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Complement your English classes with film: 10 great movies set in LA

11 Sep, 2017
Complement your English classes with film: 10 great movies set in LA

Watching films in English is a great way to supplement your classroom learning. English Plus Film teacher at Kings Los Angeles (Hollywood) Ryan Bean shares some of his recommendations for films set in this iconic city!

Chinatown (1974)

This is an excellent detective film that follows Jack Nicholson's cop as he searches for the truth about a timely Los Angeles problem: a water crisis.

Mulholland Drive (2001)

Named after the famous drive through the Hollywood Hills, home to some of the best views in LA, this film follows an aspiring actress and plays out like a waking dream (or nightmare).

The Long Goodbye (1973)

This is a brilliant detective film that explores the seedy, selfish underbelly of Los Angeles and Hollywood culture.

Drive (2011)

Some of the less-glamorous parts of Los Angeles are captured in this understated crime drama. This film is also a love letter to the truly Los Angeles pastime of simply aimlessly cruising around in your car.

Collateral (2004)

Just like in director Michael Mann's 1995 LA crime epic Heat, Los Angeles is truly a main character in this neo-noir. Taking place almost entirely at night, Tom Cruise plays a hitman who takes Jamie Foxx's taxi driver hostage and leads him on a violent tour through downtown LA.

Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

A true Hollywood classic. James Dean plays the frustrated, handsome outcast. One of LA's best landmarks, Griffith Observatory, plays a major part in the story.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

In a famous scene, director James Cameron incinerates Los Angeles beautifully in this action masterpiece. After watching you will never drive past the concrete basin of the 'Los Angeles River' without being reminded of Arnold Schwarzenegger's motorcycle being chased down by a semi truck.

Clueless (1995)

Set in the posh world of a Beverly Hills High School, this cult-classic comedy follows the romantic troubles of a spoiled but lovable Alicia Silverstone.

Punch Drunk Love (2002)

Punch Drunk Love is a dreamy love story taking place among the strange, vast industrial warehouses of the San Fernando Valley. Adam Sandler does his best acting as an extremely shy, awkward toilet-plunger salesman.

Singin' in the Rain (1952)

One of the best movies ever made, this musical is about a Hollywood silent film star trying to make the transition to sound. The wonderful musical numbers are timeless.

The English Plus Film course at Kings LA combines English language lessons with practical filmmaking, film history and theory, and real-life experience of the film industry in LA.