Movies and TV shows set in southern california

The list contains the best, new and most relevant movies set in southern california ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful, humorous, semi serious and interesting films and TV shows about / with beach, sex, drugs, kiss, death, friendship, mother son relationship, crimes, violence and storytelling plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres shot in USA, Spain, Italy and other countries.
southern california
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southern california movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as southern california: Animal Kingdom (2016), Savages (2012), Southland Tales (2006), SAF3 (2013), Inherent Vice (2014), Behind the Candelabra (2013), Lifeguard (1976), Orange County (2002), Hitch Hike (1977), Waiting for Dracula (2012).

List of movies set in southern california

 8.2
 15K
Animal Kingdom (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The series centers on 17-year-old Joshua "J" Cody, who moves in with his freewheeling relatives in their Southern California beach town after his mother dies of a heroin overdose. Headed by boot-tough matriarch Janine "Smurf" ...
Style: tense, captivating, exciting, twists and turns
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, danger, dysfunctional family, escapades, heist, crime family, drugs/alcohol, outlaw, brother brother relationship, friendship, gay brother, family conflict ...
Time: contemporary
Place: southern california, usa, california
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 6.5
 113K
Savages (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.
Style: rough, dark humor, serious, stylized, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, crimes, rescue, crime, violence, drug dealing, love triangle, marijuana, american abroad, filmed killing, widow, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: southern california, california, mexico, usa, tijuana mexico
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Southland Tales (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: France, Germany, USA
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Boxer Santaros is an action star who's stricken with amnesia. His life intertwines with Krysta Now, an ...
Style: dark humor, cynical, surreal, enigmatic, futuristic ...
Plot: end of the world, surrealism, prophecy, split personality, apocalypse, chaos, smuggling, terrorist, future dystopia, dishonesty, postmodernism, alternate reality ...
Time: future, year 2008, near future, year 2005, 2000s
Place: california, nevada, north korea, middle east, afghanistan ...
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 3.3
 453
SAF3 (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: The series follows Southern California's elite rescue task force, SAF3 (pronouced "safe") , consists of the cream-of-the-crop from the sea, air, and fire divisions of the Malibu Fire Department. They are the heroes who answer the most ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Plot: lifeguard, adventure, daring rescue, hip hop, basic training, ocean or sea, rescue mission, fire brigade, rescue team, hijacking, danger, heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, southern california
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 6.7
 79K
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, stylized, semi serious, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: private investigator, investigation, neo noir, pot smoking, missing person, private detective, kidnapping, drug abuse, crime, drugs/alcohol, uncover truth, lesbian cunnilingus ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 70s, year 1967, year 1970
Place: los angeles, california, usa, southern california
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Behind the Candelabra (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Based on the autobiographical novel, the tempestuous 6-year relationship between Liberace and his (much younger) lover, Scott Thorson, is recounted.
Style: stylized, gloomy, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, gay relationship, gay, celebrity, aids, pianist, cocaine, homosexual, music, musician's life, in the closet, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, 1960s, year 1981 ...
Place: las vegas, usa, southern california, california
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 6.7
 920
Lifeguard (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Rick is a Los Angeles County lifeguard who is in his thirties. At his 15-year high school reunion, he sees his old girlfriend who is now a divorced mother. After falling in love with her, Rick considers changing his career and lifestyle.
Style: semi serious, talky, realistic, psychological
Plot: beach, introspection, high school, midlife crisis, ladykiller, road not taken, unfulfillment, human nature, reunion, hopes, youth, porsche ...
Time: 30s
Place: california, southern california
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 6.2
 44K
Orange County (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Shaun Brumder is a local surfer kid from Orange County who dreams of going to Stanford to become a writer and to get away from his disfunctional family household. Except Shaun runs into one complication after another starting when his application is ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, realistic, witty ...
Audience: teen comedy, teens
Plot: college, high school, coming of age, surfer, arson, surfing, parents and children, chase, teenage life, change, idol, province ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa, southern california, yale university, mexico
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 7.0
 2K
Hitch Hike (1977)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A bickering couple driving cross-country pick up a murderous hitchhiker whom threatens to kill them unless they take him to a santuary, and in return agrees to split some bank loot he has on him.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, tense, suspense ...
