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Famous Movies Filmed in California

Updated December 17, 2020 11.2k views896 items

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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  • 1

    Pulp Fiction

    John Travolta, Bruce Willis

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  • 2

    Avatar

    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver

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  • 3

    Blade Runner

    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah

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  • 4

    Jaws

    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss

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  • 5

    The Big Lebowski

    Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges

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  • 6

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong

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  • 7

    The Matrix

    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving

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  • 8

    Die Hard

    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman

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  • 9

    The Terminator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton

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  • 10

    Reservoir Dogs

    Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi

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  • 11

    The Hangover

    Mike Tyson, Bradley Cooper

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  • 12

    Donnie Darko

    Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale

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  • 13

    Blazing Saddles

    Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

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  • 14

    Grease

    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John

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  • 15

    Scream

    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan

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  • 16

    Top Gun

    Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan

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  • 17

    Airplane!

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen

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  • 18

    Iron Man

    Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard

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  • 19

    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund

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  • 20

    Thor

    Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman

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  • 21

    Star Trek

    Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison

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  • 22

    American Beauty

    Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening

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  • 23

    Iron Man 2

    Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow

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  • 24

    Memento

    Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss

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  • 25

    Army of Darkness

    Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell

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