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An Interactive Map of Famous San Francisco Film Locations

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Seeing San Francisco on the silver screen is always a treat—whether it’s old school like Bullitt and Vertigo, something from the 1990s like The Game and Mrs. Doubtfire, or more modern takes like Always Be My Maybe and The Last Black Man in San Francisco. Obviously, there are a ton of famous San Francisco film locations.

With a city as eye-catching as San Francisco, half the fun of the movie is mentally locating where the actors are standing at any given moment. But what if you want to go a step further, and really get the exact coordinates? 

Lucky for us, ABC7 news analyzed data collected by the San Francisco Film Commissionsimply click through the map below to get to the interactive version, and then enjoy nerding out on San Francisco’s film side.

Famous San Francisco Film Locations

You can also click right here to get to the map.

The most popular spots aren’t too surprising: Coit Tower, City Hall, Saints Peter and Paul Church, Fairmont Hotel, Grace Cathedral, Palace of Fine Arts, and the like. There’s also a handful of popular intersections, like Columbus & Broadway (offering a nice Transamerica Pyramid backdrop), Broadway & Powell, Waverly & Washington (Chinatown), and California & Grant. 

And it looks like San Francisco will soon add a few more locations to the already exhaustive list. It was recently announced that a major Hollywood movie will soon film in San Francisco. The California Film Commission has released the names of 20 films that will qualify for state tax incentives and one of them, Thomas Crown Affair, will be filmed in SF!

What was filmed closest to where you live? Let us know in the comments

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Jenna Homen

Jenna Homen

A Bay Area native, Jenna used to live in San Francisco and spent large amounts of her time ruminating on the happenings, history, and idiosyncrasies of San Francisco.


  1. August 30, 2022 at 12:51 am — Reply

    In the mid 1980’s I lived at the A-Hole Gallery on 3rd by Bryant, my room was Third Floor corner next to Tabor Alley and the fire escape. One day I wake up and see a crew on Tabor in the process of rigging a special effect for a movie. Eventually a truck with an oversized camper came barreling down Tabor towards 3rd Street and slammed into what looked like low hanging pipes. Hilarity ensued, I reckon, it was for a comedy staring Americas dad Bill Cosby called Leonard Part 6, or 8, I forget. I did rent it from Blockbuster eventually, fast forwarded to the big special effect and decided it was not good money well spent, neither my rental fee or the effect in the first place. It certainly put me off Bill Cosby, and say, what’s he up to these days? Seriously, who’s watching him, that muthafucker’s dangerous.

  2. artpaul
    September 2, 2022 at 11:33 am — Reply

    Whoa. Interesting, but many mistakes made.
    Start with confusing Haight and Hayes St.
    Many Vertigo locations left out.
    Many other locations not pinned correctly.
    Many left out.
    A lot of TV series, not so many films.

  3. Luciano Mezzetta
    September 3, 2022 at 2:49 pm — Reply

    “The Midnight Story” ( 1957 ) starring Tony Curtis was filmed on location. It used unusual locations such as Mount Saint Joseph, and All Hallows Church on Palou and Newhall in the Bayview. I can be seen as an extra in the outdoor funeral procession. I was then12 tears old. THis film was not listed by you.

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