And the Oscar Goes to… SF Parks

Sf Movies

While Hollywood will always be home to the movies, San Francisco has had its share of the cinematic spotlight over the years. In celebration of this weekend’s 89th Academy Awards, Christopher Pollock, Rec and Park’s historian-in-residence and author of Reel San Francisco Stories: An Annotated Filmography of the Bay Area, shares a brief rundown of some of the movies that were filmed right here in San Francisco parks.

Alamo Square
Black Eyed Dog, 1999
The Dead Pool, 1988
Falling Uphill, 2012
The Five-Year Engagement, 2012
Good Morning, Babylon, 1987
Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco, 1996
Invasion of the Body Snatchers,1978
Patty Hearst, 1988
Seung sing gusi, 1991
So I Married an Axe Murderer, 1993
The Strawberry Statement, 1970

Alta Plaza
Flash,1981
The Conversation,1974
Copycat,1995
Little City,1997
Nine Months,1995
Thief of Hearts,1984
What’s Up,Doc?,1972

Zodiac Poster

Civic Center Plaza
The Assassination of Richard Nixon, 2004
Black Eyed Dog,1999
Invasion of the Body Snatchers,1978
Knife Fight, 2012
Sudden Impact,1983
Zodiac, 2007

Corona Heights Park
Ever Since the World Ended, 2001

Dolores Park
About Cherry, 2012
All About You, 2001
And Then Came Lola, 2009
Casualties of War, 1989
Just Like Heaven, 2005
My Name is Kahn, 2010
Playing Mona Lisa, 2000
Sweet November, 2001

sweet november

Charlize Theron and Keanu Reeves in “Sweet November,” co-starring Dolores Park

Duboce Park
Casualties of War, 1989
Falling Uphill, 2012

Alright, Alright, Alright— Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Lopez find love in Golden Gate Park in “The Wedding Planner”

Golden Gate Park
And Then Came Lola, 2009
The Bachelor,1999
Bicentennial Man,1999
Black Eyed Dog,1999
The Bleacher Hero,1914
Bullitt,1968
Burglar,1987
Cardiac Arrest,1980
Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen,1981
Class Action,1991
The Competition,1980
Contagion, 2011
The Crazy-Quilt,1966
Days of Wine and Roses,1962
Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart,1984
Dirty Harry,1971
The Doors,1991
Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall,1924
Funnyman,1967
Further Tales of the City, 2001
Getting Even With Dad,1994
Heart and Souls,1993
Her Best Move, 2007
The Hippie Revolt,1967
Howard the Duck,1986
In the Park,1915
Julie and Jack,2003
Kung Phooey!,2002
The Lady from Shanghai,1948
Lady of the House,1978
The Lineup,1958
The Lost Coast, 2008
The Manitou,1978
Memoirs of a Geisha,2005
More American Graffiti,1979
My Name is Kahn, 2010
Night of Henna, 2005
Nina Takes a Lover,1994
No Small Affair,1984
On the Edge,1985
Pacific Heights,1990
Playing Mona Lisa,2000
Play It Again,Sam,1972
Portrait in Black, 1960
The Princess Diaries, 2001
Psych-Out, 1968
The Raging Tide, 1951
Revolution, 1968
Scaramouche, 1952
Suzanne, 1973
Take the Money and Run, 1969
Tales of the City, 1993
That Brennan Girl, 1946
Time After Time, 1979
The Wedding Planner, 2001
The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, 2003

Memoirs Of A Geisha

“Memoirs of a Geisha” in Golden Gate Park

Grandview Park
Dirty Harry, 1971

Huntington Park
A Christmas Without Snow, 1980
Freebie and the Bean, 1974
More Tales of the City, 1998
Night of Henna, 2005
The Sweetest Thing, 2002
Woman on Top, 2000

