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, interesting, intense, entertaining and serious films and TV shows about / with mentor, dialogue, vengeance, catastrophe, storytelling, runaway, destiny, chase, culture clash and life philosophy plots mostly in Drama, Action and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, Japan and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as san francisco: Bullitt (1968), Pacific Heights (1990), Dirty Harry (1971), Monk (2002), The Rock (1996), 48 Hrs. (1982), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), Warrior (2019), Magnum Force (1973), Basic Instinct (1992).

List of movies set in san francisco

 7.4
 70K
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: suspense, exciting, suspenseful, tense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: car chase, organized crime, car, police, police investigation, violence, gangsters, police procedural, investigation, burglary, chase, street racing ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, california, chicago illinois
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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: neo noir, psychological, scary, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: home invasion, manipulation, psychopath, mind game, yuppie, lawyer, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, sociopath, landlord, tenant, identity theft, scam ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, california, usa, beverly hills, los angeles
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 7.7
 157K
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, suspense, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, police, crimes, gunfight, tough law enforcer, psychopath, violence, vigilante, murder, city, urban setting, gangsters ...
Time: 70s, year 1971, 20th century
Place: san francisco, california, usa
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 8.0
 76K
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: witty, humorous, realistic, semi serious, odd ...
Plot: investigation, mental illness, private detective, talented, mastermind, murder, prodigy, police investigation, unconventional method, riddles and clues, intelligence, obsessive compulsive disorder ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2000s, contemporary
Place: san francisco, california, usa
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 7.4
 340K
The Rock (1996)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: FBI chemical warfare expert Stanley Goodspeed is sent on an urgent mission with a former British spy, John Patrick Mason, to stop Gen. Francis X. Hummel from launching chemical weapons on Alcatraz Island into San Francisco. Gen. Hummel demands $100 ...
Style: suspense, exciting, tense, intense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: terrorism, alcatraz, prison, crimes, twists and turns, military, hostage, adventure, swat team, disney, mercenary, bio weapon ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, california
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 6.9
 79K
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, buddy movie, funny, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: buddy cop, prison, revenge, police investigation, crimes, tough cop, police officer killed, partner, action violence, partners against crime, reluctant partners, law enforcement ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, los angeles
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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, intense, compassionate ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: interracial relations, racism, miscegenation, culture clash, interracial marriage, romance, doctor, liberal, love, widower, vacation, maid ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: san francisco, usa, california, hawaii
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 8.4
 27K
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, brutal, captivating, intense, atmospheric
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: martial arts, gang war, rivalry, corporation, business, fight, crimes, bandit, gang member, criminal gang, gangsters, criminal ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era
Place: san francisco, usa
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 7.2
 63K
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, tense, intense, harsh, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, serial killer, police corruption, female nudity, police investigation, police detective, police, murder, gangsters, visceral, machismo, dark hero ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
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 7.0
 202K
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, neo noir ...
Audience: kids, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: femme fatale, sex, serial killer, obsession, manipulation, seduction, murder, dangerous attraction, sexual tension, dying during sex, hot and sexy, strong sexual content ...
Time: 90s, year 1992, 20th century
Place: san francisco, california, usa
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 8.2
 711K
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, touching, emotional, colourful, motivational ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers, girls' night ...
Plot: memory, disney, imaginary friend, joy, family, creativity, childhood, parents and children, adventure, disgust, life philosophy, subconscious ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s, 2000s, contemporary
Place: san francisco, minnesota, california, usa
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 7.5
 174K
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, political, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: gay, politics, gays and lesbians, homosexuality, civil rights, protest, homosexual, discrimination, murder, male homosexuality, politician, lgbt ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975, year 1977, year 1970 ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, florida, minnesota ...
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A View to a Kill (1985)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A newly developed microchip designed by Zorin Industries for the British Government that can survive the electromagnetic radiation caused by a nuclear explosion has landed in the hands of the KGB. James Bond must find out how and why. His suspicions ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful, sexy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: james bond, espionage, spy, 007, secret agents, chase, adventure, race against time, british secret service, heroic mission, cold war, terrorist ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, paris france, california, france, usa ...
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 7.7
 542K
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: atmospheric, tense, stylized, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: serial killer, investigation, murder, murder mystery, mystery, journalism, crimes, paranoia, maniac, killings, uncover truth, police ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, year 1969, year 1971 ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, oakland california, sacramento california
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 5.9
 19K
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: buddy movie, neo noir, exciting, tense, sexy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: investigation, murder, military, conspiracy, father daughter relationship, tough cop, factory, murder investigation, fistfight, tough guy, police chase, funeral ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, new jersey, usa, california
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Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: When trucker, Jack Burton agreed to take his friend, Wang Chi to pick up his fiancee at the airport, he never expected to get involved in a supernatural battle between good and evil. Wang's fiancee has emerald green eyes, which make her a ...
Style: humorous, exciting, stylized, entertaining, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, kids, boys' night
Plot: martial arts, supernatural, adventure, truck driver, good versus evil, monster, magic, kidnapping, friendship, mythology, truck, race against time ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, china, hong kong, california, usa
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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: suspense, atmospheric, suspenseful, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison escape, alcatraz, escape, island, prison life, freedom, confined, partners, runaway, convict, punishment ...
