"It Came from Beneath the Sea"

On this date in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge was dedicated. Considered one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers, the bridge spans the Golden Gate Straight, the mile-wide, three-mile-long channel between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

It’s one of the best known bridges in the world and has been featured in a number of movies.

Here are five of the most intriguing:

1. “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” (2011) Caesar, a chimpanzee who gains human-like intelligence from an experimental drug, leads a revolt with fellow simians against humans. The climactic battle takes place on the bridge.

2. “Vertigo” (1958) San Francisco is one of the stars in this psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Madeleine (Kim Novak) attempts to commit suicide by jumping into the San Francisco Bay from Fort Point, at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, only to be saved by James Stewart's detective Scottie  Ferguson.

3. “It Came from Beneath the Sea” (1955) A classic Cold War Sci Fi movie about a gigantic octopus that’s been forced out of its natural habitat by hydrogen bomb testing. The creature terrorizes San Francisco and is especially enraged by the bridge, which he tries to destroy. When the movie opened, it was on a double bill with “Creature with the Atom Brain.”

4. “Monsters vs. Aliens” (2009) After being struck by a meteorite, Susan is turned into a monster who, along with some other friendly monsters,  must battle with a gigantic robot sent down to probe the earth by an evil alien. The battle  in this animated movie takes place on the Golden Gate Bridge, but don’t worry, the Monsters win.

5. "Godzilla" (20014) In this summer’s big monster movie, Godzilla heads from Japan to San Francisco, where he fights the MUTOs (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms) and the military. Godzilla wins the big confrontation at the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Jane Holahan is the editor of the Entertainment section at Lancaster Newspapers. She can be reached at jholahan@lnpnews.com or (717) 481-6016. You can also follow@JaneHolahan on Twitter.