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Famous Movies Filmed in San Francisco

Updated November 13, 2019 12.4k views97 items

List RulesThe movies below must have at least one major scene that was filmed in San Francisco

List of movies that were filmed in San Francisco, including trailers of the films when available. San Francisco has a lot of famous landmarks and beautiful landscapes, making it a great location to film movies in. This list of famous movies shot in San Francisco is listed by popularity, so the movie names at the top of the list are the most well-known. This isn't necessarily a list of all movies shot in San Francisco, so if you notice an important film is missing then feel free to add it at the bottom of this list.

List is made up of a variety of movies, including Mrs. Doubtfire and In the Park.

If you're trying to answer the questions, "What films were shot in San Francisco?" and "Which famous movies were filmed in San Francisco?" then you're in the right place.

Both big studio and independent films that were filmed in San Francisco are included below, as well as all genres including horror, action, comedy and more.

You might also like this list of romantic movies set in San Francisco.

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  • 1
    Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Released1981

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

  • 2
    Dirty Harry

    Dirty Harry

    Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel

    Released1971

    Directed byDon Siegel

  • 3
    Vertigo

    Vertigo

    James Stewart, Kim Novak

    Released1958

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

  • 4
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    Kirstie Alley, William Shatner

    Released1982

    Directed byNicholas Meyer

  • 5
    Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles

    Released1994

    Directed byNeil Jordan

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    #90 of 149 Movies That Should Never Be Remade#165 of 355 The Best Rainy Day Movies

  • 6
    Mrs. Doubtfire

    Mrs. Doubtfire

    Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan

    Released1993

    Directed byChris Columbus, Chuck Jones

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    Mrs. Doubtfire Is Actually A Dark Film About An Extremely Deranged Man#10 of 50 The 50 Highest Grossing '90s Movies, Ranked

  • 7
    Zodiac

    Zodiac

    Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2007

    Directed byDavid Fincher

  • 8
    The Maltese Falcon

    The Maltese Falcon

    Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

    Released1941

    Directed byJohn Huston

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    #7 of 121 The Greatest Directorial Debuts Of All Time#72 of 127 The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made

  • 9
    Basic Instinct

    Basic Instinct

    Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas

    Released1992

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

  • 10
    The Rock

    The Rock

    Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery

    Released1996

    Directed byMichael Bay

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    #268 of 553 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made#26 of 101 The Best Kidnapping & Hostage Movies Of All Time, Ranked

  • 11
    The Conversation

    The Conversation

    Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

    Released1974

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

  • 12
    The Pursuit of Happyness

    The Pursuit of Happyness

    Will Smith, Thandie Newton

    Released2006

    Directed byGabriele Muccino

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    #47 of 134 The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again#12 of 276 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry

  • 13
    Bullitt

    Bullitt

    Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen

    Released1968

    Directed byPeter Yates

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  • 14
    The Game

    The Game

    Sean Penn, Michael Douglas

    Released1997

    Directed byDavid Fincher, Pedro Coutinho

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    #33 of 242 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time#39 of 144 The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time

  • 15
    Big Trouble in Little China

    Big Trouble in Little China

    Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    #41 of 314 The Funniest '80s Movies#117 of 366 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime

  • 16
    Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    James Franco, Freida Pinto

    Released2011

    Directed byRupert Wyatt

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    #97 of 164 The Best Science Fiction Action Movies#23 of 105 The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks

  • 17
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1978

    Directed byPhilip Kaufman

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    #46 of 186 The Best Alien Movies Ever Made#38 of 313 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

  • 18
    Monsters vs. Aliens

    Monsters vs. Aliens

    Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler

    Released2009

    Directed byConrad Vernon, Rob Letterman

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    #231 of 572 The Best Animated Films Ever#76 of 105 The Best Halloween Movies for Kids

  • 19
    Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

    Released1979

    Directed byRobert Wise

  • 20
    The Last Waltz

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    #5 of 89 The Best Rockumentaries of All Time#20 of 37 The Best Martin Scorsese Movies

  • 21
    Sudden Impact

    Sudden Impact

    Clint Eastwood, Mara Corday

    Released1983

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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    #58 of 85 Great Movies About Furious Women Out for Revenge#22 of 92 The Best Movies Directed by the Star

  • 22
    The Wedding Planner

    The Wedding Planner

    Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2001

    Directed byAdam Shankman

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    #61 of 115 The Greatest Date Movies of All Time#189 of 554 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies

  • 23
    So I Married an Axe Murderer

    So I Married an Axe Murderer

    Mike Myers, Phil Hartman

    Released1993

    Directed byThomas Schlamme

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    #273 of 926 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films#536 of 836 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made

  • 24
    A View to a Kill

    A View to a Kill

    Christopher Walken, Roger Moore

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Glen

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    #1307 of 1,647 The Most Rewatchable Movies#224 of 522 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

  • 25
    Magnum Force

    Magnum Force

    Clint Eastwood, Suzanne Somers

    Released1973

    Directed byTed Post

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    #52 of 553 The Best '70s Movies#73 of 158 The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made