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Movies Filmed in the Bay Area: Three of the Best

February 06, 2018

With its combination of striking natural beauty and an abundance of iconic landmarks, San Francisco has long been a Mecca for the film industry. Such venerated directors as John Huston, Alfred Hitchcock, Peter Bogdanovich, Peter Yates, Francis Ford Coppola, and French director Louis Malle have all filmed movies here at least once, and some on several occasions. Included here is a very short list of some of the best films made in the area that you can add to your Netflix, Hulu, or Prime viewing lists.

At the very top of the list is Hitchcock’s “Vertigo,” a dark and haunting film which has been described by ‘Cinephilia and Beyond’ as “the most studied and analyzed film of Alfred Hitchcock’s career, ‘Vertigo’ is on every level a masterclass in film making.” Next is Bogdanovich’s 1972 comedy “What’s Up, Doc?” Many hilarious scenes in this one, including a frantic chase where the romantic leads, riding a stolen bicycle delivery cart, tear through a Chinese parade and rocket downhill with one of the parade’s dragon heads covering them both. Also, check out Yates’ 1968 “Bullitt,” with its classic car chase that took two weeks to film.