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List Rules The movies below must have at least one major scene that was filmed in California

List of movies that were filmed in California, including trailers of the films when available. California has a lot of famous landmarks and beautiful landscapes, making it a great location to film movies in. This list of famous movies shot in California is listed by popularity, so the movie names at the top of the list are the most well-known. This isn't necessarily a list of all movies shot in California, so if you notice an important film is missing then feel free to add it at the bottom of this list.

List movies include Hard Candy, Finding Hope Now and many more.

If you're trying to answer the questions, "What films were shot in California?" and "Which famous movies were filmed in California?" then you'e in the right place.

Both big studio and independent films that were filmed in California are included below, as well as all genres including horror, action, comedy and more.

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California
Pulp Fiction John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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Avatar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California
Avatar Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California
Blade Runner Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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The Big Lebowski Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California
The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California
Die Hard Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California
The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California
Reservoir Dogs Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth

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The Hangover is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California
The Hangover Mike Tyson, Bradley Cooper, Heather Graham

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Donnie Darko Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

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Blazing Saddles Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Anne Bancroft

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Grease John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing

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Scream Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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Top Gun Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer

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Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California
Airplane! Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen, Ethel Merman

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Iron Man Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson

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A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California
A Nightmare on Elm Street Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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Thor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California
Thor Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Samuel L. Jackson

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Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California
Star Trek Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison, Winona Ryder

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American Beauty Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Mena Suvari

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Iron Man 2 Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

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Memento Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

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Army of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California
Army of Darkness Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi

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Zombieland is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California
Zombieland Emma Stone, Amber Heard, Bill Murray

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Clueless Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

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The Karate Kid Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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Dirty Harry Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, Andrew Robinson

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Rain Man is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California
Rain Man Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino

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Transformers Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Odette Annable

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Unforgiven is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California
Unforgiven Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman

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Chinatown Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski

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The Graduate Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfuss

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Cloris Leachman

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Vertigo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California
Vertigo James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock

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Beverly Hills Cop Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser

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Crash Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser, Ludacris

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The Birds Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette

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Pretty Woman Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Hank Azaria

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom

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Boyz n the Hood Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Kirstie Alley, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

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Super 8 Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Kyle Chandler

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Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst

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Vacation is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California
Vacation Chevy Chase, Christie Brinkley, John Candy

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The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! O. J. Simpson, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Reggie Jackson

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What Dreams May Come Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Max von Sydow

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L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California
L.A. Confidential Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger

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Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California
Mulholland Drive Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa George