Movies and TV shows set in los angeles

The list contains the best, new and most relevant movies set in los angeles ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, interesting, stylized, melancholic and intense films and TV shows about / with dialogue, storytelling, mentor, catastrophe, murder, brutality, runaway, pornography, violence and death plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, Germany, UK and other countries.
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los angeles movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as los angeles: End of Watch (2012), My Crazy Life (1993), Point Break (1991), Lucifer (2015), The Thirteenth Floor (1999), Nightcrawler (2014), Crash (2004), Dark Blue (2002), Blade Runner (1982), Gangster Squad (2013).

List of movies set in los angeles

 7.6
 209K
End of Watch (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Two young officers are marked for death after confiscating a small cache of money and firearms from the members of a notorious cartel during a routine traffic stop.
Style: tense, emotional, realistic, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gunfight, friendship, fighting crime, police sergeant, shooting, danger, crime, policewoman, responsibility, crimes, investigation, evidence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2011
Place: los angeles, usa, south central los angeles, california
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My Crazy Life (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Mousie and Sad Girl are childhood best friends in a contemporary Los Angeles poor Hispanic neighborhood. But when Sad Girl becomes pregnant by Mousie's boyfriend, a drug dealer named Ernesto, the two become bitter enemies. While their dispute ...
Style: realistic, serious, talky, bleak, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, poverty, friendship, drug dealing, urban ghetto, teenage life, urban ghetto life, youth, gang member, revenge, girl gang ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey, tokyo
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 7.2
 136K
Point Break (1991)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In the coastal town of Los Angeles, a gang of bank robbers call themselves The Ex-Presidents commit their crimes while wearing masks of Reagan, Carter, Nixon and Johnson. The F.B.I. believes that the members of the gang could be surfers and send ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, surprise ending, intense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: extreme sport, bank robbery, undercover, surfing, surfer, special agents, fbi, working undercover, ex athlete, wave, extreme sports, track down ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, hawaii
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 8.2
 157K
Lucifer (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer Morningstar abandoned his throne and retired to Los Angeles, where he has teamed up with LAPD detective Chloe Decker to take down criminals. But the longer he's away from the underworld, the ...
Style: captivating, humorous, biblical, entertaining
Audience: teens
Plot: fallen angel, immortality, murder investigation, female detective, supernatural, devil, demon, hell, psychologist, police detective, lapd, good versus evil ...
Place: los angeles
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The Thirteenth Floor (1999)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Computer scientist Hannon Fuller has discovered something extremely important. He's about to tell the discovery to his colleague, Douglas Hall, but knowing someone is after him, the old man leaves a letter in his computer generated parallel ...
Style: mind bending, futuristic, atmospheric, intellectual, twists and turns ...
Plot: parallel world, virtual reality, cyberspace, technology gone awry, murder, uncover truth, time travel, crimes, computer system, investigation, protagonist as suspect, rivalry ...
Time: 90s, future, 20th century, 1930s, 1990s ...
Place: los angeles, usa
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 7.9
 397K
Nightcrawler (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When Lou Bloom, desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.
Style: psychological, disturbing, realistic, biting, suspenseful ...
Plot: sociopath, journalism, neo noir, obsession, ambition, cynicism, losing-it hero, deception, journalist, morality, ethics, news report ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, venice beach california
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 7.8
 398K
Crash (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.
Style: touching, sincere, disturbing, tense, gloomy ...
Plot: police corruption, interracial relations, racism, prejudice, morality, social decay, immigrants, bigotry, redemption, tragedy, depression, manipulation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, mexico, california, santa monica california ...
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 6.6
 19K
Dark Blue (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Set during the Rodney King riots, a robbery homicide investigation triggers a series of events that will cause a corrupt LAPD officer to question his tactics.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, disturbing, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police brutality, police corruption, police investigation, partners, fighting the system, testimony, rookie, crimes, law enforcement, dishonesty, crime and punishment, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
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 8.2
 619K
Blade Runner (1982)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In the smog-choked dystopian Los Angeles of 2019, blade runner Rick Deckard is called out of retirement to terminate a quartet of replicants who have escaped to Earth seeking their creator for a way to extend their short life spans.
Style: futuristic, atmospheric, tech noir, stylized, thought provoking ...
