It's a 'Wonderful' time to watch classic movies in NYC

"West Side Story"

"West Side Story" (Credit: "West Side Story")

The end of the year is a great time to be a movie lover in NYC. Multiplexes and art houses are filled with many of the year’s best movies, its top Oscar contenders. You could see a movie each day from now through New Year’s and barely scratch the surface.

But if you’re looking for a different sort of cinema fix, New York has plenty to offer as well. In that vein, we’ve compiled some of the best retrospective movie offerings across the city this week. You can’t go wrong with any of the below. Remember, prices and showtimes vary:

Beginning Friday, Film Forum screens this classic 1939 Ernst Lubitsch comedy starring Greta Garbo as a Kremlin envoy tasked with bringing three jewel thieves back to the Soviet Union from Paris. She falls for a dashing count played by Melvyn Douglas. Billy Wilder co-wrote the script helmed by Lubitsch, who is widely hailed as the on-screen originator of the sort of smart, sophisticated comic form later perfected by Wilder. 209 W. Houston St., 212-727-8110,

It’s a Wonderful Life
It wouldn’t be the holiday season without this uplifting Frank Capra classic starring Jimmy Stewart, which has embedded itself in the popular consciousness as few other movies have. See it again or bring a first-timer to the IFC Center for its annual showings. 323 Sixth Ave., 212-924-7771,

DreamWorks Animation
DreamWorks animators have produced some of the bigger family-friendly hits of the past 15 years. This ongoing Museum of the Moving Image retrospective, with one showing per day most days, spotlights the best-known successes and forgotten fare such as “Megamind.” Up next: “Monsters vs. Aliens” from today through Friday, and “Puss in Boots” through New Year’s Day. 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria, 718-777-6888,

Dickens on Film
This week at MoMA, you can see the Oscar-winning Carol Reed-directed “Oliver!” as well as several other versions of “Oliver Twist,” David Lean’s classic take on “Great Expectations,” two “A Tale of Two Cities” and much more. 11 W. 53rd St., 212-708-9400,

See it in 70 mm
The large-frame film format, in which images give new meaning to the term “larger than life,” is the subject of this Film Society of Lincoln Center series running through New Year’s Day. Today, you can see “West Side Story” and the Joseph Conrad adaptation “Lord Jim,” starring Peter O’Toole. Tomorrow, the FSLC offers Jacques Tati’s unforgettable “Playtime,” one of the most creatively designed modernist movies ever made, and Kenneth Branagh’s monumental 4-hour “Hamlet.” 165 W. 65th St., 212-875-5601,

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