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Famous Movies Filmed in California

Updated December 17, 2020 10.9k 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.
  • Pulp Fiction1

    Pulp Fiction

    John Travolta, Bruce Willis


    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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  • Avatar2


    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver


    Directed byJames Cameron

  • Blade Runner3

    Blade Runner

    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah


    Directed byRidley Scott

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    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • The Big Lebowski5

    The Big Lebowski

    Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges


    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong


    Directed byJames Cameron

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    The Matrix

    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving


    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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    Die Hard

    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman


    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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    The Terminator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton


    Directed byJames Cameron

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    Reservoir Dogs

    Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi


    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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    The Hangover

    Mike Tyson, Bradley Cooper


    Directed byTodd Phillips

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    Donnie Darko

    Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale


    Directed byRichard Kelly

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    Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder


    Directed byMel Brooks

  • Grease14


    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John


    Directed byRandal Kleiser

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    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan


    Directed byWes Craven

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    Top Gun

    Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan


    Directed byTony Scott

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    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen


    Directed byJerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker

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  • Iron Man18

    Iron Man

    Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard


    Directed byJon Favreau

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    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund


    Directed byWes Craven

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    Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman


    Directed byKenneth Branagh

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    Star Trek

    Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison


    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

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  • American Beauty22

    American Beauty

    Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening


    Directed bySam Mendes

  • Iron Man 223

    Iron Man 2

    Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow


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    Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss


    Directed byChristopher Nolan

  • Army of Darkness25

    Army of Darkness

    Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell


    Directed bySam Raimi

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