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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, suspenseful, harsh, tense and interesting films and TV shows about / with dialogue, storytelling, death, murder, redemption, brutality, violence, crimes, mentor and police plots mostly in Thriller, Drama and Crime genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
TOP 10 movies tagged as los angeles: S.W.A.T. (2017), Mulholland Drive (2001), American Horror Story (2011), The Catch (2016), End of Watch (2012), Crash (2004), Collateral (2004), Die Hard (1988), Blade Runner (1982), Changeling (2008).
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American Horror Story
Drama, Horror, Thriller
USA
60 min.
 8.1
Die Hard
Action, Thriller
USA
132 min.
 8.2
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Danger One
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
USA
101 min.
 5.7
Strange Angel
Drama, Mystery
USA
60 min.
 6.8

List of movies set in los angeles

 6.6
 7K
S.W.A.T.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Follows a locally born and bred S.W.A.T. lieutenant who is torn between loyalty to the streets and duty to his fellow officers when he's tasked to run a highly-trained unit that's the last stop for solving crimes in Los Angeles.
Style: exciting, captivating, twists and turns, tense, suspense
Plot: swat team, chase, gunfight, weapons, fight scenes, crimes, adventure, police investigation, danger, martial arts, friendship, heroes ...
Place: los angeles
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Mulholland Drive
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, mind bending, suspense, twists and turns ...
Plot: surrealism, amnesia, mystery, postmodernism, imagination, uncover truth, alternate reality, dreams, hollywood, hallucination, plot twist, strong sexual content ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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American Horror Story
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: American Horror Story is an anthology horror drama series.
Style: scary, surreal, atmospheric, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: supernatural, fear, haunted house, death, anthology, family in danger, ghost, couple relations, sadism, serial killer, nun, mental institution ...
Time: contemporary, 60s, 20th century, 21st century, year 1964 ...
Place: los angeles, massachusetts, new orleans, usa, florida ...
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 7.2
 9K
The Catch
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Strong and successful Alice Martin is a fraud investigator who's about to be the victim of fraud by her fiancé. Between her cases, she is determined to find him before it ruins her career.
Style: captivating, light, twists and turns, tense, exciting
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: private investigator, deception, crimes, family relations, friends, twists & turns, relationship problems, investigation, love, dysfunctional relationship, danger, betrayal ...
Place: los angeles
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 7.6
 205K
End of Watch
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: realistic, talky, tense, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, friendship, gunfight, police, surveillance, courage, violence, brutality, police investigation, death, tragedy, realism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2011
Place: los angeles, california, south central los angeles, usa
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 7.8
 392K
Crash
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: realistic, bleak, touching, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: racism, prejudice, redemption, police corruption, morality, storytelling, corruption, tragedy, immigrants, depression, plot twist, race issues ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, puerto rico, santa monica california ...
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 7.5
 325K
Collateral
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: suspenseful, tense, realistic, clever, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, crime, assassin, organized crime, violence, murder, storytelling, taxi driver, loneliness, anti heroes, police investigation, stylish ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 8.2
 689K
Die Hard
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, realistic, clever, witty ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, hostage, violence, gunfight, one man army, skyscraper, crime, police, terrorism, fbi, good versus evil, revenge ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 8.2
 598K
Blade Runner
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, stylized, tech noir, serious ...
Plot: cyberpunk, artificial intelligence, neo-noir, genetics, existentialism, man versus machine, memory, neo noir, a.i., postmodernism, distopia, androids ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa
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 7.8
 217K
Changeling
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: tense, disturbing, psychological, heartbreaking, sentimental ...
Plot: fighting the system, investigation, corruption, police, uncover truth, insanity, kidnapping, missing child, storytelling, manipulation, twists & turns, conspiracy ...
Time: 1930s, 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, seattle washington, canada
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 6.6
 19K
Dark Blue
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, bleak, realistic, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, crime, corruption, police investigation, police, violence, neo noir, murder, investigation, interracial relations, police brutality, betrayal ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
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 7.7
 39K
Short Cuts
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, reflective ...
Plot: redemption, infidelity, adultery, drinking, buddies, suicide, multiple storylines, unsupportive spouse, cheating, storytelling, urban, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, southern california
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 6.4
 15K
Laurel Canyon
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, sexual, psychological, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: infidelity, culture clash, music business, drinking, hospital, psychiatry, drugs/alcohol, human nature, rock, mental illness, relationships, rock and roll ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 7.7
 344K
Training Day
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: realistic, tense, serious, twists and turns, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, crime, mentor, mafia, police, violence, justice, brutality, drugs, storytelling, betrayal, chase ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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My Crazy Life
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, harsh ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, gang, juvenile delinquency, gangs, death, urban, drug dealing, drugs, unlikely friendships, crime, pornography, classic car ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey, tokyo
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 7.6
 213K
Lethal Weapon
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 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: exciting, humorous, suspenseful, suspense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police, partners against crime, police investigation, reluctant partners, adventure, crime, verbal byplay, chase, gunfight, car chase, family, weapons ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, vietnam
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 5.4
 65K
Volcano
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An earthquake shatters a peaceful Los Angeles morning and opens a fissure deep into the earth, causing lava to start bubbling up. As a volcano begins forming in the La Brea Tar Pits, the director of the city's emergency management service, Mike ...
