Movies and TV shows set in california

The list contains the best, new and most relevant movies set in california ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, humorous, melancholic, weird, harsh and serious films and TV shows about / with dialogue, mentor, runaway, storytelling, catastrophe, chase, culture clash, childhood, destiny and family relations plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres shot in USA, Germany, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as california: American Graffiti (1973), The Legend of Zorro (2005), The Candidate (1972), Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), Menace II Society (1993), There Will Be Blood (2007), Inherent Vice (2014), Dope (2015), The Lost Boys (1987), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).

List of movies set in california

American Graffiti (1973)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A couple of high school graduates spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college.
Style: humorous, feel good, melancholic, semi serious, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, date night, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, car, high school, teenager, small town, friendship, rock and roll, first love, love at first sight, street racing, radio, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 60s, year 1962, 70s, 50s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
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The Legend of Zorro (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Romance, Thriller, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Having spent the last 10 years fighting injustice and cruelty, Alejandro de la Vega is now facing his greatest challenge: his loving wife Elena has thrown him out of the house! Elena has filed for divorce and found comfort in the arms of Count ...
Style: exciting, sexy, realistic, semi serious, entertaining ...
Audience: girls' night, kids, boys' night
Plot: zorro, adventure, sword fight, superhero, tough guy, folk hero, old west, swashbuckler, romance, good versus evil, heroic mission, spy ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1850s
Place: california, mexico, las vegas, los angeles, latin america ...
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 7.0
 11K
The Candidate (1972)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Bill McKay is a candidate for the U.S. Senate from California. He has no hope of winning, so he is willing to tweak the establishment.
Style: political, thought provoking, witty, realistic, cynical ...
Plot: politics, election, father son relationship, idealism, political campaign, political rally, satire, u.s. senator, campaign, manipulation, political corruption, honest ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, latin america, usa, san diego california, san francisco
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Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Follows a group of high school students growing up in southern California, based on the real-life adventures chronicled by Cameron Crowe. Stacy Hamilton and Mark Ratner are looking for a love interest, and are helped along by their older classmates, ...
Style: humorous, teen sex comedy, feel good, sexy, funny ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night
Plot: high school, coming of age, teenager, unwanted pregnancy, teenage pregnancy, loss of virginity, friendship, first sex, shopping mall, female nudity, nudity (full frontal - brief), youth ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, los angeles, southern california
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Menace II Society (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Menace II Society is a coming of age tale detailing the summer after its protagonist Caine (Tyrin Turner) graduates from high school. This is Caine's story, which details real life in today's tough inner city.
Style: tense, realistic, bleak, stylized, serious ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: african american, urban ghetto life, street gang, crimes, hip hop, murder, gangsters, friendship, police brutality, gang, organized crime, ghetto ...
Time: 90s, year 1993, 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, north america
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There Will Be Blood (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 158 min.
Story: Ruthless silver miner, turned oil prospector, Daniel Plainview moves to oil-rich California. Using his adopted son to project a trustworthy, family-man image, Plainview cons local landowners into selling him their valuable properties for a pittance. ...
Style: serious, suspense, disturbing, bleak, epic ...
Plot: oil, greed, character study, ambition, misanthrope, rivalry, rise to the top, money, obsession, father son relationship, sign language, religion ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, 1920s, turn of the century, 1890s ...
Place: california, pacific ocean, usa, san francisco, los angeles
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 6.6
 104K
Inherent Vice (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: In Los Angeles at the turn of the 1970s, drug-fueled detective Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of an ex-girlfriend.
Style: neo noir, atmospheric, surreal, twists and turns, sexy ...
Plot: private investigator, drugs, investigation, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship, drug trade, obsession, private detective, nudity (full frontal - brief), paranoia, hippie, conspiracy, police investigation ...
Time: 70s, 60s, year 1970, year 1967, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, southern california, usa, beverly hills
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 7.2
 85K
Dope (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Malcolm is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles while juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the SAT. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from ...
Style: feel good, realistic, suspense, intense, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: teenager, coming of age, gangsters, friendship, school, african american, hip hop, adolescence, drugs, gang, geek, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2015
Place: los angeles, california, harvard university, usa
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 7.2
 141K
The Lost Boys (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A mother and her two teenage sons move to a seemingly nice and quiet small coastal California town yet soon find out that it's overrun by bike gangs and vampires. A couple of teenage friends take it upon themselves to hunt down the vampires ...
Style: scary, stylized, surprise ending, gothic, humorous ...
Audience: teens, family outing, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: vampire, small town, supernatural, brother brother relationship, goth, teenage boy, transformation, supernatural power, amusement park, single mother, motorcycle, coming of age ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott. Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, sad, feel good, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, girls' night, teens ...