Plot: psychopath, on the road, hostage, rape, hitchhiker, violence, on the run, kidnapping, chase, desert, sex, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, southern california
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Waiting for Dracula (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: This low-budget vampire horror film follows a crowd of hedonistic vampires in L.A. who lure unsuspecting victims into their vampiric world with cocaine and sex.
Plot: fangs, dracula, gay sex, goth, cocaine, sex scene, vampire, mansion, gay, vampire sex, female nudity, halloween party ...
Place: southern california
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 1.6
 303
Maple Palm (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A lesbian couple of fifteen years lives with the secret that one is an illegal immigrant. With no legal way to protect their relationship, the couple lives in fear of deportation. After an innocent visit to the Statue of Liberty, the girls return ...
Style: intellectual, avant garde
Plot: tree, suffering, pharmacy, border, apartment building, apartment, refugee, border crossing, home invasion, yelling, intelligence, gay relationship ...
Place: canada, usa, new york, california, southern california ...
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 6.7
 3K
Anguish (1987)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 86 min.
Story: An ophthalmologist's assistant with an unhealthy interest in human eyeballs goes on a killing spree to collect eyeballs for his overbearing mother's collection. Reality soon takes a bizarre turn, both for the characters and the audience.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: theater, serial killer, slasher, obsession, murder, psychopath, ghost, mentally unstable, mysterious character, mind game, mental illness, who done it ...
Time: 80s
Place: southern california, europe, america, california, spain
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The Final Terror (1983)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: A group of friends and their girlfriends head out for what is expected to be a vacation of hiking, camping and a good time, but when a backwoods mama finds them on her turf, it becomes anything but a vacation.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, scary, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, serial killer, bus, river, wilderness, slasher, slasher killer, prank, stalking, knife murder, psychopath, gory ...
Time: 80s, year 1981
Place: southern california, california
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 7.0
 32K
Up in Smoke (1978)
Genre: Comedy, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: An unemployed pot-smoking slacker and amateur drummer, Anthony Stoner ditches his strict parents and hits the road, eventually meeting kindred spirit Pedro de Pacas. While the drug-ingesting duo is soon arrested for possession of marijuana, Anthony ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, offbeat, witty ...
Plot: stoners, marijuana, on the road, smoking, farce, chase, deportation, hitchhiker, smuggling, buddies, unlikely criminals, ecstasy ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1977
Place: california, mexico, asia, latin america, vietnam ...
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Tales from the Hood (1995)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A strange funeral director tells four strange tales of horror with an African American focus to three drug dealers he traps in his place of business.
Style: scary, serious, bleak, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: child abuse, murder, police brutality, evil doll, funeral home, ghetto, anthology, mortician, mysterious character, gory, dealing with death, dirty cop ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, southern california
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Kill The Moonlight (1994)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: A twisted Gen X comedy disguised as a 1970s drive-in flick, KILL THE MOONLIGHT is the story of Chance, a fish hatchery worker, toxic waste cleaner and aspiring race car driver whose goal in life is to fix up his Camaro and follow his dreams of ...
Style: avant garde
Plot: slacker, father son relationship, kiss, alcohol, blood, punched in the face, husband wife relationship, parking lot, surrealism, restaurant, bathtub, storytelling ...
Time: 1990s
Place: california, southern california
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 4.1
 542
Surf II (1984)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Evil Nerd Menlo wants to get revenge on some surfers by selling a bad batch of soda called Buzz Cola which turns people into mutant zombies. Its up to Jocko, Chuck, Bob and their surfer buddies to save the day.
Style: gross out humor, scatology
Plot: mutant, surfer, t shirt, competition, arcade, high school friend, dance, beach party, soda, surf, bikini girl, marching band ...
Place: california, southern california
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Terror On The Beach (1973)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: A family's outing turns out badly as they are terrorized by a gang of young thugs.
Plot: violence, car trouble, hippie, mannequin, mysterious villain, family vacation, breakdown, sibling, stress, hysteria, gang, panic ...
Place: california, southern california
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A Swingin' Summer (1965)
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Beach party escapade features a bookworm with glasses who learns to "groove", as she attempts to sing "Ready to Groove."
Plot: redhead, beach, swimming, swimsuit, kiss, dancing, cigarette smoking, eyeglasses, coca cola, female singer, trashcan, paint ...
Place: southern california
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 5.5
 10
Glass Houses (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The film's plot centres around the libidinous sexual shenanigans of a middle-class Californian family, and deftly explores themes such as marital discord, middle age, adultery, and incestuous desire.