Style: exciting, suspense, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: adventure, natural disaster, father daughter relationship, race against time, survival, end of the world, death, catastrophe, save the day, first contact, science, chase ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, antarctica, hawaii ...
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 7.6
 151K
Falling Down
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA, 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: tense, disturbing, psychological, road movie, serious ...
Plot: violence, obsession, midlife crisis, depression, insanity, vigilante, crime, anger, losing-it hero, chase, traffic jam, birthday ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 6.0
 12K
Death Wish II
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Paul Kersey is again a vigilante trying to find five punks who murdered his housekeeper and daughter in Los Angeles.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, vigilantism, rape, vigilante, revenge, murder, crime, violence, brutality, sexualized violence, death, kidnapping ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, new york, usa
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The Big Lebowski
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, a Los Angeles slacker who only wants to bowl and drink white Russians, is mistaken for another Jeffrey Lebowski, a wheelchair-bound millionaire, and finds himself dragged into a strange series of events ...
Style: surreal, humorous, twists and turns, absurd, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mistaken identity, bowling, buddies, crime, twists & turns, sarcasm, dialogue, plot twist, rug, crime gone awry, weed, irreverent ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, malibu california, pasadena california
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 5.8
 8K
Life Stinks
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A rich businessman makes a bet he can survive on the streets of a rough Los Angeles neighborhood for 30 days completely penniless. During his stay he discovers another side of life and falls in love with with a homeless woman.
Style: humorous, semi serious, funny, realistic, witty ...
Plot: homeless, farce, switching roles, self discovery, greed, rags to riches, rich and poor, surveillance, social differences, fish out of water, mentor, parody ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa
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American Gigolo
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: serious, gloomy, realistic, suspenseful, sexy ...
Plot: murder, crime, redemption, stylish, prostitution, loneliness, police investigation, investigation, guilt, prostitute, murder mystery, pornography ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, malibu california
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 6.6
 20K
Wonderland
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: On the afternoon of July 1, 1981, Los Angeles police responded to a distress call on Wonderland Avenue and discovered a grisly quadruple homicide. The police investigation that followed uncovered two versions of the events leading up to the brutal ...
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, bleak, serious, intense ...
Plot: murder, crime, police investigation, violence, vengeance, addiction, investigation, drugs, drug addiction, brutality, revenge, drinking ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981
Place: los angeles, california, usa, pasadena california
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 8.2
 255K
Chinatown
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: atmospheric, bleak, cynical, clever, tense ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, mystery, murder, neo-noir, surveillance, corruption, adultery, neo noir, political corruption, plot twist, conspiracy ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico
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To Live and Die in L.A.
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: bleak, suspenseful, tense, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, police investigation, secret service, car chase, vengeance, murder, violence, chase, revenge, stylish, tough law enforcer, violent ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 8.2
 503K
Heat
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: Obsessive master thief, Neil McCauley leads a top-notch crew on various daring heists throughout Los Angeles while determined detective, Vincent Hanna pursues him without rest. Each man recognizes and respects the ability and the dedication of the ...
Style: realistic, suspense, bleak, atmospheric, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, heist, chase, betrayal, robbery, obsession, gunfight, bank robbery, gangster, violence, police, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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Battle Los Angeles
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: survival, alien, military, evil alien, alien invasion, heroic mission, chaos, danger, apocalypse, aliens, sergeant, redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa, san diego california, santa monica california
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Assault on Precinct 13
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, suspense, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police, gunfight, brutality, vengeance, survival, police station, violence, chase, revenge, murder, death, criminal's revenge ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 6.3
 125K
Predator 2
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Ten years after a band of mercenaries first battled a vicious alien, the invisible creature from another world has returned to Earth -- and this time, it's drawn to the gang-ruled and ravaged city of Los Angeles. When it starts murdering drug ...
Style: serious, rough, suspense, suspenseful, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, gory, alien, chase, monster, violence, voodoo, drugs/alcohol, deadly creature, weapons, hunting, aliens ...
Time: future, 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 5.9
 35K
Spread
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In Los Angeles, Nikki is homeless, car-less and closing in on 30, but he's amoral, good-looking, and adept in the sack, moving from one wealthy woman of 35 or 40 to another, a kept boy-toy. His newest gig, with Samantha, an attorney whose house ...
Style: sexy, sentimental, erotic, cynical, serious ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: womanizer, battle of the sexes, infidelity, sex, fall in love, seduction, gigolo, life philosophy, male nudity, women, party, manipulation ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, new york, usa, new jersey, california
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6.6
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6.4
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