Time: 60s, year 1960, 20th century, year 1961, year 1962 ...
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: futuristic, saga, thought provoking, clever, humorous ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: time travel, space travel, star trek, spacecraft, teleportation, environmental, marine biologist, alien, helicopter, pizza, factory, beer ...
Time: future, 80s, year 1986, 23rd century
Place: san francisco, usa, california
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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, melancholic, sentimental, intense ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: blindness, disability, romance, neighbor, fall in love, love story, happy ending, couple relations, family relations, parents and children, gay, blind character ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: san francisco, new jersey, usa, los angeles, new york
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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, parody, semi serious, suspense ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: jungle, fish out of water, disney, adventure, rescue, lion, gorilla, goofy hero, heiress, elephant, friendship, monkey ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco, africa, las vegas, usa
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 6.7
 91K
Sweet November (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Nelson is a man devoted to his advertising career in San Francisco. One day, while taking a driving test at the DMV, he meets Sara. She is very different from the other women in his life. Nelson causes her to miss out on taking the test and later ...
Style: romantic, touching, sentimental, sad, thought provoking ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: romance, love, terminal illness, love story, tragic love, love and romance, opposites attract, couples, bittersweet, leukemia, self discovery, changing lives ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san francisco, california, usa, new jersey
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 6.4
 19K
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: witty, clever, sexy, funny, dark ...
Plot: gangsters, hitman, alcoholic, crimes, gang, organized crime, alcohol abuse, love and romance, rehabilitation, polish, going straight, gunfight ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: san francisco, usa, california, los angeles, new york
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 5.9
 49K
The Fan (1996)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: When the San Francisco Giants pay centerfielder Bobby Rayburn $40 million to lead their team to the World Series, no one is happier or more supportive than #1 fan Gil Renard. So when Rayburn becomes mired in the worst slump of his career, the ...
Style: psychological, tense, intense, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: obsession, baseball, murder, kidnapping, psychopath, sport, stalking, athlete, athlete's life, child custody, rivalry, ambition ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco, new jersey, usa, california
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Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco (1996)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: When the pets accidentally get separated from their vacationing owners, Chance, Shadow, and Sassy navigate the mean streets of San Francisco, trying to find their home across the Golden Gate Bridge. But the road is blocked by a series of hazards, ...
Style: feel good, humorous, touching, clever, talky ...
Audience: kids, girls' night, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: dog, disney, talking dog, talking cat, animals, childhood, family, adventure, pets, cat, talking animals, gang ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco, canada, california, usa
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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, serious, witty, suspenseful
Plot: female detective, policewoman, forensics, homicide detective, mystery, fighting crime, crimes, workplace situations, partners against crime, law enforcement, legal, legal investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: san francisco, usa, california
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 6.4
 415K
Godzilla (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Ford Brody, a Navy bomb expert, has just reunited with his family in San Francisco when he is forced to go to Japan to help his estranged father, Joe. Soon, both men are swept up in an escalating crisis when Godzilla, King of the Monsters, arises ...
Style: exciting, suspense, intense, suspenseful, psychotronic ...
Audience: kids, boys' night, teens
Plot: monster, giant monster, dinosaur, godzilla, disaster, creature, mutant, giant, military, deadly creature, giant creature, catastrophe ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, 2010s, year 1999 ...
Place: japan, hawaii, san francisco, tokyo, usa ...
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The Five-Year Engagement (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Exactly one year after Tom meets Violet, he surprises her with a wedding ring. By all accounts, Tom and Violet are destined for their happily ever after. However, this engaged couple just keep getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle.
Style: feel good, romantic, humorous, funny, light ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: wedding, engagement, love, relationship vs career, relationships, love and romance, romance, workplace, couple relations, wedding preparations and rituals, proposal, breakup ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san francisco, california, michigan, usa, detroit
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The Joy Luck Club (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Through a series of flashbacks, four young chinese women born in America and their respective mothers born in feudal China, explore their past. This search will help them understand their difficult mother/daughter relationship.
Style: sentimental, touching, captivating, sincere, thought provoking ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: women, immigrants, friendship, self discovery, chinese, haunted by the past, golden years, hopes, parents and children, human nature, love, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco, china, asia, usa, california
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Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Scientist Will Rodman is determined to find a cure for Alzheimer's, the disease which has slowly consumed his father. Will feels certain he is close to a breakthrough and tests his latest serum on apes, noticing dramatic increases in ...
Style: thought provoking, suspense, exciting, emotional, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: distopia, rebellion, rebelliousness, intelligence, leader, experiment gone awry, gorilla, chimpanzee, monkey, virus, genetic engineering, apocalypse ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century, near future, 2010s
Place: san francisco, california, usa
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All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (1996)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Charlie and Itchy return to Earth to find Gabriel's Horn, but along the way meet up with a young boy named David, who ran away from home.
Style: humorous, light, melancholic, scary, clever ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: dog, love, talking animals, family, adventure, runaway, animals, afterlife, multiple storylines, mentor, lone hero, life philosophy ...
Time: 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, california
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