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The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco

Updated July 2, 2019 52 votes 10 voters 1.4k views19 items

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

Romantic movies based in San Francisco make total sense. It's a beautiful, scenic city -- the kind of place where you'd want to fall in love. It also offers a multitude of visually appealing locations for on-screen romance to blossom. From the Golden Gate Bridge, to Fisherman's Wharf, to various spots around the bay, there's no shortage of great places for movie scenes to be set. Filmmakers have long enjoyed showing the elegance of the city.

What are the best romantic movies set in San Francisco? You'll be the judge of that. Vote up the ones you feel are the most romantic. If your favorite films aren't here, add them so that others can weigh in. 

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    Kiss Them for Me is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco
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    Kiss Them for Me

    Cary Grant, Jayne Mansfield

    Released1957

    Directed byStanley Donen

    Kiss Them for Me is a 1957 comedy film, directed by Stanley Donen, and released by the... more on Wikipedia
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    40 Days and 40 Nights is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco
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    40 Days and 40 Nights

    Maggie Gyllenhaal, Josh Hartnett

    Released2002

    Directed byMichael Lehmann

    40 Days and 40 Nights is a 2002 romantic comedy film directed by Michael Lehmann, written by... more on Wikipedia
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    Boys and Girls is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco
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    Boys and Girls

    Alyson Hannigan, Claire Forlani

    Released2000

    Directed byRobert Iscove

    Boys and Girls is a romantic comedy film that was released in 2000, directed by Robert Iscove.... more on Wikipedia
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    Foul Play is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco
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    Foul Play

    Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase

    Released1978

    Directed byColin Higgins

    Foul Play is a 1978 American comic mystery/thriller film written and directed by Colin... more on Wikipedia
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    Harold and Maude is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco
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    Harold and Maude

    Ruth Gordon, Tom Skerritt

    Released1971

    Directed byHal Ashby

    Harold and Maude is a 1971 American romantic dark comedy directed by Hal Ashby and released by... more on Wikipedia
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    Just like Heaven is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco
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    Just like Heaven

    Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo

    Released2005

    Directed byMark Waters

    Just Like Heaven is an American romantic comedy fantasy film released on September 16, 2005,... more on Wikipedia
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    Pal Joey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco
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    Pal Joey

    Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth

    Released1957

    Directed byGeorge Sidney

    Pal Joey is a 1957 American Technicolor musical film, loosely adapted from the musical play of... more on Wikipedia
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    Petulia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco
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    Petulia

    Julie Christie, George C. Scott

    Released1968

    Directed byRichard Lester

    Petulia is an American drama film directed by Richard Lester. The screenplay by Lawrence B.... more on Wikipedia
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    So I Married an Axe Murderer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco
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    So I Married an Axe Murderer

    Mike Myers, Phil Hartman

    Released1993

    Directed byThomas Schlamme

    This film is a 1993 American romantic comedy thriller film starring Mike Myers and Nancy... more on Wikipedia
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    The Bachelor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco
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    The Bachelor

    Mariah Carey, Brooke Shields

    Released1999

    Directed byGary Sinyor

    The Bachelor is a 1999 romantic comedy film directed by Gary Sinyor and written by Steve... more on Wikipedia
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    The Graduate is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco
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    The Graduate

    Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft

    Released1967

    Directed byMike Nichols

    The Graduate is a 1967 American comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols. It is based on the... more on Wikipedia
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    The Other Sister is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco
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    The Other Sister

    Diane Keaton, Poppy Montgomery

    Released1999

    Directed byGarry Marshall

    The Other Sister is a 1999 American romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall and stars... more on Wikipedia
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    The Wedding Planner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco
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    The Wedding Planner

    Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2001

    Directed byAdam Shankman

    The Wedding Planner is a 2001 romantic comedy film directed by Adam Shankman, written by... more on Wikipedia
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    What's Up, Doc? is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco
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    What's Up, Doc?

    Barbra Streisand, Randy Quaid

    Released1972

    Directed byPeter Bogdanovich

    What's Up, Doc? is a 1972 screwball comedy film released by Warner Bros., directed by Peter... more on Wikipedia
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    When a Man Loves a Woman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco
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    When a Man Loves a Woman

    Meg Ryan, Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Released1994

    Directed byLuis Mandoki

    When a Man Loves a Woman is a 1994 American romantic drama film written by Al Franken and... more on Wikipedia
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    Medicine for Melancholy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco
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    Medicine for Melancholy

    Wyatt Cenac, Tracey Heggins

    Released2008

    Directed byBarry Jenkins

    Medicine for Melancholy is a 2008 film directed by Barry Jenkins.
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    Going the Distance is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco
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    Going the Distance

    Drew Barrymore, Leighton Meester

    Released2010

    Directed byNanette Burstein

    Going the Distance is a 2010 American romantic comedy film directed by Nanette Burstein and... more on Wikipedia
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    The Five-Year Engagement is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco
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    The Five-Year Engagement

    Jason Segel, Emily Blunt

    Released2012

    Directed byNicholas Stoller

    The Five-Year Engagement is a 2012 American romantic comedy film written, directed, and... more on Wikipedia
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    Always Be My Maybe is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco
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    Always Be My Maybe

    Ali Wong, Randall Park

    Released2019

    Directed byNahnatchka Khan

    Always Be My Maybe is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Nahnatchka Khan. Childhood... more on Wikipedia
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