The City Of Angels

A list of my favorite films from the L.A. up through the Eisenhower years.
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1.
L.A. Confidential (1997)
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As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice. (138 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
 
2.
Chinatown (1974)
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A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption and murder. (130 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
3.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
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A toon-hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder. (104 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
4.
The Black Dahlia (2006)
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Two policemen see their personal and professional lives fall apart in the wake of the "Black Dahlia" murder investigation. (121 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
5.
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
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A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity. (110 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
6.
Changeling (2008)
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A grief-stricken mother takes on the LAPD to her own detriment when it stubbornly tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child, while also refusing to give up hope that she will find him one day. (141 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
7.
Mildred Pierce (2011 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Divorced single mom Mildred Pierce decides to open a restaurant business, which tears at the already-strained relationship with her ambitious elder daughter, Veda. (336 mins.)
 
8.
There Will Be Blood (2007)
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A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business. (158 mins.)
 
9.
The Aviator (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A biopic depicting the early years of legendary director and aviator Howard Hughes' career from the late 1920s to the mid-1940s. (170 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
10.
Barton Fink (1991)
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A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood. (116 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
 
11.
Ed Wood (1994)
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An ambitious but troubled movie director tries his best to fulfill his dream, despite his lack of support. (127 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
12.
The Artist (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions. (100 mins.)
 
13.
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
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A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound. (103 mins.)
 
14.
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
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An African American man is hired to find a woman and gets mixed up in a murderous political scandal. (102 mins.)
Director: Carl Franklin
 
15.
The Hours (2002)
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The story of how the novel "Mrs. Dalloway" affects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with suicide in their lives. (114 mins.)
Director: Stephen Daldry
 
16.
Dead Again (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An amnesiac and a private eye find they might have a past life connection. (107 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
 
17.
RKO 281 (1999 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Orson Welles produces his greatest film, Citizen Kane, despite the opposition of the film's de facto subject, William Randolph Hearst. (86 mins.)
Director: Benjamin Ross
 
18.
In a Lonely Place (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A potentially violent screenwriter is a murder suspect until his lovely neighbor clears him. But she begins to have doubts... (94 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
19.
Gods and Monsters (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The last days of Frankenstein director James Whale are explored. (105 mins.)
Director: Bill Condon
 
20.
The Blue Dahlia (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An ex-bomber pilot is suspected of murdering his unfaithful wife. (96 mins.)
Director: George Marshall
 
21.
The Day of the Locust (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An art director in the 1930s falls in love and attempts to make a young woman an actress despite Hollywood who wants nothing to do with her because of her problems with an estranged man and her alcoholic father. (144 mins.)
 
22.
The Majestic (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Set in 1951, a blacklisted Hollywood writer gets into a car accident, loses his memory and settles down in a small town where he is mistaken for a long-lost son. (152 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
 
23.
Guilty by Suspicion (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
David Merrill (Robert De Niro), a fictitious 1950s Hollywood director, returns from filming abroad... (105 mins.)
Director: Irwin Winkler
 
24.
Hollywoodland (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A detective examines the mysterious death of George Reeves, the star of the television series Adventures of Superman. (126 mins.)
Director: Allen Coulter
 
25.
The Cat's Meow (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Semi-true story of the Hollywood murder that occurred at a star-studded gathering aboard William Randolph Hearst's yacht in 1924. (114 mins.)
 
26.
De-Lovely (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Inspecting a magical biographical stage musical, composer Cole Porter reviews his life and career with his wife, Linda. (125 mins.)
Director: Irwin Winkler
 
27.
Imitation of Life (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A struggling young actress with a six year-old daughter sets up housekeeping with a homeless black widow and her light-skinned eight year-old daughter who rejects her mother by trying to pass for white. (125 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
 
28.
The Way We Were (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Two desperate people have a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drive them apart. (118 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
 
29.
Chaplin (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A film about the troubled and controversial life of the master comedy filmmaker Charles Chaplin. (143 mins.)
 
30.
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An unscrupulous movie producer uses an actress, a director and a writer to achieve success. (118 mins.)
 
31.
The Last Tycoon (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
F.Scott Fitzgerald's novel is brought to life in this story of a movie producer slowly working himself to death. (123 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
32.
Bugsy (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The story of how Bugsy Siegel started Las Vegas. (136 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
 
33.
Mulholland Falls (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
In 1950's Los Angeles, a special crime squad of the LAPD investigates the murder of a young woman. (107 mins.)
Director: Lee Tamahori
 
34.
True Confessions (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A worldly ambitious monsignor clashes with his older brother, a cynical Los Angeles homicide detective who is investigating the brutal murder of a young prostitute. (108 mins.)
Director: Ulu Grosbard