The Golden Gate Bridge - on the Screen

The Golden Gate Bridge Under Construction
The Golden Gate Bridge Under Construction

A visual history of The Golden Gate Bridge as depicted in the movies.

Some quick facts: Construction on the bridge began in 1933 and the bridge-opening ceremony was in 1937.

Total length 8,981 feet (1.7 miles.) and 90 feet wide.

The towers rise 746 feet above the water. 83,000 tons of steel was used. 41 million vehicles cross it each year.

It's colour is International orange aka orange vermillion.

The bridge is a suicide magnet. More people jump to their death from the Golden Gate Bridge than any other famous landmark in the world.

It Came from beneath the Sea
It Came from beneath the Sea
It Came from Beneath the Sea
It Came from Beneath the Sea

The bridge under attack from a giant octopus in It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955), the effects were by stop-motion legend Ray Harryhausen. It was actually more sextopus than octopus, the low-budget film had to cut corners and so Harryhausen's monster lost two tentacles.

Vertigo
Vertigo
Vertigo
Vertigo
Vertigo
Vertigo

James Stewart saves Kim Novak after she jumps into the sea in Hitchcock's classic psychological thriller, Vertigo (1958).

How the West Was Won
How the West Was Won

The Golden Gate Bridge as it appears in the western How the West Was Won (1962). This shot is at the very end of the film, Spencer Tracy narrates telling us how the USA has progressed since the Old West. The film was shot in Cinerama which used three cameras shooting at the same time and merging the shots on the big big screen, hence the very wide screenshot.

Superman the Movie
Superman the Movie
Superman the Movie
Superman the Movie
Superman the Movie
Superman the Movie

Superman the Movie (1978). Lex Luthor sends a nuclear missile into the San Andreas fault resulting in a major earthquake which threatens the Golden Gate Bridge with destruction. Superman saves the day.

Star Trek The Motion Picture (theatrical edition)
Star Trek The Motion Picture (theatrical edition)
Star Trek The Motion Picture (director's cut)
Star Trek The Motion Picture (director's cut)

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) Directed by Robert Wise.

San Francisco in the 23rd Century.

Star Trek IV The Voyage Home
Star Trek IV The Voyage Home

Kirk and Spock in 1986 San Francisco after travelling back in time to grab a couple of Humpback whales to save Earth's future in Star Trek IV The Voyage Home (1986).

A View to a Kill
A View to a Kill
A View to a Kill
A View to a Kill
A View to a Kill
A View to a Kill

James Bond vs Max Zorin atop the Golden Gate Bridge at the climax of A View to a Kill (1985) guess who wins?

The Abyss
The Abyss

A giant wave threatens the Golden Gate in James Cameron's The Abyss (1989).

Undersea aliens showing off their ability to manipulate water, luckily they turn out to be friendly aliens, well for now anyway.

Bicentennial Man
Bicentennial Man

It's a two level Golden Gate Bridge in the future in the Robin Williams sci-fi movie Bicentennial Man (1999). Does anyone remember this film?

The Core
The Core

The Core (2003) The Golden Gate Bridge melting because of some strange phenomenon the writer's dreamt up.

The Earth's core has stopped spinning and it is causing worldwide catastrophe, a team of scientists are sent to the centre of the earth in a special drilling machine - I'm not making this up - to jumpstart the core and save the Earth. Starring Aaron Eckhart and Hilary Swank.

Hulk (2003)
Hulk (2003)
Hulk (2003)
Hulk (2003)

The Hulk jumps onto one of the Golden Gates towers in Ang Lee's Hulk (2003) starring Eric Bana and Jennifer Connelly.

X-Men 3
X-Men 3
X-Men 3
X-Men 3
X-Men 3
X-Men 3

X-Men 3.(2006). Magneto (Ian McKellen) unleashes his magnetic powers and lifts up the Golden Gate Bridge, and moves it over to Alcatraz Island. There's something you don't see every day.

The Bridge (2006) poster
The Bridge (2006) poster



The Bridge (2006) a documentary directed by Eric Steel, released theatrically. 94mins.

A year in the life of the famous bridge, includes interviews with suicide survivors and graphic footage of people leaping to their death from the Golden Gate Bridge.

Nominated Best Documentary at the Chicago International Film Festival.


