3 Famous Movies & Films Set in California

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California has attracted many filmmakers worldwide who desire to feature the excellent state in many movies on the big screen!

California is a state in the west of the United States. It is the most populous and third-largest U.S. state by area, with over 39.5 million residents living across a total area of around 163,696 square miles (423,970 km2). It is famous for so many things, one of them is that it's a paradise for filmmakers.

With that being said, California is, indeed, a great place to set films and movies! Here are three famous movies and films set in California:

Milk (2008)

Joining the Castro District as an activist in 1972, Harvey Milk, forty-two, moved from New York City to San Francisco. LGBT activist Milk transitions to politics after deciding that being a politician will allow him to be a more effective voice for the gay community. The first openly gay person elected to political office in the United States was Milk, who won a San Francisco supervisor seat in 1977 after losing elections for a city seat and a state assembly seat. The Save the Children crusade against gay marriage was led by Anita Bryant and was one of his many political battlefronts. Closer to home, Milk is at odds with his fellow supervisor, Dan White, a staunch social conservative.

Filming locations:

  • Duboce Park, San Francisco, California, USA
  • Market Street & Castro Street, San Francisco, California, USA
  • San Francisco Fire Department, Fire Station 43 - 720 Moscow St, San Francisco, California, USA
  • 29th & Dolores Streets, Noe Valley, San Francisco, California, USA
  • 424 Sansome Street, San Francisco, California, USA
  • Atherton, California, USA

Bottle Shock (2008)

Bottle Shock is about Steven Spurrier, a sommelier in Paris who visits the Napa Valley in 1976 to compare American wines with French wines. To perfect his chardonnay, Jim Barrett, owner of Chateau Montelena, mortgages his estate to the hilt. However, a strain has developed between Jim and his hippie son Bo and his Mexican farmworker son Gustavo, who secretly makes his wine. Additionally, Sam, a UC Davis graduate student and free spirit, is attracted to Gustavo and Bo. Bo knows it's their only chance, but Jim doesn't want to participate after Spurrier organizes the "Judgment of Paris ."The Barrett Chardonnay has buttery notes and a Smithsonian finish.

Filming locations:

  • Calistoga, Napa Valley, California, USA
  • Santa Rosa, California, USA
  • Chateau Montelena - 1429 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga, Napa Valley, California, USA
  • Buena Vista Vineyards - 18000 Old Winery Road, Sonoma, California, USA
  • Sonoma, California, USA
  • Napa, Napa Valley, California, USA

Clueless (1995)

Clueless is about Cher, a beautiful, blonde, popular, and can convince anyone to do just about anything. When a teacher refuses to give her a better grade, she and her friend Dion decide to match him up with another teacher to make him happier and lenient on his expectations. Cher gives a girl named Tai a makeover and attempts to find her a boyfriend when she transfers to Cher's school. As soon as Cher realizes she wants a boyfriend, she searches unsuccessfully for the right one. She undergoes a spiritual transformation and realizes that there is more to life than clothes and popularity before she meets the boy of her dreams.

Filming locations:

  • Ulysses S. Grant High School - 13000 Oxnard St, Van Nuys, California, USA
  • 5148 Louise Ave, Encino, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • 16401 Knollwood Drive, Granada Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • 705 North Sierra Drive, Beverly Hills, California, USA
  • Circus Liquor - 5600 Vineland Avenue, North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Occidental College - 1600 Campus Road, Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, California, USA

Bonus: Here are more must-watch movies that were set in California:

  • The Graduate (1967)
  • Top Gun (1986)
  • Erin Brockovich (2000)
  • The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

What can you say about these movies? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milk_(2008_American_film)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1013753/locations?ref_=tt_dt_dt

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1013753/locations?ref_=tt_dt_dt

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bottle_Shock

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0914797/locations?ref_=tt_dt_dt

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clueless

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112697/locations?ref_=tt_dt_dt

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