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, serious, melancholic, interesting, harsh and talky films and TV shows about / with dialogue, storytelling, mentor, vengeance, runaway, redemption, friendship, catastrophe, adaptation and crimes plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Comedy genres shot in USA, Germany, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as california: American Graffiti (1973), Veronica Mars (2014), Sideways (2004), Fat City (1972), The Sure Thing (1985), There Will Be Blood (2007), The Majestic (2001), McFarland, USA (2015), The Mask of Zorro (1998), The Chumscrubber (2005).

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, semi serious, sincere, sentimental, feel good ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: radio, coming of age, small town, friendship, first love, teenage love, car race, party, love at first sight, adolescence vs adulthood, buddies, oldies ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, year 1962, 1950s
Place: california, usa
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 6.8
 48K
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: suspenseful, witty, light, exciting, entertaining ...
Audience: teens
Plot: amateur detective, private detective, who done it, murder, investigation, danger, crimes, mystery, parents and children, old love, lawyers and clients, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: california, usa
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 7.5
 171K
Sideways (2004)
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 One is an unpublished novelist suffering from depression, and the other is only days away from walking down the aisle.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: talky, semi serious, humorous, sentimental, road movie ...
Plot: friendship, golf, depression, vacation, on the road, midlife crisis, fall in love, best friends, love and romance, road trip, nothing goes right, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, san diego california
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 7.3
 7K
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: atmospheric, realistic, serious, captivating, bleak ...
Plot: sport, boxing, friendship, comeback, boxing match, athlete's life, rivalry, ambition, introspection, unfulfillment, boxer, small time ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa
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 7.0
 18K
The Sure Thing (1985)
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: humorous, touching, feel good, road movie, sweet ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, teen comedy, chick flick
Plot: student life, on the road, road trip, youth, college, coming of age, romance, fall in love, couples, swimming pool, love and romance, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, usa, cross country
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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, atmospheric, realistic, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: greed, character study, rise to the top, ambition, villain, obsession, oil, rivalry, money, marriage, small town, evil ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s, 20s, 1890s ...
Place: california, mine, usa, los angeles, pacific ocean
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 6.9
 50K
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: sentimental, touching, serious, emotional, feel good ...
Plot: mistaken identity, hollywood, small town, amnesia, writer's life, memory loss, romance, parents and children, lovers reunited, getting home, starting over, americana ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
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 7.4
 32K
McFarland, USA (2015)
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, uplifting, exciting, serious, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: athlete and trainer, human spirit, coach, small town, underdog, track and field, contests and competitions, high school, social differences, teenage life, athlete's life, teachers and students ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, usa, new jersey, texas
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The Mask of Zorro (1998)
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, romantic, entertaining, tragicomedy, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: adventure, lone hero, secret identity, love and romance, good versus evil, heroic mission, daring rescue, fall in love, romance, righting the wronged, revenge, teachers and students ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 1820s
Place: california, mexico, usa, egypt, las vegas
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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, dark humor, humorous, semi serious, witty ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suicide, kidnapping, mistaken identity, friendship, drug dealing, drug abuse, coming of age, disorder, social decay, crimes, youth, suburbs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st 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, realistic, semi serious, humorous, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sword fight, folk hero, heroic mission, adventure, tough guy, political intrigue, family relations, rescue, legends and myths, parents and children, danger, old west ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: california, los angeles, latin america, mexico, usa ...
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The Bad News Bears (1976)
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: humorous, feel good, touching, exciting, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids
Plot: baseball, underdog, sport, coach, family, friendship, youth, human spirit, contests and competitions, against the odds, parents and children, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976, 80s, 1930s
Place: california, usa, san francisco, new jersey
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 6.2
 26K
Palo Alto (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Palo Alto weaves together three stories of teenage lust, boredom, and self-destruction: shy, sensitive April, torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach and an unrequited crush on sweet stoner Teddy; Emily, who offers sexual favors to ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, touching, realistic, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage life, teenage sexuality, youth, high school, high school life, adolescence, unfulfillment, older man younger woman relationship, teenage girl, coming of age, high school student, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
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The Last Patrol (2000)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Israel, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After a massive earthquake destroys Los Angeles, a new order is formed. But disagreement among the ranks leads to more war and disruption, and The Last Patrol must bring order if there's to be any hope for the future.
Style: rough, suspenseful, bleak, serious, futuristic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: earthquake, rescue, chaos and mayhem, survival, apocalypse, danger, life is a bitch, battle, prison, martial arts, desert, soldier ...
Time: future, near future
Place: california, usa
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Big Wednesday (1978)
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: realistic, sentimental, sincere, serious, captivating ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: surfing, friendship, coming of age, youth, flash forward, cult, ocean or sea, reunion, americana, friends, buddies, hopes ...
Time: 1960s, 70s, 20th century, 60s
Place: california, vietnam, usa, malibu california, hawaii ...
