film The Best Los Angeles Movies  

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List Rules Movies set in, starring, or about the city of Los Angeles, California

Iconic red carpets, a sidewalk dotted with stars in honor of the world’s most famous celebrities, Hollywood, million-dollar homes, designer clothes, sunshine, beautiful beaches, gangs – these are the things that come to mind when we talk about Los Angeles. Located in Southern California, L.A. is the most populous city in the state and the second most populous city in the country (second only to New York City). Home to the film industry, it's no surprise that L.A. often becomes the setting or subject of popular films. This list features the best movies about Los Angeles.
 
The home of the stars is prominent in some classic, popular movies like L.A. Confidential, Clueless, and Heat. Whether you're craving an action flick, a classic film, a tear-jerker, or a drama that you’re looking for this list is sure to feature a movie to fit your needs!
 
This list has the best movies about L.A., including: Chinatown, The Long Goodbye, Mulholland Drive, Kiss Me Deadly, Short Cuts, Blade Runner, Die Hard, The Limey, Jackie Brown, Magnolia, Repo Man, The Big Sleep, and Model Shop.

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Chinatown Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski

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Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Los Angeles Movies
Mulholland Drive Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa George

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L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Los Angeles Movies
L.A. Confidential Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger

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The Big Lebowski Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Los Angeles Movies
Pulp Fiction John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Los Angeles Movies
Reservoir Dogs Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth

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Sunset Boulevard William Holden, Buster Keaton, Gloria Swanson

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American History X Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo

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Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Los Angeles Movies
Die Hard Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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Straight Outta Compton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Los Angeles Movies
Straight Outta Compton Paul Giamatti, Aldis Hodge, Alexandra Shipp

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Heat Natalie Portman, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro

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Drive Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan

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Clueless Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

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Beverly Hills Cop Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser

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Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Los Angeles Movies
Blade Runner Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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Ed Wood Johnny Depp, Sarah Jessica Parker, Bill Murray

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Barton Fink John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Frances McDormand

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Singin' in the Rain Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Rita Moreno

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Lethal Weapon 2 Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Danny Glover

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Boyz n the Hood Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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Crash Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser, Ludacris

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Short Cuts Robert Downey Jr., Julianne Moore, Tim Robbins

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Swingers Heather Graham, Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau filmography

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Rebel Without a Cause Natalie Wood, James Dean, Dennis Hopper

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Boogie Nights is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Los Angeles Movies
Boogie Nights Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg, Heather Graham

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The Big Sleep Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Dorothy Malone

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Point Break Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Patrick Swayze

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In a Lonely Place Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy

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Grease John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing

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The Two Jakes Jack Nicholson, Tom Waits, Madeleine Stowe

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Less Than Zero Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr., James Spader

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L.A. Story Sarah Jessica Parker, Steve Martin, Patrick Stewart

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Barfly Mickey Rourke, Faye Dunaway, Charles Bukowski

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Repo Man Jimmy Buffett, Emilio Estevez, Harry Dean Stanton

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Body Double Melanie Griffith, Dennis Franz, Deborah Shelton

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Kiss Me Deadly Cloris Leachman, Nat King Cole, Jack Elam

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Speed Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper

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The Limey Melissa George, Terence Stamp, Peter Fonda

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Jackie Brown Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Quentin Tarantino

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Down and Out in Beverly Hills Nick Nolte, Bette Midler, Richard Dreyfuss

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh

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To Live and Die in L.A. Willem Dafoe, John Turturro, Jane Leeves

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Lethal Weapon Mel Gibson, Gary Busey, Danny Glover

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Collateral Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jason Statham

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The Long Goodbye Arnold Schwarzenegger, Elliott Gould, Henry Gibson

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Magnolia Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman

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Get Shorty John Travolta, John Wayne, Danny DeVito

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Swimming with Sharks Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Michelle Forbes