Films about Los Angeles

Cameras on a star in downtown LA
Cameras on a star in downtown LA

Films are a great way to understand the city we live in. Below are a list of films from the last 80 years that can help us better understand this city.


Hollywood (James Cruze, 1923)

Life and Death of a Hollywood Extra (Florey & Vorkapich, 1928)


A Star Is Born (Wellman, 1937)


Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1944)

Detour (Edgard Ulmer, 1945)

Mildred Pierce (Curtiz, 1945)

The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks, 1946)


Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder, 1950)

War of the Worlds (Byron Haskin, 1953)

A Star is Born, (George Cukor 1954)

Kiss Me Deadly (Robert Aldrich, 1955)

Rebel Without a Cause (Ray, 1955)


Point Blank, (John Boorman, 1967)

The Graduate (Mike Nichols, 1967)


Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (Russ Meyer, 1970)

The Long Goodbye (Robert Altman, 1973)

Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974)

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (Cassavetes, 1976)

Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977)


Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982)

The Terminator (James Cameron, 1984)

Repo Man, (Cox, 1984)

To Live and Die in LA (William Friedkin, 1985)

Sunset Strip (William Webb, 1985)

Born in East LA (Cheech Marin, 1987)

Stand and Deliver (Ramon Menendez, 1988)

Colors (Dennis Hopper, 1988)

Die Hard, (McTiernan, 1988)

Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (Robert Zemeckis, 1988)


The Two Jakes, (Jack Nicholson, 1990)

Barton Fink, (Coen Brothers, 1991)

Boyz N the Hood (1991)

Terminator 2 Judgement day (James Cameron, 1991)

LA Story (Mick Jackson, 1991)

The Player (Robert Altman, 1992)

Falling Down (Joel Schumacher, 1993)

Short Cuts (Robert Altman, 1993)

Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)

Speed (Jan de Bont, 1994)

Devil in a Blue Dress (Carl Franklin, 1995)

Heat (Michael Mann, 1995)

Lost Highway (David Lynch, 1996)

Escape from LA (John Carpenter, 1996)

The End of Violence (Wim Wenders, 1997)

Jackie Brown (Quentin Tarantino, 1997)

LA Confidential (Curtiss Hanson, 1997)

Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson, 1997)

American History X, (Tony Kaye, 1998)

The Big Lebowski (Joel Coen, 1998)


The Million Dollar Hotel (Wim Wenders, 2000)

Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)

The Anniversary Party (Cumming / Lee, 2001)

Dogtown and Z-Boys (Stacy Peralta, 2002)

Raising Victor Vargas (Peter Sollett, 2002)

Mayor of the Sunset Strip (Hickenlooper, 2003)

Los Angeles Plays Itself, (Thomas Andersen, 2003) 

Collateral (Michael Mann, 2004)

Crash, (Paul Haggis, 2005)

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Shane Black, 2005)

Factotum (Bent Hamer, 2005)

Brick (Rian Johnson, 2005)

Rize (David LaChapelle, 2005)

King of California (Mike Cahill) 2007

A Single Man (Tom Ford) 2009