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, talky, interesting, clever, melancholic and dramatic films and TV shows about / with dialogue, mentor, runaway, storytelling, catastrophe, culture clash, drinking, chase, friendship and honest plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Thriller genres shot in USA, Mexico, Hungary and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as california: The Mentalist (2008), Californication (2007), American Graffiti (1973), Sideways (2004), Big Wednesday (1978), There Will Be Blood (2007), The Mask of Zorro (1998), Fat City (1972), The Sure Thing (1985), Duel (1971).
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There Will Be Blood
Drama
USA
158 min.
 8.1
American Graffiti
Comedy, Drama
USA
110 min.
 7.5
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Age of Summer
Comedy, Drama, Romance
USA
88 min.
 5.4
Mandy
Action, Horror, Thriller
USA, Belgium, UK
121 min.
 6.8

List of movies set in california

 8.1
 147K
The Mentalist
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Patrick Jane, a former celebrity psychic medium, uses his razor sharp skills of observation and expertise at "reading" people to solve serious crimes with the California Bureau of Investigation.
Style: suspense, twists and turns, intellectual, exciting, suspenseful ...
Plot: crimes, murder, partners against crime, police, vengeance, serial killer, fighting crime, police investigation, danger, blood, partners, psychic ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: california, usa
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 8.3
 160K
Californication
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 28 min.
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: dark humor, humorous, witty, sexy, sexual ...
Plot: womanizer, writer's life, lust, lifestyle, drugs/alcohol, strong sexual content, sexual relations, family problems, family life, sexual activity, addiction, hollywood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: california, usa
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American Graffiti
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: realistic, humorous, sentimental, semi serious, feel good ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: small town, innocence lost, friendship, radio, coming of age, teenager, high school, dance, oldies, college, geek, buddies ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 1950s, year 1962
Place: california, usa
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 7.5
 165K
Sideways
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Hungary
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Two middle-aged men embark on a spiritual journey through Californian wine country. One is an unpublished novelist suffering from depression, and the other is only days away from walking down the aisle.
Style: clever, realistic, talky, witty, road movie ...
Plot: friendship, wine, midlife crisis, depression, road trip, divorce, infidelity, verbal byplay, strong sexual content, golf, relationships, drinking ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, san diego california
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Big Wednesday
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Three 1960s California surfers fool around, drift apart and reunite years later to ride epic waves.
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, sincere, exciting ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: friendship, surfing, coming of age, cult, adolescence, buddies, coming-of-age, unlikely friendships, mentor, pornography, drinking, life philosophy ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: california, hawaii, usa, vietnam, texas ...
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There Will Be Blood
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: bleak, atmospheric, realistic, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: oil, greed, obsession, violence, capitalism, clergy, lone wolves, character study, storytelling, loneliness, violent, blind ambition ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century, 20s, turn of the century ...
Place: california, usa, los angeles, mine, pacific ocean
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The Mask of Zorro
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Thriller, Western
Country: USA, Germany, Mexico
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: exciting, humorous, semi serious, realistic, entertaining ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: adventure, sword fight, romance, revenge, good versus evil, vengeance, swashbuckler, superhero, adventurer, lone hero, period piece, chase ...
Time: 19th century, 1820s, 1840s
Place: california, mexico, usa, egypt, las vegas
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 7.4
 6K
Fat City
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: atmospheric, realistic, bleak, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: friendship, boxing, sport, loneliness, athlete's life, working class, character study, relationships, dialogue, underdog, greed, small town ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa
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 7.0
 17K
The Sure Thing
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 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: touching, road movie, semi serious, romantic, sweet ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, chick flick, teen comedy
Plot: road trip, romance, college, coming of age, teenager, beer, on the road, unlikely couple, relationships, adolescence, high school, young lovers ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, cross country
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 7.7
 55K
Duel
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: suspenseful, tense, atmospheric, exciting, road movie ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: desert, chase, car chase, on the road, stalking, salesman, serial killer, on the run, cars, storytelling, psychopath, paranoid ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa
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 7.7
 370K
Zodiac
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The true story of the investigation of the "Zodiac Killer", a serial killer who terrified the San Francisco Bay Area, taunting police with his ciphers and letters. The case becomes an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are ...
Style: tense, enigmatic, suspense, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: serial killer, mystery, investigation, crime, murder, police, murder mystery, uncover truth, paranoia, obsession, violence, code ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 70s, year 1979 ...
Place: california, san francisco, usa, oakland california
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 7.4
 30K
McFarland, USA
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A track coach in a small California town transforms a team of athletes into championship contenders.
Style: touching, serious, inspirational, realistic, uplifting ...
Audience: kids, boys' night, teens
Plot: small town, underdog, teacher, dedicated educator, high school, school, competition, football, mentor, father daughter relationship, sport, family ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, usa, new jersey, texas
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 7.2
 2K
Smile
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: It's time again for California's "Young American Miss" beauty pageant, the biggest event of the year for Big Bob Freelander and Brenda DiCarlo, who give their all to put on a successful pageant. But Brenda is having marital ...
Style: humorous, realistic, biting, semi serious, satirical ...
Plot: beauty pageant, social differences, suburban life, childhood, sarcasm, obsession, character study, americana, small town, depression, greed, drinking ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa
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 6.1
 180K
San Andreas
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
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, serious, suspense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: catastrophe, survival, natural disaster, adventure, father daughter relationship, daring rescue, death, earthquake, redemption, chaos and mayhem, danger, family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, san francisco, usa, los angeles, nevada
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 7.7
 16K
Mildred Pierce
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 336 min.
