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, talky, stylized and melancholic films and TV shows about / with dialogue, storytelling, brutality, murder, mentor, violence, runaway, death, crimes and redemption plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, Germany, UK and other countries.
los angeles
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los angeles movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as los angeles: End of Watch (2012), Drive (2011), My Crazy Life (1993), Nightcrawler (2014), Straight Outta Compton (2015), Inherent Vice (2014), Mulholland Drive (2001), Point Break (1991), Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992), The L Word (2004).

List of movies set in los angeles

 7.6
 214K
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, policewoman, fighting crime, police sergeant, shooting, danger, police investigation, latinos, street gang, crime, responsibility ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2011
Place: los angeles, usa, south central los angeles, california
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 7.8
 528K
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, neo noir, lone wolves, tough heroes, danger, mechanic, heist, criminal's revenge, chases and races, crimes, organized crime, getaway driver ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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, serious, talky, bleak, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, friendship, drug dealing, urban ghetto, teenage life, urban ghetto life, youth, gang member, revenge, poverty, teenager ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey, tokyo
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 7.9
 413K
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: disturbing, psychological, cynical, biting, bleak ...
Plot: neo noir, sociopath, journalism, journalist, obsession, ambition, cynicism, deception, character study, morality, twists & turns, ethics ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, venice beach california
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Straight Outta Compton (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, suspense, intense ...
Plot: hip hop, music, musician's life, police brutality, racism, drug dealer, rags to riches, rapper, feud, police chase, police harassment, racial slur ...
Time: 1990s, 80s, 20th century, year 1986, year 1987 ...
Place: los angeles, milwaukee wisconsin, california, usa, detroit ...
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 6.7
 85K
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, woman in danger, dishonesty, conspiracy, paranoia, obsession, drug abuse, neo noir ...
Time: 1960s, 70s, 20th century, year 1970, year 1967
Place: california, los angeles, usa, southern 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, surprise ending ...
Plot: strong sexual content, lesbian, mystery, cowboy, death, hollywood, obsession, frustration, alternate reality, dreams, mysterious character, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 7.3
 142K
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, surprise ending, suspenseful, intense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: extreme sport, bank robbery, working undercover, undercover, extreme sports, surfer, special agents, fbi, surfing, ex athlete, wave, track down ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, hawaii
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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, light, idiotic ...
Plot: police investigation, chase, fighting crime, unlikely partners, parents and children, criminal, crimes, family relations, police, mother son conflict, parent grown child relationship, happy ending ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
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 7.6
 22K
The L Word (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 50 min.
Story: A group of lesbian friends struggle with romance and careers in Los Angeles.
Style: talky, realistic, sincere, semi serious, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: lesbian, lesbian relationship, coming out, lesbian couple, lgbt, gays and lesbians, seduction, lesbian mother, infidelity, love triangle, older woman younger man relationship, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 7.6
 11K
Major Crimes (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Major Crimes explores how the American justice system approaches the art of the deals as law enforcement officers and prosecutors work together to score a conviction. Los Angeles Police Captain Sharon Raydor heads up a special squad within the LAPD ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, tense, twists and turns
Plot: policewoman, homicide detective, crimes, police detective, police investigation, workplace, coworker, police station, lapd, murder investigation, fighting crime, police chief ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa
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 8.2
 166K
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, entertaining, romantic, colourful ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: devil, immortality, demon, hell, supernatural, fallen angel, murder investigation, female detective, psychologist, lapd, immortal, supernatural power ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa
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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, intellectual, futuristic, atmospheric, twists and turns ...
Plot: parallel world, virtual reality, cyberspace, technology gone awry, imaginary, uncover truth, computer system, crimes, investigation, danger, rivalry, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: 90s, future, 1930s, 1990s, 20th century ...
Place: los angeles, usa
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10 Items or Less (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: An actor who is considering the role of a supermarket manager arrives at a grocery store on the outskirts of Los Angeles to do some field research. He subsequently becomes stranded, without a car or cell phone, and accepts a ride home with Scarlet, ...
Style: feel good, humorous, touching, semi serious, light ...
Plot: friendship, self discovery, introspection, on the road, research, shopping, movie star, job interview, friends, celebrity culture, actor's life, stranger ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, usa, tokyo
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 5.7
 23K
Knight of Cups (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Rick is a screenwriter living in Los Angeles. While successful in his career, his life feels empty. Haunted and confused, he finds temporary solace in the decadent Hollywood excess that defines his existence. Women provide a distraction to his daily ...
Style: meditative, serious, touching, non-linear, emotional ...
