Favorite San Francisco Movies

San Francisco has been a backdrop of many films, from Steve McQueen's Lt. Frank Bullitt gunning down the streets to chase bad guys in "Bullitt" to Jimmy Stewart's traumatized detective and his fear of heights in "Vertigo".
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1.
So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993)
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A San Francisco poet who fears commitment has a girlfriend who he suspects may not be who she appears. (93 mins.)
Director: Thomas Schlamme
“ In many respects, I consider SIMAAM the best contemporary representation of contemporary San Francisco, even if it is set in the 90's. Employing top notch cinematography, SIMAAM is in no short order of fulfilling the Myers onscreen persona, with Austin Powers in dual roles both as lead Charlie and Charlie's eccentric Scottish father. The latter role defines Myers in a scenery chewer of a role that shows early signs of Fat Bastard from the Austin Powers series. Among some of the more San Franciscoish things put onscreen, include local places like Fog City Diner where Myers and company have dinner to a tour of Alcatraz that's lead by the late great Phil Hartman (in one of many cameos). ” - videodude80
 
2.
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
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After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife. (125 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
“ Former resident Robin Williams stars in one of his biggest hits as an unemployed actor who poses as an English nanny to be closer to his family. Quality shots of Pacific Heights ” - videodude80
 
3.
Vertigo (1958)
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A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her. (128 mins.)
 
4.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
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In San Francisco, a group of people discover the human race is being replaced one by one, with clones devoid of emotion. (115 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
 
5.
Bullitt (1968)
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An all guts, no glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection. (114 mins.)
Director: Peter Yates
 
6.
Mother (1996)
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A neurotic, twice-divorced sci-fi writer moves back in with his mother to solve his personal problems. (104 mins.)
Director: Albert Brooks
 
7.
The Presidio (1988)
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Jay Austin is now a civilian police detective. Colonel Caldwell was his commanding officer years before... (97 mins.)
Director: Peter Hyams
 
8.
Pacific Heights (1990)
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A couple works hard to renovate their dream house and become landlords to pay for it. Unfortunately one of their tenants has plans of his own. (102 mins.)
 
9.
Milk (2008)
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The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official. (128 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
 
10.
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
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A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette. (100 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
11.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
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A substance, designed to help the brain repair itself, gives rise to a super-intelligent chimp who leads an ape uprising. (105 mins.)
Director: Rupert Wyatt
 
12.
Dirty Harry (1971)
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When a mad man calling himself 'the Scorpio Killer' menaces the city, tough as nails San Francisco Police Inspector Harry Callahan is assigned to track down and ferret out the crazed psychopath. (102 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
 
13.
The Laughing Policeman (1973)
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In San Francisco, one victim in a mass murder is a police detective. His partner and a new partner investigate in the city's seamy side. (112 mins.)
 
14.
Zodiac (2007)
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A San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac killer. (157 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
15.
The Game (1997)
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Nicholas Van Orton is a very wealthy San Francisco banker, but he is an absolute loner, even spending his birthday alone... (129 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
16.
The Towering Inferno (1974)
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At the opening party of a colossal, but poorly constructed, office building, a massive fire breaks out that threatens to destroy the tower and everyone in it. (165 mins.)
Director: John Guillermin
 
17.
North Beach (2000)
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News of a slacker's infidelity spreads like wildfire throughout a tight knit San Francisco neighborhood, leading the man to retrace his steps and win back his girlfriend. (78 mins.)
 
18.
Fog City Mavericks (2007 Documentary)
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Fog City Mavericks explores and applauds the extraordinary cinematic achievements of San Francisco Bay Area filmmakers... (119 mins.)
Director: Gary Leva
 
19.
The Bridge (2006 Documentary)
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People suffer largely unnoticed while the rest of the world goes about its business. This is a documentary... (94 mins.)
Director: Eric Steel
 
20.
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
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A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional endeavor. (117 mins.)
 
21.
The Rock (1996)
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A mild-mannered chemist and an ex-con must lead the counterstrike when a rogue group of military men, led by a renegade general, threaten a nerve gas attack from Alcatraz against San Francisco. (136 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
 
22.
Sneakers (1992)
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A security pro finds his past coming back to haunt him, when he and his unique team are tasked with retrieving a particularly important item. (126 mins.)
 
23.
Haiku Tunnel (2001)
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Josh has an offer to "go perm" at his employer and the first task is to mail 17 high priority letters....something that seems a little difficult to do. (88 mins.)
 
24.
Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
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Alcatraz is the most secure prison of its time. It is believed that no one can ever escape from it, until three daring men make a possible successful attempt at escaping from the most infamous prisons in the world. (112 mins.)
Director: Donald Siegel
 
25.
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
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An All-American trucker gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in Chinatown. (99 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
26.
The Darwin Awards (2006)
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To investigate bizarre insurance claims that transpired in either accidents, death or both, a former cop and an insurance investigator travel throughout the country to look at the cases up close. (94 mins.)
Director: Finn Taylor
 
27.
Cherish (2002)
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After a martini-induced rampage, a fantasy-prone young woman is placed under house arrest. (99 mins.)
Director: Finn Taylor
 
28.
Freebie and the Bean (1974)
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San Francisco police detectives Freebie and Bean are determined to bust local crime boss Red Meyers at any cost, even if this means destroying the whole city in the process. (113 mins.)
Director: Richard Rush
 
29.
Crumb (1994 Documentary)
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An intimate portrait of the controversial cartoonist and his traumatized family. (119 mins.)
Director: Terry Zwigoff
 
30.
24 Hours on Craigslist (2005 Documentary)
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This is about Craig Newmark popular classified ads website and the diverse postings that occur on the site in a single day. (82 mins.)