10 Must-Watch Movies for Every True NorCal Native – Have You Seen Them All?

Northern California, or NorCal as it’s affectionately known, is a region rich in culture, history, and natural beauty. It has been the backdrop for many iconic movies over the years.

If you hail from this region or just have a keen interest in its cinematic representation, here’s a list of 10 must-watch movies that every true NorCal native should see. How many have you checked off?

1. The Birds (1963)

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, this classic thriller was set in the small coastal town of Bodega Bay. The movie beautifully captures the eerie atmosphere of the town while weaving a tale of mysterious bird attacks on its residents.

2. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

Set in the heart of San Francisco, this beloved comedy showcases the city’s landmarks and neighborhoods. Robin Williams stars as a dad who dresses as a nanny to spend time with his kids, offering a heartwarming and hilarious story set against the backdrop of the iconic city.

3. Bullitt (1968)

Steve McQueen plays a San Francisco cop in this iconic action film known for its groundbreaking car chase scenes. The winding streets of San Francisco have never been more thrilling!

4. American Graffiti (1973)

Directed by George Lucas, this coming-of-age film is set in Modesto and offers a nostalgic look at the cruising and rock and roll cultures of the early ’60s.

5. The Joy Luck Club (1993)

Based on the best-selling novel by Amy Tan, this film delves into the lives of four Chinese immigrant women in San Francisco and their complex relationships with their American-born daughters.

6. Vertigo (1958)

Another Hitchcock classic, this suspenseful film showcases many of San Francisco’s landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, and offers a twisted tale of obsession and identity.

7. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Based on a true story, Will Smith plays a struggling salesman in San Francisco who faces homelessness with his young son. The film captures both the hardships and beauty of life in the city.

8. Zodiac (2007)

This crime thriller dives into the hunt for the infamous Zodiac Killer who terrorized San Francisco during the late ’60s and ’70s. The film captures the paranoia and fear that gripped the city during that time.

9. Blue Jasmine (2013)

Directed by Woody Allen, this drama is set in San Francisco and follows the life of a formerly wealthy woman as she struggles to adjust to her new reality after her marriage collapses.

10. Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

This film tells the true story of the infamous escape from Alcatraz prison. Clint Eastwood stars as one of the three men who managed to break out of the seemingly impenetrable island prison.

So, how many of these NorCal classics have you seen? Whether you’re a native or just a fan of the region, these films offer a cinematic journey through the diverse landscapes and cultures of Northern California. Happy watching!

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Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.

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