The rebooting of "Godzilla" and "Planet of the Apes" makes San Francisco look like the new Tokyo or New York ... in terms of being destroyed on film. But the City by the Bay has a long history of being crushed, invaded and shook to pieces on film, including:

"It Came From Beneath the Sea" (1955): The title says it all. Legendary special effects master Ray Harryhausen's giant octopus roughs up the Golden Gate Bridge pretty good, even if it technically only has six arms due to budget constraints.

"Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1978): Aliens invade San Francisco by cloning humans in this much-scarier remake of the classic 1956 film. The finale outside city hall may be the greatest, albeit strangest, scene in Donald Sutherland's storied career.

UNIVERSAL PICTURESEric Bana goes on a rampage in San Francisco in Ang Lee’s unsuccessful 2003 film "The Hulk."
UNIVERSAL PICTURES Eric Bana goes on a rampage in San Francisco in Ang Lee's unsuccessful 2003 film "The Hulk." ( up )

"Superman" (1978): Gene Hackman's Lex Luthor fires a missile into the San Andreas Fault, forcing Christopher Reeve's Superman to snatch a bus full of kids from plunging off a crumbling Golden Gate Bridge.

"A View to a Kill" (1985): In Roger Moore's last turn as James Bond, the villain Zorin, played by Christopher Walken, tries destroying Silicon Valley ... which is really close to San Francisco. We know this because the climactic scene is played out on the Golden Gate.

"The Rock" (1996): Disgruntled soldiers steal some missiles full of nerve gas and take over Alcatraz. Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage destroy as much of the city as possible during an epic car chase. But the real threat comes when General Hummel (Ed Harris) diverts a missile out to sea just before it slams into a packed Candlestick Park (to the chagrin of Raiders fans everywhere).

"Hulk" (2003): Hulk. Smash. San Francisco.

"The Core" (2003): So when a beam of solar energy gets through the Earth's failing magnetic field, what does it hit? The Golden Gate Bridge, of course.

"X-Men: The Last Stand" (2006): The Golden Gate is targeted yet again, as Magneto rips the bridge out of its Marin County moorings and moves Alcatraz. The showoff.

"Monsters vs. Aliens" (2009): Even cartoons go after the Golden Gate.

"Star Trek Into Darkness" (2013): The San Francisco of the future can also be ravaged, this time by falling spaceships.

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