Plot: filmmaking, obsession, celebrity, looking for love, couples, artists and showbiz, romance, temptation, multiple storylines, storytelling, love triangle, sexual relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, las vegas
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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: tense, suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gunfight, survival, siege, police station, police, brutality, convict, danger, crimes, child killer, confinement indoors, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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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: tense, captivating, suspenseful, atmospheric, cynical ...
Plot: police detective, dangerous attraction, murder, organized crime, police investigation, fighting the system, police corruption, domestic violence, gunfight, gang, manipulations, corpse ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 1930s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, arizona
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 6.7
 23K
Colors (1988)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A confident young cop is shown the ropes by a veteran partner in the dangerous gang-controlled barrios of Los Angeles, where the gang culture is enforced by the colors the members wear.
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, psychological, rough ...
Plot: gang, police brutality, police, gangsters, crime, gang war, partners, crimes, gunfight, chase, mexican american, ghetto ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, los angeles, usa, south central los angeles, venice beach california ...
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 8.2
 270K
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: bleak, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, suspense ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, rape, surveillance, corruption, deception, femme fatale, tragic event, secret, cover up, suspicion, domestic violence ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, year 1937, 1930s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico
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 7.8
 403K
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, santa monica california, puerto rico, mexico ...
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 6.6
 20K
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, disturbing, serious, suspenseful, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police brutality, police corruption, police investigation, fighting the system, partners, rookie, testimony, crime and punishment, crimes, dishonesty, law enforcement, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
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 7.7
 40K
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: captivating, sincere, realistic, talky, depressing ...
Plot: suicide, cheating, redemption, infidelity, loss of loved one, party, fishing, multiple storylines, family problems, family in crisis, adulthood, child illness ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, southern california
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 8.1
 638K
Blade Runner (1982)
Genre: Action, 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: futuristic, thought provoking, atmospheric, tech noir, stylized ...
Plot: future dystopia, cyberpunk, a.i., artificial intelligence, fugitives, killer robot, neo noir, existentialism, androids and robots, human nature, confrontation with superior, bounty hunter ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa
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 6.3
 23K
Shopgirl (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Mirabelle is a disenchanted salesgirl and aspiring artist who sells gloves and accessories at a department store. She has two men in her life: wealthy divorcée Ray Porter and struggling musician Jeremy. Mirabelle falls in love with the glamorous ...
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, semi serious, emotional ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: love triangle, romance, fall in love, unfulfillment, twentysomething life, dull life, lifestyle, salesman, artist, depression, unlikely friendships, honest ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, seattle washington, mcdonald's restaurant ...
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 7.2
 72K
Swingers (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: This is a story about Mike, a guy who left his girl in New York when he came to LA to be a star. It's been six months since his girlfriend left him and he's not doing so good. So, his pal and some other friends try and get him back in the ...
Style: realistic, feel good, entertaining, sexy, witty ...
Audience: teens
Plot: actor, party, swinger, starting over, friendship, friends, clubbing, buddies, dating, comedian, self esteem, machismo ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, las vegas, usa, kindergarten, wisconsin ...
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The Onion Field (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Greg Powell, a disturbed ex-con, recruits Jimmy Youngblood (Smith) a petty thief, as partner in crime. Powell panics when they two of are pulled over by two cops for tail lights. Powell decides to kidnap the cops and Smith goes along with his crazy ...
Style: psychological, realistic, disturbing, serious, rough ...
Plot: courtroom drama, police officer killed, police investigation, crimes, murder, kidnapping, law enforcer killer, confined, law enforcement, deadly, haunted by the past, legal ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 7.2
 7K
American Me (1992)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Edward J. Olmos made his directorial bow with the powerhouse crime saga American Me. Olmos stars as street-gang leader Santana, who during his 18 years in Folsom Prison rules over all the drug-and-murder activities behind bars. Upon his release, ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, prison, violence, sexual abuse, juvenile delinquency, criminal heroes, racism, murder, crime, prison gang, self discovery, prison life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 40s, 50s, 1940s ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 6.7
 197K
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, tense, suspenseful, exciting, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mob boss, organized crime, gangsters, tough law enforcer, corruption, mafia, police brutality, crimes, fighting crime, law enforcement, partners, squad ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 50s, 40s, year 1949 ...
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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One False Move (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Following a series of drug deals and murders, three criminals -- Fantasia, Ray Malcolm and Pluto -- travel from Los Angeles to Houston, finally arriving in a small Arkansas town to go into hiding. Two detectives from the LAPD, who are already on the ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: small town, police investigation, crime, law enforcement, crimes, criminal heroes, femme fatale, chases and races, siblings relations, on the run, dishonesty, murder ...
Time: 1990s, 90s
Place: arkansas, los angeles, texas, louisiana, 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, gunfight, friendship, african american, crime, coming of age, police brutality, graduation, social decay, overdose, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
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