Story: A newly divorced, uniquely independent woman struggles to carve out a new life for herself and her family in Depression-era California.
Style: talky, stylized, emotional, gloomy, epic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: depression, adaptation, divorce, single parent, parents and children, tragedy, period piece, obsession, society, betrayal, storytelling, pornography ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, tokyo
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 7.1
 5K
Testament
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Nuclear war in the United States is portrayed in a realistic and believable manner. The story is told through the eyes of a woman who is struggling to take care of her family. The entire movie takes place in a small suburban town outside San ...
Style: realistic, bleak, emotional, touching, disturbing ...
Plot: small town, survival, nuclear war, tragedy, death, memory, loneliness, nuclear, depression, end of the world, human spirit, family ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, future
Place: california, usa, san francisco
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 7.4
 93K
Brick
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.
Style: stylized, clever, atmospheric, witty, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, mystery, investigation, murder, crime, drugs, teenager, neo noir, betrayal, violence, amateur detective, neo-noir ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
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The Legend of Zorro
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, humorous, semi serious, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: adventure, sword fight, divorce, swashbuckler, superhero, heroic mission, relationship vs career, old west, fight scenes, conspiracy, danger, dialogue ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: california, mexico, latin america, usa, los angeles ...
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 7.2
 74K
Dope
Genre: 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: realistic, sentimental, semi serious, humorous, clever ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, geek, teenager, hip hop, marijuana, high school, violence, teenage life, drugs, coming-of-age, weed, gangsters ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa, harvard university
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 7.9
 11K
3 Women
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: An awkward young teen working at a spa becomes overly attached to her fellow worker, a lonely outcast. They hang out at a bar owned by a strange pregnant artist and her has-been cowboy husband. Amid emotional crises, the three woman steal and trade ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, psychological, stylized, semi serious ...
Plot: desert, surrealism, artist, suicide attempt, loneliness, identity, friendship, women, dreams, relationships, character study, obsession ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, texas
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It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: A group of strangers come across a man dying after a car crash who proceeds to tell them about the $350,000 he buried in California. What follows is the madcap adventures of those strangers as each attempts to claim the prize for himself.
Style: humorous, epic, road movie, feel good, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: chase, treasure hunt, farce, race, desert, adventure, greed, road trip, nothing goes right, on the road, money, chases and races ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: california, usa
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The Bad News Bears
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California little league.
Style: realistic, clever, feel good, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens
Plot: underdog, baseball, family, sport, childhood, beer, motorcycle, foul language, children, mentor, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, 1930s, year 1976
Place: california, usa, new jersey, san francisco
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The Social Network
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room as a small site among ...
Style: realistic, talky, clever, intellectual, based on true events ...
Plot: social network, geek, computer genius, rise to the top, creator, ambition, ego clash, complex characters, computers and web, obsession, loneliness, business ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2003, 2000s
Place: usa, harvard university, california, massachusetts, new york
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 6.8
 13K
Bottle Shock
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Paris-based wine expert Steven Spurrier heads to California in search of cheap wine that he can use for a blind taste test in the French capital. Stumbling upon the Napa Valley, the stuck-up Englishman is shocked to discover a winery turning out ...
Style: feel good, semi serious, realistic, humorous, offbeat ...
Plot: wine, french, obsessive quest, family business, drugs/alcohol, father son relationship, love and romance, catastrophe, underdog, beautiful scenery, life philosophy, storytelling ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, france, europe, usa, paris france
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The Candidate
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: talky, cynical, clever, realistic, witty ...
Plot: politics, idealism, corruption, president, world politics, political, realism, campaign, lawyer, manipulation, political corruption, greed ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, latin america, san diego california
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Fruitvale Station
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.
Style: realistic, thought provoking, serious, dramatic, sincere ...
Plot: brutality, violence, death, friendship, drinking, murder, police brutality, introspection, police, tragedy, storytelling, race issues ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2008, year 2007, year 2009
Place: california, usa, san francisco, oakland california
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The Kids Are All Right
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Two women, Nic and Jules, brought a son and daughter into the world through artificial insemination. When one of their children reaches age, both kids go behind their mothers' backs to meet with the donor. Life becomes so much more interesting ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, touching, clever, sincere ...
Plot: lesbian, coming of age, parenthood, marriage, adultery, father daughter relationship, infidelity, gays and lesbians, betrayal, sex, sexuality, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles, buenos aires argentina, southern california
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The China Syndrome
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A modern nightmare nearly becomes reality in this tension-filled story about an "incident" at a nuclear power plant. Jane Fonda stars as Kimberly Wells, an ambitious TV reporter covering a story on energy sources, who is present at the ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, suspense, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: conspiracy, investigation, politics, nuclear, greed, manipulation, propaganda, morality, journalism, tragedy, murder, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, pennsylvania, usa, los angeles
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Five Easy Pieces
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: realistic, road movie, intellectual, serious, sincere ...
Plot: road trip, dysfunctional family, working class, rebellion, on the road, rebelliousness, existentialism, hitchhiker, social misfits, character study, obsession, drinking ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, washington state, texas, southern california
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 7.1
 317K
Easy A
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Olive, an average high school student, sees her below-the-radar existence turn around overnight once she decides to use the school's gossip grapevine to advance her social standing. Now her classmates are turning against her and the school ...
Style: humorous, funny, feel good, entertaining, light ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, date night, teen comedy, teen drama
Plot: high school, notoriety, virginity, coming of age, adolescence, lie, teenage love, gossip and rumors, teenager, sexuality, friendship, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s, 2010s
Place: california, usa, florida
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