Golden Gate Bridge in popular culture

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Kim Novak in the 1958 film Vertigo

As a prominent American landmark, the Golden Gate Bridge has been used in a variety of media, often shown or mentioned where San Francisco, California is the setting of the story.



Golden Gate Bridge has been destroyed in the following films.

Other appearances[edit]

It has featured also in the following movies.[1]


It has been the subject of a 2006 documentary and a 2008-2010 documentary TV series:

  • The Bridge – a film about suicides from Golden Gate Bridge in 2004.
  • Life After People - A TV documentary series about what happens to the world if humanity suddenly disappears; the Golden Gate Bridge collapses after around 100 years due to corrosion in its support cables. After 200 years, only the towers remain intact.

Video games[edit]

The bridge appeared in the 2000 video game Midtown Madness 2.

The bridge is replicated in the 2004 video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas which is itself heavily based on San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. There it is known as the "Gant Bridge".

In Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, the bridge is destroyed in the "Collapse" campaign mission after Atlas detonates it.

The 2011 game Driver: San Francisco, as its name implies, is set in San Francisco. It also features many missions modelled after famous movie car chases including one from Gone in 60 Seconds which ends at the Golden Gate Bridge.

In Watch Dogs 2, the bridge appears in the game as it is set in the San Francisco Bay Area. In a side mission in the game, the character will paint graffiti on the Bridge.

The Golden Gate Bridge also appeared in several SCS games like 18 Wheels of Steel series and American Truck Simulator as part of the game world.


  • KRON-TV, the former NBC/My Network TV affiliate used an animated version of the Golden Gate Bridge as their legal ID in the 1970s and 1980s.[3]
  • NORAD Tracks Santa, the Golden Gate Bridge was a featured Santa Cam location for the 2002 tracking season.[4]
  • A small-scale replica of the bridge was previously used at the main entry point of Disney's California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California. The replica was replaced in the early 2010s by a small-scale model of the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge as part of the entrance plaza's transformation into a re-creation of Los Angeles' Buena Vista Street.[5]
  • In the Sliders episode "Post Traumatic Slide Syndrome", the Golden Gate Bridge is blue, which is how Wade finds out the Earth they have landed on is not Earth Prime.
  • The Disney Channel Original Series That's So Raven is set in San Francisco, thus it features the bridge multiple times during scene changes.


  1. ^ "How many times was Golden Gate Bridge under attack?". Retrieved June 18, 2018.
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  3. ^ [2] YouTube video of GGB legal ID from July 14, 1987
  4. ^ tomsmith0002 (January 15, 2009). "NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 23 - San Francisco, CA, USA - English" – via YouTube.
  5. ^ "Golden Gate Bridge at Yesterland".