Movies and TV shows set in southern california

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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, semi serious, humorous and offbeat films and TV shows about / with beach, sex, kiss, drugs, death, mother son relationship, crimes, violence, storytelling and female nudity plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres shot in USA, Spain, Italy and other countries.
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).
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Southland Tales
Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
France, Germany, USA
145 min.
 5.5
Behind the Candelabra
Biography, Drama, Romance
USA
118 min.
 7.0
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Inherent Vice
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
USA
148 min.
 6.7
SAF3
Adventure, Comedy, Drama
USA
43 min.
 3.3

List of movies set in southern california

 8.1
 13K
Animal Kingdom
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: crime family, outlaw, brother brother relationship, mother son relationship, escapades, heist, gay brother, family conflict, drugs/alcohol, dialogue, friendship, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: southern california, usa, california
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 6.5
 112K
Savages
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, 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: stylized, serious, rough, dark humor, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, crime, violence, marijuana, greed, brutality, betrayal, corruption, revenge, drugs/alcohol, torture, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, mexico, usa, southern california, tijuana mexico
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Southland Tales
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: surreal, enigmatic, dark humor, cynical, futuristic ...
Plot: end of the world, surrealism, alternate reality, surveillance, brutality, memory, future dystopia, apocalypse, dishonesty, chaos, prophecy, split personality ...
Time: future, year 2005, near future, year 2008, 2000s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, southern california, afghanistan ...
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 3.3
 450
SAF3
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: humorous, semi serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting
Plot: daring rescue, adventure, hip hop, ocean or sea, basic training, hijacking, danger, heroes, hotshot hero, lifeguard, race against time, doctors and patients ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, southern california
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 6.7
 78K
Inherent Vice
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, twists and turns, semi serious, melancholic ...
Plot: investigation, private detective, drugs, marijuana, neo noir, paranoia, runaway, obsession, greed, drugs/alcohol, crime, hotel ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 70s, year 1967, year 1970
Place: los angeles, california, usa, southern california
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Behind the Candelabra
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, serious, gloomy, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: aids, manipulation, gay, gays and lesbians, music, death, drugs, homosexuality, musician's life, gay relationship, obsession, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, year 1981, year 1984 ...
Place: las vegas, usa, california, southern california
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 6.7
 902
Lifeguard
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: talky, semi serious, realistic, psychological
Plot: introspection, high school, midlife crisis, road not taken, beach, unfulfillment, human nature, reunion, hopes, youth, ladykiller, porsche ...
Time: 30s
Place: southern california, california
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 6.2
 44K
Orange County
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, funny, realistic ...
Audience: teens, teen comedy
Plot: college, high school, coming of age, chase, dysfunctional family, drinking, road trip, parents and children, writing, drugs, teenage life, writers ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa, southern california, yale university, mexico
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 7.0
 2K
Hitch Hike
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, tense, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: psychopath, on the road, chase, on the run, desert, kidnapping, rape, hitchhiker, hostage, chases and races, confined, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, california, southern california
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Waiting for Dracula
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: vampire sex, fangs, dracula, gay sex, goth, mansion, cocaine, vampire, sex scene, gay, gore, halloween party ...
Place: southern california
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 1.6
 304
Maple Palm
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: gonzo, uncertainty, landlord tenant relationship, corrupt officer, horoscope, citizenship, rocky mountains, disabled person, government official, secret love, humanitarian, political oppression ...
Place: southern california, venice beach california, tibet, quebec, vancouver british columbia canada ...
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 6.7
 3K
Anguish
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: atmospheric, serious, surreal, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: theater, ghost, serial killer, mentally unstable, slasher, mysterious character, obsession, mind game, murder, mental illness, psychopath, who done it ...
Time: 80s
Place: southern california, europe, america, california, spain
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The Final Terror
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, scary, realistic, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, serial killer, bus, gory, in the woods, crimes, slasher, wilderness, danger, deadly, youth, forest ...
