10 movies filmed in Harlem you can stream right now

Updated: Feb 9


Screen grab from "Paris Is Burning"

Harlem and its streets—the gritty and the beautiful—have served as the backdrop in a long list of memorable films, from classic blaxploitation flicks like "Shaft" to Oscar-winning gems such as "If Beale Street Could Talk" (Regina King won for Best Supporting Actress).


Happily, many can now be streamed on subscription services such as Amazon Prime and HBO Max. Two on this list—"Claudine" and "Paris Is Burning"—can even be found for free.


Here, then, are 10 notable movies filmed in Harlem—and the neighborhood locations to look out for:


In descending chronological order:


Motherless Brooklyn (2019)

Notable Harlem location: 773 St. Nicholas Ave (which sadly burned down during filming)


If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

Notable Harlem locations: 52 Edgecombe Ave, Showman's Jazz Club, 422 St. Nicholas Ave, Lenox Ave between W 122nd and W 123rd Sts


American Gangster (2007)

Notable Harlem locations: Lenox Ave at W 122nd St, 3330 Broadway, Lenox Lounge (demolished in 2017), Mount Olivet Baptist Church, St. Martin's Episcopal Church



The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Notable Harlem locations: 339 Convent Avenue at W 144th Street, Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum


Malcolm X (1992)

Notable Harlem locations: Lenox Lounge (demolished in 2017), 125th Street


Jungle Fever (1991)

Notable Harlem locations: Strivers' Row, Sylvia's Restaurant, Graham Court


New Jack City (1991)

Notable Harlem locations: Graham Court, Grant's Tomb, St. Nicholas Park



Paris Is Burning (1990)

Notable Harlem location: Imperial Lodge of Elks


Claudine (1974)

Notable Harlem locations: Edgecombe Ave at W 142nd St, Broadway at W 125th St


Shaft (1971)

Notable Harlem locations: The Apollo, 125th Street



For daily updates, follow The Curious Uptowner on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

0 comments
  • Pinterest - Grey Circle
  • Twitter - Grey Circle
  • White Facebook Icon
  • White Instagram Icon

© 2021 by The Curious Uptowner