Welcome To San Francisco Movie Magic


Great films. Real history.

Our starting point:

San Francisco City Hall

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They were married in San Francisco's City Hall.

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Grove Street doors

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1) High Crimes

Starring Ashley Judd and your new favorite tour guide!


2) Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Notice when the running man just reaches the sidewalk, you can hear screaming in the background. That’s the sound the Body Snatchers make. The man playing the banjo is an actor (Joe Bellan had small parts in The Streets of San Francisco, High Anxiety, EdTV, Sudden Impact, Bicentennial Man, and others. Joe has been in slightly fewer San Francisco movies than the Golden Gate Bridge). But - the actual banjo music was played by Jerry Garcia. Elizabeth Driscoll walks into the Department of Public Health, which looks identical today.


3) Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Rolling Stone called the film, "Easily among the greatest remakes ever made." The movie's ending is still terrifying.


4) Milk

Filmed in San Francisco's City Hall with the War Memorial Opera House visible across the street. Harvey Milk's last public appearance was attending a San Francisco Opera performance of Puccini's "Tosca" featuring the legendary Italian soprano Magda Olivero, on Saturday, November 25th, 1978. In honor of that appearance the filmmakers used "Tosca" for all the operatic music heard in the film.


5) Milk

However you feel about Dianne Feinstein, Sean Penn deserves an Oscar just for this face


6) View to a Kill

Roger Moore's final appearance as James Bond


7) Dirty Harry

The first of the five Dirty Harry titles starring San Francisco native Clint Eastwood


8) The Rock


9) 625 Polk St.

Here San Francisco Police Inspector 'Dirty" Harry Callahan explains his nickname


10) Eddy & Leavenworth

Frightening scene from Invasion of the Body Snatchers


Union Square

Here's a map view to help you stay oriented


11) The Conversation

This tense psychological thriller was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, but lost out to The Godfather Part II - Francis Ford Coppola's other nominated movie that year.


The Fatty Arbuckle Scandal

In 1921, Roscoe Arbuckle was the most popular film actor in America. He was a mentor to Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, and Paramount Pictures paid him $1,000,000 a year.

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The Fatty Arbuckle Scandal

On Setp. 5, 1921, Roscoe and two friends checked into the St. Francis Hotel. At a party that night, a young actress died, and wild rumors spread that Arbuckle was responsible.

This is a photo of Suite 1221 after the party. Coincidentally, Al Jolson died in the same room in 1950.

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The Fatty Arbuckle Scandal

After three trials, he was cleared of all charges. The jury foreman of his third trial said, "Acquittal is not enough for Roscoe Arbuckle. We feel that a great injustice has been done him. It was only our plain duty to give him this exoneration for there was not the slightest proof of a crime."Nevertheless, his career was ruined. He died 11 years later.

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12) High Crimes

Union Square decorated for the holidays


13) Enrico's

This is the hungry I nightclub, and the man in the beret is its owner, Enrico Banducci. Enrico and his venue helped launch the careers of Phyllis Diller, Bill Cosby, Jonathan Winters, Woody Allen, The Smothers Brothers, Bob Newhart, The Kingston Trio, Dick Gregory, Maya Angelou, and Barbara Streisand. Later he owned San Francisco’s first sidewalk café, Enrico’s, on Broadway. Cary Grant was there for opening night and Frank Sinatra always stopped in when he was in town. Enrico’s was also the setting for a scene in Bullitt.


14) Enrico's

Bullitt meets his source at Enrico's. It was one of the last holdouts of North Beach's jazz and beatnick legacy, closing in 2006.


Enrico Banducci

Enrico was a real San Francisco character. His real name was Harry Banducci, and he came from Bakersfield. He went by Enrico because he loved opera. He was married five time and made (and lost) $10 million in his various endeavors.

Enrico Banducci in front of the hungry i

American Zoetrope

Francis Ford Coppola's building in North Beach

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15) Romolo Place

Cameo by noted director Don Siegal. Many of the places you see on Broadway are still there: The Condor, Big Al's, The Roaring 20's.


16) Broadway & Columbus

This intersection, with the big neon signs for The Condor, Big Al's, The Roaring 20's, is often used to evoke a 'Times Square' atmosphere


17) Vesuvio

Beautiful old-school San Francisco saloon where Allen Ginsburg, Neal Cassady, and Jack Kerouac hung out.


18) Green Street

In Big Eyes


19)  Green Street

In Mrs. Doubtfire


The Malloch Building

This is where Lauren Bacall hid Humphrey Bogart, an escapee of San Quentin, in Dark Passage.

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The Malloch Building

Lauren Bacall's character lived in Apartment #10. A former resident was obviously a fan.

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20) Julius' Castle

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill


21) Washington Square

In Dirty Harry


22) Washington Square

In Big Eyes


23) Washington Square

In Just Like Heaven


24) 940 Filbert

The Hillard kids' school in Mrs. Doubtfire


25) 940 Filbert

Here's the same school in Bullitt. Steve McQueen is definitely driving too fast in a school zone


26) 1660 Mason

Just Like Heaven


27) Broadway and Taylor

"The Order of the Rose" from The Princess Diaries


28) Clay and Taylor

Frank Bullitt's apartment


29) Clay and Taylor

San Francisco Police Inspector Dave Toschi.


30) Grace Cathedral

Bullitt's boss gets pressured. Nice views on the Pacific Union Club and The Masonic in the background.


31) The Pacific-Union Club

Founded in 1881, it's an exclusive, secretive men's club. Vertigo is the only movie filmed inside it.


32) The Mark Hopkins Hotel

Home of the Top of the Mark, a classic cocktail lounge on the 19th floor with spectacular views of the City.


33) The Mark Hopkins Hotel

Even Jimmy Stewart recommends it!


34) The Fairmont Hotel in The Rock


35) Brocklebank Apartments

Madeleine Elster's home in Vertigo.


36) Broadway and Steiner

Let's have a few laughs on our way to the Doubtfire house.


37) Broadway and Steiner

The Hillard home where Mrs. Doubtfire cared for the kids.


38) Green and Lyon

The Princess Diaries


39) 2700 Vallejo

This mansion is now owned by the Consulate General of Japan.


40) 2700 Vallejo

The house also appears in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? That movie and Bullitt were filmed within a few months of each other in 1967.


41) Town School

Here's where Lily and Mia played basketball on the rooftop.


42) 1709 Broderick

Filmed in San Francisco for eight seasons, this show is still popular.


43) Washington & Cherry

A grim moment from the excellent film Zodiac. We're not only at the spot where it was filmed, we're at the spot where Paul Stine was murdered Oct. 11, 1969.


44) Washington & Cherry

Dave Toschi returned to the scene of the crime every year on Oct. 11.


Celebrity sighting!

Recognize the man on the right? John C. Reilly

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Celebrity sighting!

Chicago, The Aviator, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Talladega Nights, The Hours, Step Brothers, Holmes & Watson...

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Celebrity sighting!

I chose to leave him alone

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45) Fort Point

Scotty rescues Madeleine.


46) Legion of Honor

Scotty follows Madeleine to the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, one of San Francisco's most beautiful buildings.


47) Kezar Stadium

Dirty Harry gets the Scorpio Killer.


The Painted Ladies


48) Raiders of the Lost Ark

Even most San Franciscans don't know that the final scene of this classic was filmed in our own City Hall