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Both Robert De Niro in "Taxi Driver" (1976), and Jon Voight in "Midnight Cowboy" (1969) play newcomers to the city, who are alienated and disoriented, and living in squalor. They attempt to find redemption and connection through other troubled souls, but, ultimately, do not. They both also spend too much time in Times Square, which represents not what it did in the movies for decades - The Great White Way, stardom, dazzle - but the seamy side of New York, destitution, decline.

"Midnight Cowboy" won the Oscar for Best Picture, and some consider "Taxi Driver," to be one of director Martin Scorsese's masterpieces about New York.

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