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January 15, 2009

(Site last updated 16 April 2014)

This field guide will help you walk in the steps of the 1971 movie, Dirty Harry. Many of the  San Francisco locations still exist today.

Navigate through the different scenes by using the PAGE links to the right of this post.

Dirty Harry was produced by Clint Eastwood’s Malpaso Company and can be purchased everywhere, including Warner Bros. The soundtrack is available from composer Lalo Schifrin’s own website .

Enjoy this blog, and if you do visit, please respect the privacy and property rights of the community.

dirtyharryfilminglocations(at)gmail.com

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. Larry N. permalink
    June 10, 2009 7:06 pm

    This is a terrific find. I visited San Francisco for the first time last month and I wish I had seen this site first! I introduced my daughter to Dirty Harry a couple years ago and we set our sights on seeing as many locations from the film as possible during our trip. We found some other resources, but none as good as this one. Great work!

  2. Mark M. permalink
    June 26, 2009 11:28 pm

    Can’t thank you enough for this!! I saw Dirty Harry for the first time as a teenager in the late 70’s, and for some reason every time I watch the film I’m left at the end wondering what ever became of that quarry! It’s weird I know but there’s always been something poignant about that scene; tonight on a whim I googled the movie and found this! Thanks for the hard investigative work, great photographs, and for answering many questions! :) All the best, Mark

  3. Garth Stevenson permalink
    April 18, 2010 8:39 pm

    Planning on a trip to SF this May 2010. I have been researching filming locations in the SF area, in particular the ones for Dirty Harry. Your blog is excellent, and I can’t thank you enough for putting your findings available on line. Can’t wait to check these locations out in May..I hope the weather co-operates.

    Many many thxs.,

    Garth Stevenson
    Nova Scotia, Canada

  4. May 6, 2010 2:49 pm

    I’ve just watched this movie recently! Only wished I read your blog earlier when I was in SF but I’ll be keeping it in mind for my next trip there.

  5. June 9, 2010 9:23 pm

    Love ‘Dirty Harry.’ One of my favorite movies, right up there with ‘Chinatown.’ And this is a great weblog! First rate, meticulously researched and well put together. A terrific resource for fans of the first and greatest ‘Harry.’ I’ll have to mention this site in my own blogs.

  6. Sparafucile permalink
    September 29, 2010 3:30 am

    Many of the shots of the police helicopter flying over the Eastern part of the City are shot from the top of 1250 Jones St, the “Clay-Jones” building (a 20-story apt/condo building constructed in 1928). From this vantage, you can see the steel framing of the Embarcadero Towers under construction.

  7. Murray Shoring permalink
    June 27, 2011 2:00 am

    Love your website!

    I was in San Francisco last August, but unfortunately didn’t have a lot of time.

    Next time I am visiting from Australia, I will make sure I allow much more time – and have a list of your suggested locations with me.

    Thanks.

  8. Shuichi permalink
    August 16, 2011 2:49 am

    This is an incredible website. Dirty harry is the movie which I watched more times than any other movies. as far as i know. I have been to Frisco twice(1995,2006). I went there all the way from Japan to visit the filming locations. I made it to the place like suicide jumper bldg., Kezar stadium, Golden gate Park, Peter & paul Church, forst hills station, City hall, etc. But I should have known this site before my visit.

    Please keep up this site. I will be watching and looking forward to next update.

    Thanks man,

    From a die hard fan from Japan

  9. dan ford permalink
    August 19, 2011 6:15 pm

    Amazing website for an amazing film thank you.
    Dan Ford ,exeter devon UK

  10. March 3, 2012 8:23 pm

    The young African American boy slain by Scorpio is suppose to be at Sierra and Texas. That seems to the right location. The area seems to have gone through an extensive makeover, but the apartment buildings seen high on the bluff in the background when Harry is on the walkie talkie are still there on Turner Terrace.

  11. Kevin permalink
    August 20, 2012 6:59 pm

    I’ve gone through your entire site and it’s great! It’s very comprehensive. Have you considered doing the same for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home? My attempts so far have turned up very little. I found a pretty good one for ‘Bullet’, however. The format was more difficult to navigate than your’s but fairly comprehensive.

    • tridum permalink
      March 17, 2013 5:17 pm

      I looked up some of the sites on IMDB for Star Trek IV, being a Trek fan myself. Sadly not as much of the movie was filmed in San Fran as you’d think. Most of the street scenes, e.g “double dumb ass”, “nuclear wessels”, etc were filmed along Columbus Ave. Likewise where Scotty is walking with McCoy (the Yellow Book backdrop) and were Kirk goes to sell the spectacles were filmed right off of Columbus near the 500 block of Pacific. When Kirk and Spock are on the bus they do appear to be headed for Sausalito north on the Golden Gate, but their is no Aquarium in Sausalito. The actual aquarium is in Monterey. All of the “Golden Gate Park” scenes were filmed down in a park in Los Angeles. The street were Kirk and Spock are picked up by Gillian is Marina Blvd and is also seen in Vertigo in the famous scene were Kim Novak’s double jumps in the bay near Ft. Pointe. I hope this helps!

  12. tridum permalink
    March 17, 2013 5:09 pm

    I want to say thank you. I just got back from San Francisco and used your site to follow Harry and Scorpio around the city. Nice work and look forward to more!

  13. John permalink
    September 21, 2013 10:08 pm

    I’ve been devoted to this film for thirty years, have visited SF on several occasions and have done my own visits to the landscapes, as they are now. This is just to say thanks for your excellent work and site, and for making me feel not so alone in a forensic appreciation of one of the greatest, and my favourite, of all films. John, England, 21/09/13

  14. September 29, 2013 9:01 pm

    Fantastic and very helpful. Great effort. Heading over in 2 weeks and most web sites or apps were mostly useless – this is great

  15. Alex A permalink
    May 27, 2014 6:49 pm

    I agree. This is a very cool website for Dirty Harry fans.

    I too like a few of the posts above am visiting San Fran for the first time ever this summer.

    I am interested to know where the bank (if it indeed was a bank then or now) is that Harry points his 44 at the bank robber on the sidewalk and he speaks those immortal words for the first time: “I know what you’re thinking. Did he fire six shots or only five?…”.

    • Larry N. permalink
      May 27, 2014 6:58 pm

      Alex, I believe the scene you’re talking about was filmed on a set. In other words, not a real S.F. location, but a soundstage built specifically for that scene.

    • Dirty Harry Filming Locations permalink*
      May 27, 2014 7:37 pm

      Alex, I believe the bank robbery scene was filmed on the back lot at Universal Studios. To the best of my knowledge it was the only scene that wasn’t filmed in San Francisco: http://www.latimes.com/local/lat-dirty-harry-backlot-photo.html

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