Movies and TV shows set in san francisco

The list contains the best, new and most relevant movies set in san francisco ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, suspense, serious, intense, interesting and suspenseful films and TV shows about / with mentor, runaway, dialogue, chase, catastrophe, murder, storytelling, culture clash, violence and crimes plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres shot in USA, France and other countries.
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san francisco movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as san francisco: Monk (2002), Inside Out (2015), Pacific Heights (1990), You Kill Me (2007), Bullitt (1968), The Enforcer (1976), Women's Murder Club (2007), Zodiac (2007), Warrior (2019), Butterflies Are Free (1972).

List of movies set in san francisco

 8.0
 68K
Monk (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Adrian Monk was once a rising star with the San Francisco Police Department, legendary for using unconventional means to solve the department's most baffling cases. But after the tragic (and still unsolved) murder of his wife Trudy, he ...
Style: odd, witty, offbeat, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: investigation, private detective, riddles and clues, police investigation, mastermind, unconventional method, mental illness, murder, intelligence, talented, prodigy, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: san francisco, california, usa
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 8.1
 649K
Inside Out (2015)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. ...
Style: inspirational, emotional, motivational, touching, colourful ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: disney, family, childhood, life philosophy, family relations, happy ending, imaginary, coming of age, joy, memory, friendship, computer animation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: san francisco, minnesota, california, usa
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Pacific Heights (1990)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A couple works hard to renovate their dream house and become landlords to pay for it. Unfortunately one of their tenants has plans of his own.
Style: suspenseful, tense, psychological, clever, scary ...
Plot: psychopath, manipulation, mind game, yuppie, lodger, con artists, cheating, eviction, terrorizing, mysterious character, manipulations, deadly ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, california, usa, beverly hills, los angeles
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 6.5
 18K
You Kill Me (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: While drying out on the West Coast, an alcoholic hit man befriends a tart-tongued woman who might just come in handy when it's time for him to return to Buffalo and settle some old scores.
Style: humorous, witty, semi serious, funny, clever ...
Plot: hitman, alcoholic, crime, crimes, gang, gangsters, alcohol abuse, love and romance, rehabilitation, polish, going straight, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: san francisco, usa, new york, california, los angeles
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 7.4
 65K
Bullitt (1968)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Senator Walter Chalmers is aiming to take down mob boss Pete Ross with the help of testimony from the criminal's hothead brother Johnny, who is in protective custody in San Francisco under the watch of police lieutenant Frank Bullitt. When a ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, realistic, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: car chase, organized crime, police investigation, street racing, burglary, against the rules, gunfight, chase, witness protection, political corruption, dishonesty, witnessing a crime ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 70s
Place: san francisco, usa, chicago illinois, california
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 6.7
 43K
The Enforcer (1976)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Dirty Harry Callahan returns again, this time saddled with a rookie female partner. Together, they must stop a terrorist group consisting of angry Vietnam veterans.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, disturbing, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, ransom, militant, inspector, crime, crimes, police investigation, fighting the system, rebellion, partners, graphic violence, politically correct ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: san francisco, usa, california, los angeles
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Women's Murder Club (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Women's Murder Club was an American police procedural and legal drama, which ran on ABC from October 12, 2007, to May 13, 2008. The series is set in San Francisco, California and is based on the 'Women's Murder Club' series of ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, witty, serious
Plot: female detective, policewoman, forensics, homicide detective, police investigation, riddles and clues, murder investigation, female friendship, crime, fighting crime, workplace situations, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: san francisco, california, usa
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 7.7
 492K
Zodiac (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The true story of the investigation of the "Zodiac Killer", a serial killer who terrified the San Francisco Bay Area, taunting police with his ciphers and letters. The case becomes an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are ...
Style: tense, atmospheric, neo noir, suspenseful, stylized ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, mystery, paranoia, maniac, crime, uncover truth, code, journalist, murder mystery, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 1960s, 20th century, 1990s ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, sacramento california, oakland california
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 8.4
 21K
Warrior (2019)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A gritty, action-packed crime drama set during the brutal Tong Wars of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the second half of the 19th century. The series follows Ah Sahm, a martial arts prodigy who immigrates from China to San Francisco under mysterious ...
Style: exciting, atmospheric, brutal, captivating, intense
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: martial arts, business, corporation, rivalry, gang war, standoff, hand to hand combat, conflict, criminal gang, fight, crimes, gang member ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: san francisco, usa
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Butterflies Are Free (1972)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Striving to be independent, the blind but determined Don Baker (Edward Albert) moves away from his overprotective mother (Eileen Heckart, who won an Oscar). After settling into his new San Francisco digs, Don meets kooky neighbor Jill Tanner (Goldie ...
