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, clever, melancholic, harsh and interesting films and TV shows about / with dialogue, mentor, storytelling, catastrophe, runaway, chase, redemption, culture clash, adaptation and vengeance plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Comedy genres shot in USA, Germany, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as california: American Graffiti (1973), Veronica Mars (2014), Sideways (2004), The Majestic (2001), McFarland, USA (2015), The Mask of Zorro (1998), The Legend of Zorro (2005), The Last Patrol (2000), Big Wednesday (1978), Back Roads (1981).

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, sincere, feel good, sentimental, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: radio, coming of age, small town, friendship, first love, car race, party, love at first sight, adolescence vs adulthood, teenage love, buddies, oldies ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, year 1962, 1950s
Place: california, usa
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 6.8
 46K
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, family relations, lawyers and clients, old love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: california, usa
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 7.5
 168K
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 One is an unpublished novelist suffering from depression, and the other is only days away from walking down the aisle.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, humorous, semi serious, sentimental, road movie ...
Plot: friendship, golf, depression, on the road, vacation, 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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 6.9
 49K
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: hollywood, small town, mistaken identity, writer's life, memory loss, romance, parents and children, lovers reunited, getting home, americana, starting over, amnesia ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: california, usa
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 7.4
 31K
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, exciting, uplifting, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: human spirit, small town, athlete and trainer, underdog, coach, contests and competitions, track and field, high school, social differences, teenage life, ambition, athlete's life ...
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, sexy, tragicomedy ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: adventure, love and romance, good versus evil, secret identity, lone hero, daring rescue, heroic mission, revenge, fall in love, romance, righting the wronged, superhero ...
Time: 19th century, 1820s, 1840s
Place: california, mexico, usa, egypt, las vegas
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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, sexy, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sword fight, folk hero, heroic mission, adventure, political intrigue, old west, rescue, danger, parents and children, legends and myths, family relations, spy ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: california, mexico, latin america, los angeles, 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, serious, bleak, suspenseful, futuristic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: earthquake, rescue, survival, chaos and mayhem, life is a bitch, apocalypse, danger, battle, soldier, prison, desert, martial arts ...
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: sincere, serious, sentimental, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: surfing, friendship, coming of age, youth, flash forward, cult, hopes, friends, adolescence vs adulthood, follow your dream, reunion, ocean or sea ...
Time: 1960s, 70s, 60s, 20th century
Place: california, vietnam, usa, malibu california, hawaii ...
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 5.7
 706
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, love, hitchhiking, police, opposites attract, love and romance, hopes, couples, male female relationship, adoption, fight ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, alabama
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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: psychological, psychedelic, surreal, stylized, suspenseful ...
Plot: drug abuse, undercover, addiction, losing-it hero, law enforcement, fighting crime, future dystopia, surveillance, neo noir, split personality, schizophrenia, unfulfillment ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future
Place: california, usa, san diego california
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 8.1
 151K
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, fighting crime, crimes, police investigation, investigation, serial killer, partners, danger, murder, psychic, talented, coworker ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
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: suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense
Plot: on the run, mafia, protection, family relations, crimes, family life, crime, father, daughter, parents and children, gangsters, drug abuse ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, chicago illinois
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 7.4
 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: bleak, atmospheric, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: sport, friendship, boxing, comeback, boxing match, boxer, athlete's life, unfulfillment, friends, human nature, alcohol abuse, introspection ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
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: touching, humorous, feel good, talky, realistic ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, teen comedy, chick flick
Plot: on the road, road trip, college, swimming pool, youth, young lovers, student life, couple relations, unlikely couple, love and romance, coming of age, romance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, cross country, 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, epic, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: greed, villain, ambition, rise to the top, character study, oil, obsession, small town, marriage, rivalry, evil, arson ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century, 20s, 19th century ...
Place: california, mine, usa, los angeles, pacific ocean
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 7.7
 384K
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, victim, journalist, paranoia, investigation, mystery, code, mind game, crimes ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 70s, year 1969 ...
