If you've ever seen any movie set in Paris, one thing you know is that you can see the Eiffel Tower from literally every window in the city. (Pro tip for travelers: you cannot, in fact, see the Eiffel Tower from every window in Paris.) Similarly, you know that if you go to New York, firstly, you will go to Manhattan, because this is the only part of New York that exists, and secondly, your route into Manhattan will grant you an unimpeded view of the Empire State Building.
Of course, the movie-makers know that you can't actually always see the Eiffel Tower and that the Empire State Building is in a part of midtown which is unbelievably crowded and full of lunatics, such that local New Yorkers won't enter the area unless a) someone is paying them to go to an office there, or b) they have no choice. The buildings are merely signifiers, a way of saying to the audience, "Here lies Paris" and "This is the Big Apple!" They're a kind of shorthand, and anyone with baseline movie literacy will surely recognize them.
Indeed, many cities have such landmarks, and you don't have to have seen all the movies or gone to all of these cities to recognize them. You just need to be culturally well-informed, curious and delighted by beautiful and impressive things. Let's see if you can name these cities!