Style: touching, humorous, semi serious, captivating, feel good ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: blindness, fall in love, neighbor, disability, romance, opposites attract, couple relations, parents and children, family relations, falling in love, husband wife relationship, father son relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: san francisco, usa, los angeles, new jersey, new york
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 7.7
 148K
Dirty Harry (1971)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: When a madman dubbed 'Scorpio' terrorizes San Francisco, hard-nosed cop, Harry Callahan – famous for his take-no-prisoners approach to law enforcement – is tasked with hunting down the psychopath. Harry eventually collars Scorpio in ...
Style: serious, captivating, tense, intense, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, gunfight, tough law enforcer, crimes, psychopath, police, crime, ransom, against the rules, police brutality, police detective, investigation ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971
Place: san francisco, usa, california
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 7.5
 169K
Milk (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The story of California's first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk, who became an outspoken agent for change, seeking equal rights and opportunities for all. His great love for the city and its people brought him backing from young and ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: gay, gays and lesbians, discrimination, gay slur, homosexual, politician, civil rights, election, protest, politics, homosexuality, murder ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1977, year 1978, year 1976 ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, new york, phoenix arizona ...
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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Matt and Christina Drayton are a couple whose attitudes are challenged when their daughter brings home a fiancé who is black.
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, semi serious, sincere ...
Plot: interracial relations, culture clash, maid, family relations, miscegenation, widower, vacation, romance, family disapproval, generation gap, parents and children, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: san francisco, usa, california, hawaii
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George of the Jungle (1997)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Baby George got into a plane crash in a jungle, stayed alive and was adopted by a wise ape. Ursula Stanhope, US noble woman is saved from death on safari by grown-up George, and he takes her to jungle to live with him. He slowly learns a rules of ...
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, suspense, clever ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, pre-teens
Plot: fish out of water, jungle, air disaster, rescue, gorilla, adventure, goofy hero, friendship, lion, family, elephant, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco, africa, usa, las vegas
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 6.0
 17K
The Presidio (1988)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Jay Austin is now a civilian police detective. Colonel Caldwell was his commanding officer years before when he left the military police over a disagreement over the handling of a drunk driver. Now a series of murders that cross jurisdictions force ...
Style: tense, exciting, twists and turns, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: murder, military, investigation, military base, crime, crimes, profanity, fall in love, military life, uncover truth, strong violent content, strong sexual content ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, california, new jersey
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What's Up, Doc? (1972)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Two researchers have come to San Francisco to compete for a research grant in Music. One seems a bit distracted, and that was before he meets her. A strange woman seems to have devoted her life to confusing and embarrassing him. At the same time a ...
Style: witty, humorous, semi serious, realistic, feel good ...
Audience: date night
Plot: chase, hotel, love triangle, jewelry, judge, love and romance, screwball, opposites attract, verbal byplay, comedy of errors, couples, disorder ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, prehistoric times, 1930s
Place: san francisco, usa, california
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Time After Time (1979)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The Wildest Chase Of The Century! London 1893 is home to a killer with a macabre nickname... and also to a visionary genius who would write The Time Machine. But what if H.G. Wells' invention wasn't fiction? And what if Jack the Ripper ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, atmospheric, psychotronic, cult film ...
Plot: time machine, time travel, museum, jack the ripper, serial killer, fish out of water, culture clash, time loop, romance, adventure, deadly, misfit ...
Time: 70s, 19th century, 20th century, victorian era, victorian ...
Place: san francisco, london, california, usa, europe
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 7.2
 58K
Magnum Force (1973)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: "Dirty" Harry Callahan is a San Francisco Police Inspector on the trail of a group of rogue cops who have taken justice into their own hands. When shady characters are murdered one after another in grisly fashion, only Dirty Harry can stop ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, disturbing, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, police corruption, machismo, robbery, loss of friend, police investigation, investigation, civil rights, notoriety, police detective, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The first remake of the paranoid infiltration classic moves the setting for the invasion, from a small town to the city of San Francisco and starts as Matthew Bennell notices that several of his friends are complaining that their close relatives are ...
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, twists and turns, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: alien invasion, alien, investigation, danger, body swapping, alien encounter, biologist, apocalypse, supernatural, sleeping, lookalikes, chaos ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: san francisco, usa, california
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 6.9
 74K
48 Hrs. (1982)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A hard-nosed cop reluctantly teams up with a wise-cracking criminal temporarily paroled to him, in order to track down a killer.
