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Famous Movies Filmed in California

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List RulesThe 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

    Released1994

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

  • 2
    Avatar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California

    Avatar

    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2009

    Directed byJames Cameron

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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

    Released1982

    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • 4
    Jaws is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California

    Jaws

    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1975

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 5
    The Big Lebowski is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California

    The Big Lebowski

    Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges

    Released1998

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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  • 6
    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

    Released1991

    Directed byJames Cameron

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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

    Released1999

    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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  • 8
    Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California

    Die Hard

    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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  • 9
    The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California

    The Terminator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton

    Released1984

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • 10
    Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California

    Reservoir Dogs

    Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi

    Released1992

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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  • 11
    The Hangover is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California

    The Hangover

    Mike Tyson, Bradley Cooper

    Released2009

    Directed byTodd Phillips

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    Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California

    Donnie Darko

    Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale

    Released2001

    Directed byRichard Kelly

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  • 13
    Blazing Saddles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California

    Blazing Saddles

    Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

    Released1974

    Directed byMel Brooks

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    Grease is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California

    Grease

    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John

    Released1978

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

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  • 15
    Scream is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California

    Scream

    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan

    Released1996

    Directed byWes Craven

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    Top Gun is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California

    Top Gun

    Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan

    Released1986

    Directed byTony Scott

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    Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California

    Airplane!

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen

    Released1980

    Directed byJerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker

  • 18
    Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California

    Iron Man

    Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard

    Released2008

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

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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

    Released1984

    Directed byWes Craven

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  • 20
    Thor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California

    Thor

    Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman

    Released2011

    Directed byKenneth Branagh

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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

    Released2009

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

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  • 22
    American Beauty is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California

    American Beauty

    Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening

    Released1999

    Directed bySam Mendes

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    Iron Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California

    Iron Man 2

    Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released2010

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

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    Memento is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in California

    Memento

    Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss

    Released2000

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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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

    Released1992

    Directed bySam Raimi

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