Action

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. 

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Drive is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan
Drive is a 2011 American neo noir arthouse action directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Oscar Isaac and Albert Brooks. It is adapted from the ...more
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Blade Runner 2049 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright
Blade Runner 2049 is a 2017 American neo noir science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve, and a sequel to the 1982 film. A young blade runner's (Ryan Gosling) discovery of a long-buried ...more
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Training Day is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington
Training Day is a 2001 American thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua, written by David Ayer, and starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. The story follows two LAPD narcotics officers over ...more
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Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia
Die Hard is a 1988 American action film directed by John McTiernan and written by Steven E. de Souza and Jeb Stuart. It is based on the 1979 novel Nothing Lasts Forever, by Roderick Thorp. Die ...more
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Heat is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
Natalie Portman, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro
Heat is a 1995 American crime thriller film written, produced and directed by Michael Mann, and starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Val Kilmer. The film was released in the United States on ...more
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Lethal Weapon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
Mel Gibson, Gary Busey, Danny Glover
Lethal Weapon is a 1987 American buddy cop action film directed by Richard Donner, starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as a mismatched pair of L.A.P.D. detectives and stars Mitchell Ryan and ...more
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To Live and Die in L.A. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
Willem Dafoe, John Turturro, Jane Leeves
This film is a 1985 American action thriller film directed by William Friedkin and based on the novel by former U.S. Secret Service agent Gerald Petievich, who co-wrote the screenplay with ...more
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Beverly Hills Cop is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser
Beverly Hills Cop is a 1984 American action comedy film directed by Martin Brest and starring Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, a street-smart Detroit cop who heads to Beverly Hills, California to ...more
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Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young
Blade Runner is a 1982 American neo-noir dystopian science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos. The screenplay, ...more
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Battle: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Shaffer Smith
Battle: Los Angeles is a 2011 American military science fiction film directed by Jonathan Liebesman. The storyline was conceived from a screenplay written by Chris Bertolini. The film is set in ...more
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True Romance is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer, Samuel L. Jackson
True Romance is a 1993 American film directed by Tony Scott and written by Quentin Tarantino. The film stars Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette with a supporting cast featuring Dennis ...more
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Rush Hour is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
Jackie Chan, Roselyn Sánchez, Chris Tucker
Rush Hour is a 1998 American buddy action comedy film and the first installment in the Rush Hour series, directed by Brett Ratner and starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. It was followed by ...more
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Point Break is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Patrick Swayze
Point Break is a 1991 American action film directed by Kathryn Bigelow, starring Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Lori Petty and Gary Busey. The title refers to the surfing term point break, where ...more
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Last Action Hero is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tina Turner, Sharon Stone
Last Action Hero is a 1993 American action-comedy-fantasy film directed and produced by John McTiernan. It is a satire of the action genre and its clichés, containing several parodies of ...more
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The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton
The Terminator is a 1984 American science fiction/horror action film directed by James Cameron, written by Cameron and the film's producer Gale Anne Hurd. Schwarzenegger plays the Terminator, a ...more
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Lethal Weapon 4 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
Mel Gibson, Chris Rock, Joe Pesci
Lethal Weapon 4 is a 1998 American buddy cop action film directed and produced by Richard Donner, and starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo, Chris Rock and Jet Li. It is the ...more
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Beverly Hills Cop III is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
Eddie Murphy, George Lucas, Al Green
Beverly Hills Cop III is a 1994 action-comedy film starring Eddie Murphy and directed by John Landis, who had previously worked with Murphy on Trading Places and Coming to America. It is the ...more
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Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton
Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a 1991 American science fiction action thriller film written, produced and directed by James Cameron. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert ...more
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Predator 2 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
Gary Busey, Bill Paxton, Danny Glover
Predator 2 is a 1990 American science fiction action horror film written by Jim and John Thomas, directed by Stephen Hopkins, and starring Danny Glover and Kevin Peter Hall. The film is a sequel ...more
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Taken 3 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace
Taken 3 is a 2014 French action thriller film directed by Olivier Megaton and written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen. It is the third and final installment in the Taken trilogy, and the ...more
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The Last Boy Scout is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
Halle Berry, Bruce Willis, Dick Butkus
The Last Boy Scout is a 1991 American action film directed by Tony Scott, starring Bruce Willis, Damon Wayans, Chelsea Field, Noble Willingham, Taylor Negron and Danielle Harris. The film was ...more
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Lethal Weapon 3 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo
Lethal Weapon 3 is a 1992 American buddy cop action comedy film directed and produced by Richard Donner, and starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo and Stuart Wilson. It is the ...more
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Lethal Weapon 2 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Danny Glover
Lethal Weapon 2 is a 1989 American buddy cop action film directed by Richard Donner, and starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Patsy Kensit, Derrick O'Connor and Joss Ackland. It is a ...more
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Bulletproof is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
Bulletproof Adam Sandler, James Caan, Monica Potter
Bulletproof is a 1996 American action-comedy film directed by Ernest Dickerson, and starring Damon Wayans, Adam Sandler, James Caan, and Jeep Swenson.
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Beverly Hills Cop II is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Gilbert Gottfried
Beverly Hills Cop II is a 1987 action comedy film starring Eddie Murphy and directed by Tony Scott. It is the first sequel in the Beverly Hills Cop series. Murphy returns as Detroit police ...more