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 complex films and TV shows about / with dialogue, storytelling, murder, death, brutality, mentor, runaway, violence, redemption and police 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: Drive (2011), Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992), End of Watch (2012), Inherent Vice (2014), My Crazy Life (1993), Major Crimes (2012), Mulholland Drive (2001), Nightcrawler (2014), Straight Outta Compton (2015), StarStruck (2010).

List of movies set in los angeles

 7.8
 546K
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, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: neo noir, car chase, lone wolves, tough heroes, mechanic, danger, getaway driver, criminal's revenge, heist, chases and races, crimes, organized crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992)
Genre: Action, Comedy
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, parents and children, unlikely partners, criminal, crimes, family relations, police, mother son conflict, parent grown child relationship, happy ending ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, new jersey
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 7.6
 220K
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, street gang, shooting, danger, police investigation, latinos, gang war, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2011
Place: los angeles, south central los angeles, usa, california
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 6.7
 90K
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, semi serious ...
Plot: private investigator, investigation, missing person, crimes, uncover truth, dishonesty, woman in danger, conspiracy, paranoia, obsession, kidnapping, neo noir ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 70s, 20th century, year 1970 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, southern 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, friendship, drug dealing, urban ghetto, urban ghetto life, teenage life, youth, gang member, revenge, poverty, teenager ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey, tokyo
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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: tense, twists and turns, captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: policewoman, crimes, homicide detective, police detective, police investigation, workplace, coworker, police chief, police station, lapd, murder investigation, fighting crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: los angeles, 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, mind bending, atmospheric, twists and turns, surreal ...
Plot: mystery, lesbian, obsession, strong sexual content, dreams, cowboy, death, hollywood, frustration, hallucination, alternate reality, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 7.9
 434K
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, bleak, cynical, suspenseful ...
Plot: neo noir, journalism, sociopath, satire, journalist, obsession, ambition, cynicism, deception, character study, morality, twists & turns ...
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, lyrical, suspense ...
Plot: hip hop, music, rapper, musician's life, police brutality, racism, drug dealer, rags to riches, feud, racial slur, gang, police harassment ...
Time: 1990s, 90s, 20th century, 80s, year 1986 ...
Place: los angeles, california, milwaukee wisconsin, usa, detroit ...
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 6.1
 12K
StarStruck (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Jessica Olsen goes to Los Angeles with nothing more in mind that visiting her grandparents while her sister tries to meet Christopher Wilde. One night she meets Christopher Wilde. They go an an adventure around Los Angeles and start to like each ...
Style: romantic, light, humorous, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: fall in love, opposites attract, love and romance, teenage life, celebrity, artists and showbiz, youth, happy ending, paparazzi, school dance, love, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, michigan, malibu california
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 6.7
 201K
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: suspenseful, tense, serious, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mob boss, organized crime, gangsters, tough law enforcer, corruption, mafia, crimes, police brutality, fighting crime, partners against crime, squad, power struggle ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 50s, 40s, year 1949 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 8.2
 190K
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: entertaining, captivating, humorous, colourful, romantic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: devil, immortality, supernatural, hell, demon, fallen angel, murder investigation, female detective, immortal, psychologist, lapd, police detective ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa
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 7.0
 17K
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, first gay sexual experience, gays and lesbians, homosexuality, one night stand, fall in love, self discovery, family relations, strong sexual content, romance, culture clash ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, idaho, usa, salt lake city utah, new jersey ...
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 6.0
 135K
S.W.A.T. (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Hondo Harrelson recruits Jim Street to join an elite unit of the Los Angeles Police Department. Together they seek out more members, including tough Deke Kay and single mom Chris Sanchez. The team's first big assignment is to escort crime boss ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police brutality, swat, tough law enforcer, sniper, partners, law enforcement, crimes, crime, siege, master criminal, basic training, hostage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 7.3
 148K
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, extreme sports, undercover, surfer, special agents, fbi, surfing, gang, ex athlete, wave ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, hawaii
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 7.6
 23K
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, gays and lesbians, lesbian couple, lgbt, infidelity, lesbian mother, love and romance, older woman younger man relationship, love triangle, female friendship, looking for love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, california, 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, uncover truth, computer system, protagonist as suspect, imaginary, time travel, crimes, investigation, rivalry ...
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, road movie ...
Plot: friendship, self discovery, introspection, research, shopping, movie star, job interview, on the road, friends, actor's life, stranger, celebrity culture ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, usa, tokyo
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 5.7
 24K
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, artists and showbiz, romance, couples, looking for love, temptation, tarot card, multiple storylines, storytelling, betrayal ...
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, brutality, convict, danger, crimes, confinement indoors, child killer, reluctant partners, deadly ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
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: dangerous attraction, police detective, murder, organized crime, gang, police investigation, fighting the system, police corruption, corpse, prostitute, domestic violence, gunfight ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, arizona
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 6.8
 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, bleak ...
Plot: gang, police brutality, police, gangsters, crime, partners, gang war, crimes, gunfight, chase, mexican american, ghetto ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, los angeles, usa, venice beach california, south central los angeles ...
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 8.2
 279K
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: twists and turns, bleak, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, rape, surveillance, corruption, deception, femme fatale, tragic event, threat, domestic violence, suspicion, cover up ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, year 1937, 1930s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico
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 7.8
 410K
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, bleak, tense ...
Plot: police corruption, interracial relations, racism, prejudice, morality, immigrants, social decay, bigotry, redemption, catastrophe, tragedy, depression ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, puerto rico, santa monica california, 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, captivating, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police brutality, police corruption, rookie, police investigation, partners, fighting the system, crimes, crime and punishment, testimony, law enforcement, dishonesty, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1992, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, southern california, new jersey
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 7.7
 41K
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, hit by a car, fishing, multiple storylines, family in crisis, family problems, adulthood ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, southern california
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 8.1
 662K
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: atmospheric, futuristic, thought provoking, tech noir, stylized ...
Plot: cyberpunk, future dystopia, a.i., artificial intelligence, fugitives, neo noir, existentialism, killer robot, androids and robots, confrontation with superior, human nature, 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, salesman, dull life, twentysomething life, lifestyle, artist, depression, unlikely friendships, honest ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, seattle washington, beverly hills ...
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 7.2
 73K
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, hollywood, starting over, friendship, buddies, friends, clubbing, self esteem, comedian, dating ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, las vegas, usa, wisconsin, california
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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, deadly, confined, haunted by the past, law enforcement, legal ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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