Time: 80s, year 1981
Place: southern california, california
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 7.0
 32K
Up in Smoke
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, road movie, semi serious, funny, offbeat ...
Plot: marijuana, chase, farce, weed, drugs, road trip, on the road, buddies, unlikely criminals, drinking, stoners, drug dealing ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1977
Place: california, mexico, asia, latin america, vietnam ...
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Tales from the Hood
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, atmospheric, bleak, serious, twist ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: child abuse, murder, gory, brutality, violence, voodoo, mysterious character, revenge, drugs, dealing with death, death, blood ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, southern california
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Kill The Moonlight
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, hick, dead fish, anti social, racing, drunk driver, video footage, cheating girlfriend, liquor store, dripping blood, jazz music, boredom ...
Time: 1990s
Place: southern california, california
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 4.2
 498
Surf II
Genre: Comedy, Music
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: scatology, gross out humor
Plot: surfer, mutant, bikini girl, surf, mooning, wetness, soda, beach party, fat, high school principal, exhibitionism, contest ...
Place: southern california, california
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Terror On The Beach
Genre: Drama, Action, 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, stress, sibling, breakdown, family vacation, hippie, mannequin, car trouble, mysterious villain, hysteria, family in danger, terror ...
Place: southern california, california
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A Swingin' Summer
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: paint, trashcan, ford mustang, electric guitar, water skiing, karate chop, fake injury, boat chase, psychology, coca cola, female singer, accordion ...
Place: southern california
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 5.5
 10
Glass Houses
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: incestuous desire, father daughter incest, novelist, business partner, teenage protagonist, businessman, incest, cheating wife, surrogate father, dysfunctional family, sex scene, adultery ...
Place: southern california
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 4.8
 95
The Clones
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: thrill ride, secret experiment, evil scientist, cloning, nuclear reactor, doppelganger, head injury, carnival ride, rabbit, syringe, roller coaster, grenade ...
Place: southern california, campus, california
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 4.9
 181
Ted & Venus
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: cardboard box, nonconformity, alleyway, prison sex, bikini girl, volleyball, exercise, yoga, dream girl, infatuation, poet, candy ...
Place: southern california, venice beach california, pacific ocean
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 7.3
 589
Waking
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: romance, couples, counseling, dream, psychiatrist
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: southern california
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 5.2
 476
White T
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: humorous, realistic, offbeat, exciting
Plot: social misfits, hip hop, twins, contests and competitions, siblings relations, ambition, rivalry, society, comedy duo, stoner, fat, rap ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: southern california, california
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The Art of Being Straight
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, sentimental, realistic, sexual ...
Audience: date night
Plot: gays and lesbians, unlikely couple, urban, self discovery, first time, looking for love, looking for sex, gender, love and romance, couples, buddies, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, southern california, california
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 5.8
 519
Spooner
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: humorous, semi serious, sentimental, realistic, 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
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, sincere, realistic, touching ...
Plot: coming of age, fall in love, gays and lesbians, hollywood, self discovery, small town, couple relations, friendship, teenage life, gender, love and romance, youth ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, southern california, santa monica california
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 4.6
 218
Saltwater
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: serious, touching, realistic
Plot: buddies, gays and lesbians, romance, infidelity, gender, friends, love and romance, couples, matchmaking, blind date, iraq veteran, war veteran ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: southern california, california
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 4.4
 472
Lucky Bastard
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, sexy, realistic
Plot: gays and lesbians, strong sexual content, dishonesty, gender, urban, infidelity, couple relations, sexual relations, crimes, couples, mutual masturbation, bridesmaid ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, southern california
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 5.1
 170
Godmoney
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, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: crime, drug dealing, addiction, bus, teenage life, crimes, life is a bitch, urban, supernatural ability, going straight, starting over, redemption ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: california, los angeles, new york, southern california
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