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 realistic, serious, suspenseful, suspense, interesting and tense films and TV shows about / with dialogue, violence, murder, gun, crimes, storytelling, police officer, runaway, brutality and gangsters plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
los angeles
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los angeles movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as los angeles: Drive (2011), Inherent Vice (2014), Somewhere (2010), Pulp Fiction (1994), My Crazy Life (1993), Training Day (2001), 24 (2001), Crash (2004), To Live and Die in L.A. (1985), Gangster Squad (2013).

List of movies set in los angeles

 7.8
 639K
Drive (2011)
Genre: Action, 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: neo noir, atmospheric, tense, suspense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: car chase, heist, revenge, mechanic, tough heroes, lone wolves, loner, organized crime, crimes, car, strong violent content, gangsters ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 6.6
 105K
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: neo noir, surreal, atmospheric, sexy, meditative ...
Plot: private investigator, drugs, investigation, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship, drug trade, private detective, obsession, twists and turns, nudity (full frontal - brief), paranoia, police investigation, hippie ...
Time: 70s, 60s, year 1970, year 1967, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, southern california, usa, beverly hills
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 6.3
 45K
Somewhere (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK, Italy, Japan, France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A hard-living Hollywood actor re-examines his life after his 11-year-old daughter surprises him with a visit.
Style: emotional, art house, meditative, thought provoking, surreal ...
Plot: father daughter relationship, luxury hotel, casual sex, character study, obsession, family relations, actor's life, lifestyle, direction and purpose, introspection, womanizer, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, milan italy, california, tokyo, europe ...
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 8.9
 2.0M
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: A burger-loving hit man, his philosophical partner, a drug-addled gangster's moll and a washed-up boxer converge in this sprawling, comedic crime caper. Their adventures unfurl in three stories that ingeniously trip back and forth in time.
Style: neo noir, witty, exciting, clever, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drugs, crimes, dark humor, overdose, organized crime, hitman, gunfight, gangsters, killings, violence, cocaine, violent ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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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, talky, serious, bleak, visually appealing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gang, coming of age, friendship, juvenile delinquency, gangsters, teenager, unlikely friendships, urban ghetto, drug dealing, gang member, youth, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, tokyo, california, new jersey, usa
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 7.7
 437K
Training Day (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: On his first day on the job as a narcotics officer, a rookie cop works with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears.
Style: neo noir, realistic, tense, harsh, cerebral ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, corrupt cop, gang, police, gang member, gunfight, drug dealer, rookie, drugs, mentor, mafia, african american ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 8.4
 187K
24 (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: 24 is an American television series produced for the Fox network and syndicated worldwide, starring Kiefer Sutherland as Counter Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer. Each 24-episode season covers 24 hours in the life of Bauer, using the real time method ...
Style: exciting, serious, stylized, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, secret service, terrorist, government agency, terrorist plot, special agents, political conspiracy, double agent, race against time, president, assassination of president, assassination attempt ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 7.8
 437K
Crash (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Australia
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.
Style: touching, thought provoking, sincere, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: racism, police, prejudice, multiple storylines, plot twist, catastrophe, sexual harassment, racist, racial tension, social injustice, redemption, class differences ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, santa monica california, puerto rico ...
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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: neo noir, tense, suspenseful, disturbing, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revenge, car chase, murder, police investigation, crimes, vengeance, law enforcement, gangsters, hitman, organized crime, loss of friend, undercover ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 6.7
 217K
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: exciting, rough, tense, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, mob boss, organized crime, police detective, partners against crime, crimes, corruption, revenge, police brutality, partners, law enforcement ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1949, 50s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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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: psychological, surreal, neo noir, mind bending, art house ...
Audience: date night
Plot: surrealism, twists and turns, lesbian, amnesia, hollywood, alternate reality, mystery, hallucination, nightmare, obsession, doppelganger, lesbian sex ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 8.5
 72K
Bosch (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 51 min.
TV show
Story: Based on Michael Connelly's best-selling novels, these are the stories of relentless LAPD homicide Detective Harry Bosch who pursues justice at all costs. But behind his tireless momentum is a man who is haunted by his past and struggles to ...
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, tense, neo noir ...
Plot: law enforcement, coworker, police detective, determination, crimes, homicide detective, murder investigation, police, suspicion, murder, father daughter relationship, riddles and clues ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century, 2020s, 2010s
Place: usa, los angeles
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 8.2
 327K
Chinatown (1974)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Private eye Jake Gittes lives off of the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-World War II Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double ...
Style: neo noir, suspense, twist ending, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, corruption, femme fatale, rape, twists and turns, police, crimes, murder, conspiracy, father daughter incest, surveillance ...
Time: 20th century, year 1937, 1930s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, america, pacific ocean ...
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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, realistic, bleak, stylized, serious ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: crimes, urban ghetto life, gangsters, hip hop, african american, murder, friendship, police brutality, ghetto, gang, street gang, organized crime ...
Time: 90s, year 1993, 20th century, 70s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, north america
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Battle Los Angeles (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, 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, futuristic, intense, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: alien invasion, survival, battlefield, evil alien, invasion, extraterrestrial, military, chaos and mayhem, alien encounter, save the world, battles, heroic mission ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, america, mojave desert ...
