The Top 15 New York / New Yorker Documentaries

Winter is coming and it’s been dreary for the last few days, so I thought I’d finish up my list of favorite New York and New Yorker documentaries to get you through the cold. We’ve got movies on artists, photographers, a tour guide, fashion icons, New York history, pick-up basketball, the Bowery, the people who live in the subway tunnels, and more. My personal favorite is The Cruise.

I put links to where you can find the full-length versions, but seven of these can be watched for free directly on YouTube. Enjoy!

1. The Cruise [Tour Guide / History]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBDjfZX_xMg

View full length here: Amazon Video, iTunes.

2. Bill Cunningham [Photographer / Fashion]

View full length here: Hulu, Amazon, iTunes.

3. Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child [Modern Artist]

View full length here: YouTube.

4. Everybody Street [Street Photography]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwjal7Dk2As

View full length here: Vimeo, iTunes.

5. Andy Warhol [Artist]

View full length here: YouTube Part 1, Part 2.

6. Paris is Burning [Fashion / History]

View full length here: YouTube.

7. Dark Days [Subway Tunnel Inhabitants / History]

View full length here: YouTube.

8. Iris Apfel [Fashion]

View full length here: Netflix, Amazon Video, iTunes.

9. Man on Wire [History]

View full length here: Netflix, Amazon Video, iTunes.

10. On the Bowery [History]

View full length here: Amazon Video, iTunes.

11. New York: A Documentary Film [History]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waNU5geWlho

View full length here: DVD Only.

12. Joel Meyerowitz [Street Photographer]

View full length here: YouTube.

13. William Klein [Street Photographer]

View full length here: YouTube.

14. Mary Ellen Mark [Street Photographer]

View full length here: YouTube.

15. Doin’ It in the Park: Pick-up Basketball, New York City [History]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOcbNxkM-xU

View full length here: Amazon Video, iTunes.

3 thoughts on “The Top 15 New York / New Yorker Documentaries”

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  2. Thanks for the great list! Definitely going to have to check some of these out, I’ll shoot you a shout out when I post my favorite on Yobored.com 🙂

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