Style: humorous, exciting, suspenseful, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: tough cop, convict, crimes, police investigation, partners against crime, prison, reluctant partners, tough law enforcer, law enforcement, revenge, profanity, police officer killed ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, los angeles
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 7.0
 188K
Basic Instinct (1992)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A police detective is in charge of the investigation of a brutal murder, in which a beautiful and seductive woman could be involved.
Style: sexy, erotic, sexual, psychological, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: femme fatale, hot and sexy, sexual relations, murder, sex, seduction, dangerous attraction, strong sexual content, obsession, sex addict, manipulation, erotic thriller ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: san francisco, usa, california
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 6.6
 70
Presidio Med (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Presidio Med is an American medical drama that aired on CBS from September 2002, to January 2003. The series centers on a San Francisco hospital. It was created by John Wells and Lydia Woodward, who also created ER.
Style: serious, emotional, touching, realistic, medical drama
Audience: girls' night
Plot: hospital, doctor, clinic, doctors and patients, workplace, public health, power relations, love affair, love and romance, relationship vs career, workplace romance, workplace situations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: san francisco, california, usa
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 7.7
 10K
Eli Stone (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Eli Stone is an American legal comedy-drama TV series, named for its title character. The series follows Stone, a San Francisco lawyer who begins to have hallucinations, which leads him to two possible conclusions: a potentially fatal brain ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, sentimental, surreal, feel good ...
Plot: lawyer, court, trial, courtroom drama, legal, lawyers and clients, uptight character, dedicated lawyer, family relations, self discovery, power relations, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: san francisco, usa, california
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The Stranger in Us (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In this verité-style drama, Anthony, a newcomer to San Francisco, attempts to come to terms with his abusive ex-lover when he strikes up an unlikely friendship with a street hustler.
Style: realistic, emotional, atmospheric, captivating, serious ...
Plot: gay, looking for love, gender, love and romance, couples, city life, lgbt, writer's block, destructive relationship, urban, nightlife, twentysomething life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: san francisco, usa, california
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 6.6
 467
The Division (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The Division is an American crime drama television series created by Deborah Joy LeVine and starring Bonnie Bedelia. The series focused on a team of women police officers in the San Francisco Police Department. The series premiered on Lifetime on ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, rough, semi serious
Plot: police, crimes, crime, policewoman, partners against crime, workplace situations, workplace intrigue, thirtysomething life, rivalry, justice, team, partnership ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: san francisco, usa
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 6.8
 10K
Party of Five (1994)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Following his parents' tragic death, 24-year-old Charlie Salinger is back at home – and in over his head – as his siblings' legal guardian. Together, Charlie, 16-year-old Bailey, 15-year-old Julia and 11-year-old Claudia share the ...
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, serious, gloomy
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: family relations, orphan, death of parent, siblings relations, loss of parent, adolescence vs adulthood, family life, love and romance, coming of age, dealing with death, child care, sibling relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: san francisco, california, usa
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 5.3
 12K
Jade (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Someone does a nasty hatchet job on a San Fransisco big noise and the Assistant D.A. takes charge of the investigation. Through a web of blackmail and prostitution involving the Governor, an old lover of the law man emerges as a prime suspect and he ...
Style: erotic, suspenseful, rough, suspense, sexual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, murder mystery, investigation, femme fatale, crimes of passion, strong sexual content, sex, manipulation, mysterious character, dangerous attraction, dishonesty, deadly ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Fugitives of the Federation for their daring rescue of Spock from the doomed Genesis Planet, Admiral Kirk (William Shatner) and his crew begin their journey home to face justice for their actions. But as they near Earth, they find it at the mercy of ...
Style: saga, futuristic, humorous, exciting, clever ...
Audience: teens
Plot: spacecraft, space travel, time travel, teleportation, save the world, culture clash, outer space, space opera, evil alien, invisibility, nuclear, rescue ...
Time: future, 80s, year 1986, 23rd century
Place: san francisco, usa, california
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Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Escape from Alcatraz tells the story of the only three men ever to escape from the infamous maximum security prison at Alcatraz. In 29 years, the seemingly impenetrable federal penitentiary, which housed Al Capone and "Birdman" Robert ...
Style: realistic, suspense, atmospheric, exciting, social realism ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison escape, prison, alcatraz, freedom, prison life, convict, island, punishment, warden, partners, confined, suicide ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1962, year 1961 ...
Place: san francisco, usa
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 5.5
 27K
Metro (1997)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Roper, a hostage negotiator catches a murderous bank robber after a blown heist. The bank robber escapes and immediately goes after the man who put him behind bars.
Style: realistic, exciting, serious, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: negotiation, car chase, chase, hostage, master criminal, danger, tough law enforcer, revenge, police investigation, partners, hostages, swat team ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: san francisco, california, usa
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