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The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco

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. 

  • 1
    Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo
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    Released2005

    Directed byMark Waters

    David (Mark Ruffalo) is a recently widowed architect moving into a new apartment in San Francisco. But the apartment isn't entirely empty; it's haunted by the ghost of a woman named Elizabeth (Reese  ...more
  • 2
    Ali Wong, Randall Park
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    Released2019

    Directed byNahnatchka Khan

    Always Be My Maybe is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Nahnatchka Khan. Childhood friends Sasha (Ali Wong) and Marcus (Randall Park) find themselves in vastly different socioeconomic  ...more
  • 3
    Freddie Prinze, Claire Forlani
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    Released2000

    Directed byRobert Iscove

    Ryan and Jennifer are opposites who definitely do not attract. At least that's what they always believed. When they met as twelve-year-olds, they disliked one another. When they met again as  ...more
  • 4
    Drew Barrymore, Justin Long
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    Released2010

    Directed byNanette Burstein

    Erin (Drew Barrymore) and Garrett (Justin Long) are very much in love. When Erin moves to San Francisco to finish her journalism degree and Garrett stays behind in New York to work in the music  ...more
  • 5
    Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey
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    2

    Released2001

    Directed byAdam Shankman

    The Wedding Planner is a 2001 romantic comedy film directed by Adam Shankman, written by Michael Ellis and Pamela Falk, and starring Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey.  ...more
  • 6
    Mariah Carey, Brooke Shields
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    Released1999

    Directed byGary Sinyor

    The Bachelor is a 1999 romantic comedy film directed by Gary Sinyor and written by Steve Cohen. It is a remake of the 1925 film Seven Chances and stars Chris O'Donnell and Renée Zellweger. The film  ...more
  • 7
    Meg Ryan, Philip Seymour Hoffman
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    Released1994

    Directed byLuis Mandoki

    When a Man Loves a Woman is a 1994 American romantic drama film written by Al Franken and Ronald Bass, starring Andy García, Meg Ryan, Tina Majorino, Mae Whitman, Ellen Burstyn, Lauren Tom and Philip  ...more
  • 8
    Josh Hartnett, Shannyn Sossamon
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    Released2002

    Directed byMichael Lehmann

    Matt Sullivan's (Josh Hartnett) last big relationship ended in disaster and ever since his heart's been aching and his commitment's been lacking. Then came Lent, that time of year when everybody  ...more
  • 9
    Bud Cort, Ruth Gordon
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    Released1971

    Directed byHal Ashby

    Cult classic pairs Cort as a dead-pan disillusioned 20-year-old obsessed with suicide and a loveable Gordon as a fun-loving 80-year-old eccentric. They meet at a funeral, and develop a taboo romantic  ...more
  • 10
    Wyatt Cenac, Tracey Heggins
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    Released2008

    Directed byBarry Jenkins

    Micah (Wyatt Cenac), a passionate social activist, meets affluent professional Joanne (Tracey Heggins) at a party. After getting drunk together, they have a one-night stand. The morning after begins  ...more
  • 11
    Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase
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    Released1978

    Directed byColin Higgins

    Librarian Gloria Mundy (Goldie Hawn) leads a relatively uneventful life. When she looks to shake things up, she somehow winds up in the middle of an assassination plot against the pope. Calling the  ...more
  • 12
    Mike Myers, Nancy Travis
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    Released1993

    Directed byThomas Schlamme

    Just after a bad breakup, Charlie MacKenzie (Mike Myers) falls for lovely butcher Harriet Michaels (Nancy Travis) and introduces her to his parents. But, as voracious consumers of sensational  ...more
  • 13
    Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft
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    Released1967

    Directed byMike Nichols

    Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) has just finished college and, back at his parents' house, he's trying to avoid the one question everyone keeps asking: What does he want to do with his life? An  ...more
  • 14
    Juliette Lewis, Diane Keaton
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    Released1999

    Directed byGarry Marshall

    Carla Tate (Juliette Lewis) has never been like her sisters. Sent at a young age to a school for children with intellectual impairments, a maturing Carla returns to her family home in San Francisco.  ...more
  • 15
    Barbra Streisand, Randy Quaid
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    Released1972

    Directed byPeter Bogdanovich

    What's Up, Doc? is a 1972 screwball comedy film released by Warner Bros., directed by Peter Bogdanovich and starring Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, and Madeline Kahn in her first feature film role.  ...more
  • 16
    Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra
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    Released1957

    Directed byGeorge Sidney

    Joey Evans (Frank Sinatra) is a philandering San Francisco-based singer with big dreams of starting his own night club, "Chez Joey," but chasing women keeps him even more occupied. Despite making a  ...more
  • 17
    Julie Christie, George C. Scott
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    2

    Released1968

    Directed byRichard Lester

    Petulia is an American drama film directed by Richard Lester. The screenplay by Lawrence B. Marcus is based on the novel Me and the Arch Kook Petulia by John Haase. The film stars Julie Christie,  ...more
  • 18
    Cary Grant, Jayne Mansfield
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    Released1957

    Directed byStanley Donen

    Navy pilots Andy (Cary Grant), McCann (Ray Walston) and Mississip (Larry Blyden) fly into San Francisco on a four-day leave. They land a free room at a posh hotel, and Andy immediately begins trying  ...more
  • 19
    Emily Blunt, Alison Brie
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    Released2012

    Directed byNicholas Stoller

    The Five-Year Engagement (aka Engagement) is a 2012 American romantic comedy film directed by Nicholas Stoller. One year after meeting, Tom (Jason Segel) proposes to his girlfriend, Violet (Emily  ...more