The Empire State Building is easily one of the most recognizable skyscrapers in the world. The landmark also defines New York City, which is why filmmakers want to show the building whenever they shoot in NYC.
However, these iconic films have actually used the majestic tower as plot device:
The 1933 film, as well as the 2005 remake, had its finale set at the top of the Empire State Building, with the giant ape trying to swat away the planes that were pursuing him while grasping the leading lady, Ann Darrow, with his hand. At the time, the tower was dubbed the “empty state building” because of the lack of tenants. But the movie provided it a much needed publicity.
Love Affair/An Affair to Remember
One of the most beloved classic, romantic films of all time, Love Affair (1939) and its remake, An Affair to Remember (1957), used the Empire State Building as a major plot point. The two protagonists agreed to meet at the building after six months after falling in love with each other on a cruise, but fate prevented them from doing so. Because of this film, the observation deck on the 102nd floor became a romantic spot.
The movie served as an inspiration for another hit film, Sleepless in Seattle. The 1993 movie, which starred Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, also used the Empire State Building as plot device.