Jefferson Square
Beyond the Door, 1974
The Man Who Cheated Himself, 1950

Lafayette Park
Eye of the Cat, 1969
The Man Who Cheated Himself, 1950

Lincoln Park
Julie and Jack, 2003

Marina Green
Beyond the Door, 1974
Blue Jasmine, 2013
Doctor Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs, 1966
Dragon Fight, 1989
Ed TV, 1999
The Five-Year Engagement, 2012
Little City, 1997
Pal Joey, 1957
Sausalito, 2000

McLaren Park
The Sniper, 1952

Mt. Davidson
Dirty Harry,1971

Moscone Playground
Falling Uphill, 2012

Vertigo Palace

James Stewart and Kim Novak take a walk by the Palace of Fine Arts in Hitchcock’s “Vertigo”

Palace of Fine Arts
The Bachelor,1999
Bicentennial Man, 1999
Boys and Girls, 2000
Eye of the Beholder,1999
The Five-Year Engagement, 2012
Forrest Gump,1994
Julie and Jack, 2003
Killer’s Delight,1978
Kuffs,1992
Lady of the House,1978
More Tales of the City,1998
My Name is Kahn, 2010
Nora Prentiss, 1947
The Other Sister, 1999
Playing Mona Lisa, 2000
The Rock, 1996
So I Married an Axe Murderer, 1993
Stigmata, 1999
The Sweetest Thing, 2002
Swing, 2003
Time After Time,1979
Twisted, 2004
Unhook the Stars,1996
Vertigo,1958
Where Love Has Gone,1964
Woman on Top, 2000

Pioneer Park
After the Thin Man, 1936
Brainwaves,1983
Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, 2010
Doctor Dolittle, 1998
The Enforcer, 1976
The Fatal Hour, 1940
Georgia Rule, 2007
Heartbreak Kid, 2007
Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco, 1996
The House on Telegraph Hill, 1951
Julie and Jack, 2003
The Maltese Falcon, 1941
My Name is Kahn, 2010
Pal Joey, 1957
The Pleasure of His Company, 1961
The Strawberry Statement, 1970
Street People, 1976The Subterraneans, 1960
Woman on the Run, 1950

Portsmouth Square
The Adventurers, 1995
Cardiac Arrest, 1980
The Dead Pool, 1988
Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart, 1984
Dirty Harry, 1971
Julie and Jack, 2003
The Killer Elite, 1975
The Lady from Shanghai, 1948
The Laughing Policeman, 1973
They Call Me Mr.Tibbs!, 1970

South Park
Blue Jasmine, 2013
Dopamine, 2003

South Park

The final scene in “Blue Jasmine” takes place at South Park

Stern Grove
Burglar, 1987

Twin Peaks
Copycat, 1995
If I Had My Way, 1940
The Manitou, 1978
Night of Henna, 2005
Rise of the Planet of the Apes, 2011
Rollerball, 2001
Sudden Fear, 1952
Tales of the City, 1993
Treasure of Monte Cristo, 1949

Union Square
A Christmas Without Snow, 1980
The Conversation, 1974
Dark Passage, 1947
Dogfight, 1991
Double Harness, 1933
Every Girl Should Be Married, 1948
Four Christmases, 2008
Good Neighbor Sam, 1964
High Crimes, 2002
More Tales of the City, 1998
Nora Prentiss, 1947
The Room, 2003
Vertigo, 1958
Woman on the Run, 1950
Woman on Top, 2000

Washington Square
Bedazzled, 2000
Falling Uphill, 2012
Getting Even With Dad, 1994
Haiku Tunnel, 2001
Julie and Jack, 2003
Just Like Heaven, 2005
The Laughing Policeman, 1973
Little City, 1997
The Midnight Story, 1957
North Beach, 2000
The Strawberry Statement, 1970
Woman on the Run, 1950

24th-York Mini-Park
Class Action, 1991
Tell Me a Riddle, 1980

 

Information taken from Reel San Francisco Stories: An Annotated Filmography of the Bay Area (2013), Christopher Pollock.