Movies and TV shows set in northern california

The list contains the best, new and most relevant movies set in northern california ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, cult film, suspense, entertaining and feel good films and TV shows about / with small town, family relations, chase, death, runaway, friendship, nudity (full frontal - brief), storytelling, mentor and dialogue plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Romance genres shot in USA, China, Canada and other countries.
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northern california movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as northern california: Redwoods (2009), Edge of the Axe (1988), The Violent Kind (2010), Ratched (2020), Jurassic World Dominion (2022), Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018), Love in the Vineyard (2016), Sons of Anarchy (2008), The Fog (1980), Marry Me at Christmas (2017).

List of movies set in northern california

Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Dr. Daniel Challis and Ellie Grimbridge stumble onto a gruesome murder scheme when Ellie's novelty-salesman father, Harry, is killed while in possession of a strange mask made by the Silver Shamrock mask company. The company's owner, Conal ...
Style: slasher, psychotronic, suspense, scary, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: halloween, factory, robot, stonehenge, supernatural, curfew, gas station, serial killer, doctor, surveillance camera, hospital, decapitation ...
Time: 80s
Place: northern california, california, los angeles, seattle, new york
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 5.5
 2K
Redwoods (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Both original and incredibly romantic, Redwoods tells the story of an already-partnered man whose love is tested when a mysterious drifter passes through his small Northern California town.
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, serious, sexy ...
Plot: gay, romance, gay couple, gay relationship, gay sex, gays and lesbians, couples, breakup, secret, lifestyle, love and romance, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, northern california
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Edge of the Axe (1988)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A deranged guy in a mask kills people with an axe.
Style: slasher, bloody, psychological, cult film, awful
Plot: serial killer, computer nerd, car wash, assassin, mystery killer, stalker, talking computer, small town, offscreen killing, sheriff, murder, masked man ...
Place: northern california
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The Violent Kind (2010)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: One night at a secluded farmhouse deep in the Northern California woods, a small group of hardened young bikers and their girlfriends are tormented when one of the girls becomes savagely possessed and a gang of "Rockabillies" seemingly ...
Style: serious, rough, scary, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: biker, violence spree, supernatural, gang, siblings relations, ghost, gangsters, supernatural power, farmhouse, motorcycle, making love, sex scene ...
Place: northern california, oakland california
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 7.3
 58K
Ratched (2020)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: An origins story, beginning in 1947, which follows Ratched's journey and evolution from nurse to full-fledged monster tracking her murderous progression through the mental health care system.
Style: sexy, suspense, disturbing, tense, brutal ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: lesbian, mental institution, manipulative woman, strong sexual content, lesbian relationship, lesbian romance, psychiatric nurse, nymphomaniac, lobotomy, mutilation, nurse, hate crime ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, post world war two
Place: northern california
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Jurassic World Dominion (2022)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, China, Malta
Duration: 147 min.
Story: Four years after Isla Nublar was destroyed, dinosaurs now live—and hunt—alongside humans all over the world. This fragile balance will reshape the future and determine, once and for all, whether human beings are to remain the apex predators on a ...
Style: suspense, psychotronic, stylized, entertaining, retro
Plot: dinosaur, monster, tyrannosaurus rex, velociraptor, prehistoric creature, locust, giant insect, disaster, creature feature, laboratory, conspiracy, animal trainer ...
Time: 2020s, future
Place: texas, italy, malta, utah, alaska ...
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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, China
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Several years after the demise of Jurassic World, a volcanic eruption threatens the remaining dinosaurs on the island of Isla Nublar. Claire Dearing, the former park manager and founder of the Dinosaur Protection Group, recruits Owen Grady to help ...
Style: surprise ending, suspense, psychotronic, entertaining, tense ...
Plot: dinosaur, monster, tyrannosaurus rex, prehistoric creature, predator, genetic engineering, island, eaten alive, wild animal, volcanic eruption, reptile, survival ...
Time: prehistoric times, 2010s
Place: las vegas, northern california, san francisco
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Love in the Vineyard (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Real estate rising star Molly, who breaks up with Jackson, a smitten but seeming underachiever, on Valentine’s Day because he may have lied to her. Molly moves to New Mexico for a high-profile promotion and soon finds herself close to being ...
Style: entertaining, light, captivating, romantic
Plot: vineyard, valentine's day, second chance, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, love triangle, couple relations, love story, love affair, love and romance, romantic triangle, pregnant girlfriend, ex girlfriend ...
Place: northern california, new mexico
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 8.6
 297K
Sons of Anarchy (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: An adrenalized drama with darkly comedic undertones that explores a notorious outlaw motorcycle club’s (MC) desire to protect its livelihood while ensuring that their simple, sheltered town of Charming, California remains exactly that, charming. ...
