Entertainment

The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles  

Ranker Film
128 votes 12 voters 31 items

List Rules The action movie must be primarily set in Los Angeles.

The best action movies set in Los Angeles have it all -- chases, explosions, and shoot-outs. They've got good guys fighting bad guys in one of the most beautiful cities in the United States. These action films showing Los Angeles are fascinatingly varied. Some are realistic modern-day stories, while others envision the city in the future. One thing is for sure, there are a lot of action movies that take place in Los Angeles.  From Die Hard to Beverly Hills Cop, there is something for everyone and it is time to determine the best action film set in the city of angels. 

Which of these action movies based in Los Angeles are the best? Vote up your favorites and vote down the ones you think aren't up to par. If there are any you'd like to add, feel free to do so, then check back to see how other voters ranked your choice. 

list ordered by
back to page 1
26
Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Quentin Tarantino
Jackie Brown is a 1997 drama film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It is an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's 1992 novel Rum Punch, the first adaptation from Tarantino, and stars Pam ...more
27
Speed is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper
Speed is a 1994 American action film directed by Jan de Bont in his feature film directorial debut. The film stars Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock, Joe Morton, and Jeff Daniels. A ...more
28
Collateral is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jason Statham
Collateral is a 2004 American neo-noir film directed by Michael Mann from a screenplay written by Stuart Beattie, and starring Tom Cruise as a contract killer and Jamie Foxx as a taxi driver who ...more
29
Gangster Squad is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
Emma Stone, Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling
This film is a 2013 American film directed by Ruben Fleischer, from a screenplay written by Will Beall and starring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Emma Stone, and Sean Penn. The story is ...more
30
Strange Days is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis
Strange Days is a 1995 American science fiction action thriller film directed by Kathryn Bigelow. It stars Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore, Vincent D'Onofrio, and ...more
31
The Nice Guys is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
Matt Bomer, Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe
The Nice Guys is a 2016 American neo-noir action comedy film directed by Shane Black. Set in 1977 Los Angeles, the film focuses on a private eye and a tough enforcer who team up to investigate ...more