San Francisco is the second-largest city in California behind Los Angeles. When it comes to feature films, San Francisco does not usually come to mind. However, San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, its lush hills and quirky street cars have been used as the backdrop for dozens of movies. Some of them have been quit memorable and poignant.
"Mrs. Doubtfire" (1993)
Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams) is a struggling San Francisco actor who excels at doing voices and creating characters but has a tough time finding steady work and handling responsibility. His wife Miranda (Sally Field) has had enough when she comes home from work and sees her house run completely amok. After Miranda divorces him, Daniel is despondent because he cannot spend enough time with his kids. Miranda is having a tough time managing her house because she must work. She decides to place an ad for a housekeeper who can supervise her children and keep them on a solid path while she is working, just the opposite of the way her husband did when he ran the house. Daniel decides he needs a second chance and he invents a character called Mrs. Doubtfire to answer the ad. His disguise is so good that he fools his ex-wife and then does a sensational job of creating discipline in the house—and he wins the respect of his ex-wife and gets to share equal custody.
This is a story of a depression-era championship horse, who started racing at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. The combination of horse owner Charles Howard (Jeff Bridges), trainer Tom Smith (Chris Cooper), jockey Red Pollard (Tobey Maguire) and Seabiscuit do not appear to be the stuff of legends, as all are struggling. Yet Howard sees something he likes in the horse and Smith notices a special quality about him. When they team up with the combative Pollard, it all comes together and Seabiscuit not only becomes a winning horse, he develops into one of the great champions in horse racing history. He does the bulk of his racing in the Bay Area and ultimately travels across country to prove himself as an all-time great.
"American Graffiti" (1973)
Four San Francisco teenagers are celebrating their last night together before they all go off to college. They want to have an adventure before splitting up and that means finding girls and having a great time. One of the boys, Curt (played by Richard Dreyfuss) becomes infatuated by a beautiful blonde driving around in a white Thunderbird while Steve (played by Ron Howard) wants nothing more than to patch things up with his girlfriend after he had suggested they date other people. Their two friends John (Paul Le Mat) and Terry (Charles Martin Smith) have a wild night.
"Dirty Harry" (1971)
Clint Eastwood's acting resume. Harry Callahan is one of the toughest and smartest detectives on the San Francisco police department. The city is being terrorized by maniacal killer known as Scorpio and Callahan is assigned the case. Callahan is put to the test by a killer who is as intent on playing games with Callahan as he is on inflicting mayhem on the city.
"A View To A Kill" (1985)
This James Bond action movie features Roger Moore in the starring role. Bond has a computer chip in his possession that is capable of withstanding a nuclear pulse that would destroy normal chips. The chip's maker, Max Zorin (Christopher Walken) wants to use it to set off an earthquake along the San Andreas Fault that will destroy the entire area. Bond's mission is to prevent this from happening.