Highest-Rated Movies about 'Los Angeles', Sort by Popularity

Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (2015), James Dean (2001), Straight Up (2019), Go (1999), The Girl Next Door (2000), Baadasssss! (2003), Act of Violence (1949), Pulp Fiction (1994) ... Let's take a look at the ranked list of the best Los Angeles movies.

Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (2015)

Storyboard artist Harold Michelson and his wife, film researcher Lillian Michelson, were once considered the heart of Hollywood.

storyteller, artist, researcher, wife, filmmaker, touching, inspiring

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James Dean (2001)

Problems early in life fuel the actor's (James Franco) rapid ascent to legend status in spite of the brevity of his career.

actor, father, girlfriend, aunt, mother, sad, emotional

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Go (1999)

A checkout girl covering for a co-worker (Desmond Askew) faces danger from a drug dealer she double-crosses out of desperation.

storekeeper, drug dealer, undercover cop, teen girl, wife, actor, frenetic

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The Girl Next Door (2000)

Filmmaker Christine Fugate interviews Stacy Valentine, nee Baker, whose abusive husband pushed her into performing in porn films.

porn star, husband, male model, actor, mother, pornographer, fascinating

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Baadasssss! (2003)

Filmmaker/actor Melvin Van Peebles (Mario Van Peebles) directs the controversial movie "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song."

director, actor, father, son, amusing, brash, crafty

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Act of Violence (1949)

A crippled World War II veteran (Robert Ryan) stalks a contractor (Van Heflin) whose prison-camp betrayal caused a massacre.

veteran, prisoner of war, wife, girlfriend, prostitute, hit man, gritty

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Pulp Fiction (1994)

The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster and his wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

gangster, hitman, actress, boxer, military officer, drug dealer, cool

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The Exiles (1961)

In a Native American neighborhood in Los Angeles, Homer (Homer Nish) lives with his pregnant wife, Yvonne (Yvonne Williams), in a crowded apartment. While Homer goes drinking with his friend Tommy (Tom Reynolds), Yvonne is left at a movie by herself. As the men get progressively drunker, Yvonne realizes her husband is not coming home. Meanwhile, Homer and Tommy wander through the nighttime city, looking for fights, playing poker and discussing their problems as Native Americans.

native american, wife, friend, husband, tense, fascinating, los angeles

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Inception (2010)

A thief who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.

con artist, architect, chemist, forger, billionaire, wife, creative

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F for Fake (1973)

Truth and deception in art and life are explored by the filmmaker, including the work of art forger Elmyr de Hory.

writer, howard hughes, artist, forger, crafty, france, italy

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Heat (1995)

A wily bank robber (Robert De Niro) planning retirement leaves scant clues for a Los Angeles detective (Al Pacino) with family problems.

criminal, lieutenant, wife, daughter, fence, killer, frenetic

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Mayor of the Sunset Strip (2003)

This documentary traces Rodney Bingenheimer's journey from a hard-luck childhood to a successful career as a disc jockey. Involved in the Los Angeles rock 'n' roll scene since the 1960s, the omnipresent Bingenheimer has seen his fair share of both triumphs and hardships during his time as a musical taste-maker. Featuring interviews with rock legends like David Bowie, Brian Wilson and Beck all chiming in on Bingenheimer, the film also underlines the consequences of romanticizing fame.

dj, music lover, musician, mother, friend, spirited, engaging

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QuinceaƱera (2006)

After running away from home, a pregnant teenager (Emily Rios) finds a new life with her great-uncle (Chalo Gonzalez) and her gay cousin (Jesse Garcia).

teenager, uncle, cousin, inspiring, powerful, los angeles, family home

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Star 80 (1983)

Sleazy hustler Paul Snider (Eric Roberts) marries, promotes and then kills sex symbol Dorothy Stratten (Mariel Hemingway).

model, director, hugh hefner, pornographer, husband, dark, disturbing

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(500) Days of Summer (2009)