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 5.6
 740
Back Roads (1981)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A prostitute and a drifter find themselves bound together as they make their way through the rural South, doing what they have to do to survive.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, road movie, talky
Plot: prostitute, on the road, love, hitchhiking, police, love and romance, opposites attract, couples, hopes, male female relationship, adoption, fight ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, alabama
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 5.4
 4K
Nomads (1986)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: French anthropologist Jean-Charles Pommier and his wife have come to LA so he can take up a position as lecturer. To his surprise he encounters a group of urban nomads. As he investigates things become more unsettling as he realizes the price paid ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, scary, suspense ...
Plot: ghost, murder, obsession, doctor, anthropologist, hospital, danger, ancient mystery, scientist, vandalism, skyscraper, anthropology ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
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A Scanner Darkly (2006)
Genre: Animation, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An undercover cop in a not-too-distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result.
Style: psychedelic, psychological, surreal, stylized, suspenseful ...
Plot: drug abuse, undercover, neo noir, addiction, losing-it hero, law enforcement, fighting crime, future dystopia, surveillance, split personality, schizophrenia, unfulfillment ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future
Place: california, usa, san diego california
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 8.1
 154K
The Mentalist (2008)
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: exciting, intellectual, twists and turns, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: partners against crime, police investigation, fighting crime, investigation, danger, partners, murder, crimes, serial killer, psychic, crime, talented ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: california, usa
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 5.4
 7K
The Zodiac (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An elusive serial killer known as the Zodiac terrorizes the San Francisco Bay in the late 1960s, while detectives aim to stop him before he claims more victims. Based on a true story.
Style: psychological, rough, bleak, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, police detective, investigation, obsession, mind game, crimes, mystery, gory, psychopath, journalism, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: california, san francisco, usa
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Saved by the Bell: The College Years (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Saved by the Bell: The College Years is a sequel to the Saved by the Bell series which ran from September 14, 1993 to February 8, 1994, lasting one season. It was the third incarnation of the franchise. It is also the only series of the franchise to ...
Style: feel good, not serious, humorous, realistic
Audience: teens, teen comedy
Plot: college, college life, friendship, student life, love and romance, adolescence vs adulthood, lifestyle, looking for love, coming of age, best friends, youth, teachers and students ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: california, usa, campus
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 6.0
 3K
Falcon Crest (1981)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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, sincere ...
Plot: vineyard, betrayal, rivalry, intrigue, family business, parents and children, family problems, family feud, uninhibited rivalry, couple relations, blind ambition, vengeance ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: california, usa
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 5.3
 568
Red Letters (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A college professor reluctantly hides an escaped female convict who tries to get him to help prove her innocent of a murder.
Style: rough, realistic, suspenseful, serious, tense ...
Plot: college, prison, crime, mystery, dishonesty, law enforcement, amateur detective, obsession, destructive relationship, murder, escaped prisoner, woman in danger ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa
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Eyes of an Angel (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: John Travolta is a downtrodden single father raising his daughter under difficult circumstances in Chicago. The young girl comes upon and then nurses a wounded Doberman used for fighting, back to health. Duped by underworld types he was working as a ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, tense
Plot: on the run, mafia, protection, family relations, crimes, crime, family life, father, daughter, parents and children, gangsters, drug abuse ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, chicago illinois
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 7.7
 401K
Zodiac (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, 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, suspenseful, atmospheric, stylized, bleak ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, crime, uncover truth, journalist, investigation, victim, paranoia, mystery, mind game, code, killings ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 70s, year 1978 ...
Place: california, san francisco, usa, oakland california
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 7.6
 58K
Duel (1971)
Genre: Action, Horror, 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: atmospheric, exciting, tense, suspenseful, road movie ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: desert, car chase, road rage, stalking, chase, psychopath, salesman, on the road, duel, truck driver, gas station, monologue ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa
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 7.3
 113K
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, humorous, semi serious, stylized, offbeat ...
Audience: teens
Plot: vampire, small town, goth, boardwalk, amusement park, brother brother relationship, teenage life, gory, supernatural, deadly, couples, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
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 7.7
 18K
Mildred Pierce (2011)
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: emotional, realistic, gloomy, epic, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: depression, single parent, restaurant, friendship, suffering, family relations, lovers, tragic event, divorce, adaptation, family problems, ambitious ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, tokyo
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 7.8
 12K
3 Women (1977)
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, stylized, psychological, atmospheric, offbeat ...
Plot: desert, suicide attempt, painting, coma, artist, mental illness, friendship, opposites attract, infidelity, friends, free spirited, womanizer ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, texas
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 6.9
 96K
Alpha Dog (2006)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Johnny Truelove likes to see himself as tough. He's the son of an underworld figure and a drug dealer. Johnny also likes to get tough when things don't go his way. When Jake Mazursky fails to pay up for Johnny, things get worse for the ...
Style: rough, serious, disturbing, bleak, harsh ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: kidnapping, gang, friendship, marijuana, youth, society, crimes, criminal heroes, party, crime, shot to death, death ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 2003, year 2005
Place: california, usa, albuquerque new mexico
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