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, melancholic, semi serious, interesting and harsh films and TV shows about / with friendship, catastrophe, family relations, dialogue, storytelling, runaway, nudity (full frontal - brief), mother son relationship, mentor and couples plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Thriller genres shot in USA, France, Germany and other countries.
southern california
 72
southern california movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as southern california: Animal Kingdom (2016), Southland Tales (2006), Savages (2012), Baywatch (1989), Mutafukaz (2017), Cobra Kai (2018), Modern Family (2009), SAF3 (2013), Waking (2013), White T (2013).

List of movies set in southern california

 8.2
 24K
Animal Kingdom (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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: exciting, captivating, tense, twists and turns
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, criminal, crime family, crimes, mother son relationship, dysfunctional family, danger, escapades, drugs/alcohol, gay brother, family conflict, friendship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: southern california, usa, california
Is relevant ?
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, allegory, surreal, enigmatic ...
Plot: apocalypse, chaos, future dystopia, end of the world, split personality, prophecy, smuggling, conspiracy, dishonesty, life is a bitch, alternate reality, terrorist ...
Time: future, year 2008, year 2005, near future, 2000s
Place: los angeles, california, afghanistan, southern california, nevada ...
Is relevant ?
 6.5
 122K
Savages (2012)
Genre: Crime, 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: twists and turns, rough, tense, dark humor, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: drug dealing, crimes, rescue, kidnapping, marijuana, drug lord, crime, ex military, friendship, drug cartel, mob boss, woman in danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: southern california, california, mexico, usa, tijuana mexico ...
Is relevant ?
 5.3
 25K
Baywatch (1989)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Baywatch is an American action drama series about the Los Angeles County Lifeguards who patrol the beaches of Los Angeles County, California, starring David Hasselhoff. The show was canceled after its first season on NBC, but survived and later ...
Style: realistic, serious, sexy, captivating, sexual
Audience: teens
Plot: lifeguard, beach, adventure, rescue, workplace, swimming, workplace situations, workplace romance, heroism, ocean, sea, friendship ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 90s, 21st century, 80s ...
Place: california, southern california, usa, los angeles, hawaii ...
Is relevant ?
 6.7
 3K
Mutafukaz (2017)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: France, Japan
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Angelino is just one of thousands of deadbeats living in Dark Meat City. But an otherwise unremarkable scooter accident caused by a beautiful, mysterious stranger is about to transform his life... into a waking nightmare! He starts seeing monstrous ...
Style: adult animation
Plot: on the run, chase, violence, running, trap, hybrid, gunfight, car chase, global warming, bat, foot chase, neighbor ...
Place: southern california
Is relevant ?
 8.7
 83K
Cobra Kai (2018)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: This Karate Kid sequel series picks up 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament and finds Johnny Lawrence on the hunt for redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo. This reignites his old rivalry with the ...
Style: motivational, light, exciting, semi serious
Plot: karate, master apprentice relationship, martial arts, dojo, martial arts training, rivalry, starting over, martial artist, teenager, middle aged man, fight, punch ...
Time: 2020s, 2010s
Place: california, southern california
Is relevant ?
 8.4
 351K
Modern Family (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
TV show
Story: The Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan is a wonderfully large and blended family. They give us an honest and often hilarious look into the sometimes warm, sometimes twisted, embrace of the modern family.
Style: sitcom, humorous, realistic, cynical, not serious
Plot: family relations, family life, marriage, parents and children, blended family, adolescence, generation gap, everyday life, gay father, gay, eccentric family, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, southern california, california
Is relevant ?
 3.1
 473
SAF3 (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
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, exciting, captivating, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: lifeguard, adventure, rescue team, race against time, rescue mission, escapades, danger, beach, fire, friendship, ocean, hip hop ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, southern california, malibu california
Is relevant ?
 6.5
 476
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, realistic, semi serious
Plot: couples, romance, psychiatrist, counseling, dream, waking up
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: southern california
Is relevant ?
 4.3
 395
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, semi serious, captivating, offbeat ...
