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, interesting, clever, suspenseful and suspense films and TV shows about / with dialogue, storytelling, mentor, redemption, murder, catastrophe, runaway, brutality, chase and violence plots mostly in Thriller, Drama and Crime genres shot in USA, Germany, France and other countries.
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los angeles movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as los angeles: End of Watch (2012), Crash (2004), Nightcrawler (2014), American Gigolo (1980), Tango & Cash (1989), Mulholland Drive (2001), Battle Los Angeles (2011), Latter Days (2003), Menace II Society (1993), Shrink (2009).

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, realistic, emotional, disturbing, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fighting crime, friendship, police sergeant, gunfight, crime, danger, shooting, crimes, investigation, police investigation, responsibility, death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2011
Place: los angeles, south central los angeles, usa, 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: disturbing, sincere, touching, tense, gloomy ...
Plot: interracial relations, racism, police corruption, prejudice, morality, immigrants, bigotry, social decay, redemption, tragedy, depression, manipulation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california, mexico, puerto rico ...
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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, suspense ...
Plot: journalism, neo noir, sociopath, obsession, ambition, journalist, deception, morality, losing-it hero, ethics, cynicism, character study ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, venice beach california
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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, serious, realistic, stylized, suspense ...
Plot: murder, gigolo, pimp, crime, frame up, redemption, prostitute, crimes, suspicion of murder, cheating wife, uncover truth, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, malibu california, 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: humorous, realistic, rough, semi serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prisoner, crime, buddies, reluctant partners, police detective, law enforcement, war on drugs, master criminal, crimes, dishonesty, rivalry ...
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: psychological, mind bending, twists and turns, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: strong sexual content, lesbian, uncover truth, hollywood, showbiz, mystery, amnesia, hallucination, postmodernism, surrealism, mysterious character, dreams ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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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, save the world, alien encounter, marines, sergeant, ufo, military, soldier ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa, san diego california, santa monica california
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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, emotional, disturbing ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: coming out, gay, gays and lesbians, homosexuality, self discovery, lgbt, romance, culture clash, fall in love, strong sexual content, opposites attract, gender ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, idaho, usa, salt lake city utah, new jersey ...
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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, rough, serious ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, hip hop, friendship, crime, juvenile delinquency, social decay, coming of age, organized crime, gunfight, graduation, police brutality, murder ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
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, psychiatrist, widower, hollywood, haunted by the past, drugs/alcohol, doctors and patients, human nature, power relations, introspection ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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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, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: extreme sport, bank robbery, undercover, special agents, fbi, surfer, wave, working undercover, ex athlete, track down, extreme sports, police officer killed ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, hawaii
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Loaded Weapon 1 (1993)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: An LA detective is murdered because she has microfilm with the recipe to make cocaine cookies. A "Lethal Weapon" style cop team tries to find and stop the fiends before they can dope the nation by distributing their wares via the ...
Style: humorous, feel good, realistic, witty, not serious ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night, teens
Plot: parody, buddies, partners against crime, police, cocaine, police investigation, master criminal, murder, crimes, law enforcement, drug dealing, mad scientist ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, ireland
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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: police, chase, unlikely partners, criminal, police investigation, parents and children, fighting crime, crimes, family relations, 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, entertaining, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: car chase, car race, gang, crimes, danger, theft, chase, law enforcement, chases and races, car, hotshot, undercover ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, manhattan new york city
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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, suspense, realistic, uplifting, talky ...
Plot: chase, on the run, police, murder, crime, suspicion of murder, love and romance, heist, cop killer, male protagonist, police investigation, romance ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, mexico, california, latin america, usa ...
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 8.9
 1.6M
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: dark humor, exciting, clever, rough, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, violence, hitman, crime, boxing, criminal heroes, crime boss, overdose, gangster, rape, drugs, gory ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 6.3
 36K
Nick of Time (1995)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Gene Watson is a public accountant who arrives on a train at Union Station in Los Angeles, accompanied by his 6-year-old daughter Lynn. Because of his ordinary looks, he is approached by a pair of sinister people named Smith and Jones.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, twists and turns, exciting ...
