Movies about Los Angeles

List of the best movies about Los Angeles, selected by visitors to our site: Heat, L.A. Confidential, Next, The Lincoln Lawyer, Burlesque, Rain Man, 10 Items or Less, Pulp Fiction, End of Watch, Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

In the top there are new films of 2021, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Heat (1995)
Mark9.8 (imdb: 8.2)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CharactersCriminals, Thieves
PlotAdventure, Fight, Survival, Skirmishes, Rivalry, Obsession, Bank robbery, Robbery, Chase
PlaceLos Angeles, USA
StyleAction, Disturbing, Atmospheric, Heavy, Exciting, Depressive, Tense

Obsessive master thief, Neil McCauley leads a top-notch crew on various daring heists throughout Los Angeles while determined detective, Vincent Hanna pursues him without rest. Each man recognizes and respects the ability and the dedication of the other even though they are aware their cat-and-mouse game may end in violence.

L.A. Confidential (1997)
Mark7.8 (imdb: 8.2)
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CharactersCriminals, Detectives
PlotChase, Rivalry, Skirmishes
PlaceLos Angeles, USA
StyleAction, Fascinating

Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal L.A. police force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the shotgun slayings of the patrons at an all-night diner.

Next (2007)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 6.2)
Genrefantastic, action, thriller
CharactersPsychics, Terrorists, Wizards
PlotTime travel, Investigation, Chase, Fate, Supernatural, Hostage, Superpowers
PlaceLos Angeles, Office, USA, Casino
StyleExciting, Disturbing

Las Vegas showroom magician Cris Johnson has a secret which torments him: he can see a few minutes into the future. Sick of the examinations he underwent as a child and the interest of the government and medical establishment in his power, he lies low under an assumed name in Vegas, performing cheap tricks and living off small-time gambling "winnings." But when a terrorist group threatens to detonate a nuclear device in Los Angeles, government agent Callie Ferris must use all her wiles to capture Cris and convince him to help her stop the cataclysm.

The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 7.3)
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CharactersLawyers, Judge
PlotRivalry, Death, Conspiracies
PlaceLos Angeles, Court
StyleSmart, Fascinating

A lawyer conducts business from the back of his Lincoln town car while representing a high-profile client in Beverly Hills.

Burlesque (2010)
Mark7.8 (imdb: 6.4)
Genremelodrama, drama, music
CharactersSingers, Pianists, Musicians
PlaceLos Angeles, Night Clubs

The Burlesque Lounge has its best days behind it. Tess, a retired dancer and owner of the venue, struggles to keep the aging theater alive, facing all kinds of financial and artistic challenges. With the Lounge's troupe members becoming increasingly distracted by personal problems and a threat coming from a wealthy businessman's quest to buy the spot from Tess, the good fortune seems to have abandoned the club altogether. Meanwhile, the life of Ali, a small-town girl from Iowa, is about to change dramatically. Hired by Tess as a waitress at the Lounge, Ali escapes a hollow past and quickly falls in love with the art of burlesque. Backed by newfound friends amongst the theater's crew, she manages to fulfill her dreams of being on stage herself. Things take a dramatic turn though when Ali's big voice makes her become the main attraction of the revue

Rain Man (1988)
Mark9.4 (imdb: 8)
CharactersAutistic, Brothers, Friends
PlotTime travel, Love, Travel
PlaceLos Angeles, USA, Casino
StyleSoulful, Touching, Fascinating, To cry

Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.

10 Items or Less (2006)
Mark10 (imdb: 6.6)
Genrecomedy, drama
CharactersActors, Friends
PlotTime travel, Adventure, Shopping, Travel
PlaceLos Angeles, USA
StyleTouching, Light, Smart

An actor who is considering the role of a supermarket manager arrives at a grocery store on the outskirts of Los Angeles to do some field research. He subsequently becomes stranded, without a car or cell phone, and accepts a ride home with Scarlet, a cashier who is about to interview for a new job. The actor rediscovers the essence of his craft while helping Scarlet gain the confidence she needs to change her life.

Pulp Fiction (1994)
Mark9 (imdb: 8.9)
Genrethriller, comedy, crime
CharactersGangsters, Gangsters, Hired assassins
PlotDancing, Robbery, Fight, Cars, Jealousy, Chase, Boxing, Skirmishes, Music
PlaceLos Angeles, Hotels, USA
StyleExciting, Interesting, Heavy, For men, Smart

A burger-loving hit man, his philosophical partner, a drug-addled gangster's moll and a washed-up boxer converge in this sprawling, comedic crime caper. Their adventures unfurl in three stories that ingeniously trip back and forth in time.

End of Watch (2012)
Mark9.4 (imdb: 7.6)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Police, Friends
PlotInvestigation, Skirmishes, Death
PlaceLos Angeles, USA
StyleAction, Heavy, Soulful, Tense, Disturbing

Two young officers are marked for death after confiscating a small cache of money and firearms from the members of a notorious cartel during a routine traffic stop.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Mark9.6 (imdb: 8.5)
Genrefantastic, action, thriller
CountryUSA, France
CharactersRobots, Heroes
PlotArtificial Intelligence, Chase, Time travel, Apocalypse, End of the world
PlaceLos Angeles, USA, Laboratory
StyleWorth watching, Gloomy, Exciting, Disturbing, Action, For men

Nearly 10 years have passed since Sarah Connor was targeted for termination by a cyborg from the future. Now her son, John, the future leader of the resistance, is the target for a newer, more deadly terminator. Once again, the resistance has managed to send a protector back to attempt to save John and his mother Sarah.

