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The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco  

Ranker Film
23 votes 7 voters 19 items

List Rules The 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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Just like Heaven is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco
Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo, Jon Heder
Just Like Heaven is an American romantic comedy fantasy film released on September 16, 2005, in the United States and Canada. Set in San Francisco, it was directed by Mark Waters, starring Reese ...more
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The Bachelor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco
Mariah Carey, Brooke Shields, Sarah Silverman
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 ...more
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When a Man Loves a Woman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco
Meg Ryan, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Andy Garcia
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 ...more
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Going the Distance is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco
Drew Barrymore, Leighton Meester, Christina Applegate
Going the Distance is a 2010 American romantic comedy film directed by Nanette Burstein and written by Geoff LaTulippe. It stars Drew Barrymore and Justin Long as a young couple, Erin and ...more
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Medicine for Melancholy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco
Wyatt Cenac, Tracey Heggins
Medicine for Melancholy is a 2008 film directed by Barry Jenkins.
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Always Be My Maybe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco
Ali Wong, Randall Park, Keanu Reeves
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
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The Wedding Planner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco
Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, Judy Greer
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.
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Petulia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco
Julie Christie, George C. Scott, Richard Chamberlain
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 ...more
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40 Days and 40 Nights is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Josh Hartnett, Emmanuelle Vaugier
40 Days and 40 Nights is a 2002 romantic comedy film directed by Michael Lehmann, written by Rob Perez and starring Josh Hartnett, Shannyn Sossamon and Paulo Costanzo. The film depicts Matt ...more
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Foul Play is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco
Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Dudley Moore
Foul Play is a 1978 American comic mystery/thriller film written and directed by Colin Higgins, and starring Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Dudley Moore, Burgess Meredith, Eugene Roche, Rachel ...more
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What's Up, Doc? is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco
Barbra Streisand, Randy Quaid, Madeline Kahn
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 ...more
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The Other Sister is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco
Diane Keaton, Poppy Montgomery, Juliette Lewis
The Other Sister is a 1999 American romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall and stars Juliette Lewis, Giovanni Ribisi, Diane Keaton, and Tom Skerritt. It was filmed in Long Beach, ...more
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The Graduate is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco
Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfuss
The Graduate is a 1967 American comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols. It is based on the 1963 novel The Graduate by Charles Webb, who wrote it shortly after graduating from Williams ...more
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Harold and Maude is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco
Ruth Gordon, Tom Skerritt, Bud Cort
Harold and Maude is a 1971 American romantic dark comedy directed by Hal Ashby and released by Paramount Pictures. It incorporates elements of dark humor and existentialist drama, with a plot ...more
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So I Married an Axe Murderer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco
Mike Myers, Phil Hartman, Michael Richards
This film is a 1993 American romantic comedy thriller film starring Mike Myers and Nancy Travis. Myers plays Charlie McKenzie, a man afraid of commitment until he meets Harriet, who works at a ...more
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Boys and Girls is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco
Alyson Hannigan, Claire Forlani, Freddie Prinze
Boys and Girls is a romantic comedy film that was released in 2000, directed by Robert Iscove. The two main characters, Ryan and Jennifer meet each other initially as adolescents, and later ...more
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Pal Joey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco
Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth, Kim Novak
Pal Joey is a 1957 American Technicolor musical film, loosely adapted from the musical play of the same name, and starring Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra, and Kim Novak. Jo Ann Greer sang for ...more
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The Five-Year Engagement is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco
Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Chris Pratt
The Five-Year Engagement is a 2012 American romantic comedy film written, directed, and produced by Nicholas Stoller. Tom Solomon (Jason Segel), a sous chef at a fancy restaurant, and Violet ...more
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Kiss Them for Me is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco
Cary Grant, Jayne Mansfield, Deborah Kerr
Kiss Them for Me is a 1957 comedy film, directed by Stanley Donen, and released by the Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation. The film, an adaptation of the 1945 Broadway play of the same name, ...more