Plot: assassination, kidnapping, race against time, politics, train station, accountant, terrorism, murder, assassination plot, one day, psychological torture, mysterious man ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 4.4
 83K
Skyline (2010)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: When strange lights descend on the city of Los Angeles, people are drawn outside like moths to a flame where an extraterrestrial force threatens to swallow the entire human population off the face of the Earth. Now the band of survivors must fight ...
Style: light, suspenseful, exciting, suspense, futuristic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: evil alien, ufo, apocalypse, vestiges of humanity, chaos, survival, alien encounter, danger, abduction, spacecraft, demolished city, alien ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, hong kong, big ben london
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 8.2
 711K
Die Hard (1988)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: NYPD cop, John McClane's plan to reconcile with his estranged wife is thrown for a serious loop when minutes after he arrives at her office, the entire building is overtaken by a group of terrorists. With little help from the LAPD, wisecracking ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, entertaining, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, heist, hostage, save the day, violence, skyscraper, terrorist, fbi, race against time, marital problem, confined, machismo ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 7.5
 333K
Collateral (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Cab driver Max picks up a man who offers him $600 to drive him around. But the promise of easy money sours when Max realizes his fare is an assassin.
Style: tense, suspenseful, twists and turns, psychological, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: taxi driver, hitman, hostages, killings, crime, assassin, anti heroes, danger, merciless, victim, organized crime, accident ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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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: realistic, romantic, sentimental, humorous, sweet ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, teen drama, chick flick
Plot: love and romance, breakup, couple relations, fall in love, couples, unfulfilled love, heartache, love, life philosophy, architect, relationships, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
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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, serious ...
Plot: future dystopia, cyberpunk, a.i., artificial intelligence, fugitives, neo noir, androids and robots, neo-noir, genetics, postmodernism, bounty hunter, human nature ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa
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 7.7
 222K
Changeling (2008)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Christine Collins is overjoyed when her kidnapped son is brought back home. But when Christine suspects that the boy returned to her isn't her child, the police captain has her committed to an asylum.
Style: psychological, tense, disturbing, sentimental, heartbreaking ...
Plot: investigation, missing child, fighting the system, uncover truth, insanity, missing person, police, conspiracy, mother love, kidnapping, corruption, loss of son ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, canada, seattle washington
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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: serious, bleak, tense, clever, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police brutality, police corruption, corruption, neo noir, riot, crime, confession, police investigation, interracial relations, special unit, ghetto, family ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
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 7.7
 353K
Training Day (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
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: tense, realistic, serious, atmospheric, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, rookie, police brutality, one day, corruption, drug dealing, bad cop, honest, ghetto, police investigation, lone hero, gangs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 7.7
 39K
Short Cuts (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 188 min.
Story: Multi-storied, fish-eyed look at American culture with some 22 characters intersecting--profoundly or fleetingly--through each other's lives. Running the emotional gamut from disturbing to humorous, Altman's portrait of the contemporary ...
Style: clever, serious, realistic, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: suicide, cheating, redemption, infidelity, hit by a car, cellist, earthquake, fishing, helicopter, multiple storylines, artist, loss of loved one ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, southern california
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 6.4
 15K
Laurel Canyon (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Laurel Canyon focuses on Sam and Alex, a pair of upper-middle class lovebirds from the East Coast who relocate to Los Angeles. Enter Jane, Sam's estranged mother, a successful record producer, who's more than willing to put the couple up ...
Style: realistic, serious, sexual, gloomy, psychological ...
Plot: time lapse photography, infidelity, intern, rock, drugs/alcohol, human nature, culture clash, innocence lost, pot smoking, couple relations, parents and children, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, 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: bleak, realistic, serious, gloomy, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, poverty, girl gang, friendship, urban, drug dealing, gang member, mexican american, crime, urban ghetto, teenage life ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey, tokyo
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 7.6
 154K
Falling Down (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA
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, tense, disturbing, serious, psychological ...
Plot: losing-it hero, anger, traffic jam, birthday, violence, humiliation, urban decay, vandalism, briefcase, divorce, police car, gang ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 7.6
 217K
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: suspense, exciting, humorous, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: reluctant partners, chase, partners against crime, police investigation, verbal byplay, police, crime, gunfight, adventure, car chase, family, weapons ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, vietnam, california
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