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, melancholic, talky, clever, harsh and interesting films and TV shows about / with dialogue, mentor, storytelling, catastrophe, runaway, culture clash, chase, redemption, vengeance and adaptation plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Thriller genres shot in USA, France, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as california: The Mask of Zorro (1998), Veronica Mars (2014), The Mentalist (2008), American Graffiti (1973), Sideways (2004), There Will Be Blood (2007), Big Wednesday (1978), Fat City (1972), Zodiac (2007), The Sure Thing (1985).

List of movies set in california

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, secret identity, daring rescue, revenge, good versus evil, heroic mission, romance, lone hero, fall in love, righting the wronged, superhero ...
Time: 19th century, 1820s, 1840s
Place: california, mexico, usa, egypt, las vegas
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 6.8
 45K
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, semi serious, suspenseful, realistic, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: private detective, amateur detective, murder, who done it, mystery, neo noir, drugs/alcohol, verbal byplay, investigation, crime, high school reunion, homecoming ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: california, usa
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 8.1
 147K
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, crimes, fighting crime, police investigation, danger, investigation, serial killer, partners, murder, crime, psychic, talented ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: california, usa
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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: realistic, humorous, sentimental, semi serious, feel good ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: radio, car race, small town, friendship, coming of age, car, robbery, airplane, love at first sight, radio station, vandalism, innocence lost ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1962, 1950s
Place: california, usa
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 7.5
 165K
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: clever, realistic, talky, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: golf, friendship, wine, on the road, depression, marijuana, midlife crisis, actor, vacation, verbal byplay, countryside, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, san diego california
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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, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: greed, villain, character study, rise to the top, oil, ambition, obsession, alcoholic, money, bowling alley, lone wolves, adopted son ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s, 20s, turn of the century ...
Place: california, mine, usa, los angeles, pacific ocean
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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: serious, sentimental, realistic, sincere, exciting ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: friendship, surfing, coming of age, flash forward, cult, youth, buddies, sport, ocean or sea, adolescence vs adulthood, friends, follow your dream ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: california, vietnam, usa, malibu california, hawaii ...
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 7.4
 6K
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, bleak, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: sport, boxer, friendship, boxing match, boxing, comeback, athlete's life, underdog, transporter, neo-noir, ambition, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa
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 7.7
 370K
Zodiac (2007)
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, suspenseful, atmospheric, bleak, stylized ...
Plot: serial killer, crime, murder, uncover truth, victim, paranoia, investigation, journalist, mystery, code, crimes, mind game ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 70s, year 1979 ...
Place: california, san francisco, usa, oakland california
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 7.0
 17K
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, semi serious, realistic, feel good ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, teen comedy, chick flick
Plot: on the road, road trip, college, unlikely couple, swimming pool, young lovers, romance, student life, love and romance, youth, couple relations, coming of age ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, cross country, usa
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 7.7
 55K
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: suspenseful, atmospheric, tense, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: car chase, desert, chase, stalking, salesman, psychopath, on the road, gas station, monologue, railroad crossing, road rage, school bus ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
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, serious, uplifting, sentimental, exciting ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: small town, human spirit, underdog, coach, athlete and trainer, dedicated educator, track and field, sport, contests and competitions, teacher, high school, school ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, usa, new jersey, texas
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 7.7
 16K
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, gloomy, epic, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: depression, single parent, restaurant, friendship, family relations, adaptation, suffering, lovers, tragic event, parents and children, love, kidnapping ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, tokyo
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 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, realistic, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: forces of nature, survival, danger, catastrophe, earthquake, adventure, daring rescue, chaos and mayhem, chaos, natural disaster, escapades, father daughter relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, san francisco, nevada, los angeles
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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: semi serious, humorous, exciting, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sword fight, divorce, adventure, heroic mission, relationship vs career, old west, spy, parent child relationship, marriage crisis, american civil war, danger, heroes ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: california, mexico, latin america, usa, los angeles ...
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 7.9
 11K
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, atmospheric, psychological, stylized, semi serious ...
