1. goodfellas – One of the best opening 15-20 minutes of any film I’ve seen and a street level mafia study. An all star cast of Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci and Ray Liotta, among others.
2. annie hall: Anytime you think of woody allen you think of new york city….ok, you think of a few other things too but his movies are true old school nyc.
3. the pope of greenwich village – A fun movie with eric roberts as an off the wall young punk trying to make it big and taking his confused buddy, mickey rourke, along for the ride. It will make you want to take a trip to the village, buy a sandwich, hang out on a stoop and just people watch.