San Francisco Movies

This is a list of movies set in San Francisco or having scenes set in that wonderful city and depicting its various instantly recognizable landmarks.

Some films noirs are set there, and they are very atmospheric. One might say they have a special flavor, which distinguishes them from noirs set in New York, which are much more numerous.

Emphasis is made on Golden Age Hollywood.
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1.
Born to Kill (1947)
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A calculating divorcée risks her chances at wealth and security with a man she doesn't love by getting involved with the hotheaded murderer romancing her foster sister. (92 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
2.
T-Men (1947)
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Two US Treasury agents hunt a successful counterfeiting ring. (92 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
3.
The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
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Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs. Bannister, seaman Michael O'Hara joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot. (87 mins.)
 
4.
Raw Deal (1948)
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Joe Sullivan has taken the rap for Rick who double-crosses him with a flawed escape plan and other means intended to get rid of him. (79 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
5.
Fallen Angel (1945)
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A slick con man arrives in a small town looking to make some money, but soon gets more than he bargained for. (98 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
6.
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
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A young woman discovers her visiting "Uncle Charlie" may not be the man he seems to be. (108 mins.)
 
7.
This Gun for Hire (1942)
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When assassin Philip Raven shoots a blackmailer and his beautiful female companion dead, he is paid off in marked bills by his treasonous employer who is working with foreign spies. (81 mins.)
Director: Frank Tuttle
 
8.
The Great Man's Lady (1942)
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A 100-year-old pioneer woman tells her story in flashbacks. (90 mins.)
 
9.
Penny Serenade (1941)
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A couple's big dreams give way to a life full of unexpected sadness and unexpected joy. (119 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
10.
Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938)
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This send-up of ragtime song and dance begins in 1915 San Francisco when society boy Roger Grant decides to pursue popular rather than serious music. (106 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
11.
The Last Gangster (1937)
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A organized crime big shot is jailed for ten years after his wife becomes pregnant and becomes bitter when she divorces him and remarries. (81 mins.)
Director: Edward Ludwig
 
12.
After the Thin Man (1936)
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Nick investigates the case of a missing man and later a murder that is connected to Nora's family. (112 mins.)
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
 
13.
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
 
14.
The Maltese Falcon (1931)
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A lovely dame with dangerous lies employs the services of a private detective, who is quickly caught up in the mystery and intrigue of a statuette known as the Maltese Falcon. (80 mins.)
Director: Roy Del Ruth
 
15.
The Lineup (1958)
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In San Francisco, a psychopathic gangster and his mentor retrieve heroin packages carried by unsuspecting travelers. (86 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
 
16.
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.)
 
17.
San Francisco (1936)
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A Barbary Coast saloonkeeper and a Nob Hill impresario are rivals for the affections of a beautiful singer, both personally and professionally in 1906 San Francisco. (115 mins.)
 
18.
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
 
19.
Sudden Fear (1952)
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After an ambitious actor insinuates himself into the life of a wealthy middle-aged playwright and marries her, he plots with his mistress to murder her. (110 mins.)
Director: David Miller
 
20.
Out of the Past (1947)
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A private eye escapes his past to run a gas station in a small town, but his past catches up with him. Now he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses and duplicitous dames. (97 mins.)
 
21.
Dark Passage (1947)
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A man convicted of murdering his wife escapes from prison and works with a woman to try and prove his innocence. (106 mins.)
Director: Delmer Daves
 
22.
Impact (1949)
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A unfaithful wife plots with her lover to kill her husband, but the lover is accidentally killed instead. The husband stays in hiding, and lets his wife be charged with conspiracy. (111 mins.)
Director: Arthur Lubin
 
23.
Nora Prentiss (1947)
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Quiet, organised Dr Talbot meets nightclub singer Nora Prentiss when she is slightly hurt in a street accident... (111 mins.)
Director: Vincent Sherman
 
24.
Hell on Frisco Bay (1955)
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After 5 years in prison, ex-cop Steve Rollins is paroled and searches for the San Francisco mobsters who framed him for manslaughter. (98 mins.)
Director: Frank Tuttle
 
