Marty (1955)

Originally produced as a one-hour TV drama starring Rod Steiger and written by Paddy Chayefsky, "Marty" is a poignant feature film about a lonely, unattractive, unmarried middle-aged man who meets a woman at a dance hall who is also lonely and unattractive. By the night's end, both of them manage to break through their inferior attitudes … Continue reading Marty (1955)

The Wrong Man (1956)

"The Wrong Man" is a docudrama film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Henry Fonda, Vera Miles and Harold J. Stone. The film is based on the true story of a Queens resident, Christopher Emmanuel Balestrero, a professional musician who was wrongfully charged with a series of local robberies. Shot in and around New York City, … Continue reading The Wrong Man (1956)

Serpico (1973)

Adapted from Peter Maas's book, Sidney Lumet's drama portrays the real-life struggle of an honest city cop against a corrupt system. Starring Al Pacino as the titular character, and filmed on location in every borough of New York (except Staten Island), "Serpico" effectively captures the life of a lone cop in New York City during the 1960's and 70's. … Continue reading Serpico (1973)

Side Street (1950)

A New York City mailman is chased by both cops and crooks when he steals a shipment of dirty money. This film-noir directed by Anthony Mann re-teams Farley Granger and Cathy O'Donnell (who previously starred together in 1948's "They Live by Night") for a gritty urban crime story. And to add a sense of realism, almost all … Continue reading Side Street (1950)