Plot: ambition, rivalry, twins, society, hip hop, contests and competitions, social misfits, adventurer, comedy duo, urban setting, performance, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, southern california, los angeles
Is relevant ?
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: humorous, sentimental, semi serious, realistic, sexy ...
Audience: date night
Plot: sexual orientation, bisexuality, sexuality, love affair, unlikely couple, self discovery, looking for love, couple relations, couples, lifestyle, love and romance, buddies ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, southern california, california
Is relevant ?
 5.8
 547
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: humorous, sentimental, semi serious, realistic, offbeat
Audience: date night
Plot: opposites attract, true love, fall in love, family relations, couples, love and romance, race against time, workplace, lifestyle, romance, bittersweet, boss and employee ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, southern california
Is relevant ?
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: emotional, touching, sincere, sentimental, sexual ...
Plot: gay teenager, fall in love, self discovery, couples, youth, friendship, teenage life, couple relations, prostitute, coming of age, first gay sexual experience, blind woman ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, santa monica california, southern california, los angeles
Is relevant ?
 4.7
 258
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: serious, realistic, touching, light, sincere
Plot: gender, romance, gays and lesbians, couples, friends, infidelity, love and romance, buddies, friendship, gay relationship, new year's eve, war veteran ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, southern california, los angeles
Is relevant ?
 7.7
 42K
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: sincere, realistic, captivating, talky, depressing ...
Plot: multiple storylines, suicide, cheating, redemption, infidelity, loss of loved one, family relations, party, hit by a car, fishing, family in crisis, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, southern california
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 21K
Shelter (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Forced to give up his dreams of art school, Zach works dead-end jobs to support his sister and her son. Questioning his life, he paints, surfs and hangs out with his best friend, Gabe. When Gabe's older brother returns home for the summer, Zach ...
Style: touching, sincere, romantic, sweet, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gay, gay relationship, coming out, gays and lesbians, homosexual, gay romance, best friends, grownups, gay teenager, homosexuality, first gay sexual experience, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: california, southern california, san francisco, canada, new jersey
Is relevant ?
Panic in Year Zero! (1962)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: While on a fishing trip, Harry Baldwin (Ray Milland) and his family hear an explosion and realize that Los Angeles has been leveled by a nuclear attack. Looters and killers are everywhere. Escaping to the hills with his family, he sets about the ...
Style: exciting, serious, rough, suspenseful, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: atomic bomb, survival, radiation, post apocalypse, crimes, escapades, family life, teenage life, chaos and mayhem, chaos, nuclear holocaust, mutant ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, southern california
Is relevant ?
 6.2
 47K
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, feel good, semi serious, witty, realistic ...
Audience: teens, teen comedy
Plot: high school, college, family relations, teenage life, lifestyle, love and romance, parents and children, high school life, teachers and students, eccentric family, siblings relations, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa, mexico, southern california, yale university
Is relevant ?
Related movie lists
 6.5
 8K
Nowhere (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, France
Duration: 82 min.
Story: The third film in a trilogy by writer-director Gregg Araki. Described as "90210 on acid", the film tells the story of a day in the lives of a group of high school kids in Los Angeles and the strange lives they lead.
Style: surreal, futuristic, stylized, sexual, sexy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: apocalypse, youth, gay teenager, friendship, social differences, drug addiction, teenage life, love triangle, estrangement, social misfits, society, opposites attract ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, southern california, cambodia
Is relevant ?
 4.6
 287
Marshal Law (1996)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A former cop in Texas comes into action when a gang threatens his family.
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroes, family life, forces of nature, family relations, catastrophe, danger, confined, gang, crimes, law enforcement, deadly, escapades ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, southern california
Is relevant ?
King of California (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Charlie gets released from an insane asylum and moves in with Miranda, the young daughter he left behind. Charlie believes that there is treasure hidden beneath the local Costco, so he puts together a plan to unearth the loot. By convincing Miranda ...
Style: touching, semi serious, humorous, emotional, inspirational ...
Plot: treasure hunt, father daughter relationship, treasure, mental illness, mental institution, insanity, musician, child as adult, obsessive quest, escapades, family relations, estrangement ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa, southern california, los angeles, new jersey
Is relevant ?
