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Must-See Fashionable Movies Set in Los Angeles

August 14, 2021
Los Angeles is one of, if not the most glamorous city in the US. You can't even say that it rivals New York because the sort of glamour here is way different from that of the 'Big Apple.' Of course, there's Hollywood to thank for that! With its glimmering films and equally sparkling movie stars, LA has come to be known as one of the most influential cities when it comes to fashion. It also helps that Hollywood has produced a number of memorable movies that further elevate Los Angeles glamour on the big screen. These are the must-watch fashionable films set in LA!

Must-See Fashionable Movies Set in Los Angeles


The Big Sleep (1946)

Before there was 'Brangelina,' 'Bennifer,' and 'TomCat,' there was the ultimate Old Hollywood power couple, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Despite the massive age difference between them, they were the hottest on-and-off-screen pairing at the time. And boy, were they stylish! Bogart, in his well-made suits, and Bacall, in her tailored looks, were the ultimate fashionable couple of 'Golden Age of Hollywood.' In their 1946 film, 'The Big Sleep,' which transformed LA into a film noir setting, their couple style practically jumped off-screen! Along with their sultry chemistry that heated things up!
Source: Movieclips Classic Trailers YouTube Channel


Sunset Boulevard (1950)

'All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.' As Gloria Swanson chillingly uttered these famous lines in the 1950 classic, 'Sunset Boulevard,' no one can deny that she looked divine in an off-the-shoulder dress, with a sash draped across her chest, and her curls decorated with fallen confetti. That look was simply one of many scene-stealing ensembles that this iconic character wore throughout the film. Of course, who else but a fallen movie star would look this glamorous despite her mental decline? Oh, and for your information, Sunset Boulevard actually exists, spanning various Los Angeles neighborhoods. If you're a fan of the film, you might want to check it out yourself!
Source: Movieclips Classic Trailers YouTube Channel


The Graduate (1967)

A leopard-print coat, a sequined cocktail dress, a form-fitting Breton shirt, and, of course, some sultry lingerie to boot. These were just some of the garments Anne Bancroft's 'Mrs. Robinson' wore to seduce Dustin Hoffman's 'Benjamin Braddock' in the classic 1964 hit, 'The Graduate.' A steamy romance between a young graduate and a wealthy Pasadena housewife makes for a riveting premise for this LA-based film. And, of course, apart from the iconic lines and heated love scenes, the clothes, which take 1960s California chic to a whole new level, left a huge impact among audiences, both then and now!
Source: StudiocanalUK YouTube Channel


Chinatown (1974)

A film noir starring Faye Dunaway and Jack Nicholson already sounds like a glamorous idea, doesn't it? Well, the 1974 neo-noir film, 'Chinatown,' is just that! Inspired by the California water wars during the early 20th century, the movie takes you back to 1930s Los Angeles, a time when Hollywood dictated what people dressed! Of course, both leads looked spectacular in their own rights. Nicholson was the perfect picture of a 1930s LA detective, what with his broad-shouldered suits, sharp fedora hats, and even sharper attitude. Dunaway, on the other hand, looked the part of a mysterious woman with dark suits, veiled hats, and a striking red lip in every scene!
Source: Movieclips Classic Trailers YouTube Channel


Shampoo (1975)

With a name like 'Shampoo,' you'd think this 1975 hit film would be about hair, right? Well, you're halfway there. Although the protagonist, George Roundy, played by the ever-handsome Warren Beatty, works as a hairdresser, it's his horndog ways of making love to practically every single woman in the film were what dominated the plot. Set in Los Angeles, at a time when the hippie movement of the late 60s was in full swing, the costumes here are a vintage lover's delight! Think low-neck billowy blouses (for both men and women!), black turtlenecks, mod mini-dresses, gaudy animal prints, and bandanas that decorate their well-styled coifs.
Source: Video Detective YouTube Channel


Pulp Fiction (1994)

Fashion and Quentin Tarantino are two words you probably would've never expected to be in the same sentence. But in fact, many of the famous director's cult classic hits have become trendsetters in their own rights. Take 'Pulp Fiction,' for instance, which is arguably Tarantino's most famous film to date. Seeing Uma Thurman rock that razor-sharp bob and play with menswear staples was enough to start a whole new movement in fashion, one that champions androgyny and rebellious femininity. Since then, her 'cool girl' image has become a mainstay among LA brands and the West Coast style.
Source: Movieclips YouTube Channel


Clueless (1995)

'As if!' If you don't know who uttered these very iconic lines, you need to take a movie history lesson. On the subject of early 90s movie trendsetters, apart from Uma Thurman in 'Pulp Fiction,' none were as influential as Cher Horowitz in the 1995 teen classic, 'Clueless.' Alicia Silverstone looked personified 'Valley Girl chic' all throughout the film, starting from her iconic yellow-checkered suit down to her underwear-looking (according to Josh!) Calvin Kelin dress. In pastel colors or fur-trimmed pieces, she lived the dream of wearing designer brands in school every day, establishing her status as a bonafide high school style icon.
Source: Movieclips Classic Trailers YouTube Channel


Mulholland Drive (2001)

Admit it! Even you didn't understand David Lynch's 2001 surrealist neo-noir mystery film, 'Mulholland Drive,' as well. The movie was all kinds of crazy, it's easy to get lost and never find your way back in terms of the overall plot. At least, however, the cast looked good. You can't deny that Naomi Watts and Laura Elena Harring were the epitome of late 90s/early 2000s chic in the movie. From their tight tees to their skin-baring dresses, hit the nail on the head when it came to the trends and fads of that era!
Source: StudiocanalUK YouTube Channel


The Bling Ring (2013)

A movie about how a group of LA teens and yuppies burglarized the rich and famous in Hollywood and the Beverly Hills? Of course, it'd be a hit! And as expected, the fashions here were epic! As such, the 2013 Sofia Copolla-directed 'The Bling Ring' was a success, especially among fans who loved these sorts of satirical crime flicks. The cast, which consisted of big names like Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga, Claire Julien, and more, were always dipped in designer threads throughout the film. After all, the novel that inspired the film was 'The Suspects Wore Louboutins,' centered on the gloss of West Coast glamour and the deviance behind it.
Source: Movieclips Trailers YouTube Channel


Once Upon A Time in Hollywood (2019)

Here's another trendsetting Tarantino flick for you: his 2019 award-winning film, 'Once Upon A Time in Hollywood.' Set in the late 60s and centered on the gruesome murder of late actress Sharon Tate by Charlie Manson's followers, it's as gruesome yet groovy as any other Tarantino movie. As for the fashion, the film captured everything you'd want from the 1960s, ranging from the mod movement and hippie style to classic Western looks that continue to influence trends to this day.
Source: Sony Pictures Entertainment YouTube Channel

Hollywood films are already glossy in their own right, but what more if they're set in 'Tinsel Town' themselves? These memorable movies set in LA prove that there's more to Hollywood glamour than what meets the eye!

Stream these memorable LA-set films in your luxury home! That'd be a great way to pass the time and think up a new wardrobe too!




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