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As the world’s motion picture capital, Los Angeles often serves as a giant movie set. Because so many productions film in LA., local scenery has stood in for locations from Chicago to Korea. 

Sometimes, however, Los Angeles gets to play itself. Movies set in Los Angeles take us behind the scenes in Hollywood (“Sunset Boulevard,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” “A Star is Born”), to the beach (“Beach Blanket Bingo,” “Gidget”), to school (“Fast Times at Ridgemont High”) or on a fast ride all over the city (“Speed”).

The wide variety of LA films is as diverse as LA itself. Neighborhoods as different as South LA. (“Boyz N the Hood”), East LA (“Mi Familia”) and Beverly Hills (“Pretty Woman,” “Beverly Hills Cop”) appear in films that give us a brief glimpse inside the many sides of LA.  As LA celebrates its 225th anniversary, check out a list of 225 films filmed in LA.

 

1920s

 
 

 

  • Hollywood (1923)
  • Safety Last (1923)
  • Souls for Sale (1923)

 
 

 

1930s

 
 

 

  • The Music Box (1932)
  • What Price Hollywood? (1932)
  • A Star Is Born (1937)

 
 

 

1940s

 
 

 

  • Double Indemnity (1944)
  • Murder My Sweet (1944)
  • Mildred Pierce (1945)
  • The Big Sleep (1946)
  • The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

 
 

 

1950s

 
 

 

  • Sunset Boulevard (1950)
  • Union Station (1950)
  • The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
  • Singin' in the Rain (1952)
  • The War of the Worlds (1953)
  • A Star Is Born (1954)
  • Them! (1954)
  • Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
  • High Society (1956)
  • Gidget (1959)

 
 

 

1960s

 
 

 

  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
  • Inside Daisy Clover (1965)
  • The Graduate (1967)
  • Point Blank (1967)
  • Targets (1968)
  • They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969)

 
 

 

1970s

 
 

 

  • Minnie and Moskowitz (1971))
  • Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
  • The Omega Man (1971)
  • The New Centurions (1972)
  • The Way We Were (1973)
  • Blazing Saddles (1974)
  • Chinatown (1974)
  • Earthquake (1974)
  • Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)
  • Day of the Locust (1975)
  • Dolemite (1975)
  • Shampoo (1975)
  • A Star Is Born (1976)
  • Annie Hall (1977)
  • Pumping Iron (1977)
  • Grease (1978)
  • 10 (1979)
  • 1941 (1979)

 
 

 

1980s

 
 

 

  • Airplane! (1980)
  • American Gigolo (1980)
  • True Confessions (1981)
  • Blade Runner (1982)
  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
  • Blue Thunder (1983)
  • National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
  • Valley Girl (1983)
  • All of Me (1984)
  • Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
  • Body Double (1984)
  • Irreconcilable Differences (1984)
  • The Karate Kid (1984)
  • Night of the Comet (1984)
  • Swing Shift (1984)
  • The Terminator (1984)
  • Into the Night (1985)
  • Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)
  • Police Academy 2 (1985)
  • Pretty in Pink (1985)
  • To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
  • Down And Out In Beverly Hills (1986)
  • Echo Park (1986)
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
  • Karate Kid II (1986)
  • Ruthless People (1986)
  • Back to the Beach (1987)
  • Barfly (1987)
  • Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)
  • Born In East L.A. (1987)
  • Dragnet (1987)
  • The Hidden (1987)
  • La Bamba (1987)
  • Less Than Zero (1987)
  • Lethal Weapon (1987)
  • Colors (1988)
  • Die Hard (1988)
  • Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)
  • Miracle Mile (1988)
  • Rain Man (1988)
  • The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad (1988)
  • Stand and Deliver (1988)
  • Sunset (1988)
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
  • Back to the Future (1989)
  • Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
  • The Karate Kid, Part III (1989)
  • Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
  • Troop Beverly Hills (1989)

 
 

 

1990s

 
 

 

