Film critic Leonard Maltin has been hosting Secret’s Out on cable network ReelzChannel for a while now.
When the network finally inked a deal with Time Warner Cable to appear in the New York market, they decided the smartest thing to do would be a publicity stunt: release a list of Maltin’s “15 Greatest New York Scenes in Movie History.”
And like the craven bastards we are, we went along with it. The 15 greatest scenes (with video) after the jump.
15. Barbra Streisand singing “Don’t Rain on My Parade” as she stands atop a tugboat in New York Harbor in Funny Girl.
14. Ray Liotta and his date making their way through the kitchen of the Copacabana nightclub in Martin Scorsese‘s Goodfellas.
13. Dustin Hoffman as Ratso Rizzo pounding on the hood of a Yellow Cab, protesting, “I’m walkin’ here!” in Midnight Cowboy.
12. Audrey Hepburn munching on a pastry as she peers into the window of Tiffany’s early one morning in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
11. King Kong atop the (then-new) Empire State Building swatting at biplanes as he clutches Fay Wray in his hand in the original King Kong.
10. Young Natalie Wood watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from her mother’s apartment on Central Park West in the original Miracle on 34th Street.
9. Meg Ryan demonstrates how she can fake an orgasm for Billy Crystal in the middle of Katz’s Deli in When Harry Met Sally.
8. Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr sailing into New York harbor and, spotting the Empire State Building, vowing to meet there in six months in An Affair to Remember.
7. The silent aerial shots of Manhattan giving way to the first music themes and dance steps of the Sharks and Jets in the opening scene of West Side Story.
6. Woody Allen and Diane Keaton on line for a movie on the East Side and confronting a know-it-all in Annie Hall.
5. James Caan as Sonny Corleone being gunned down at an isolated toll booth in The Godfather.
4. Robert De Niro watches the reigning Godfather of Little Italy walk down the street in a processional before murdering him in The Godfather, Part II.
3. Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin as sailors arriving at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and singing “New York, New York…” (“the Bronx is up and the Battery’s down”) in On the Town.
2. Tom Hanks and Robert Loggia dancing on a giant keyboard at F.A.O. Schwarz in Big.
1. Amy Adams encounters a Jamaican band in Central Park and sings “How Do You Know?” in Enchanted.