Plot: alien, friendship, benign alien, childhood, extraterrestrial, halloween, children, alien contact, empathy, stranded, bicycle, boy ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, sesame street, los angeles
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The Mask of Zorro (1998)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Thriller, Western
Country: USA, Mexico, Germany
Duration: 136 min.
Story: It has been twenty years since Don Diego de la Vega fought Spanish oppression in Alta California as the legendary romantic hero, Zorro. Having escaped from prison he transforms troubled bandit Alejandro into his successor, in order to foil the plans ...
Style: romantic, sexy, exciting, entertaining, breathtaking ...
Audience: girls' night, family outing, teens
Plot: adventure, lone hero, superhero, love and romance, revenge, secret identity, zorro, heroic mission, good versus evil, vengeance, romance, daring rescue ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1840s, 1820s
Place: california, mexico, egypt, las vegas, usa
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 7.0
 21K
The Sure Thing (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Gib, a beer-guzzling slob, and Alison, an uptight Ivy-Leaguer, are an unlikely duo stuck together on a cross-country trip during Christmas break. At first they get on each other's nerves but, as time passes, they find their divergent natures ...
Style: road movie, feel good, humorous, touching, light ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick, date night
Plot: road trip, coming of age, college, on the road, student life, teenager, romance, youth, cross country, love, couples, one night stand ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
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 6.0
 15K
The Wizard (1989)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Corey (Fred Savage) refuses to let his emotionally disturbed younger brother Jimmy (Luke Edwards) be institutionalized, and the two run away together. They soon join forces with a resourceful girl (Jenny Lewis), who notices that Jimmy has a special ...
Style: road movie, humorous, touching, intense, melancholic ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids
Plot: adventure, teenager, computer game, video game, on the road, competition, family, nintendo, kids and family, underdog, family relations, siblings relations ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, las vegas, los angeles, nevada, utah ...
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 7.2
 9K
Fat City (1972)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Two men, working as professional boxers, come to blows when their careers each begin to take opposite momentum.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, neo noir, serious, captivating ...
Plot: boxing, alcohol abuse, friendship, sport, boxer, boxing match, comeback, athlete's life, ambition, rivalry, unfulfillment, introspection ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, northern california
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 8.3
 180K
Californication (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 28 min.
TV show
Story: A self-loathing, alcoholic writer attempts to repair his damaged relationships with his daughter and her mother while combating sex addiction, a budding drug problem, and the seeming inability to avoid making bad decisions.
Style: sexy, witty, cynical, humorous, sexual ...
Plot: womanizer, writer's life, sexual relations, lust, dark humor, lifestyle, writers, sexual activity, family life, strong sexual content, family problems, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, new york
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 6.0
 235K
San Andreas (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, a rescue-chopper pilot makes a dangerous journey across the state in order to rescue his estranged daughter.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, suspense, absurd, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: disaster, natural disaster, catastrophe, survival, forces of nature, adventure, earthquake, tsunami, happy ending, father daughter relationship, daring rescue, apocalypse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, san francisco, los angeles, usa, nevada
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 6.7
 53K
Veronica Mars (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France, Germany
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Years after walking away from her past as a teenage private eye, Veronica Mars gets pulled back to her hometown - just in time for her high school reunion - in order to help her old flame Logan Echolls, who's embroiled in a murder mystery.
Style: witty, twists and turns, exciting, melancholic, light ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: amateur detective, private detective, who done it, investigation, crimes, mystery, secrets, murder, culture clash, runaway, surveillance, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: california, usa
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 7.6
 70K
Duel (1971)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Travelling businessman, David Mann, angers the driver of a rusty tanker whilst crossing the Californian desert. A simple trip turns deadly as Mann struggles to stay on the road while the tanker plays cat and mouse with his life.
Style: road movie, atmospheric, macabre, exciting, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: car chase, truck, desert, road rage, chase, truck driver, stalking, gas station, car, psychopath, survival, mysterious villain ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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Night of the Comet (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Two girls from the Valley wake up to find that a passing comet has eradicated their world and left behind a mysterious red-dust and a pack of cannibal mutants. With the help of a friendly truck driver, the girls save the earth from a villainous ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, macabre, sexy, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: post apocalypse, zombie, end of the world, survival, mad scientist, disaster, teenager, sister sister relationship, zombie attack, comet, vestiges of humanity, save the world ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, san diego california
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 7.6
 22K
Mildred Pierce (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 336 min.
TV show
Story: A newly divorced, uniquely independent woman struggles to carve out a new life for herself and her family in Depression-era California.
