What’s your favorite San Francisco movie? There’s plenty to choose from, dating back to the very first one, appropriately titled “The Fog” and shot here in 1923.

Since then, we’ve had old-time classics like “The Maltese Falcon” and “Vertigo,” “Pal Joey” and “The Birds.” Mid-century gems like “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” and “The Graduate.” And modern favorites like “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “The Game” and the greatest Muni film ever made, “The Last Black Man in San Francisco.” For car chases, Steve McQueen’s “Bullitt” stands alone.

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The Arena, a column from The Examiner’s Al Saracevic, explores San Francisco’s playing field, from politics and technology to sports and culture. Send your tips, quips and quotes to asaracevic@sfexaminer.com. Sign up for his weekly newsletter here. And follow him on Twitter @alsaracevic.