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In a city this beautiful, it’s no surprise that there are hundreds of movies set in San Francisco. From dramatic murder-mysteries to screwball comedies, these movies filmed in the Bay Area date back to 1935 and highlight the diversity and creativity of the area. Here, Culture Trip hails the famous films set in San Francisco.
This iconic 1970s action thriller stars Clint Eastwood as “Dirty” Harry Callahan, a San Francisco detective trying to catch a serial killer who goes by the name Scorpio. Dirty Harry was filmed all over San Francisco and features many iconic spots, including Golden Gate Park, City Hall, and the Bank of America Building.
Based on John Steinbeck’s novel of the same name, Cannery Row is a film about the colorful characters that make up Monterey’s fishing and canning industry during World War 1. It stars Debra Winger and Nick Nolte as Suzy DeSoto and Doc, two very different characters who don’t quite fit in with the other inhabitants of Cannery Row. Although the film is not set in San Francisco, it gives viewers a look into what life was like for people living and working along California’s waterfront during the early to mid-1900s.