The Kids Are All Right (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Two women, Nic and Jules, brought a son and daughter into the world through artificial insemination. When one of their children reaches age, both kids go behind their mothers' backs to meet with the donor. Life becomes so much more interesting ...
Style: semi serious, touching, witty, twists and turns, thought provoking ...
Plot: lesbian, lesbian relationship, lesbian love, gender, artificial insemination, family relations, lesbianism, control freak, argument, parenthood, gays and lesbians, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa, southern california, buenos aires argentina
Is relevant ?
 6.9
 53K
Inland Empire (2006)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Poland, USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: An actress's perception of reality becomes increasingly distorted as she finds herself falling for her co-star in a remake of an unfinished Polish production that was supposedly cursed.
Style: surreal, psychological, atmospheric, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: filmmaking, actress, danger, debt, seance, infidelity, murder, makeup artist, nightmare, lifestyle, woman in danger, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: poland, los angeles, california, usa, europe ...
Is relevant ?
Related movie lists
The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: On the way to California, a family has the misfortune to have their car break down in an area closed to the public, and inhabited by violent savages ready to attack.
Style: scary, suspenseful, tense, cult film, harsh ...
Plot: cannibalism, blood, desert, incest, kidnapping, rape, survival, stalking, gory, family in danger, danger, violence ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, southern california
Is relevant ?
 4.5
 372
Green Flash (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: At the ripe old age of 30, Cameron Day has given up his chances at pro-basketball fame and settled into an aimless life. A chance encounter with a beautiful woman lands him smack in the middle of Southern California's pro beach volleyball ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: self discovery, ambition, rivalry, teenage love, ego clash, athlete's life, sport, contests and competitions, prodigy, youth, sport team, beach ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, california, southern california
Is relevant ?
Five Easy Pieces (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A drop-out from upper-class America picks up work along the way on oil-rigs when his life isn't spent in a squalid succession of bars, motels, and other points of interest.
Style: road movie, realistic, thought provoking, serious, captivating ...
Plot: road trip, hitchhiker, rebelliousness, dysfunctional family, musician, self discovery, character study, working class, family problems, identity crisis, americana, irresponsible ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, washington state, southern california, los angeles ...
Is relevant ?
 6.9
 5K
Cutter's Way (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Richard spots a man dumping a body, and decides to expose the man he thinks is the culprit with his friend Alex Cutter.
Style: tense, captivating, serious, twists and turns, atmospheric ...
Plot: murder, false accusation, alcohol abuse, veteran, dishonesty, crimes, murder mystery, investigation, revenge, arson, neo noir, prostitute ...
Time: 80s
Place: vietnam, california, asia, southern california
Is relevant ?
 6.7
 23K
Crossing Over (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Immigrants from around the world enter Los Angeles every day, with hopeful visions of a better life, but little notion of what that life may cost. Their desperate scenarios test the humanity of immigration enforcement officers. In Crossing Over, ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, intense, touching ...
Plot: immigrants, deportation, culture clash, social differences, society, fighting the system, life is a bitch, state affairs, social problems, interracial relations, americana, robbery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, southern california, tijuana mexico, san diego california ...
Is relevant ?
 6.7
 72K
Christine (1983)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Geeky student Arnie Cunningham falls for Christine, a rusty 1958 Plymouth Fury, and becomes obsessed with restoring the classic automobile to her former glory. As the car changes, so does Arnie, whose newfound confidence turns to arrogance behind ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, tense, atmospheric, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: objects come to life, obsession, chase, classic car, survival, supernatural, vengeance, bullying, murder, car, brutality, betrayal ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, 1950s ...
Place: california, detroit, southern california
Is relevant ?
 5.6
 501
CHiPs '99 (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Ponch (Erik Estrada) has returned to the police force, and is determined to help his friend Jon (Larry Wilcox) in investigating various car thefts.
Plot: warner bros, carjacking, motorcycle cop, car theft, motorcycle, highway patrol, police partner, police
Place: southern california
Is relevant ?