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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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    Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
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    Die Hard

    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

    Die Hard is a 1988 American action film directed by John McTiernan and written by Steven E. de... more on Wikipedia
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    Lethal Weapon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
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    Lethal Weapon

    Mel Gibson, Gary Busey

    Released1987

    Directed byRichard Donner

    Lethal Weapon is a 1987 American buddy cop action film directed by Richard Donner, starring... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
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    The Terminator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton

    Released1984

    Directed byJames Cameron

    The Terminator is a 1984 American science fiction/horror action film directed by James... more on Wikipedia
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    Beverly Hills Cop is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
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    Beverly Hills Cop

    Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans

    Released1984

    Directed byMartin Brest

    Beverly Hills Cop is a 1984 American action comedy film directed by Martin Brest and starring... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong

    Released1991

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a 1991 American science fiction action thriller film written,... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Rush Hour is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
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    Rush Hour

    Jackie Chan, Roselyn Sánchez

    Released1998

    Directed byBrett Ratner

    Rush Hour is a 1998 American buddy action comedy film and the first installment in the Rush... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Heat is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
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    Heat

    Natalie Portman, Al Pacino

    Released1995

    Directed byMichael Mann

    Heat is a 1995 American crime thriller film written, produced and directed by Michael Mann,... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Point Break is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
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    Point Break

    Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey

    Released1991

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

    Point Break is a 1991 American action film directed by Kathryn Bigelow, starring Patrick... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Training Day is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
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    Training Day

    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg

    Released2001

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

    Training Day is a 2001 American thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua, written by David... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Lethal Weapon 4 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
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    Lethal Weapon 4

    Mel Gibson, Chris Rock

    Released1998

    Directed byRichard Donner

    Lethal Weapon 4 is a 1998 American buddy cop action film directed and produced by Richard... more on Wikipedia
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    Lethal Weapon 2 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
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    Lethal Weapon 2

    Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci

    Released1989

    Directed byRichard Donner

    Lethal Weapon 2 is a 1989 American buddy cop action film directed by Richard Donner, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Drive is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
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    Drive

    Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling

    Released2011

    Directed byNicolas Winding

    Drive is a 2011 American neo noir arthouse action directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, starring... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Battle: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
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    Battle: Los Angeles

    Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan

    Released2011

    Directed byJonathan Liebesman

    Battle: Los Angeles is a 2011 American military science fiction film directed by Jonathan... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Speed is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
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    Speed

    Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves

    Released1994

    Directed byJan de Bont

    Speed is a 1994 American action film directed by Jan de Bont in his feature film directorial... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Last Action Hero is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
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    Last Action Hero

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tina Turner

    Released1993

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

    Last Action Hero is a 1993 American action-comedy-fantasy film directed and produced by John... more on Wikipedia
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    Beverly Hills Cop III is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
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    Beverly Hills Cop III

    Eddie Murphy, George Lucas

    Released1994

    Directed byJohn Landis

    Beverly Hills Cop III is a 1994 action-comedy film starring Eddie Murphy and directed by John... more on Wikipedia
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    To Live and Die in L.A. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
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    To Live and Die in L.A.

    Willem Dafoe, John Turturro

    Released1985

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

    This film is a 1985 American action thriller film directed by William Friedkin and based on... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Predator 2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
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    Predator 2

    Gary Busey, Bill Paxton

    Released1990

    Directed byStephen Hopkins

    Predator 2 is a 1990 American science fiction action horror film written by Jim and John... more on Wikipedia
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    Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
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    Blade Runner

    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah

    Released1982

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Blade Runner is a 1982 American neo-noir dystopian science fiction film directed by Ridley... more on Wikipedia
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    Blade Runner 2049 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
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    Blade Runner 2049

    Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling

    Released2017

    Directed byDenis Villeneuve

    Blade Runner 2049 is a 2017 American neo noir science fiction film directed by Denis... more on Wikipedia
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    Beverly Hills Cop II is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
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    Beverly Hills Cop II

    Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock

    Released1987

    Directed byTony Scott

    Beverly Hills Cop II is a 1987 action comedy film starring Eddie Murphy and directed by Tony... more on Wikipedia
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    The Last Boy Scout is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
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    The Last Boy Scout

    Halle Berry, Bruce Willis

    Released1991

    Directed byTony Scott

    The Last Boy Scout is a 1991 American action film directed by Tony Scott, starring Bruce... more on Wikipedia
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    True Romance is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
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    True Romance

    Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer

    Released1993

    Directed byTony Scott

    True Romance is a 1993 American film directed by Tony Scott and written by Quentin Tarantino.... more on Wikipedia
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    Bulletproof is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
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    Bulletproof

    Adam Sandler, James Caan

    Released1996

    Directed byErnest R. Dickerson

    Bulletproof is a 1996 American action-comedy film directed by Ernest Dickerson, and starring... more on Wikipedia
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    Lethal Weapon 3 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action Movies Set in Los Angeles
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    Lethal Weapon 3

    Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci

    Released1992

    Directed byRichard Donner

    Lethal Weapon 3 is a 1992 American buddy cop action comedy film directed and produced by... more on Wikipedia
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