San Francisco Movies – We Already Knew It Was A Scenic City!

San Francisco has always been a director's dream. Hundreds of films have been shot in the city and surrounding parks. San Fransciso movies like Mrs Doubtfire and The Presidio. Alfred Hitchcock fell in love with the Bay Area while filming in the late 1930s and shot half a dozen iconic films in what would become his home turf.

It's not just Hitchcock. Steve McQueen and Clint Eastwood both loved shooting in San Francisco and almost singlehandedly created a cult for the streets of San Francisco. (Hmm, that reminds us of something…) Here we deliver thirteen of our favorite San Francisco movies shot on location in and around the city and the Bay Area.



Dirty Harry (1971)

1. Dirty Harry (1971)

Make my day! This action masterpiece stars Clint Eastwood as Inspector Callahan and shows San Francisco to its best advantage. Locations include 555 California Street, Mount Davidson Park, Golden Gate Park, and the Embassy Hotel on Polk Street.

2. The Birds (1963)

Alfred Hitchcock directs Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy and Suzanne Pleschette in this classic horror-thriller. The film was shot on location in Bodega Bay with a short sequence hot in Union Square.

3. Vertigo (1958)

James Stewart stars as an obsessed lover trying to remake Kim Novak into the dead Madeleine in this Hitchcock classic. It was shot at some of the city's most popular spots — Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lombard Street, Coit Tower, Post Street, and Cypress Point on 17 Mile Drive.

4. Mrs Doubtfire (1993)

Chris Columbus directs Robin Williams and Sally Field in this classic comedy. The mansion where it was filmed — 2640 Steiner Street — has became a tourist attraction and was a temporary memorial after William's death in 2014.

5. Basic Instinct (1992)

Sharon Stone made her mark starring with Michael Douglas in this tense thriller. The film was shot on Telegraph Hill, Chinatown, Big Sur, Carmel-by-The-Sea, and Pacific Heights.

6. Bullitt (1968)

Starring the supercool Steve McQueen and his supercool cars, this detective thriller use the SF streets as a giant location. They say there's a plot but who cares? It's all about great car chase scenes. Check out the shots at Grace Cathedral on California Street, Enrico's Cafe on Broadway, the 800 block of Chestnut Street, the Mission District, and the Embarcadero Freeway (destroyed in the 1989 earthquake.).


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The Princess Diaries

7.The Princess Diaries (2001)

Gangly teenager Anne Hathaway discovers she is the only surviving member of a European royal family. Julie Andres plays her grandmother and oversees her transformation. Look for scenes shot on Russian Hill.

8. The Presidio (1988)

Sean Connery, Mark Harmon and Meg Ryan team up to solve a murder at the Presido military compound. Locations include San Francisco National Military Cemetery, Golden Gate Bridge, Financial District and Grant Avenue in Chinatown.

9. What's Up Doc? (1972)

Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal and Madeline Kahn are directed by Peter Bogdanovich in this madcap comedy starring the hills of San Francisco. It was one of the biggest grossing movie of that year. The wild chase scene was shot at Alta Plaza Park on Steiner Street. The scene with the glass pane was shot on 22 Avenue & Balboa Street.

10. Harold and Maude (1971)

Ruth Gorden and Bud Cort star in this cult classic. Shot on location in Sutro Baths, Oyster Point Blvd in south San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland.

11. Star Trek (1986)

William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and the Enterprise gang drop into Golden Gate Park in the 1980s. There are great scenes depicting 23rd-century San Francisco shot in North Beach and the Marina.

12. The Rock (1996)

Sean Connery is back in San Francisco to team up with Nicolas Cage in this thrilling rescue at Alcatraz. Look out for great shots of the penthouse at the Fairmount Hotel and live action shots on Alcatraz.

13. A View to a Kill (1985)

Roger Moore, in his last James Bond role, must save Silicon Valley from destruction. Christopher Walken is the bad guy in the best casting in the movie. Shot in various San Francisco locations including City Hall, China Basin, and Chinatown.

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