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1. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Not Rated | 129 min | Drama

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

Writers: Nunnally Johnson, John Steinbeck | Director: John Ford | Stars: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin

2. The Big Valley (1965–1969)

60 min | Western

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The Wild West adventures of the residents and staff of Barkley Ranch in California's San Joaquin Valley.

Creators: A.I. Bezzerides, Louis F. Edelman | Stars: Richard Long, Peter Breck, Lee Majors, Linda Evans

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

74 min | Documentary

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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 »

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

4. California's Gold (1994– )

Documentary

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Huell travels around California looking for interesting stories.

Star: Huell Howser

5. California Conquest (1952)

Passed | 78 min | Adventure, History, Romance

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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 »

Writer: Robert E. Kent | Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Cornel Wilde, Teresa Wright, Alfonso Bedoya, Lisa Ferraday

6. Whisperings and Lies

Biography, Drama, History | Announced

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Writer: Timothy Prager

7. Golden Dreams (2001)

25 min | Short, Drama, Family

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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.

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

8. The Missions of California (1998)

58 min | History

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The film traces the history of the 21 California missions while showcasing their incredile beauty. Highlights include rare photographs and the unique architecture of the early Spanish Padres.

Writers: Diane C. Adams, R.J. Adams | Director: R.J. Adams | Stars: Daniel Andres, Kathi Cook, Tracy Ann Doss, David Farkas

9. The California Trail (1933)

Passed | 67 min | Action, Drama, Romance

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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 »

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

10. A Day Without a Mexican (1998)

28 min | Short

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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 »

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

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

Documentary, History

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

12. 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 »

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

13. 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 »

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

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

Documentary, Short

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Director: Adam Duplay

15. The Vigilantes (1918)

Drama, History

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Writer: C. Sanford Harrison | Director: Henry Kabierske | Stars: Grant Churchill, Gertrude Kabierske, Joe Ray, William Parsons

16. The Damnedest, Finest Ruins (2006 Video)

54 min | Documentary

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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 »

Writer: James Dalessandro | Director: James Dalessandro | Star: Peter Coyote

17. The U.S.-Mexican War (1998– )

240 min | Biography, War

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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

18. 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?

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

19. The Journey to California (2001)

Drama

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

20. 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

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

Documentary, History

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