Plot: desert, suicide attempt, coma, painting, friendship, avant-garde, shooting range, dishonesty, artist, love and romance, couples, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
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, semi serious, feel good, humorous, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens
Plot: baseball, sport, underdog, coach, little league, family, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, sport team, hopes, youth, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976, 80s, 1930s
Place: california, usa, san francisco, new jersey
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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: epic, humorous, semi serious, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: treasure hunt, chase, race, desert, treasure, money, car chase, airplane, on the road, farce, adventure, police detective ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: california, usa
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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, suspense, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: conspiracy, journalism, radiation, investigation, car chase, whistleblower, earthquake, swat team, media, control room, elevator, politics ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, pennsylvania, usa, los angeles
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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: suspenseful, scary, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: halloween, serial killer, slasher, murder, death, violence, masked killer, boarding school, evil, underage drinking, witness protection, small town ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1998, 80s
Place: california, usa
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 5.8
 28K
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, realistic, exciting, epic ...
Plot: submarine, military, soldier, comedy of errors, chaos and mayhem, war, wartime life, disorder, goofy hero, heroic mission, nothing goes right, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1941, 1940s
Place: california, los angeles, pearl harbor, usa, japan
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 6.9
 29K
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, semi serious, humorous, witty, cynical ...
Plot: ufo, punk, alien, surrealism, repossession, cocaine, violence, police, torture, chase, obsessive quest, save the world ...
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, humorous, sexual, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: sex, obsession, seduction, high school, guru, sexual relations, teenage life, femme fatale, love and romance, youth, family problems, adolescence ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: california, europe, usa, italy, new york ...
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 8.3
 160K
Californication (2007)
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: sexy, dark humor, humorous, witty, cynical ...
Plot: womanizer, lust, sexual relations, writer's life, strong sexual content, addiction, lifestyle, drugs/alcohol, family life, sexual activity, family problems, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: california, usa
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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, realistic ...
Plot: hollywood, small town, mistaken identity, writer's life, congress, memory loss, romance, communism, patriotism, americana, starting over, falsely accused ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: california, usa
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 7.5
 73K
The O.C. (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: The series centers on Ryan Atwood, a troubled youth from a broken home who is adopted by the wealthy and philanthropic Sandy and Kirsten Cohen. Ryan and his surrogate brother Seth, a socially awkward yet quick-witted teenager, deal with life as ...
Style: serious, witty, touching, realistic, intellectual
Audience: teen drama, teens
Plot: troubled teen, jealousy, teenage love, classmates, first sex, dating, best friends, social differences, family relations, first love, lifestyle, parents and children ...
Time: 2000s, contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
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Back to the Future Part III (1990)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The final installment of the Back to the Future trilogy finds Marty digging the trusty DeLorean out of a mineshaft and looking for Doc in the Wild West of 1885. But when their time machine breaks down, the travelers are stranded in a land of spurs. ...
Style: exciting, humorous, not serious, sentimental, light ...
Audience: family outing, teens, date night, kids
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, sent to the past, old west, mad scientist, time machine, inventor, adventure, small town, race against time, getting home, duel ...
Time: 1880s, 19th century, 1950s, 20th century, year 1985 ...
Place: california
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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, bleak ...
Plot: undercover, drug abuse, surveillance, addiction, neo noir, working undercover, future dystopia, life is a bitch, losing-it hero, fighting crime, law enforcement, society ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future
Place: california, usa, san diego california
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Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In a California high school, a married teacher is the athletic coach and faculty advisor. He starts to have sex flings with his female students and eventually has to kill several of the girls to keep them quiet.
Style: dark humor, semi serious, humorous, sexual, realistic ...
Plot: high school, teacher, murder, serial killer, infidelity, cheerleader, hardcase students, teachers and students, college life, crime, ocean or sea, mystery ...
Time: 70s
Place: california, usa
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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: humorous, semi serious, realistic, exciting, social
Plot: university, college, beach, beer, school, college life, youth, computers and web, psychopath, battles, party, media ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, mexico, latin america
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