Plot: future dystopia, cyberpunk, a.i., artificial intelligence, fugitives, neo noir, killer robot, human nature, confrontation with superior, bounty hunter, life is a bitch, technology gone awry ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa
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 6.7
 194K
Gangster Squad (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and — if he has his way — every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, exciting, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: tough law enforcer, mob boss, organized crime, corruption, mafia, police brutality, crimes, fighting crime, partners, squad, law enforcement, power struggle ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 50s, year 1949 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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Menace II Society (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Menace II Society is a coming of age tale detailing the summer after its protagonist Caine (Tyrin Turner) graduates from high school. This is Caine's story, which details real life in today's tough inner city.
Style: tense, bleak, realistic, stylized, rough ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, hip hop, friendship, crime, african american, coming of age, police brutality, graduation, social decay, juvenile delinquency, drug dealing, organized crime ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 7.8
 516K
Drive (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a wheelman for criminals discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong.
Style: serious, tense, atmospheric, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: car chase, tough heroes, lone wolves, neo noir, danger, mechanic, criminal's revenge, chases and races, crimes, heist, organized crime, getaway driver ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 6.7
 18K
Shrink (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Unable to cope with a recent personal tragedy, LA's top celebrity shrink turns into a pothead with no concern for his appearance and a creeping sense of his inability to help his patients.
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: depression, suicide, therapist, haunted by the past, psychiatrist, widower, hollywood, doctors and patients, power relations, drugs/alcohol, introspection, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 5.8
 9K
Ask the Dust (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Mexican beauty Camilla hopes to rise above her station by marrying a wealthy American. That is complicated by meeting Arturo Bandini, a first-generation Italian hoping to land a writing career and a blue-eyed blonde on his arm.
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, melancholic, intense ...
Plot: love, regret, romance, interracial relations, immigrants, opposites attract, love affair, writer's life, fall in love, passion, beach, kiss ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s, 19th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, italy, latin america ...
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American Gigolo (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Julian makes a lucrative living as an escort to older women in the Los Angeles area. He begins a relationship with Michelle, a local politician's wife, without expecting any pay. One of his clients is murdered and Detective Sunday begins ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, stylized, suspense ...
Plot: pimp, cheating wife, murder, gigolo, frame up, crime, redemption, uncover truth, crimes, life is a bitch, false accusation, prostitute ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, malibu california, california
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 6.7
 82K
Inherent Vice (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: In Los Angeles at the turn of the 1970s, drug-fueled detective Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of an ex-girlfriend.
Style: atmospheric, realistic, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: private investigator, investigation, missing person, uncover truth, crimes, dishonesty, woman in danger, conspiracy, paranoia, obsession, neo noir, drug abuse ...
Time: 1960s, 70s, 20th century, year 1967, year 1970
Place: california, los angeles, usa, southern california
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Escape from L.A. (1996)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: This time, a cataclysmic temblor hits Los Angeles, turning it into an island. The president views the quake as a sign from above, expels Los Angeles from the country and makes it a penal colony for those found guilty of moral crimes. When his ...
Style: rough, exciting, serious, suspenseful, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, race against time, lone wolves, chaos and mayhem, chases and races, heroic mission, daring rescue, life is a bitch, tough heroes, danger, earthquake, future dystopia ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, new york, latin america
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Mulholland Falls (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In 1950s Los Angeles, a special crime squad of the LAPD investigates the murder of a young woman.
Style: tense, serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, investigation, political corruption, police, police investigation, mystery, dishonesty, crimes, partners against crime, fighting crime, law enforcement, tough law enforcer ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 50s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 7.1
 16K
Latter Days (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Aaron Davis (Steve Sandvoss) and Christian Markelli (Wes Ramsey) are the two most opposite people in the world. Aaron is a young Elder (or a Mormon missionary) who wants to do his family proud and is quite passionate about his religion and film. ...
Style: touching, sentimental, romantic, disturbing, humorous ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: gay, coming out, homosexuality, gays and lesbians, self discovery, romance, culture clash, lgbt, fall in love, opposites attract, couples, gender ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, idaho, usa, salt lake city utah, new jersey ...
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To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner.
