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1. The Big Valley (1965–1969)

60 min | Western

7.7
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The Wild West adventures of the Barkley family in California's San Joaquin Valley.

Stars: Richard Long, Peter Breck, Lee Majors, Linda Evans

Votes: 1,891

2. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Not Rated | 129 min | Drama, History

8.1
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A poor Midwest family is forced off their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin

Votes: 70,321

3. California Conquest (1952)

Passed | 78 min | Adventure, History, Romance

4.9
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The period is the 1840's and California is part of Mexico. Many of the citizens wish to become part of the United States. Other countries are also interested and the Russians have ... See full summary »

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Cornel Wilde, Teresa Wright, Alfonso Bedoya, Lisa Ferraday

Votes: 124

4. California's Gold (1991–2012)

Documentary

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Huell Howser travels around California looking for interesting stories about the state's rich history, cultural diversity, landmarks, natural wonders, amazing people and points of interest, especially lesser known and out-of-the-way places.

Stars: Huell Howser, Leonard Knight, Scott Gediman, United States Marine Band

Votes: 91

5. Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea (2004)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary

7.5
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72 Metascore

Renowned cult film director John Waters narrates this quirky exploration of the Salton Sea, the massive Southern California lake that was created by accident a century ago, became a popular... See full summary »

Directors: Chris Metzler, Jeff Springer | Stars: Sonny Bono, John Waters, Norm Niver, Petre Melvin

Votes: 575 | Gross: $0.05M

6. The California Trail (1933)

Not Rated | 67 min | Action, Drama, Romance

5.9
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Santa Fe Stuart, leading a relief train bringing food to the peasants, gets caught up in the Commandante and his brother the Mayor's effort to starve out the peasants. Thrown in jail and ... See full summary »

Director: Lambert Hillyer | Stars: Buck Jones, Helen Mack, Luis Alberni, George Humbert

Votes: 14

7. A Sister of Six (1916)

50 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

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A young woman and her six little brothers and sisters are left orphans by the murder of their father over gold found on his ranch. Together the seven offspring fight against their greedy ... See full summary »

Directors: Chester M. Franklin, Sidney Franklin | Stars: Ben Lewis, Bessie Love, Georgie Stone, Violet Radcliffe

8. A Day Without a Mexican (1998)

28 min | Short

5.6
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News reports, with dramatizations within the faux documentary footage, explain that people across California have awakened to a state from which the Mexicans have disappeared: husbands, ... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Arau | Stars: Dawn Westlake, Michael White, Tina S. Nieto, Louis Hock

Votes: 55

9. Ramona (1916)

Drama

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On the estate of Senora Moreno in Southern California, the senora's adopted daughter Ramona lives. She falls in love with Alessandro, an Indian of noble heritage. When her adoptive mother ... See full summary »

Director: Donald Crisp | Stars: Adda Gleason, Mabel Van Buren, Ann Dvorak, Monroe Salisbury

10. Golden Dreams (2001)

25 min | Short, Drama, Family

6.6
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Califia, the Queen and spirit of California, gives the audience a quick and somewhat romanticized look at history of California, as well as trials and tribulations, but also hopes and dreams of its various ethnicities and cultures.

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Yasuko Takahara, Richard Balin, Eric Matheny

Votes: 116

11. The U.S.-Mexican War (1998– )

240 min | Biography, War

7.6
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It began as a border dispute, but soon escalated into a 16-month conflict that transformed a continent. This critically acclaimed documentary series explores the events surrounding the ... See full summary »

Star: Brian Schmeck

Votes: 15

12. Rachmaninoff: The Last Romantic

Biography, Drama, History | Announced

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13. The Damnedest, Finest Ruins (2006 Video)

54 min | Documentary

6.2
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Corrupt politicians and incompetent military personnel contribute to the total destruction of the "Paris of the Pacific" as San Francisco burns for three days following the great 1906 ... See full summary »

Director: James Dalessandro | Star: Peter Coyote

Votes: 9

14. Weaving with Spanish Threads: An Immigrant's Tale (2015 Video)

Not Rated | 62 min | Documentary

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Weaving with Spanish Threads is an hour-long (62 min.) documentary about the Spanish immigrants who arrived in Hawaii under 3-5 year contracts in the early 1900s. They came to work in the ... See full summary »

Director: Eve A. Ma | Stars: Jaime Cader, Dolores Jiménez, Rosa Gianinni Pierce, Francisco Pérez

15. Don't Pave Main Street: Carmel's Heritage (1994)

Documentary, History

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Directors: William T. Cartwright, Julian Ludwig | Stars: Doris Day, Clint Eastwood, John C. Garrett

Votes: 24

16. The Journey to California (2001)

Drama

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Director: John Gray | Stars: Alexander W. Lee, Mary-Ann Anderson, Lise Almond, Sheri Dayton

Votes: 7

17. This Is My Railroad (1946)

Not Rated | 29 min | Documentary, Short

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The development of the railroad line in Sacramento, California, and all the jobs related with the building, operating and controlling the railway service.

Director: Gene K. Walker

18. The Romance & Sex Life of the Date (2007)

Documentary, Short

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Director: Adam Duplay

19. The Two Deaths of Los Angeles Chinatown (2009)

22 min | Documentary, Short, History

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Seventy-five years ago, the construction of Union Station killed the city's original Chinatown. Today, Los Angeles Chinatown--relocated and rebuilt--is once again in peril. Can this immigrant enclave survive?

Director: William Kwok | Stars: Benji Chang, Christy Ly, Albert Lew, John Foster

20. The Vigilantes (1918)

Drama, History

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Director: Henry Kabierske | Stars: Grant Churchill, Gertrude Kabierske, Joe Ray, William Parsons

21. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: Zoot Suit Riots (2002)

Not Rated | Documentary, Biography, History

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Director: Joseph Tovares | Stars: Hector Elizondo, Steve Acevedo, Salome Aguilar Jr., Andrew Aguilar

Votes: 16