When Opening Credits Star the NYC Skyline

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One of the most beautiful of movie stars, whose glamour has graced thousands of films, is the New York City skyline.

There it is, again and again, in opening credit sequences, establishing shots, and as backdrop to stories of romance, careers, crime, heartbreak, and more—the full gamut of stories movies can tell. And often those skyline scenes are accompanied by music that evokes the cosmopolitan hubbub of our fair city.

David Garland has gathered music composed for city scenes from several films, ranging from the razzle-dazzle zestiness of Alfred Newman's score for "How to Marry a Millionaire," to Andre Previn's lonely-in-the-big-city music for "Two for the Seesaw," David Carbonara's moody sounds for "Mad Men," and others.

Here are three examples. Tell us your favorite, or leave your own suggestions in the comments box below.


Two for the Seesaw (1962) opening credits (music by Andre Previn)

How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) trailer (with Alfred Newman's "Street Scene" and "New York") (Skip to 1:40 in)

The Naked City (1948) opening credits