Style: tense, exciting, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: biker, motorcycle gang, motorcycle, prison, power struggle, group of criminals, crimes, young man, gang, arms dealing, organized crime, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, northern california
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 6.8
 76K
The Fog (1980)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Strange things begin to occurs as a tiny California coastal town prepares to commemorate its centenary. Inanimate objects spring eerily to life; Rev. Malone stumbles upon a dark secret about the town's founding; radio announcer Stevie witnesses ...
Style: scary, slasher, suspenseful, macabre, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: ghost, lighthouse, revenge, small town, sea, ship, monster, murder, chase, sword, fog, supernatural horror ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, year 1979
Place: california, usa, northern california
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Marry Me at Christmas (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Organizing a Christmas wedding is a true treat for bridal boutique owner Madeline Krug. She loves the challenge of finding the perfect dress for the bride and orchestrating an exquisite event. What Madeline didn’t expect was to be swept off her ...
Style: entertaining, feel good, funny, romantic, light ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: christmas, celebrity, movie star, brother sister relationship, winter, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, unlikely couple, actor, wedding preparations and rituals, arranged marriage, christmas spirit, happy ending ...
Place: northern california, los angeles
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Christmas Belle (2013)
Genre: Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: With her California hometown in the rearview mirror, Belle heads north on business to catalog the sale of a large mansion. While the job is a dream, the client, Hunter Lowell, is not. But, as the two spend more time together, his icy demeanor begins ...
Style: light, feel good, sweet, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: christmas, romance, love and romance, family relations, love triangle, fall in love, family business, male female relationship, love affair, rivalry, friendship, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, california, northern california
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 5.7
 2K
Trafficked (2017)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: In this story inspired by real characters, three girls from America, Nigeria and India are trafficked through an elaborate global network and enslaved in a Texas brothel, and must together attempt a daring escape to reclaim their freedom.
Style: disturbing, realistic, rough, serious
Audience: chick flick
Plot: human trafficking, sex slavery, slavery, forced labor, escape, brothel, abduction, captivity, woman in danger, sex trafficking, forced prostitution, female friendship ...
Place: nigeria, northern california, houston texas, new delhi
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 6.3
 48K
Forever Young (1992)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A 1939 test pilot asks his best friend to use him as a guinea pig for a cryogenics experiment. Daniel McCormick wants to be frozen for a year so that he doesn't have to watch his love lying in a coma. The next thing Daniel knows is that ...
Style: sentimental, touching, humorous, sweet, light ...
Audience: kids, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: time travel, rapid aging, love story, romance, suspended animation, coma, aviation, love, experiment gone awry, fish out of water, haunted by the past, aging ...
Time: 1930s, 90s, future, 20th century
Place: usa, northern california, california
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 7.3
 9K
Fat City (1972)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Two men, working as professional boxers, come to blows when their careers each begin to take opposite momentum.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, neo noir, serious, captivating ...
Plot: boxing, friendship, alcohol abuse, sport, boxer, comeback, boxing match, athlete's life, ambition, rivalry, unfulfillment, introspection ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, northern california
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 5.8
 3K
Up! (1976)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Up! is a 1976 soft core sex comedy film directed by American filmmaker Russ Meyer. The plot centers around a bizarre murder mystery involving the death of former Nazi Adolf Schwartz, a caricature of Adolf Hitler, who was living in hiding in a ...
Style: erotic, surreal, parody, sexy, not serious ...
Plot: sexploitation, rape, piranha, policewoman, nazi, sexual favor, erotica, lust, bondage, exploitation, surrealism, sexism ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, los angeles, northern california, california
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Mystery in Dracula's Castle (1973)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Two brothers and a stray dog stumble upon some jewel thieves in a lighthouse.
Plot: octopus, mysticism, youth, lighthouse, filmmaking, dog, jewelry, seaside, jewel thief, small town, mother son relationship
Place: northern california
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The Moneytree (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Story: The trials and tribulations of a marijuana grower in Marin County, California.
Plot: police, money, improv, actor, marijuana, harvest, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, pot
Time: 80s
Place: northern california
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Glitch in the Grid (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Three artists struggling against the grid of society find spiritual renewal.
Style: experimental, psychological, surreal, mind bending, serious ...
Plot: unemployment, friends, friendship, introspection, self discovery, society, hopes, materialism, bad trip, small town, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles, northern california
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 6.5
 1K
Serial (1980)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: It's the end of the 70s. Hippies are assimilating, women are raising their consciousness, and men are becoming confused and ineffectual. Don't expect to be able to keep track of all the names or who's sleeping with who; the picture ...