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, serious, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: secret service, murder, undercover, loss of friend, vengeance, police investigation, anti heroes, crimes, tough law enforcer, track down, law enforcement, master criminal ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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Mulholland Drive (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesic, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
Style: mind bending, psychological, twists and turns, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: strong sexual content, lesbian, showbiz, uncover truth, obsession, jealousy, actress, frustration, death, hollywood, mystery, amnesia ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 6.4
 88K
Tango & Cash (1989)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Ray Tango and Gabriel Cash are narcotics detectives who, while both being extremely successful, can't stand each other. Crime Lord Yves Perret, furious at the loss of income that Tango and Cash have caused him, frames the two for murder. Caught ...
Style: realistic, rough, humorous, semi serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prisoner, police detective, crime, reluctant partners, buddies, law enforcement, master criminal, rivalry, dishonesty, warden, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 7.2
 20K
Brother (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A Japanese Yakuza gangster’s deadly existence in his homeland gets him exiled to Los Angeles, California, where he is taken in by his little brother and his brother’s gang. This is the first English film by Takeshi Kitano.
Style: serious, rough, exciting, atmospheric, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, culture clash, yakuza, suicide, family relations, sibling relationship, fish out of water, gang war, step siblings, interracial relations, siblings relations, criminal heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, japan, tokyo
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Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: An American with a Japanese upbringing, Chris Kenner is a police officer assigned to the Little Tokyo section of Los Angeles. Kenner is partnered with Johnny Murata, a Japanese-American who isn't in touch with his roots. Despite their ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: yakuza, martial arts, rescue, samurai, gang, tough law enforcer, crime, partners against crime, partners, chases and races, interracial relations, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: los angeles, tokyo, asia, japan, usa
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 6.4
 89K
Bean (1997)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Bean works as a caretaker at Britain's formidable Royal National Gallery, and his bosses want to fire him because he sleeps at work all the time, but can't because the chairman of the gallery's board defends him. They send him to USA, ...
Style: not serious, humorous, emotional, surreal, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: painting, museum, hidden identity, misfit, comedy of errors, nothing goes right, goofy hero, disorder, escapades, dishonesty, fish out of water, friendship ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, london
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Battle Los Angeles (2011)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The Earth is attacked by unknown forces. As people everywhere watch the world's great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. It's up to a Marine staff sergeant and his new platoon to draw a ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, intense, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: evil alien, chaos, survival, heroic mission, danger, sergeant, save the world, marines, alien encounter, ufo, soldier, deadly weapon ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa, san diego california, santa monica california
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 5.8
 8K
Breathless (1983)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Jesse has to get out of Las Vegas quickly, and steals a car to drive to L.A. On the way he shoots a police man. When he makes it to L.A. he stays with Monica, a girl he has only known for a few days. As the film progresses, the police get closer to ...
Style: sexy, realistic, uplifting, talky, suspense ...
Plot: chase, on the run, murder, police, love and romance, crime, heist, suspicion of murder, male protagonist, cop killer, police investigation, romance ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, california, latin america, usa, mexico ...
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Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A tough cop's (Sylvester Stallone) seemingly frail mother (Estelle Getty) comes to stay with him and progressively interferes in his life. She buys him an illegal MAC-10 machine pistol and starts poking around in his police cases. Eventually, ...
Style: humorous, not serious, funny, idiotic, light ...
Plot: chase, police, police investigation, fighting crime, parents and children, unlikely partners, criminal, family relations, crimes, mother son conflict, parent grown child relationship, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, new jersey
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The Fast and the Furious (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Domenic Toretto is a Los Angeles street racer suspected of masterminding a series of big-rig hijackings. When undercover cop Brian O'Conner infiltrates Toretto's iconoclastic crew, he falls for Toretto's sister and must choose a side: ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, rough, intense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: car chase, car race, gang, theft, danger, chase, crimes, car, chases and races, law enforcement, undercover, hotshot ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, manhattan new york city
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 6.7
 22K
Crossing Over (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Immigrants from around the world enter Los Angeles every day, with hopeful visions of a better life, but little notion of what that life may cost. Their desperate scenarios test the humanity of immigration enforcement officers. In Crossing Over, ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, intense, touching ...
Plot: immigrants, deportation, culture clash, society, social differences, fighting the system, american dream, americana, social problems, life is a bitch, interracial relations, state affairs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, southern california, san diego california, tijuana mexico ...
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