Many great crime/crime thrillers films have been set the hilly San Francisco, two examples are Dirty Harry (which would be worthy pick for this week's theme) and Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (which I think doesn't fully fit the theme). Dirty Harry is great, but the film I am going to pick is the 1968 thriller Bullitt starring the effortlessly cool Steve McQueen. Bullitt is famous for its unforgettable car chase in the streets of San Fran and the surrounding areas, it is a classic of the 60s.
The French Connection
Much like Bullitt, William Friedkin's The French Connection is iconic for its car chase, in this case it is Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman) in a car following an elevated New York subway train. Director William Friedkin would go on to win Best Director as the film scooped awards for Best Actor (Hackman) and Best Film.
Much like Bullitt, the city playing host to LA Confidential also played host to a number of great crime films, most notably Chinatown. Set in 1950s LA, LA Confidential harks back to the noir films of the 1940s and is undoubtedly one of greatest films of the 90s.
Some bloggers do pick a bonus pick just to perhaps sneak in a choice they love but it didn't quite make to cut or perhaps, which is true in my case, they're not sure if fully fits the theme. The Secret in Their Eyes is a quite magnificent Argentine film worthy of a bonus nomination for this sequence alone - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE2gTZN-oPU - Sorry it doesn't have English subtitles.