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Los Angeles has been well-known in the entertainment world because of the beautiful sceneries and properties which are perfect for any movie theme. That's why there are many blockbuster films that makes LA more popular and one of the in-demand movie setting. Here is a presentation about the 10 best films that captures the essence of Los Angeles by 5401 Olympic (http://5401olympic.com).

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Los Angeles has always been known as the center of entertainment, so when it comes to stories, expect that this place gives you all the drama you need to keep you excited and entertained.

But do you know that this also makes Los Angeles the perfect place to set a scene – and by that it means really use Los Angeles as the setting for a story waiting to be unfold.

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Sunset Boulevard

Directed by Billy Wilder, this 1950’s film shows the darkness in Hollywood screens. Sunset Boulevard remains to be an unrivaled classic which stars William Holden who played a Hollywood screenwriter.


In 1955, Rebel Without a Cause lifted to the main screens actor James Dean, the bad boy of Hollywood films. The film centered in the Griffith Observatory where Dean got into a knife fight. This is perhaps one of the films where a filming location became more famous like the one featured in 5401olympic.com.

Rebel Without a Cause


Beyond the Valley of the Dolls shows the decay in moral in the entertainment industry. It shows Los Angeles cesspool. It presented a gruesome climax that inspired the real life Tate-LaBianca murders.

  • Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Chinatown, directed by Roman Polanski, is a planned trilogy about the corruption of powerful men who seeks to control resources in Los Angeles.



One of the 10 best films that best captures the essence of Los Angeles is the American Gigolo. Starring Richard Gere, the American Gigolo which was released in 1980, tells the story of male escorts in Los Angeles. It is pretty much like Pretty Woman. It shows the importance of luxury apparel and wealthy lifestyle in Los Angeles.

  • American Gigolo

This 1982 film was directed by Amy Heckerling. It shows the story of a screenwriter named Cameron Crowe who went undercover at San Diengo High School for her planned book and film Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Of course, and LA Story in 1991 shows the story about LA. Directed by Mick Jackson it stars funny man Steve Martin who is a TV meteorologist in search of romance. He was aided by a helpful freeway traffic condition that gives him advices throughout the film.

  • LA
  • Story

Clueless back in 1995 is also directed by Amy Heckerling. It stars Alicia Silverstone who is a 90’s teen age girl from Beverly Hills. It shows the stereotypical depiction of Beverly Hills.

  • Clueless

The 1997 movie directed by Curtis Hanson shows the classic noir of police corruption during the 1950s. It stars Kim Basinger who played Lynn Bracken, a member of the prostitution ring that undergoes plastic surgery to make prostitutes look like Hollywood stars.

  • LA
  • Confidential

The Bling Ring which was released in 2013 stars Harry Potter’s Emma Watson. It is based on a true LA story about a group of rich kids who formed a gang that robs on celebrities like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan.

  • The Bling Ring

These are the 10 Best Films that Best Captures the Essence of Los Angeles. Check out more great films from Los Angeles like the Slums of Beverly Hills and even LA Confidential. Speed is also part of it but right now, these are the most memorable once up to date.

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5401 Olympic

5401 Olympic is a new filming property located in the historic Miracle Mile in Los Angeles California. This property is a large 1920's Spanish Style that is filled with character and has film friendly features suitable for any movie genre.

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