Plot: female nudity, father daughter relationship, female protagonist, adultery, extramarital affair, father daughter incest, novelist, teenage protagonist, business partner, incestuous desire, incest, businessman ...
Place: southern california
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 4.8
 98
The Clones (1973)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A scientist discovers a plot to clone other scientists so the government can control the weather.
Style: psychedelic, psychotronic
Plot: secret experiment, thrill ride, syringe, grenade, roller coaster, rabbit, carnival ride, cloning, nuclear reactor, head injury, doppelganger, evil scientist ...
Place: california, southern california, campus
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 5.0
 184
Ted & Venus (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Ted is a 1970s Venice Beach poet who spends his days drifting along the boardwalk, reciting his poetry to anyone who will listen. His life changes when a striking bikini-clad beauty named Linda strolls by him. Instantly, Ted believes he's found ...
Plot: alleyway, prison sex, nonconformity, cardboard box, hippie, veteran, breaking and entering, bail, molestation, bum, bikini girl, volleyball ...
Place: southern california, venice beach california, pacific ocean
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 6.6
 449
Waking (2013)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Ben is about to turn 30 and on his way to what everyone else tells him is a great life. He’s been with his girlfriend Amy for 6 years and is about to propose, and looks to be in line to take over her father’s practice. But a chance meeting with ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic
Plot: couples, romance, counseling, dream, psychiatrist
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: southern california
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 4.9
 435
White T (2013)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Rapping twins Herbert (Jerod Mixon) and Henry (Jamal Mixon) get a shot at stardom when they purchase a prize-winning T-shirt that lands them a chance to perform alongside a hip-hop legend, but they find their dreams going up in flames when their ...
Style: realistic, humorous, offbeat, exciting
Plot: hip hop, social misfits, twins, contests and competitions, siblings relations, ambition, rivalry, society, comedy duo, african american, performance, black american ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, southern california
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The Art of Being Straight (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 67 min.
Story: A sexy, comedic drama about two college friends questioning their careers and sexuality in east Los Angeles.
Style: clever, semi serious, realistic, sentimental, sexual ...
Audience: date night
Plot: first time, gays and lesbians, unlikely couple, free love, urban, self discovery, looking for love, looking for sex, gender, love and romance, couples, buddies ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, southern california
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 5.8
 523
Spooner (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Facing eviction from his parent's home on his 30th birthday, a socially awkward guy meets the girl of his dreams and creates his own rules for growing up.
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, sentimental, offbeat
Audience: date night
Plot: fall in love, true love, love and romance, romance, family relations, coming of age, opposites attract, race against time, boss and employee, parents and children, twentysomething life, chases and races ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, southern california
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The Journey of Jared Price (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: "The Journey of Jared Price" is a gay-themed coming-of-age 2000 film written, produced and directed by Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black. Black won the Oscar award for Best Original Screenplay for "Milk". The Journey of ...
Style: serious, sexual, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: coming of age, gays and lesbians, fall in love, hollywood, small town, self discovery, couple relations, friendship, teenage life, gender, love and romance, youth ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, southern california, santa monica california
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 4.7
 220
Saltwater (2012)
Genre: Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: This American Indie drama follows several endearing characters as they wade through life seeking happiness, peace and ultimately, love. Will (Ronnie Kerr, Vampire Boys 2, Shut Up and Kiss Me) leaves the Navy after many years, soon reunites old ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic
Plot: buddies, gays and lesbians, romance, infidelity, gender, friends, love and romance, couples, kiss, friendship between men, death, swimming pool ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, southern california
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 4.4
 476
Lucky Bastard (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Rusty is a successful architect with the life of his dreams. However, when his boyfriend leaves town, Rusty meets a mysterious drifter names Denny who opens Rusty up to a strange new world.
Style: serious, sexual, realistic, sexy
Plot: infidelity, strong sexual content, gays and lesbians, dishonesty, urban, gender, couple relations, sexual relations, crimes, couples, kiss, undressing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, southern california
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 5.1
 171
Godmoney (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A streetwise young man leaves his sordid past behind, moving from New York to the Los Angeles suburbs to start a simple, honest life. When he meets a small-time drug dealer with insatiable ambition, his past returns to haunt him.
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: crime, drug dealing, bus, addiction, teenage life, crimes, urban, life is a bitch, supernatural ability, going straight, starting over, redemption ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, california, los angeles, southern california
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