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The Best Action Movies Set in San Francisco

Updated August 14, 2020 154 votes 10 voters29 items

List RulesThe action movie must be primarily set in San Francisco.

Action movies based in San Francisco make a lot of sense from a cinematic point of view. The Golden Gate Bridge and those famously steep streets provide perfect locales for action and thrills. Filmmakers have enjoyed showing off the city's unique qualities for a long time. In fact, some of the most iconic entries in the genre were shot here. Action films in San Francisco offer visual style to match their suspense, and that makes them unforgettable. Watch these movies and see how many times a chase scene is filmed on Lombard Street, the most perilous street in San Francisco.

Some of the best action films based in San Francisco include The Rock, Dirty Harry, and the James Bond film A View to Kill. Choosing the best action movies set in San Francisco will be determined by your votes. Vote up the action movies you find most exciting. Don't see your favorite here? Add it, then check back to see how other users have rated it. 

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    The Rock
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    The Rock

    Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery

    Released1996

    Directed byMichael Bay

    The Rock is a 1996 action film that primarily takes place on Alcatraz Island and in the San... more on Wikipedia
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    The Presidio
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    The Presidio

    Meg Ryan, Sean Connery

    Released1988

    Directed byPeter Hyams

    The Presidio is a 1988 American mystery film, directed by Peter Hyams, starring Sean Connery... more on Wikipedia
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    Dirty Harry
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    Dirty Harry

    Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel

    Released1971

    Directed byDon Siegel

    Dirty Harry is a 1971 American action film produced and directed by Don Siegel, the first in... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Ant-Man and the Wasp
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    Ant-Man and the Wasp

    Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly

    Directed byPeyton Reed

    Ant-Man and the Wasp is a 2018 American superhero film directed by Peyton Reed. As Scott Lang... more on Wikipedia
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    Bullitt
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    Bullitt

    Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen

    Released1968

    Directed byPeter Yates

    Bullitt is a 1968 American action police procedural film directed by Peter Yates and produced... more on Wikipedia
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    The Towering Inferno
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    The Towering Inferno

    O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman

    Released1974

    Directed byIrwin Allen, John Guillermin

    The Towering Inferno is a 1974 American action drama disaster film produced by Irwin Allen... more on Wikipedia
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    Ant-Man
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    Ant-Man

    Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas

    Released2015

    Directed byPeyton Reed

    Ant-Man is a 2015 American superhero film directed by Peyton Reed, based on the Marvel Comics... more on Wikipedia
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    A View to a Kill
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    A View to a Kill

    Christopher Walken, Roger Moore

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Glen

    This film is the fourteenth spy film of the James Bond series, and the seventh and last to... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Hulk
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    Hulk

    Jennifer Connelly, Nick Nolte

    Released2003

    Directed byAng Lee

    Hulk is a 2003 American superhero film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character of the... more on Wikipedia
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    48 Hrs.
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    48 Hrs.

    Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte

    Released1982

    Directed byWalter Hill

    48 Hrs. is a 1982 American action comedy film directed by Walter Hill, starring Nick Nolte and... more on Wikipedia
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    Another 48 Hrs.
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    Another 48 Hrs.

    Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte

    Released1990

    Directed byWalter Hill

    Another 48 Hrs. is a 1990 action comedy film and a sequel to the 1982 film 48 Hrs.. It was... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Basic Instinct
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    Basic Instinct

    Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas

    Released1992

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

    Basic Instinct is a 1992 French-American neo-noir erotic thriller film directed by Paul... more on Wikipedia
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    Big Trouble in Little China
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    Big Trouble in Little China

    Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    Big Trouble in Little China is a 1986 American action film directed by John Carpenter, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Burglar
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    Burglar

    Whoopi Goldberg, John Goodman

    Released1987

    Directed byHugh Wilson

    Burglar is a 1987 American comedy film directed by Hugh Wilson and distributed by Warner Bros.... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Freebie and the Bean
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    Freebie and the Bean

    James Caan, Alan Arkin

    Released1974

    Directed byRichard Rush

    Freebie and the Bean is a 1974 action-comedy film about two San Francisco police detectives... more on Wikipedia
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    Innerspace
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    Innerspace

    Meg Ryan, Dennis Quaid

    Released1987

    Directed byJoe Dante

    Innerspace is a 1987 science fiction comedy film directed by Joe Dante and produced by Michael... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Kuffs
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    Kuffs

    Milla Jovovich, Ashley Judd

    Released1992

    Directed byBruce A. Evans

    Kuffs is a 1992 action-comedy film directed by Bruce A. Evans and produced by Raynold Gideon.... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Magnum Force
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    Magnum Force

    Clint Eastwood, Suzanne Somers

    Released1973

    Directed byTed Post

    Magnum Force is a 1973 American action film and the second to feature Clint Eastwood as... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Metro
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    Metro

    Eddie Murphy, Michael Rapaport

    Released1997

    Directed byThomas Carter

    Metro is a 1997 American action comedy thriller film which was directed by Thomas Carter,... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Sneakers
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    Sneakers

    Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd

    Released1992

    Directed byPhil Alden Robinson

    Sneakers is a 1992 caper film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, written by Robinson, Walter... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
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    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

    Released1986

    Directed byLeonard Nimoy

    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is a 1986 American science fiction film released by Paramount... more on Wikipedia
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    Sudden Impact
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    Sudden Impact

    Clint Eastwood, Mara Corday

    Released1983

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Sudden Impact is a 1983 American action film and the fourth film in the Dirty Harry series,... more on Wikipedia
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    The Dead Pool
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    The Dead Pool

    Clint Eastwood, Jim Carrey

    Released1988

    Directed byBuddy Van Horn

    This film is a 1988 American action flim directed by Buddy Van Horn, written by Steve Sharon,... more on Wikipedia
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    The Enforcer
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    The Enforcer

    Clint Eastwood, Tyne Daly

    Released1976

    Directed byJames Fargo

    The Enforcer is a 1976 American action film and the third in the Dirty Harry film series.... more on Wikipedia
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    Time After Time
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    Time After Time

    Corey Feldman, Malcolm McDowell

    Released1979

    Directed byNicholas Meyer

    Time After Time is a 1979 American science fiction film starring Malcolm McDowell, David... more on Wikipedia