LOS ANGELES MOVIE ARCHIVE

Movies about Los Angeles

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My personal collection of movies who are about, themed or filmed in Los Angeles, a city of noir

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Drive   2011 directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
A mysterious Hollywood stuntman, mechanic and getaway driver (Ryan Gosling) lands himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbour (Carey Mulligan).

500 Days of Summer   2009 by Marc Webb
A romantic comedy situated in downtown Los Angeles about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her.

From An Arm's Length is a feature-length documentary by Director Joan Brooker-Marks, currently in post-production and due for release in 2010. It is the moving story of Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Annie Wells, who confronted breast cancer and a year of treatment with an unflinching eye by turning her camera on herself. No tripods or special gear - just Annie holding a small camera at an arm's length. The result is a remarkably candid take on an intensely personal experience.

10 Items or Less   2006 written + directed by Brad Silberling: An actor (Morgan Freeman) prepping for an upcoming role meets a quirky grocery clerk (Paz Vega), and the pair hit the road to show one another their respective worlds in Carson City and Brentwood.

24 TV Series Season 7-6-5-4-3-2-1
20th Century Fox's televison series was created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran. Counter-Terrorism agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) saves the world - again and again... (Screenplay by Michael Loceff, Howard Gordon, Gil Grant, E.M.Cosin and others).

I Build the Tower   2006 written and directed by Edward Landler with Brad Byer shows the true story of the life and work of Simon Rodia (1879-1965) who built the world famous Watts Towers on a residential lot in South Central Los Angeles between 1921 and 1954.

Bobby   2006 directed by Emilio Estevez. The story of the assassination of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy who was shot in the early morning hours of June 5, 1968 in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, and 22 people in the hotel whose lives were never the same.



On the block of Sunset & Vine Cecil B. De Mille directed Hollywood's first full-length feature film The Squaw Man in 1913 for the Jesse L. Lasky feature play company. In 1919 Charlie Chaplin, British-born actor and producer along with partners Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and D.W. Griffith established their own studio United Artists.

Quinceanera   2006 directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland. As Magdalena's 15th birthday approaches, her simple, blissful life is complicated by the discovery that she's pregnant. Kicked out of her house, she finds a new family with her great-granduncle and gay cousin.

Badge of Honor   2005 Highland Entertainment. A two disc documentary DVD, six-hours of history of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Collateral   2004 directed by Michael Mann. A cab driver (Jamie Foxx) finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer (Tom Cruise) as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in LA. He must find a way to save both himself and one last victim.

Blue Neon Night   2004 by Terrill Lee Lankford. Michael Connelly himself provides an insider's tour of the dark places of L.A.

Crash   2004 directed by Paul Haggis. A car accident brings together a group of strangers in Los Angeles. (Academy Award for the script!)

S.W.A.T.   2003 directed by Clark Johnson. An imprisoned drug kingpin offers a huge cash reward to anyone that can break him out of police custody and only the LAPD's Special Weapons + Tactics team can prevent it.

Training Day   2001 directed by Antoine Fuqua. On his first day on the job as a narcotics officer, a rookie cop (Ethan Hawke) works with a detective (Denzel Washington) who isn't what he appears as.

Mulholland Drive   2001 directed by David Lynch. A woman, known only as Rita, is involved in a car crash on Mulholland Drive. (Naomi Watts, Laura Elena Harring. Original Score by Angelo Badalamenti).

Today you'll find notifications of filming of the Entertainment Industry Development Corporation of Southern California EIDC/ Film L.A. on every street. Downtown Los Angeles became the most filmed place on earth: Commercials, TV series, feature films, music videos and soap operas are produced in vast quantities to make the world a happier place. There is also a significant film industry in Mumbai, India called Bollywood. And there is Nollywood the cinema of Nigeria, the second largest production in the world with appr. 200 films a month.

The Fast and the Furious   2001 directed by Rob Cohen .Undercover cops infiltrate Los Angeles street racers to bust a hijacking ring.

Sunset Strip   2000 directed by Adam Collis. A comedy that takes place during 24 hours on Sunset Strip in 1972.

Nurse Betty   2000 directed by Neil LaBute. A nurse (Renee Zellweger) and two hitmen (Morgan Freeman, Chris Rock) on their way to Los Angeles.

