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The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles

Updated April 3, 2019 647 votes 45 voters31 items

List RulesThe 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. 

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    Taken 3 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
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    Taken 3

    Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen

    Released2015

    Directed byOlivier Megaton

    Taken 3 is a 2014 French action thriller film directed by Olivier Megaton and written by Luc... more on Wikipedia
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    Gangster Squad is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
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    Gangster Squad

    Emma Stone, Sean Penn

    Released2013

    Directed byRuben Fleischer

    This film is a 2013 American film directed by Ruben Fleischer, from a screenplay written by... more on Wikipedia
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    The Nice Guys is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
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    The Nice Guys

    Matt Bomer, Ryan Gosling

    Released2016

    Directed byShane Black

    The Nice Guys is a 2016 American neo-noir action comedy film directed by Shane Black. Set in... more on Wikipedia
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    Collateral is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
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    Collateral

    Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx

    Released2004

    Directed byMichael Mann

    Collateral is a 2004 American neo-noir film directed by Michael Mann from a screenplay written... more on Wikipedia
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    Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
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    Jackie Brown

    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1997

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    Jackie Brown is a 1997 drama film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It is an... more on Wikipedia
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    Strange Days is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
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    Strange Days

    Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett

    Released1995

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

    Strange Days is a 1995 American science fiction action thriller film directed by Kathryn... more on Wikipedia
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