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, humorous, melancholic, semi serious and feel good films and TV shows about / with dialogue, storytelling, mentor, runaway, youth, vengeance, friendship, catastrophe, family relations and crimes plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Mystery genres shot in USA, Germany, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as california: American Graffiti (1973), Dope (2015), Veronica Mars (2014), Big Wednesday (1978), Fat City (1972), The Sure Thing (1985), There Will Be Blood (2007), The Majestic (2001), McFarland, USA (2015), The Mask of Zorro (1998).

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, semi serious, sentimental, sincere ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: radio, coming of age, small town, friendship, first love, car race, party, love at first sight, car, teenage love, oldies, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1962, 70s ...
Place: california, usa
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 7.2
 80K
Dope (2015)
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, humorous, semi serious, sentimental, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenager, coming of age, teenage life, social relations, high school student, high school life, school, hip hop, geek, unlikely friendships, mother son relationship, marijuana ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2015
Place: california, los angeles, usa, harvard university
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 6.8
 50K
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, twists and turns, light, exciting ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: amateur detective, who done it, private detective, murder, investigation, crimes, danger, mystery, family relations, old love, lawyers and clients, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
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: exciting, serious, sentimental, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: surfing, friendship, youth, cult, follow your dream, extreme sport, ocean or sea, adolescence vs adulthood, americana, coming of age, adolescence, wave ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 70s, 20th century
Place: california, vietnam, usa, malibu california, hawaii ...
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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, captivating, serious, bleak ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, friendship, comeback, boxing match, ambition, rivalry, athlete's life, sport, introspection, unfulfillment, boxing, boxer ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa
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 7.0
 19K
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: road movie, feel good, humorous, touching, sweet ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night, teen comedy, chick flick
Plot: student life, road trip, youth, college, on the road, couples, coming of age, romance, fall in love, cross country, swimming pool, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, usa
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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, bleak, atmospheric, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: greed, character study, rise to the top, ambition, money, bowling, oil, rivalry, obsession, villain, arson, marriage ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century, 1920s, 20s ...
Place: california, usa, pacific ocean, san francisco, los angeles
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 6.9
 52K
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, sentimental, touching, serious, emotional ...
Plot: mistaken identity, hollywood, small town, amnesia, writer's life, memory loss, romance, parents and children, lovers reunited, getting home, starting over, americana ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1951
Place: california, usa
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 7.4
 35K
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, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night, kids
Plot: coach, athlete and trainer, human spirit, underdog, small town, track and field, contests and competitions, dedicated educator, high school, social differences, teachers and students, ambition ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, united states, new jersey, texas
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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: exciting, romantic, entertaining, humorous, tragicomedy ...
Audience: family outing, teens, girls' night
Plot: lone hero, adventure, secret identity, love and romance, good versus evil, heroic mission, daring rescue, fall in love, romance, one against many, righting the wronged, revenge ...
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, bleak, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suburbs, suicide, kidnapping, friendship, mistaken identity, drug dealing, drug abuse, coming of age, youth, crimes, social decay, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
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The Legend of Zorro (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Romance, Thriller, Western
Country: USA, Mexico
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, girls' night
Plot: sword fight, adventure, heroes, tough guy, heroic mission, folk hero, danger, rescue, family relations, legends and myths, old west, political intrigue ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: california, usa, mexico, latin america, los angeles ...
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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, exciting, touching, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids
Plot: underdog, baseball, sport team, coach, sport, baseball movie, family, friendship, human spirit, contests and competitions, youth, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976, 80s, 1930s
Place: california, san francisco, usa, los angeles, new jersey
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 6.2
 27K
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: older man younger woman relationship, teenage life, teenage sexuality, high school life, high school student, unfulfillment, adolescence, youth, teenage girl, high school, loneliness, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
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 5.3
 3K
Candy (1968)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: Italy, France, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Based on Terry Southern's satirical novel, a send-up of Voltaire's Candide. Young Candy is a high school girl who seeks truth and meaning in life, encountering a variety of kookie characters and humorous sexual situations in the process.
Style: sexy, psychedelic, humorous, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: older man younger woman relationship, satire, seduction, guru, teenage life, sexual relations, love and romance, femme fatale, youth, family problems, teenager, obsession ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 70s
Place: california, new york, europe, italy, 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: serious, rough, suspenseful, bleak, futuristic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: earthquake, rescue, desert, survival, chaos and mayhem, rivalry, danger, life is a bitch, apocalypse, adventure, battle, battles ...