25.
Barbary Coast (1935)
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Mary Rutledge arrives from the east, finds her fiance dead, and goes to work at the roulette wheel of Louis Charnalis' Bella Donna... (91 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
26.
Thieves' Highway (1949)
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A war-veteran-turned-truck driver attempts to avenge the crippling and robbing of his father at the hands of an amoral produce scofflaw. (94 mins.)
Director: Jules Dassin
 
27.
Whirlpool (1949)
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A woman secretly suffering from kleptomania is hypnotized in an effort to cure her condition. Soon afterwards, she is found at the scene of a murder with no memory of how she got there and seemingly no way to prove her innocence. (98 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
28.
D.O.A. (1950)
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Frank Bigelow, told he's been poisoned and has only a few days to live, tries to find out who killed him and why. (83 mins.)
Director: Rudolph Maté
 
29.
Where Danger Lives (1950)
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A young doctor falls in love with a disturbed young woman, becomes involved in the death of her husband, and has to flee with her to the Mexican border. (82 mins.)
Director: John Farrow
 
30.
Woman on the Run (1950)
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Frank Johnson flees police after becoming an eyewitness to murder. He is pursued around scenic San Francisco by his wife, a reporter, the police, and... the real murderer. (77 mins.)
Director: Norman Foster
 
31.
The House on Telegraph Hill (1951)
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Concentration camp survivor Victoria Kowelska finds herself involved in mystery, greed, and murder when she assumes the identity of a dead friend in order to gain passage to America. (93 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
32.
Pat and Mike (1952)
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Pat is a women's sports sensation unless her fiancé is around. Her new shady manager Mike keeps them apart and develops feelings for her. (95 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
33.
The World in His Arms (1952)
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Roistering sea captain Jonathan Clark, who poaches seal pelts from Russian Alaska, meets and woos Russian countess Marina in 1850 San Francisco... (104 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
34.
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
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A couple's attitudes are challenged when their daughter introduces them to her African American fiancé. (108 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
 
35.
Key to the City (1950)
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At a mayors convention in San Francisco, ex-longshoreman Steve Fisk meets Clarissa Standish from New England... (101 mins.)
Director: George Sidney
 
36.
The Sniper (1952)
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A sniper kills young brunettes as the police attempt to grapple with the psychology of the unknown assailant. (88 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
 
37.
The Bigamist (1953)
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Harry and Eve Graham are trying to adopt a baby. The head of the agency senses Harry is keeping a secret and does some investigating... (80 mins.)
Director: Ida Lupino
 
38.
The Caine Mutiny (1954)
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When a US Naval captain shows signs of mental instability that jeopardizes the ship, the first officer relieves him of command and faces court martial for mutiny. (124 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
 
39.
Fog Over Frisco (1934)
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The lifestyles of Arlene and Valkyr Bradford, half-sisters from a respected San Francisco family, diverge markedly as Arlene takes up with criminals. (68 mins.)
 
40.
The Saint Strikes Back (1939)
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Simon Templar, the Saint, travels to San Francisco to solve crime mysteries within the police department. (64 mins.)
Director: John Farrow
 
41.
Born to Be Bad (1950)
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Christabel fools everyone with her sweet exterior including her cousin Donna and Donna's wealthy fiancée Curtis... (94 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
42.
Kiss Them for Me (1957)
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Three decorated Navy pilots finagle a four day leave in San Francisco. They procure a posh suite at the hotel and Commander Crewson... (105 mins.)
Director: Stanley Donen
 
43.
Million Dollar Weekend (1948)
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Nicholas Lawrence, a young stockbroker, embezzles a million dollars worth of cash and stock, planning to flee to Shanghai... (72 mins.)
Director: Gene Raymond
 
44.
Good Neighbor Sam (1964)
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To help his divorced neighbor claim a substantial inheritance, a family man poses as her husband. The ruse spills over into his career in advertising, and his recent promotion relies on his wholesome and moral appearance. (130 mins.)
Director: David Swift
 
45.
The Hatchet Man (1932)
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San Francisco Tong hatchet man Wong must execute his boyhood friend Sun. Sun knew his time was up and... (74 mins.)
 
46.
Hit the Deck (1955)
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Sailor Danny Xavier Smith and two other gobs try to save his sister Susan's virtue. She wants to get a role in the show "Hit the Deck"... (112 mins.)
Director: Roy Rowland