Monsters vs Aliens
Monsters vs Aliens

Monsters vs Aliens at the Golden Gate Bridge in the 2009 animated film.

Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus
Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus

A very large shark takes a bite out of the bridge in the utterly butterly bonkers Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus (2009). In another scene the shark is seen leaping out of the sea and chomping on an airplane flying thousands of feet up. Yep.

Land of the Lost (2009)
Land of the Lost (2009)

Will Ferrell and company fall through a time warp and end up staring at a strange landscape. Land of the Lost (2009) directed by Brad Silberling.

Star Trek (2009)
Star Trek (2009)
Star Trek (2009)
Star Trek (2009)

Romulan nutjob Nero attempts to destroy the Earth in Star Trek (2009) directed by J.J. Abrams and starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Rise of the Planet of the Apes

The Apes rise up and take over the Golden Gate Bridge at the climax of hit reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) directed by Rupert Wyatt and starring James Franco and Andy Serkis (as Caesar).

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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

Oh, what fun!

Hitchcock considered having the Birds end with birds all over the bridge while Tippi and gang left, but that didn't pan out.

Vertigo, of course, is very high on my list of Golden Gate Bridge sightings in movies. :)

Regarding the films you mention. I also have a fondness for How the west was Won, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star trek: The Voyage Home, and A View to a Kill


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Fun fun fun! I should have left out the names and had people guessing which film each shot came from, which is what I used to do on my forum. But I think most of these are easy.

Flora, the Golden Gate features in Shadow of a Doubt too but I didn't have the screenshots at hand, sorry. I have 7000 Vertigo screenshots in a folder here, one for every second of film. Subtitles included so I could create a filmbook or photonovel of Vertigo in my blog one day, it's a thought. Psycho and North by Northwest too.


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

Another outstanding Landmark Hub...I assume that the famous London Bridge will be coming soon. I think I have seen every single one of the movies you have listed. Probably the most famous ones would be Vertigo(Hitchcock must have been fascinated by America's landmarks), Star Trek: The Voyage Home and Superman.

I am sure there are lots more movies but I think you have the best of the best in this hub. You are really cranking out the hubs now, at this rate we will be celebrating your 200th hub very soon. Voted up and awesome. Other possible Landmarks: The White House(how many times has that been blown up in movies)...The Brooklyn Bridge.....The Pyramids.....I think you have found yourself a new series.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks Bruce, the ideas are endless, well it depends on if I can find the right photos. :)

I wanted to find the bridge in some really early films, I'll have to check IMDB.

I think I will go for a British landmark next...


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Mentalist acer 4 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

This hub is definitely a bridge to cross...I hope San Francisco has insurance on the bridge...Thanks Steve.;-))


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Scotty to bridge. She canna take much more of this cap'n!

Oh well at least I'm putting my screenshots to good use. :)

Looking at that first image and how long that centre span is, a few steel cables holding it up. Scary.

Thanks for posting Acer. Bridge out.


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

So which London landmarks are up for consideration beside the London Bridge?...I would imagine Big Ben, Buckingham Palace(how come aliens never blew that up?) and Stonehenge will be the top choices.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Bruce, I was thinking something like a big clock might be next, it was blown up by Martians so it might be worth documenting. :)


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

I've bought hubby Rise of Planet of The Apes and XMen3 for Christmas so I will get to see some of these scenes soon. I've seen most of these movies, my favourite of these is probably The Abyss or Vertigo. I have been to San Francisco 3 times, I love the city and I always visit the bridge though twice its been too foggy for photos. Good hub, voted up.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks Jools, appreciate it. My nephew visited San Francisco a few years ago and took a couple of photos at the same spot where Madeleine jumped in the sea in Vertigo.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Oh my goodness, a rather macabre photo! I have a photo of my husband and I on the mantlepiece with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. LAst time we went it was a sunny day so a good photo op.


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

That of course brings up the question of ...Have you ever visited the United States....and if yes...where did you go....and if no...how high on your bucket list is coming over here?


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

I haven't visited Bruce, but one day I will. It's such a huge place and the cities I want to visit are thousands of miles apart.

Jools even more macabre is when my nephew visited Seattle so he can go and see Bruce Lee's grave. I hope he enjoyed the city too. He emailed me photos of the grave... :)

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