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The Best Romantic Movies Set in Los Angeles 

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Updated October 2, 2019 67 votes 13 voters 20 items

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

L.A. feels like a place where anything could happen, especially romance. The best romantic movies set in Los Angeles really make you believe love can conquer any obstacle. Some are romcoms, others dramas. There's even a romantic musical or two based in Los Angeles like La La Land and Singin' in the Rain. Whatever the genre, romantic films in Los Angeles have their own particular form of magic.

It's time to determine the romantic films showing Los Angeles in the best light so vote up the romance films that made your heart melt or at least skip a beat. If your favorite isn't on here, please add it, then check back to see how other voters are ranking your choice. 

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Pretty Woman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in Los Angeles
Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Hank Azaria

Released: 1990

Directed by: Garry Marshall

Pretty Woman is a 1990 American romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall. A down-on-her-luck Hollywood working girl (Julia Roberts) is hired by a wealthy businessman (Richard Gere) to be ...more
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L.A. Story is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in Los Angeles
Sarah Jessica Parker, Steve Martin, Patrick Stewart

Released: 1991

Directed by: Mick Jackson

L.A. Story is a 1991 American romantic comedy fantasy satire film, written by and starring Steve Martin, and directed by Mick Jackson. Set in Los Angeles, California, it relates a series of ...more
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(500) Days of Summer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in Los Angeles
Zooey Deschanel, Minka Kelly, Chloƫ Grace Moretz

Released: 2009

Directed by: Marc Webb

(500) Days of Summer is a 2009 American romantic comedy-drama film by first time director Marc Webb. On January 8, Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) meets Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel), his ...more
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La La Land is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in Los Angeles
Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend

Released: 2016

Directed by: Damien Chazelle

La La Land is a 2016 American romantic musical comedy-drama film written and directed by Damien Chazelle and starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, and Rosemarie DeWitt. The plot ...more
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Valentine's Day is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in Los Angeles
Jessica Alba, Taylor Swift, Anne Hathaway

Released: 2010

Directed by: Garry Marshall

Valentine's Day is a 2010 American romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall. The screenplay and the story were written by Katherine Fugate, Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein. The film ...more
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The Holiday is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in Los Angeles
Lindsay Lohan, Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet

Released: 2006

Directed by: Nancy Meyers

The Holiday is a 2006 American Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written, produced and directed by Nancy Meyers. Distributed by Columbia Pictures and Universal Pictures and filmed in both ...more
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City of Angels is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in Los Angeles
Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan, Elisabeth Shue

Released: 1998

Directed by: Brad Silberling

City of Angels is a 1998 American romantic fantasy drama film directed by Brad Silberling. The film stars Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan. Set in Los Angeles, California, the film is a very loose ...more
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Crazy/Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in Los Angeles
Kirsten Dunst, Taryn Manning, Jay Hernandez

Released: 2001

Directed by: John Stockwell

Crazy/Beautiful is a 2001 romantic drama film starring Kirsten Dunst and Jay Hernandez. It is largely set at Palisades Charter High School and the surrounding area, including Downtown Los ...more
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Knocked Up is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in Los Angeles
Jessica Alba, Eva Mendes, Katherine Heigl

Released: 2007

Directed by: Judd Apatow

Knocked Up is a 2007 American romantic comedy film co-produced, written, and directed by Judd Apatow. The films stars Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, and Leslie Mann. It follows the ...more
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Love & Basketball is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in Los Angeles
Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan

Released: 2000

Directed by: Gina Prince-Bythewood

Love & Basketball is a 2000 American romantic drama film starring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan. The film tells the story of Quincy McCall and Monica Wright, two next-door neighbors in Los ...more
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Poetic Justice is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in Los Angeles
Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Tupac Shakur

Released: 1993

Directed by: John Singleton

Poetic Justice is a 1993 drama/romance film starring Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur with Regina King and Joe Torry. It was written and directed by John Singleton. The main character, Justice, ...more
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Shopgirl is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in Los Angeles
Claire Danes, Steve Martin, Rachel Nichols

Released: 2005

Directed by: Anand Tucker

Shopgirl is a 2005 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Anand Tucker and starring Steve Martin, Claire Danes, and Jason Schwartzman. The screenplay by Steve Martin is based on his ...more
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Singin' in the Rain is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in Los Angeles
Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Rita Moreno

Released: 1952

Directed by: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly

Singin' in the Rain is a 1952 American musical comedy film directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds, and choreographed by Kelly and Donen. It ...more
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True Romance is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in Los Angeles
Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer, Samuel L. Jackson

Released: 1993

Directed by: Tony Scott

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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Valley Girl is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in Los Angeles
Nicolas Cage, E.G. Daily, Colleen Camp

Released: 1983

Directed by: Martha Coolidge

Valley Girl is a 1983 romantic comedy film, starring Nicolas Cage, Deborah Foreman, Michelle Meyrink, Elizabeth Daily, Cameron Dye, and Michael Bowen, directed by Martha Coolidge. The American ...more
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Crazy, Stupid, Love. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in Los Angeles
Emma Stone, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling

Released: 2011

Directed by: John Requa, Glenn Ficarra

Crazy, Stupid, Love is a 2011 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, and written by Dan Fogelman. It stars Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma ...more
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No Strings Attached is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in Los Angeles
Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Kevin Kline

Released: 2011

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

No Strings Attached is a 2011 American romantic comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman and written by Elizabeth Meriwether. Starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, the film is about two ...more
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The Artist is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in Los Angeles
John Goodman, Malcolm McDowell, James Cromwell

Released: 2011

Directed by: Michel Hazanavicius

The Artist is a 2011 French romantic comedy-drama in the style of a black-and-white silent film. It was written, directed, and co-edited by Michel Hazanavicius, produced by Thomas Langmann and ...more
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Her is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in Los Angeles
Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde, Amy Adams

Released: 2013

Directed by: Spike Jonze

Her is a 2013 American romantic science fiction comedy-drama film written, directed, and produced by Spike Jonze. The film's musical score was composed by Arcade Fire, with the cinematography ...more
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Home Again is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Set in Los Angeles
Reese Witherspoon, Nat Wolff, Jon Rudnitsky

Released: 2017

Directed by: Hallie Meyers-Shyer

Home Again is a 2017 American romantic comedy film directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer. Life for a single mom (Reese Witherspoon) in Los Angeles takes an unexpected turn when she allows three young ...more