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Famous Movies Filmed in California

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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
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Avatar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California
Dir. by James Cameron (2009), starring 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
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Dir. by Steven Spielberg (1975), starring Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss & Roy Scheider

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Dir. by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen (1998), starring Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges & Tara Reid

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Terminator 2: Judgment D... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California
Dir. by James Cameron (1991), starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong & Linda Hamilton

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Dir. by Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski (1999), starring 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
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The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California
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Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California
Dir. by Quentin Tarantino (1992), starring 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
Dir. by Todd Phillips (2009), starring Mike Tyson, Bradley Cooper & Heather Graham

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Dir. by Richard Kelly (2001), starring Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale & Jake Gyllenhaal

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Dir. by Mel Brooks (1974), starring Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder & Anne Bancroft

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Dir. by Randal Kleiser (1978), starring John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John & Stockard Channing

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Dir. by Wes Craven (1996), starring Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan & Courteney Cox

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Dir. by Tony Scott (1986), starring Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan & Val Kilmer

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Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California
Dir. by Jerry Zucker and Jim Abrahams (1980), starring Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen & Ethel Merman

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A Nightmare on Elm Stree... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California
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Thor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California
Dir. by Kenneth Branagh (2011), starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman & Tom Hiddleston

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Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California
Dir. by J.J. Abrams (2009), starring Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison & Winona Ryder

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Dir. by Sam Mendes (1999), starring Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening & Mena Suvari

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Dir. by Jon Favreau filmography (2010), starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow & Don Cheadle

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Dir. by Christopher Nolan (2000), starring 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
Dir. by Sam Raimi (1992), starring Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell & Sam Raimi

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