Place: california, san francisco, usa, oakland california
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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, clever, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suicide, suburbs, kidnapping, mayor, mistaken identity, psychiatrist, friendship, drug dealing, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, coming of age, loss of son ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa
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 7.7
 56K
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: tense, suspenseful, atmospheric, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: car chase, desert, salesman, stalking, chase, psychopath, on the road, road rage, truck driver, gas station, cliff, monologue ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
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 7.7
 17K
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, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: depression, single parent, friendship, restaurant, suffering, tragic event, lovers, family relations, divorce, adaptation, social differences, loss of daughter ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, tokyo
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 7.9
 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, semi serious ...
Plot: desert, suicide attempt, painting, coma, artist, mental illness, friendship, opposites attract, aging, free spirited, love and romance, golden years ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, texas
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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: realistic, clever, humorous, exciting, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens
Plot: baseball, sport, underdog, little league, coach, family, americana, friends, power relations, family relations, parents and children, contests and competitions ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976, 80s, 1930s
Place: california, san francisco, usa, new jersey
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The China Syndrome (1979)
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, biting, captivating ...
Plot: investigation, conspiracy, elevator, media, journalism, control room, car chase, swat team, whistleblower, earthquake, radiation, nuclear ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, los angeles, pennsylvania
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Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Two decades after surviving a massacre on October 31, 1978, former baby sitter Laurie Strode finds herself hunted by persistent knife-wielder Michael Myers. Laurie now lives in Northern California under an assumed name, where she works as the ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: halloween, slasher, serial killer, murder, school, death, violence, psychopath, small town, stalking, anniversary, evil ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1998, 1990s, 80s
Place: california, usa, campus
Is relevant ?
 6.1
 185K
San Andreas (2015)
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, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: forces of nature, survival, danger, chaos and mayhem, daring rescue, adventure, catastrophe, earthquake, natural disaster, lone hero, rescue mission, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, san francisco, nevada, los angeles
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 5.8
 29K
1941 (1979)
Genre: Action, Comedy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: It's been six days since the attack on Pearl Harbor. Panic grips California, supposedly the next target of the Japanese forces. Everywhere in California, people are suffering from war nerves. Chaos erupts all over the state. An Army Air Corps ...
Style: humorous, not serious, exciting, satirical, realistic ...
Plot: submarine, military, soldier, heroic mission, comedy of errors, war, wartime life, chaos and mayhem, nothing goes right, goofy hero, world war two, u.s. army ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1941, 1940s
Place: california, pearl harbor, los angeles, usa, santa monica california ...
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 6.9
 30K
Repo Man (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A down and out young punk gets a job working with a seasoned repo man, but what awaits him in his new career is a series of outlandish adventures revolving around aliens, the CIA, and a most wanted '64 Chevy.
Style: surreal, cynical, offbeat, witty, clever ...
Plot: ufo, punk, alien, surrealism, chase, cocaine, torture, violence, police, repossession, friends, save the day ...
Time: future, 80s, 20th century
Place: california, los angeles, usa
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 5.4
 2K
Candy (1968)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: Italy, France, USA
Duration: 115 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, sexual, humorous, offbeat, realistic ...
Plot: sex, obsession, high school, guru, seduction, youth, femme fatale, teenage life, family problems, love and romance, sexual relations, adolescence ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: california, usa, italy, europe, new york ...
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It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
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, captivating, feel good, road movie, epic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: treasure hunt, treasure, chase, race, on the road, money, car chase, desert, adventure, group of strangers, disorder, competition ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: california, usa
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 6.1
 12K
The Wizard (1989)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance, Sport
Country: USA, Brazil
Duration: 96 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, semi serious, realistic, humorous, touching ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: on the road, video game, adventure, family, siblings relations, contests and competitions, family relations, competition, rivalry, hopes, teenager, nintendo ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, nevada, usa, utah, cross country ...
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