on infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson, who in the early 1960s returned from ten years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles. With the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy attempts to regain his piece of ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, suspense, disturbing
Plot: crime boss, violence, gang leader, danger, crimes, mafia, vengeance, rivalry, family, deadly, prison, life philosophy ...
Place: harlem, harlem manhattan new york city
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 5.8
 20K
All Eyez on Me (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: All Eyez on Me chronicles the life and legacy of Tupac Shakur, including his rise to superstardom as a hip-hop artist, actor, poet and activist, as well as his imprisonment and prolific, controversial time at Death Row Records. Against ...
Style: factual, thought provoking, captivating, enigmatic
Plot: rapper, hip hop, music industry, murder, police brutality, prison, record company, interview, autobiography, actor, bikini, absent father ...
Time: 20th century
Place: harlem, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, oakland california
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 7.3
 111K
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, superhuman powers, good versus evil, danger, crimes, fighting crime, save the day, escapades, master villain, african american, violence, death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city
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 6.3
 16K
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: tense, suspenseful, suspense, psychological, enigmatic ...
Plot: espionage, betrayal, kgb, cia, politics, state affairs, secret agents, undercover, government agency, spy, surveillance, cold war ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1962
Place: cuba, france, usa, new york, europe ...
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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, captivating, serious, intellectual, psychological ...
Plot: poet, friendship, obsession, youth, gay, student life, sexual tension, writer's life, lifestyle, friends, murder, fascist ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, 21st century, 2000s ...
Place: usa, new york, harlem manhattan new york city, harlem, greenwich village 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.
Style: realistic, captivating, tense, touching
Plot: love story, lawyer, false accusation, love, justice, prisoner, mother daughter relationship, prison, racism, friendship, trust, jail ...
Place: harlem, puerto rico, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, new york
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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, exciting, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, murder, chase, tough cop, maverick cop, brainwashing, mafia, chases and races, deadly, crimes, gangsters, police corruption ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, asia, vietnam, usa, 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, gay, sex, neighbor, fortune teller, murder, criminal, death, aids, therapist, psychologist, therapy ...
Place: harlem manhattan new york city, 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: urban setting, nun costume, pool table, uncle niece relationship, black american, photographer, drug dealer, ghost, heroin, champagne, gun, cigar ...
Place: harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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 4.7
 572
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: urban setting, power, street, business, rap, hip hop, money, gun, african american
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 ...
Style: sincere, captivating, touching
Plot: lost love, female friendship, identity crisis, female protagonist, unhappy marriage, sister sister relationship, racial prejudice, unrequited love, world war two, racial injustice, black family, urban setting ...
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, touching, sentimental, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: drug abuse, jazz, racism, showbiz, nightclub owner, racist, music, addiction, bittersweet, musician's life, artists and showbiz, tragic hero ...
Time: 1930s, 70s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: harlem, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
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 5.6
 6K
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, rough, serious, scary
Audience: boys' night
Plot: zombie, infection, survival, dangerous animal, plague, danger, save the world, deadly creature, experiment gone awry, mad scientist, deadly, supernatural ...
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, light, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, friendship, working undercover, police investigation, police detective, odd couple, fighting crime, police corruption, dishonesty, law enforcement, deadly, disorder ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
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 6.7
 937
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, discrimination, human spirit, war, against humanity, ambition ...
Time: 30s, 40s, 1930s, 1940s
Place: paris france, germany, harlem manhattan new york city, chicago illinois, berlin germany ...
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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, semi serious, humorous
Audience: date night
Plot: gambling, looking for love, urban, social differences, family life, couple relations, city life, family relations, cons and scams, interracial relations, dishonesty, couples ...
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: bleak, clever, tense, cynical, suspenseful ...
Plot: racism, gang, murder, juvenile delinquent, legal, youth, society, legal investigation, power relations, urban ghetto life, urban ghetto, jazz ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, harlem, new york state, 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, feel good, realistic, humorous, uplifting
Plot: rivalry, underdog, religions or cults, siblings relations, family relations, family problems, life is a bitch, music, hopes, artists and showbiz, musician's life, redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, 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: suspenseful, stylized, atmospheric, bleak, serious ...
Plot: hitman, crimes, anti heroes, deadly, solitary, crime, gangsters, lone wolves, contact, hippie, estrangement, coldhearted ...
Time: 60s
Place: usa, new york, harlem manhattan new york city, 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, serious, rough, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, grizzly bear, gang, vengeance, violence spree, city life, urban ghetto, tough heroes, clergy, drug dealing, dishonesty, downfall ...
Time: 70s
Place: harlem, usa, new york, harlem manhattan new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city ...
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 6.3
 161
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: unfulfillment, gays and lesbians, terminal illness, parents and children, family relations, gender, flower shop, ashes, jogging, marriage of convenience, parent child relationship, mother child relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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 6.8
 392
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: touching, serious, realistic
Plot: elderly, family relations, golden years, obsessive quest, immigrants, society, family tradition, genealogy, slave trade, green card, african american, uncle nephew relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, harlem, south carolina, harlem 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: contemplative, sincere, thought provoking, realistic, serious ...
Plot: prison, psychopath, psychiatrist, nightmare, idealism, rebelliousness, society, haunted by the past, racism, mentally unstable, prison life, mental illness ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, year 1942
Place: manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, madison square garden manhattan new york city
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 6.5
 344
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: bleak, tense, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, drug dealing, urban ghetto life, society, adventure, chases and races, crimes, crime, partners against crime, gangsters, life is a bitch, buddies ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, harlem, new york, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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 6.1
 199
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: realistic, serious, feel good, touching, emotional ...
Plot: hip hop, opera, performer's life, human spirit, artists and showbiz, musician's life, life is a bitch, music, dancer's life, destiny, hopes, urban ghetto ...
Time: 90s
Place: harlem, new york, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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 6.2
 589
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: gay, lesbian, black lgbt, female bartender, male nurse, poet, british accent, male male kiss, gay lead character, bartender, group of friends, sex scene ...
Place: harlem manhattan new york city, new york, manhattan new york city
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 6.1
 39K
On the Road (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: France, USA, UK, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Germany, Netherlands, Argentina
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, serious ...
Plot: on the road, friendship, road trip, self discovery, lifestyle, adventure, escapades, society, americana, youth, spying on couple having sex, infidelity ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1947, year 1949, 1940s ...
Place: usa, mexico, mexico city, new york, virginia ...
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 5.7
 12K
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, rough, bleak, disturbing, realistic
Plot: murder, drug dealer, juvenile delinquency, youth, teenage life, life is a bitch, drug dealing, drugs/alcohol, drug abuse, 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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