San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge has suffered all manner of damage and destruction in television and on film. But out of all the earthquakes, sea monsters, and alien attacks, who caused the bridge its most impressive destruction?
The video above was collected by The Movie Dood, and includes some movies in which the bridge was merely in peril (such as the Bond film A View To A Kill and the most recent Star Trek film. There are also a handful of movies, such as Terminator: Salvation and The Book of Eli, that show the Golden Gate already long damaged and decaying. Here are some scenes where we get to see the bridge meet its fate — or at least watch it smolder:
It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955): In this early on-screen destruction, a stop-motion octopus crushes portions of the bridge with its powerful tentacles.
Superman: The Movie (1978): Lex Luthor's missile triggers a massive West Coast earthquake, and you can't have a movie earthquake in California without putting a few cracks in the Golden Gate — and a school bus crossing the bridge for good measure.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine "The Changing Face of Evil" (1999): The Dominion was one of the scariest foes the Federation ever faced, and to prove it, the Founders launched an all-out attack on Earth. We don't get to see the projectiles hit the Golden Gate Bridge, but we do get to watch it burn.
The Core (2003): It's bad science, but it's still fun to watch. In this movie, the bridge is dissolved by exposure to unfiltered sunlight.
10.5 (2004): This TV miniseries centered around a series of devastating earthquakes — and again, a San Francisco tremor is essential. The city falls to a 9.2, and the Golden Gate crumbles with it.
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006): Boats are boring. Magneto decides that the best way to provide his army of mutants access to the Worthington facility on Alcatraz Island is by moving the Golden Gate to suit his travel needs.
Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus (2009): A giant stock-footage shark takes a big bite out of the bridge. Somehow, the '50s octopus was more convincing.
Monsters vs. Aliens (2009): This film features that classic showdown of giant robot versus mutant insect larva kaiju. The bridge just happens to get in the way.