You Can't Hurry Love (1988)
Markimdb: 4.8
Genrecomedy, melodrama
PlotAdventure, Love
PlaceLos Angeles

A comedy of a guy who moonlights as a low-budget director of commercials, and is looking for someone to love. So, he pays a dating service and is videotaped on several occasions. The film shows the many women who seduce our hero, until he finally finds his true love

My Chauffeur (1986)
Markimdb: 5.7
PlotAdventure, Love, Fate, Chase
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleFascinating, Light, Cute

A feisty young woman accepts a mysterious offer to become a chauffeur for a Beverly Hills limousine business, much to the chagrin of her older male coworkers and the disbelief of her customers.

DC Showcase: The Spectre (2010)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrecartoon, short
CharactersKillers, Fathers
PlotAdventure, Investigation
PlaceLos Angeles

As Detective Jim Corrigan investigates a murder, The Spectre delivers horrific justice to the perpetrators.

Rush Hour 2 (2001)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 6.6)
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, crime, detective
CountryUSA, Hong Kong
CharactersPolice, Friends, Partners, Losers
PlotAdventure, Abduction, Martial Arts, Pursuit
PlaceChina, Los Angeles, USA, Asia
StyleExciting, For men

It's vacation time for Carter as he finds himself alongside Lee in Hong Kong wishing for more excitement. While Carter wants to party and meet the ladies, Lee is out to track down a Triad gang lord who may be responsible for killing two men at the American Embassy. Things get complicated as the pair stumble onto a counterfeiting plot. The boys are soon up to their necks in fist fights and life-threatening situations. A trip back to the U.S. may provide the answers about the bombing, the counterfeiting, and the true allegiance of sexy customs agent Isabella.

Sharknado (2013)
Markimdb: 3.3
Genrehorror, fantastic
PlotDisasters, War, Tornadoes, Survival
PlaceLos Angeles, Beach, Helicopters
StyleDisturbing, Heavy, Tense

A freak hurricane hits Los Angeles, causing man-eating sharks to be scooped up in tornadoes and flooding the city with shark-infested seawater. Surfer and bar-owner Fin sets out with his friends Baz and Nova to rescue his estranged wife April and teenage daughter Claudia.

Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Mark9 (imdb: 7.5)
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CharactersFamily, Writers
PlotLove, Cancer, Art, Divorce, Abduction
PlaceLos Angeles, USA
StyleTense, Unexpected ending

Susan Morrow receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband – a man she left 20 years earlier – asking for her opinion of his writing. As she reads, she is drawn into the fictional life of Tony Hastings, a mathematics professor whose family vacation turns violent.

Terminator Genisys (2015)
Mark7.6 (imdb: 6.3)
Genrefantastic, action, thriller
CharactersRobots, Heroes
PlotFight, Time travel, Apocalypse, Artificial Intelligence, Technology, Time machine, Chase
PlaceLos Angeles
TimeFuture, Post apocalypse
StyleExciting, Depressive, Disturbing, For men

The year is 2029. John Connor, leader of the resistance continues the war against the machines. At the Los Angeles offensive, John's fears of the unknown future begin to emerge when TECOM spies reveal a new plot by SkyNet that will attack him from both fronts; past and future, and will ultimately change warfare forever.

Leprechaun 2 (1994)
Markimdb: 4.6
Genrehorror, fantasy, comedy
CharactersKillers, Brides, Heroes
PlotMystery, Supernatural, Revenge, Rivalry, Superpowers, Chase, Wedding
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleHeavy, Disturbing

A thousand years ago, the Leprechaun left a bloody trail when he ripped through the countryside in search of his stolen gold. Now he's back in the big city using all of his deadly tricks to snare the girl of his nightmares. His bloody quest becomes more deadly when her boyfriend steals one of the Leprechaun's gold coins. The town soon discovers two dead bodies and a trail of gold dust leads them to the Leprechaun's lair.

Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)
Mark10 (imdb: 8)
Genrecomedy, documentary
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersArtists, Friends, Losers
PlotArt, Obsession, Success, Uprising
PlaceLos Angeles, England, London
StyleExciting, Soulful, Smart

Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation whose work can be seen on walls from post-hurricane New Orleans to the separation barrier on the Palestinian West Bank. Fiercely guarding his anonymity to avoid prosecution, Banksy has so far resisted all attempts to be captured on film. Exit Through the Gift Shop tells the incredible true story of how an eccentric French shop keeper turned documentary maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner.

Dead Bang (1989)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CharactersPolice, Partners, Special agents
PlotInvestigation, Chase, Rivalry, Uprising
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleExciting, Disturbing, For men

Los Angeles homicide detective Jerry Beck searches for the murderer who killed a police officer on Christmas Eve. The investigation takes Beck inside the violent world of hate groups and white supremacists, who are hatching a deadly plot to attack even more innocent people. Beck must also confront his own personal demons, including his growing problem with alcohol, if he wants to track down and stop the violent neo-Nazis before it is too late.