New York is a constant source of inspiration for filmmakers on both the large and small screen, and and while the subway may not always be the star of the show, it’s certainly played a huge role in movies and television over time. (No less an innovator than Thomas Edison filmed one of the earliest rides on the underground subway system in 1904.)
Not every depiction portrays the subway in a flattering light; often times, if someone in a movie heads underground, it means something unpleasant is about to occur. But using the subway in a TV series or movie—particularly when something is actually filmed within the transit system—lends an air of authenticity, and true New York-iness, to the final product.
With that in mind, we’ve chosen 20 of the most iconic, fascinating, or downright odd depictions of the NYC subway in movies and television—plus one very famous music video. Did we leave your favorite off? Take it to the comments.Read More