Time: future, near future
Place: california, usa
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John from Cincinnati (2007)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
Story: In Imperial Beach, California, the Yosts—a dysfunctional family of surfers—intersect with two new arrivals to the community: a dim-but-wealthy surfing enthusiast and man spurned by the Yosts years ago.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, feel good, serious, offbeat
Plot: surfing, dysfunctional family, family relations, friendship, single parent, stranger, lifestyle, family business, curses spells and rituals, family life, redemption, father son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, beverly hills, cincinnati ohio, san diego california
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Dean Slater: Resident Advisor (2013)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: After their overenthusiastic RA is imprisoned in Mexico, a group of college freshmen are plunged into their first semester under a renegade Resident Advisor, Dean "The Dean" Slater. The boys battle viral video stigma, psychotic ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, exciting, realistic, social
Plot: university, college, school, college life, youth, ensemble, party, beer, beach, novice, battles, psychopath ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, mexico, latin america
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 5.6
 794
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: realistic, humorous, semi serious, road movie, talky
Plot: prostitute, on the road, hitchhiking, police, love and romance, opposites attract, love, hopes, couples, male female relationship, countryside, adoption ...
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: suspenseful, serious, tense, scary, suspense ...
Plot: ghost, murder, obsession, anthropologist, hospital, doctor, danger, ancient mystery, scientist, skyscraper, vandalism, anthropology ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
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Drive In Massacre (1976)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: Two police detectives try to catch a serial killer who is stalking a rural California drive-in theater, randomly killing people with a sword.
Style: suspenseful, serious, scary, realistic, cult film ...
Audience: teens
Plot: psychopath, serial killer, murder, slasher, police detective, violence, crimes, law enforcement, danger, stalking, deadly, gory ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, 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, twists and turns ...
Plot: drug abuse, undercover, losing-it hero, addiction, neo noir, disorder, society, fighting crime, law enforcement, future dystopia, surveillance, schizophrenia ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future
Place: california, usa, san diego california
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The Ballad of Lucy Whipple (2001)
Genre: Drama, Family, Mystery, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The adventures of a family who head west to the California gold fields in the 1850s.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, captivating
Plot: family relations, adventure, teenage life, family life, family problems, estrangement, hopes, youth, social relations, mother daughter relationship, prejudice, name change ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: california, new england, utah
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 8.1
 162K
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: intellectual, exciting, serious, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Plot: crimes, partners against crime, police investigation, serial killer, investigation, partners, murder, fighting crime, danger, crime, psychic, talented ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: california, usa
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 6.5
 849
Palo Alto, CA (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: On their last night of Thanksgiving break, four old friends, now all college freshmen, realize their small town has more meaning than they ever imagined.
Style: humorous, captivating, emotional, light, semi serious ...
Plot: thanksgiving, friends, coming of age, youth, adolescence vs adulthood, reunion, small town, homecoming, lifestyle, college, college student, college freshman ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, 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, realistic, humorous, sitcom
Audience: teens, teen comedy
Plot: college, college life, friendship, looking for love, student life, adolescence vs adulthood, love and romance, lifestyle, coming of age, teachers and students, best friends, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: california, usa
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 6.1
 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: family relations, wealthy family, family business, betrayal, rivalry, intrigue, family feud, family problems, parents and children, ambition, couple relations, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: california, usa
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 5.3
 575
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: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, tense ...
Plot: college, prison, crimes, mystery, law enforcement, crime, dishonesty, obsession, destructive relationship, amateur detective, murder, escaped prisoner ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, mojave desert
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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, suspense, tense
Plot: on the run, mafia, protection, family relations, crimes, crime, family life, father, daughter, gangsters, aerial combat, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, chicago illinois, usa
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 7.7
 16K
Graceland (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: Somewhere in Southern California, in a drug raid run by the US government, a beachfront property was seized and turned into a residence for undercover cops. They are all top agents of the DEA, FBI, and Customs and they are living in this house ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, tense, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fbi, working undercover, special agents, rookie, crime, coworker, crimes, fighting crime, young man, undercover, drug dealer, temperamental ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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