California Movies: 5 Films that Capture the Essence of Los Angeles

Curious about California? Curious about movies?

Why not combine them and find out more about movies  set in California and some of the filming locations of 5 California movies! Being the origin of the film industry, California is the home to many film productions and filming locations. It is considered a global trendsetter in popular culture, innovation and politics for example.


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The San Francisco Bay Area and the Greater Los Angeles Area are seen as centers of the global technology and entertainment industries, respectively. Here you will find 5 movies set in California that best capture the essence of it!

1. Pulp Fiction

“Pulp Fiction” doesn´t need presentations. Written and directed by a young Quentin Tarantino, the film tells a few stories of criminal LA. It is a pretty virtuosic piece of filmmaking that also happens to put some mystery back in Los Angeles; it’s set in a real version of the city that doesn’t include Beverly Hills or backlots, just anonymous apartment blocks in North Hollywood, suburban bungalows deep in the Valley, and anonymous diners in the South Bay. Its for sure one of the most iconic LA movies.

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2. American History X

A former neo-nazi skinhead named Derek Vinyard ( Edward Norton) tries to prevent his younger brother Daniel (Edward Furlong) from going down the same wrong path that he did. The neighbourhood of the Vinyard family is Venice Beach, Los Angeles’ Bohemian beachfront community increasingly troubled by gang-related problems. The home is 2206 Meade Place, just off Venice Boulevard. The tragic climax happens at Venice High School in LA!

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Venice High School, 13000 Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles.

3. The Artist

“I won‘t talk. I won’t say a word.”

With this title card (which proves to be very nearly true), “The Artist” is a silent movie that takes place in Hollywood between 1927 and 1932, and focuses on the relationship of an older silent film star and a rising young actress. It is a 2011 French romantic comedy-drama in the style of a black-and-white film, written, directed, and co-edited by Michael Hazanavicius, produced by Thomas Langmann, and stars Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo. It was nominated for ten Academy Awards and won five including Best picture, best director and Best Actor. This is a California movie!

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4. Jackie Brown

Shooting in the area’s actual dive bars and bail-bond offices, the film offers the kind of pulp-perfect Los Angeles, where career criminals hold court and desperate working-class stiffs concoct escape plans. Most of the film’s locations can be found in the less-than-glamorous South Bay area, around Los Angeles International Airport where Jackie Brown (Pam Grier) is caught carrying money for gun dealer Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson). For example the strip club where Louis Gara (Robert de Niro) picks up Ordell (Samuel L. Jackson) after the money drop it´s Sam´s Hofbrau, 1751 East Olympic Boulevard at McGarry Sreet, southeast of downtown. For curiosity, Quentin Tarantino revisits the club in Kill Bill Vol.2, using it as the interior of the “My Oh My Club”, where Michael Madsen works as a bouncer.

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5. Drive

“Drive” is a 2011 American crime thriller film and tells the story of a Hollywood stunt driver (Ryan Gosling), that work as a mechanic in the day, and a getaway driver at night. Hossein Amini is the writer and the Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn the director. Its based on James Sallis´2005 novel “Drive”. The geography of Los Angeles takes place in all movie, where you can see the driver crossing by car the Sixth street Bridge or waiting in the scruffy industrial area south of downtown LA, on East 18th Street for example.

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