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L.A. Confidential (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal L.A. police force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the shotgun slayings of the patrons at an all-night diner.
Style: neo noir, tense, captivating, suspense, suspenseful ...
Plot: crimes, murder, police detective, police corruption, corruption, murder mystery, justice, dangerous attraction, police brutality, organized crime, twists and turns, call girl ...
Time: 50s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, arizona
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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: suspense, exciting, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: post apocalypse, distopia, race against time, earthquake, future dystopia, heroic mission, apocalypse, chaos and mayhem, one man army, life is a bitch, daring rescue, survival ...
Time: future, 2000s, 2010s, year 2013, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, latin america, new york, usa ...
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 6.6
 23K
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, intense, harsh, stylized, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, police investigation, police brutality, crimes, corruption, police, investigation, police officer, rookie, robbery, partners, fighting the system ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1992
Place: los angeles, california, new jersey, usa, southern california
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 7.2
 86K
Dope (2015)
Genre: Adventure, 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: funny, feel good, realistic, suspense, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, teenager, gangsters, friendship, school, drugs, adolescence, gang, social relations, hip hop, party, geek ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2015
Place: los angeles, california, harvard university, usa
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NCIS: Los Angeles (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: The exploits of the Los Angeles–based Office of Special Projects (OSP), an elite division of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service that specializes in undercover assignments.
Style: realistic, exciting, suspenseful, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime investigation, military, crimes, partners, special agents, forensics, fighting crime, partners against crime, army investigation, graphic violence, team, hotshot ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 5.4
 19K
Havoc (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A wealthy Los Angeles teen and her superficial friends wants to break out of suburbia and experience Southern California's "gangsta" lifestyle. But problems arise when the preppies get in over their heads and provoke the wrath of a ...
Style: sexy, disturbing, rough, erotic, psychological ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: youth, sex scene, crimes, juvenile delinquency, hip hop, sex with a stranger, teenager, gang, nudity (full frontal - brief), erotica, promiscuity, rape ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 7.8
 546K
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, neo noir, disturbing, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: character study, journalism, sociopath, cynicism, journalist, ethics, home invasion, morality, graphic violence, crime scene, tv news, obsession ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, venice beach california
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500 Days of Summer (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Tom, greeting-card writer and hopeless romantic, is caught completely off-guard when his girlfriend, Summer, suddenly dumps him. He reflects on their 500 days together to try to figure out where their love affair went sour, and in doing so, Tom ...
Style: sweet, touching, romantic, sentimental, sad ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night, teens, teen drama
Plot: relationships, love, breakup, couple relations, love story, love and romance, destiny, unfulfilled love, life philosophy, romance, couples, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, new york, california, usa
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 7.6
 250K
End of Watch (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, 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: emotional, tense, suspense, realistic, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: latinos, gang member, street gang, police, police officer, gang war, gangsters, friendship, brutality, urban ghetto, gang, found footage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 70s, year 2011
Place: los angeles, california, south central los angeles, usa
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 7.6
 191K
Falling Down (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France, UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: On the day of his daughter's birthday, William "D-Fens" Foster is trying to get to the home of his estranged ex-wife to see his daughter. His car breaks down, so he leaves his car in a traffic jam in Los Angeles and decides to walk. ...
Style: rough, psychological, disturbing, suspense, bleak ...
Audience: date night
Plot: anger, alienation, rage, midlife crisis, urban decay, vigilante, losing-it hero, violence, obsession, insanity, crimes, racism ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 7.6
 260K
Lethal Weapon (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Veteran buttoned-down LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh is partnered with unhinged cop Martin Riggs, who -- distraught after his wife's death -- has a death wish and takes unnecessary risks with criminals at every turn. The odd couple embark on ...
Style: humorous, suspenseful, suspense, buddy movie, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: police, chase, reluctant partners, gunfight, crimes, adventure, police officer, female nudity, police investigation, family, car chase, partners against crime ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, beverly hills, vietnam
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 6.5
 102K
Cellular (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A young man receives an emergency phone call on his cell phone from an older woman. She claims to have been kidnapped – and the kidnappers have targeted her husband and child next.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, sexy, suspense, tense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, race against time, cell phone, home invasion, hostage, police corruption, psychopath, conspiracy, murder, twists and turns, secrets, lone hero ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
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 6.4
 107K
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: intense, buddy movie, realistic, rough, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, reluctant partners, prison, crimes, prisoner, buddy cop, police, buddies, law enforcement, warden, rivalry, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 8.1
 768K
Blade Runner (1982)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
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: neo noir, atmospheric, futuristic, thought provoking, dark ...
Plot: cyberpunk, distopia, artificial intelligence, existentialism, future dystopia, androids, cyborgs, a.i., fugitives, police detective, robot, female android ...
Time: future, 2010s, year 2019, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The lone inhabitants of an abandoned police station are under attack by the overwhelming numbers of a seemingly unstoppable street gang.
Style: suspense, atmospheric, tense, suspenseful, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, gunfight, crimes, police station, gang, street gang, siege, convict, prison, gangsters, revenge, confinement indoors ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1976
Place: los angeles, california, usa, plymouth
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