Style: emotional, thought provoking, clever, serious, atmospheric ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: housewife, depression, single parent, tragic event, struggle, family relations, suffering, divorce, friendship, ambitious, heroine, social differences ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: california, los angeles, tokyo, usa
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 7.4
 154K
Palm Springs (2020)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When carefree Nyles and reluctant maid of honor Sarah have a chance encounter at a Palm Springs wedding, things get complicated when they find themselves unable to escape the venue, themselves, or each other.
Style: funny, feel good, romantic, touching, entertaining ...
Plot: time loop, time travel, wedding, repeated event, time traveler, love and romance, time, family relations, couple relations, dark humor, desert, one day ...
Time: contemporary, future
Place: california, austin texas, palm springs california, texas
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 5.6
 88K
The Bling Ring (2013)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, UK, France, Germany, Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the Internet to track celebrities' whereabouts in order to rob their homes.
Style: sexy, stylized, absurd, captivating, serious ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: teenage life, heist, youth, juvenile delinquency, celebrity, burglary, high society, greed, teenager, crimes, coming of age, high school ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: california, los angeles, new jersey, israel, usa ...
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 7.4
 40K
Love & Mercy (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: The life of reclusive and eccentric Beach Boys songwriter and musician Brian Wilson.
Style: factual, emotional, intense, melancholic, talky ...
Plot: musician, mental illness, psychotherapist, pop music, rock music, drug abuse, music, addiction, songwriter, hearing voices, husband wife relationship, relationships ...
Time: 60s, 80s, year 1939, year 1992, year 1995 ...
Place: california, malibu california, new jersey, usa, los angeles
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 7.3
 147K
Coach Carter (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Based on a true story, in which Richmond High School head basketball coach Ken Carter made headlines in 1999 for benching his undefeated team due to poor academic results.
Style: motivational, inspirational, touching, sincere, captivating ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids, family outing, girls' night ...
Plot: basketball, sport, teacher, teachers and students, athlete and trainer, high school, underdog, dedicated educator, athlete's life, human spirit, teenager, sport team ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, new jersey, texas, usa, sacramento california ...
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 7.4
 36K
Virgin River (2019)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: After seeing an ad for a midwife, a recently divorced big-city nurse moves to the redwood forests of California, where she meets an intriguing man.
Style: captivating, surprise ending, sincere, entertaining, exciting ...
Plot: small town, flirting, friendship, new life, romance, nurse, small town life, comeback, escape attempt, adaptation, new job, hopes ...
Place: california
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 6.9
 55K
The Majestic (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 152 min.
Story: Set in 1951, a blacklisted Hollywood writer gets into a car accident, loses his memory and settles down in a small town where he is mistaken for a long-lost son.
Style: feel good, inspirational, sentimental, emotional, touching ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: small town, amnesia, memory loss, mistaken identity, hollywood, romance, writer's life, justice, life philosophy, happy ending, lovers reunited, parents and children ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1951
Place: california, usa
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Five Easy Pieces (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A drop-out from upper-class America picks up work along the way on oil-rigs when his life isn't spent in a squalid succession of bars, motels, and other points of interest.
Style: road movie, thought provoking, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: road trip, character study, dysfunctional family, musician, alienation, working class, drifter, pianist, on the road, hitchhiker, complex characters, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, washington state, texas, los angeles ...
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 7.1
 129K
Wild (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A woman with a tragic past decides to start her new life by hiking for one thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail.
Style: meditative, uplifting, captivating, emotional, psychological ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: wilderness, self discovery, hiking, cheating on husband, human spirit, survival, nature, female protagonist, death of mother, grief, journey, loneliness ...
Time: year 1995, 90s, 20th century
Place: california, portland oregon, usa, oregon, mojave desert
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The Chumscrubber (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The Chumscrubber is a dark comedy about the lives of people who live in upper-class suburbia. It all begins when Dean Stiffle finds the body of his friend, Troy. He doesn't bother telling any of the adults because he knows they won't care. ...
Style: surreal, bleak, semi serious, humorous, witty ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, suicide, suburbs, kidnapping, dark humor, drug abuse, youth, friendship, mistaken identity, teenager, parent child relationship, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
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 6.1
 4K
Falcon Crest (1981)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Falcon Crest is an American primetime television soap opera which aired on the CBS network for nine seasons, from December 4, 1981 to May 17, 1990. A total of 227 episodes were produced. The series revolves around the feuding factions of the ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, touching, melancholic ...
Plot: wealthy family, family relations, betrayal, intrigue, rivalry, family business, family feud, family problems, parents and children, ambition, dishonesty, blind ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: california, usa
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