Gone in Sixty Seconds   2000 directed by Dominic Sena. A retired master car thief must come back to the industry and steal 50 cars with his crew in one night to save his brother's life.

Erin Brockovich   2000 directed by Steven Soderbergh. A research assistant (Julia Roberts) helps an attorney (Albert Finney) in a lawsuit against a large utility company blamed for causing an outbreak of cancer and other illnesses in a small community.

The Million Dollar Hotel   2000 directed by Wim Wenders. Tragi-comic, romantic whodunnit set in a run down hotel downtown L.A. (Jeremy Davies, Milla Jovovich, Mel Gibson, music by U2's Bono).

Bread and Roses   2000 directed by Ken Loach. Two Latina sisters work as cleaners in a downtown office building, and fight for the right to unionize.

Magnolia   1999 directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. A mixing and matching of friends in the San Fernando Valley.

Bowfinger   1999 directed by Frank Oz. A desperate movie producer (Steve Martin) will do anything to get his movie made.

Blue Streak   1999 directed by Les Mayfield. A thief turned ex-con (comedian Martin Lawrence) poses as a cop to retrieve a diamond he stole years ago.

The Thirteenth Floor   1999 directed by Josef Rusnak. A computer generated parallel world that's just like the 30's with real people with real emotions. (Craig Bierko, Vincent D'Onofrio).

City of Angels   1998 directed by Brad Silberling. An angel (Nicolas Cage) tires of overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal (Meg Ryan).

The Big Lebowski   1998 directed by Joel Coen. "Dude" Lebowski (Jeff Bridges), mistaken for a millionaire, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.

L.A. without a Map   1998 directed by Mika Kaurismaeki. A British writer pursues a young actress to Hollywood and needs all the help he can get to win her love.

Slums of Beverly Hills   1998 directed by Tamara Jenkins. This semiautobiographical story follows a lower-middle-class teenager (Natasha Lyonne) and her neurotic family in 1976 Tinseltown.

Playing by Heart   1998 directed by Willard Carroll. 11 articulate people work through affairs of the heart in L.A.

Black & White   1998 directed by Yuri Zeltser. Chris O'Brien, devote Catholic and rookie cop with LAPD, is assigned to partner with the hard-edged, street-smart Nora Hugosian (Gina Gershon).

Volcano   1997 directed by Mick Jackson. A volcano erupts in Downtown L.A., threatening to destroy the city. (Don Cheadle, Tommy Lee Jones, Anne Heche, music by Alan Silvestri).

Boogie Nights   1997 directed by P.T. Anderson. The story of a young man's adventures in the Californian pornography industry of the 1970's and 1980's.

L.A. Confidential   1997 directed by Curtis Hanson. A shooting at an all night diner is investigated by three L.A. policemen in their own unique ways. (Kevin Spacey, Russel Crowe, Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito, music score by Jerry Goldsmith).

Jackie Brown   1997 directed by Quentin Tarantino. Jackie Brown is the name of a flight attendant who gets caught smuggling. (Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert DeNiro, Bridget Fonda, M. Keaton).

Playing God   1997 directed by Andy Wilson. Stripped of his medical license after performing an operation while high on amphetamines, famed surgeon loose his job (Angelina Jolie, David Duchovny!)

Lost Highway   1997 directed by David LYnch. Fred Madison, a saxophonist, is accused under mysterious circumstances of murdering his wife Renee. On death row, he inexplicably morphs into a young man named Pete Dayton.

The Glimmer Man   1996 directed by John Gray. Two good cops. One bad situation.

Mulholland Falls   1996 directed by Lee Tamahori. About the adventures of a 1940's special anti-gangster police squad in L.A.

Swingers   1996 directed by Doug Liman. This is a story about Mike, a guy who left his girl in New York when he came to Los Angeles to be a star (Heather Graham, Vince Vaughn).

Two Days in the Valley   1995 directed by John Herzfeld. A loser hitman, a cool assassin, a washed-up actor director and his dog... (Danny Aiello, Paul Mazursky, James Spader, Charlize Theron).

Shotgun Freeway   1995 written and directed by Morgan Neville + Harry Pallenberg. A documentary on the multiple realities of Los Angeles after the war. A history of violence, music, beauty, poverty and redemption.

Heat   1995 directed by Michael Mann. An epic tale of crime and obsession and two men on opposite sides of the law (Pacino, De Niro, Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Ashley Judd).

