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The Best Romantic Movies Set in San Francisco

Updated January 22, 2021 63 votes 16 voters 3k 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. 

  • 1
    Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo
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    Released2005

    Directed byMark Waters

    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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    Cary Grant, Jayne Mansfield
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    Released1957

    Directed byStanley Donen

    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
  • 3
    Maggie Gyllenhaal, Josh Hartnett
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    2

    Released2002

    Directed byMichael Lehmann

    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 Sullivan  ...more
  • 4
    Alyson Hannigan, Claire Forlani
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    Released2000

    Directed byRobert Iscove

    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 realize  ...more
  • 5
    Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase
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    Released1978

    Directed byColin Higgins

    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 Roberts,  ...more
  • 6
    Ruth Gordon, Tom Skerritt
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    Released1971

    Directed byHal Ashby

    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 that  ...more
  • 7
    Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth
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    5

    Released1957

    Directed byGeorge Sidney

    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 Hayworth,  ...more
  • 8
    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
  • 9
    Mike Myers, Phil Hartman
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    Released1993

    Directed byThomas Schlamme

    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
  • 10
    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
  • 11
    Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft
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    Released1967

    Directed byMike Nichols

    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 College.  ...more
  • 12
    Diane Keaton, Poppy Montgomery
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    Released1999

    Directed byGarry Marshall

    The Other Sister is a 1999 American romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall. An autistic young woman seeks independence by obtaining her own apartment and attending college while her family  ...more
  • 13
    Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey
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    5

    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
  • 14
    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
  • 15
    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
  • 16
    Wyatt Cenac, Tracey Heggins
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    Released2008

    Directed byBarry Jenkins

    Medicine for Melancholy is a 2008 film directed by Barry Jenkins.  ...more
  • 17
    Drew Barrymore, Leighton Meester
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    Released2010

    Directed byNanette Burstein

    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 Garrett,  ...more
  • 18
    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
  • 19
    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