"Die Hard" may take place mostly in a building, but its Los Angeles setting, particularly Nakatomi Plaza, is a crucial aspect of the plot, making it both an iconic action film and an iconic Christmas film set in the City of Angels.
“Die Hard” (1988)
Chevy Chase shines as the irreverent journalist in "Fletch," a film that also showcases his love for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Steve Martin's mildly supernatural romantic comedy "L.A. Story" features satire of the city and Hollywood that's both fun and funny, making it a must-see for anyone who has spent time in Los Angeles.
“L.A. Story” (1991)
“The Nice Guys” features Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as mismatched private investigators in 1970s Los Angeles, taking them to lavish parties and skyscrapers while working on the same case.
“The Nice Guys” (2016)
"Inherent Vice" blends elements from other LA films on this list, with a dense but funny plot based on a Thomas Pynchon novel, featuring Joaquin Phoenix as a stoner private eye.
“Inherent Vice” (2014)
“Nightcrawler” provides a different perspective on Los Angeles through Jake Gyllenhaal's portrayal of an amoral news videographer who captures gruesome footage at night.
“I Love You, Man” showcases different LA neighborhoods and fancy houses, with Paul Rudd as a real estate agent and Lou Ferrigno playing himself.
“I Love You, Man” (2009)
Denzel Washington shines in "Training Day," a film about two LAPD officers that earned him a Best Actor Oscar.
“Training Day” (2001)
"Clueless" is a quintessential LA film, introducing audiences to Paul Rudd and popularizing catchphrases while providing a vastly different perspective from the likes of "Boyz n the Hood."
The Los Angeles River has been a filming location for many movies, including "Grease" and "Terminator 2," which features a big car chase scene taking place by the river.
“Terminator 2: Judgment Day” (1991)