  • Internal Affairs (1990)
  • Predator 2 (1990)
  • Pretty Woman (1990)
  • To Sleep With Anger (1990)
  • The Two Jakes (1990)
  • Barton Fink (1991)
  • Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)
  • Boyz N the Hood (1991)
  • Bugsy (1991)
  • Father of the Bride (1991)
  • Grand Canyon (1991)
  • L.A. Story (1991)
  • The Rocketeer (1991)
  • Scenes from a Mall (1991)
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
  • The Doors (1991)
  • Chaplin (1992)
  • Encino Man (1992)
  • Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)
  • No Place to Hide (1992)
  • The Player (1992)
  • Reservoir Dogs (1992)
  • The Beverly Hillbillies (1993)
  • The Bodyguard (1993)
  • Bound by Honor (1993)
  • Demolition Man (1993)
  • Falling Down (1993)
  • Last Action Hero (1993)
  • My Girl 2 (1993)
  • The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1993)
  • Rising Sun (1993)
  • Rookie of the Year (1993)
  • Short Cuts (1993)
  • Airheads (1994)
  • Beverly Hills Cop III (1994)
  • Clifford (1994)
  • Ed Wood (1994)
  • The Next Karate Kid (1994)
  • Pulp Fiction (1994)
  • The Mask (1994)
  • Speed (1994)
  • Swimming with Sharks (1994)
  • Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)
  • Clueless (1995)
  • Devil In A Blue Dress (1995)
  • Father of the Bride 2 (1995)
  • Friday (1995)
  • Get Shorty (1995)
  • Heat (1995)
  • My Family, Mi Familia (1995)
  • The Net (1995)
  • Nick of Time (1995)
  • The Usual Suspects (1995)
  • Strange Days (1995)
  • Escape from L.A. (1996)
  • Independence Day (1996)
  • Swingers (1996)
  • Bean (1997)
  • Boogie Nights (1997)
  • Father’s Day (1997)
  • Jackie Brown (1997)
  • L.A. Confidential (1997)
  • One Eight Seven (1997)
  • Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion (1997)
  • Volcano (1997)
  • The Big Lebowski (1998)
  • Bulworth (1998)
  • City of Angels (1998)
  • L.A. Without a Map (1998)
  • Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)
  • Rush Hour (1998)
  • Slums Of Beverly Hills (1998)
  • Twilight (film) (1998)
  • American Beauty (1999)
  • Blast from the Past (1999)
  • Blue Streak (1999)
  • The Muse (1999)
  • Bowfinger (1999)
  • La Vida Loca (1999)
  • Magnolia (1999)
  • The Thirteenth Floor (1999)

 
 

 

2000s

 
 

 

  • Bread And Roses (2000)
  • Brother (2000)
  • Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)
  • The Kid (2000)
  • Next Friday (2000)
  • Traffic (2000)
  • What's Cooking? (2000)
  • The Anniversary Party (2001)
  • Baby Boy (2001)
  • Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (2001)
  • The Fast and the Furious (2001)
  • Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
  • Mulholland Drive (2001)
  • Rush Hour 2 (2001)
  • Southlander (2001)
  • Swordfish (2001)
  • Training Day (2001)
  • Enough (2002)
  • Friday After Next (2002)
  • Laurel Canyon (2002)
  • Nothing So Strange (2002)
  • Punch Drunk Love (2002)
  • Real Women Have Curves (2002)
  • The Salton Sea (2002)
  • Confidence (2003)
  • Freaky Friday (2003)
  • Hollywood Homicide (2003)
  • The Italian Job (2003)
  • Phone Booth (2003)
  • Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)
  • Matchstick Men (film) (2003)
  • Freaky Friday (2003)
  • Stuck on You (2003)
  • S.W.A.T. (2003)
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
  • Wonderland(2003)
  • The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
  • Cellular (2004)
  • A Cinderella Story (2004)
  • Collateral (2004)
  • Crash (2004)
  • Party Animalz (2004)
  • Bewitched (2005)
  • Miracle Mile (2005)
  • The Island (2005)
  • Lords of Dogtown (2005)
  • Crank (2006)
  • Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
  • The Black Dahlia (2006)
  • Quinceneara (2006)

 

 

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