Film in The City of Angels: 5 Movies Set In Los Angeles

Thursday, November 3 by C. Stamford

Los Angeles

There are several films in the City of Angels: 5 movies set in Los Angeles. The name Los Angeles literally means angels, but the movies in this list are anything but heavenly. The city of Los Angeles has seen its fair share of movies, considering that Hollywood, the modern mecca of movies, is in L.A. The movies included in this list vary. You have corrupt cops, racial tensions, killer robots, rampaging madmen and phycotic bombers.

Filmed in Los Angeles Training Day

“Training Day” is a dramatic movie released in 2001. The film stars Denzel Washington in an Academy Award winning role as Alonzo Harris. Ethan Hawke also stars as Jake Hoyt. The film was directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by David Ayer. The film itself takes place over a one-day period in the lives of two LAPD officers. Detective Alonzo Harris (Washington) is a corrupt veteran police detective, and Hoyt (Hawke) is working a detective detail for the first time. What Hoyt does not know is that Alonzo has been setting him up in his plan to repay Russian mobsters for a debt that he owes. Detective Harris attempts to corrupt Hoyt by including him in a plan to rob a drug dealer, and when he does not comply, sets him up to be killed. But, Hoyt turns the tables and comes after him instead.

Filmed in Los Angeles Crash

“Crash” is an Oscar winning drama released in 2004. "Crash" was directed by Paul Haggis. The film boasts an ensemble cast, which includes Brendan Fraser, Sandra Bullock, Ryan Philippe, Larenz Tate, Thandie Newton and Terrence Howard. "Crash" is composed of several separate storylines that connect by the end of the film. The stories concern two LAPD officers, an African American LAPD detective and his younger criminal brother, a Caucasian District Attorney and his disconnected wife, an African American Hollywood director and his wife’s run-in with LAPD officers and a Middle Eastern immigrant and a Latino worker. 

Filmed in Los Angeles Terminator 2

Terminator 2: Judgment Day” is an apocalyptic action film released in 1991. "Terminator 2" was directed by James Cameron and stars Arnold Schwarzenegger in the title role of the Terminator; a character he reprised from the first Terminator film. The Terminator is the protagonist in this film. Linda Hamilton also reprises her role of Sarah Connor. Edward Furlong plays John Connor, Sarah’s young son. Robert Patrick plays the T-1000, an advanced, liquid metal Terminator who is the main villain in the film. The plot centers around John, who is destined to lead the human revolt against tyrannical machines in the future. Skynet, the leader of the machines, sends the T-1000 back in time to eliminate John. The Terminator is sent back as well, to protect John, with the aid of Sarah.

Filmed in Los Angeles Falling Down

“Falling Down” is a dramatic film released in 1993. It was directed by Joel Schumacher and stars Michael Douglas as William Foster and Robert Duvall as Martin Prendergast. William Foster is a recently fired defense agent and recent divorcee. He has an order of protection against him by his ex-wife that prohibits contact between him and her and their young child. Martin Prendergast is a LAPD detective on his last day before retirement. Foster becomes extremely agitated during a gridlock while on the way to his child’s birthday party. He abandons his car and proceeds to engage in a rampage of violence. Prendergast gets assigned to Foster’s case, realizes his deadly intention and must stop him before Foster carries it out.

Filmed in Los Angeles Speed

“Speed” is an action film released in 1994. It was directed by Jan de Bont and stars Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock and Dennis Hopper. Keanu Reeves plays LAPD officer Jack Traven. Dennis Hopper, meanwhile, is retired bomb squad officer, Howard Payne while Sandra Bullock is Annie Porter, a passenger on a city bus. Payne decides to extort the city by planting a bomb on a city bus after previously blowing one up with another bomb. He warns the city that the bus must not drop below 50 miles per hour or the bomb will detonate, killing all of the inhabitants.

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