top of page

18 Movies Filmed in Harlem You Can Stream Right Now

10 movies filmed in Harlem you can stream right now
A scene from Steven Spielberg's "West Side Story," filmed in Harlem. Photo: Disney

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 recent Oscar nominees such as "West Side Story" (Best Picture) and "Summer of Soul" (Best Documentary Feature).

These days most can be streamed on subscription services, including Amazon Prime and Netflix. Four on this list—"Precious," "Juice," "Claudine" and "Cotton Comes to Harlem"—can even be watched for free.

Here, then, are 18 notable movies filmed in Harlem—as well as the neighborhood locations to look out for:

In descending chronological order:

Notable Harlem location: Marcus Garvey Park

Passing (2021)

Notable Harlem locations: W 142 St between Convent and Amsterdam Aves, Broadway and 135th Street, Morningside Park

Notable Harlem locations: Alhambra Ballroom, 416 E 115th Street

"Summer of Soul" was filmed in Marcus Garvey Park.

Precious (2009)

Malcolm X (1992)

Juice (1992)

Notable Harlem locations: 128th Street and Convent Avenue

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

A scene from "Paris Is Burning" at the Imperial Lodge of Elks in Harlem.

Notable Harlem location: Imperial Lodge of Elks

Claudine (1974)

Serpico (1973)

Notable Harlem locations: Lewisohn Stadium at City College (demolished in 1973)

Shaft (1971)

Notable Harlem locations: The Apollo, 125th Street

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

1 comment

1 Comment

Jan 08, 2022

Cotton Comes to Harlem 1970

Screen Shot 2020-11-18 at 2.39.32 PM.png
  • Black Pinterest Icon
  • Black Twitter Icon
  • Black Facebook Icon
  • Black Instagram Icon
bottom of page