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The Best (and Most) Los Angeles Movies

Updated July 11, 2020 3.5k votes 305 voters 11.2k views88 items

List RulesMovies 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! Pretty Woman is a great example of a romantic movie set in Los Angeles.

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. There are also several comedy movies set in L.A. like Friday and Rush Hour.

Vote up your favorite film starring the City of Angels or, if your favorite isn't here, add it below.

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    Pulp Fiction

    John Travolta, Bruce Willis
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    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt
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    Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway
    Chinatown is a 1974 American neo-noir mystery film, directed by Roman Polanski from a...  more

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    Sunset Boulevard

    William Holden, Buster Keaton
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    The Big Lebowski

    Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges
    The Big Lebowski is a 1998 stoner comedy film written, produced, and directed by Joel and...  more

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    Reservoir Dogs

    Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi
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    Boogie Nights

    Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg
    Boogie Nights is a 1997 American historical drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas...  more

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    Boyz n the Hood

    Ice Cube, Angela Bassett
    Boyz n the Hood is a 1991 American hood drama film directed by John Singleton. Three young men...  more

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    L.A. Confidential

    Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe
    L.A. Confidential is a 1997 neo-noir film based on James Ellroy's 1990 novel of the same...  more

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    Natalie Portman, Al Pacino
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    Double Indemnity

    Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck
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    Mulholland Drive

    Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus
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    Die Hard

    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman
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    Training Day

    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg
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    Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy
    Clueless is a 1995 American comedy film loosely based on Jane Austen's 1815 novel Emma. It...  more

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    Body Double

    Melanie Griffith, Dennis Franz
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    The Big Sleep

    Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart
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    Singin' in the Rain

    Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly
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  • 19

    Down and Out in Beverly Hills

    Nick Nolte, Bette Midler
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    Fast Times at Ridgemont High

    Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn
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  • 21

    Point Break

    Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey
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    La La Land

    Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone
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    Beverly Hills Cop

    Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans
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    Lethal Weapon

    Mel Gibson, Gary Busey
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    Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx
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