Style: sex comedy, suspense, biting, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: orgy, infidelity, religion, satire, family relations, religious cult, female nudity, misfit, society, religions or cults, looking for love, obsession ...
Time: 70s
Place: california, usa, san francisco, northern california
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 7.3
 541
Opposite Sex (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Opposite Sex is an American comedy-drama series that aired during FOX's summer 2000 schedule. The series was one of the first teen dramas to primarily use independent artists on its soundtrack by such acts as Elliott Smith and Ben Lee.
Style: captivating, humorous, entertaining, sitcom
Plot: girls' school, single father, boy girl relationship, school, single parent, teenager, teenage life, family, family relations, lifestyle, schoolboy, high school life ...
Place: california, northern california
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I Know My First Name Is Steven (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
TV show
Story: 7-year old Steven Stayner is kidnapped a few days before Christmas by Kenneth Parnell. Under the belief that Parnell has been given legal custody of him, and that his family has moved away, he stays with Parnell for seven years, enduring repetitive ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, suspenseful, emotional, sad ...
Plot: kidnapping, missing child, captivity, child abuse, pedophile, starting over, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, parents and children, coming of age, crimes, perversion ...
Time: 80s, year 1980, year 1972, 70s, year 1974
Place: northern california
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 7.0
 94K
Big Eyes (2014)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The story of the awakening of the painter, Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.
Style: thought provoking, captivating, suspense, sentimental, visually appealing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: art, painter, artist, painting, plagiarism, secret, ambition, greed, marriage, abusive husband, court case, justice ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century, year 1964, year 1958 ...
Place: hawaii, san francisco, paris france, california, usa ...
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 6.9
 14K
Radio Flyer (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A father reminisces about his childhood when he and his younger brother moved to a new town with their mother, her new husband and their dog, Shane. When the younger brother is subjected to physical abuse at the hands of their brutal stepfather, ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: brother brother relationship, physical abuse, coming of age, child abuse, dysfunctional family, bullying, abuse, family relations, alcohol abuse, childhood, life is a bitch, parents and children ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1969
Place: california, oklahoma, northern california
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 6.6
 131K
Outbreak (1995)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A deadly airborne virus finds its way into the USA and starts killing off people at an epidemic rate. Col Sam Daniels' job is to stop the virus spreading from a small town, which must be quarantined, and to prevent an over reaction by the White ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, suspense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: epidemic, virus, quarantine, plague, monkey, bio weapon, disaster, disease, biological warfare, infected, research, deadly virus ...
Time: future, 60s, year 1967, year 1995, 90s
Place: boston, africa, san francisco, cuba, usa ...
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 8.1
 623K
Into the Wild (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: The true story of top student and athlete, Christopher McCandless, who after graduating from Emory University in 1992, abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness.
Style: road movie, philosophical, inspirational, motivational, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: survival, road trip, self discovery, wilderness, freedom, journey, solitude, adventure, isolation, lifestyle change, life philosophy, adventurer ...
Time: 20th century, year 1990, year 1992, year 1991, 90s
Place: alaska, north america, usa, california, arizona ...
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How to Make an American Quilt (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Soon-to-be-wed graduate student Finn Dodd develops cold feet when she suspects her fiancé is cheating on her. In order to clear her head, Finn visits her grandmother, Hy, and great aunt, Glady Joe Cleary, in Grasse, Calif. There, Finn learns that ...
Style: sentimental, feel good, touching, light, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: coming of age, marriage, friendship, romance, grandmother, women, advice, stereotypes, adultery, americana, marriage proposal, family life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, north carolina, northern california, paris france
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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, thought provoking, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: road trip, character study, dysfunctional family, musician, alienation, working class, self discovery, drifter, pianist, on the road, bowling, music ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, washington state, texas, southern california ...
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Humboldt County (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Peter is a medical student about to graduate and begin his residency. When his professor fails him, he winds up in bed with an actress and singer named Bogart rolling through Los Angeles. He accompanies her to the redwoods of northern California, ...
Style: sincere, semi serious, humorous, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: weed, self discovery, medical student, marijuana, wilderness, family relations, loneliness, fish out of water, addiction, eccentric family, human nature, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, new jersey, usa, northern california
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 8.3
 881
The Fabelmans (2022)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 151 min.
Story: A coming-of-age story about a young man’s discovery of a shattering family secret and an exploration of the power of movies to help us see the truth about each other and ourselves.
Style: semi autobiographical
Plot: family relations, bullying, new year, marital problem, teenage boy, high school, winter, childhood, anti semitism, coming of age, father son relationship, filmmaking ...
Time: year 1952, year 1953, year 1962, 50s, 60s
Place: arizona, phoenix arizona, northern california, new jersey
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