After his girlfriend (Zooey Deschanel) dumps him, a greeting-card writer (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) reflects on their 500 days together to try to figure out where their love affair went wrong.

writer, love interest, friend, girlfriend, boss, architect, playful

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The Usual Suspects (1995)

A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup.

con artist, criminal, fbi agent, special agent, survivor, district attorney, intricate

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her teenage son, John Connor, from a more advanced and powerful cyborg.

robot, son, mother, police officer, cyborg, artificial intelligence, gripping

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Silverlake Life: The View From Here (1993)

Both having been diagnosed with AIDS, UCLA film teacher Tom Joslin and his partner, Mark Massi, resolve to document the most intimate details of their daily lives. As the physical and mental toll of the disease begins to take hold of both men, Joslin's former student, Peter Friedman, takes over the film's production, providing the final, bittersweet postscript on the enduring love between two people who've decided to bravely face their illness together.

lover, gay man, partner, family member, student, disheartening, moving

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The Onion Field (1979)

Charismatic psychopath Greg Powell (James Woods) teams up with Jimmy Youngblood (Franklyn Seales), a petty thief. Driving in Los Angeles in 1963, they are pulled over by Detective Hettinger (John Savage) and his partner, Campbell (Ted Danson), for an illegal U-turn. Panicked, Powell kidnaps the officers and kills Campbell. Hettinger escapes, and his description of the men leads to their arrest. As both men evade prosecution with legal tricks, Hettinger is racked with guilt over his survival.

psychopath, petty criminal, police officer, survivor, district attorney, wife, dark

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Chuck & Buck (2000)

A man (Chris Weitz) finds himself stalked by a mentally impaired friend (Mike White) from childhood who is all alone now that his mother/caretaker has died.

record producer, best friend, wife, quirky, amusing, los angeles, theater

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American: The Bill Hicks Story (2010)

Interviews and clever use of still photographs illustrate the life of a talented but often controversial comic who died of cancer at age 32.

comedian, friend, filmmaker, family member, amusing, tender, emotional

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Double Indemnity (1944)

An insurance representative lets himself be talked by a seductive housewife into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses the suspicion of an insurance investigator.

insurance salesman, femme fatale, investigator, daughter, melodramatic, sultry, tense

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Bird (1988)

Jazz saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker (Forest Whitaker) lives fast and self-destructs, dead at 34 in 1955.

saxophonist, wife, musician, wealthy woman, doctor, cool, sultry

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Reservoir Dogs (1992)

When a simple jewelry heist goes horribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.

criminal, thief, police officer, informant, dark, amusing, gritty

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Kaante (2002)

Gathered in a warehouse after a bank robbery, six criminals (Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty) start to turn against one another.

detective, wife, army major, criminal, drug dealer, undercover cop, thrilling

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Redemption (2004)

Stan "Tookie" Williams (Jamie Foxx), founder of the infamous Los Angeles street gang the Crips, is sent to death row in 1981. Journalist Barbara Becnel (Lynn Whitfield) wants to interview Williams after her son gets interested in gang culture. Though initially reluctant to speak to anyone, Williams' outlook changes when he begins writing children's books. Resolving to redeem himself before his execution, Williams talks to Becnel about his turbulent childhood and his rise to gangster legend.

gangster, journalist, son, agent, inmate, raw, uplifting

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Hell to Eternity (1960)

A Marine (Jeffrey Hunter) raised by Japanese foster parents gets rowdy with his buddies (David Janssen, Vic Damone) and becomes a hero on Saipan.

hero, japanese-american, mother, soldier, tense, patriotic, thrilling

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L.A. Confidential (1997)

As corruption grows in 1950s Los Angeles, three policemen -- one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy -- investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.

police officer, detective, journalist, mobster, prostitute, actor, dark

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Heat (1995)

A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist.

criminal, lieutenant, wife, daughter, fence, killer, frenetic

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