Get Shorty   1995 directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. A mobster (John Travolta) travels to Hollywood to collect a debt and discovers that the movie business is much the same as his current job. (Gene Hackman, Rene Russo, Danny DeVito, music by John Lurie).

Pulp Fiction   1994 directed by Quentin Tarantino. The stories of two mob hit men, a boxer and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. (Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman, Christopher Walken, Ving Rhames, John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Rosanna Arquette).

Speed   1994 directed by Jan de Bont (Action Movie). A young cop (Keanu Reeves) must save the passengers of a bus that has a bomb set to explode if the bus goes below 50 MPH (Sandra Bullock, Dennis Hopper).

Til There Was You   1997 directed by Scott Winant. Dylan McDermott (architect), Sarah Jessica Parker (actress), Jeanne Tripplehorn (writer), Jennifer Aniston.

Short Cuts   1993 directed by Robert Altman. The everyday lives of a number of Los Angeles residents are the subject of this loosely-knitted collection of short stories (Julianne Moore, Chris Penn, Andie MacDowell, Jennifer Jason Leigh).

Falling Down   1993 directed by Joel Schumacher. An unemployed defence worker (Michael Douglas) frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them.

The Doors   1991 directed by Oliver Stone. The movie follows Morrison (Val Kilmer) from his days as a film student in Los Angeles to his death in Paris in 1971.

Judgment Day   1991 directed by James Cameron. A shape-shifting cyborg is sent back from the future to kill John Connor before he can grow up to lead the resistance.

Grand Canyon   1991 directed by Lawrence Kasdan. The movie tells how people in modern Los Angeles try to make connections with each other and be good people.

Reservoir Dogs   1991 directed by Quentin Tarantino. Five Total Strangers Team Up For The Perfect Crime (Harvey Kaitel, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi).

Night on Earth   1991 directed by Jim Jarmusch. A collection of five stories... Los Angeles: A talent agent for the movies discovers her cab driver would be perfect to cast, but the cabbie is reluctant to give up her solid cab driver's career.

L.A. Story   1991 directed by Mick Jackson. Harris Telemacher (Steve Martin) is the "Wacky Weather" presenter for a Los Angeles television station. He finds himself battling the insane conditions and people caused by the manic chaos that is Los Angeles (Sarah Jessica Parker, Woody Harrelson).

Colors   1988 directed by Dennis Hopper. An experienced cop and his rookie partner patrol the streets of East Los Angeles while trying to keep the gang violence under control (Sean Penn, Robert Duval).

They Live   1988 directed by John Carpenter. Aliens of L.A. unveiled by Roddy Piper.

Into the Night   1985 directed by John Landis. Ed Okin's (Jeff Goldblum) life is somewhat out of control. He can't sleep, his wife betrays him and his job is dull (Michelle Pfeiffer, David Bowie, Dan Aykroyd, Roger Vadim, Richard Farnsworth, Irene Papas).

To Live and Die in L.A.   1985 directed by William Friedkin. A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner.

Blue Thunder   1983 directed by John Badham. The cop test pilot (Roy Schneider)for an experimental police helicopter learns the sinister implications of the new vehicle.

Blade Runner   1982 directed by Ridley Scott. A police man of the future hunts down and terminates replicants.

Welcome to L.A.   1976 directed by Alan Rudolph. The lives and romantic entanglements of a group of young adults who have achieved "overnight" success in Los Angeles.

The Two Jakes   1974 directed by Jack Nicholson. Chinatown II ...with Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Meg Tilly.

Earthquake   1974 directed by Mark Robson. Various stories of various people as an earthquake of un-imagineable magnitude hits Los Angeles. (Ava Gardner, Lorne Greene, Victoria Principal, Walter Matthau).

Chinatown   1974 directed by Roman Polanski. A private detective investigating an adultery case stumbles on to a scheme of murder that has something to do with water.

The Graduate   1967 directed by Mike Nichols. (Oscar 1968 Best Director) A young man (Dustin Hoffman) just out of college doesn't know what to do with his life. But being involved with a young woman and her mother (Anne Bancroft) probably wasn't it (soundtrack by Simon & Garfunkel).

Sunset Boulevard   1950 directed by Billy Wilder. Recently deceased hack writer Joe Gillis tells of his excursions with delusional silent movie star Norma Desmond.

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