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‘La La Land’ Director Damien Chazelle Picks His Top 10 Favorite Los Angeles Movies

Compare Chazelle's list to audiences' top 10 list of favorite Los Angeles movies as well.

“La La Land”

Summit Entertainment

The new romance musical “La La Land” will hit New York and Los Angeles this Friday, but the film has already garnered widespread acclaim from critics and audiences on the festival circuit and recently received the Best Film award from the New York Film Critics Circle. The film follows a musician (Ryan Gosling) and an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) who meet and fall in love in the heart of Los Angeles. In honor of his new film’s release, Fandango asked Chazelle for his top 10 Los Angeles films.

READ MORE: ‘La La Land’ Review: A Lively Supercut of Classic Musicals Starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone

“Countless movies have shot in Los Angeles,” says Chazelle, “and in many of them the city emerges as a character in its own right: sometimes beautiful, sometimes ominous, always fascinating. I picked the following great L.A. movies because each captures a distinct time, place and feeling in Southern California history and culture, and each reminds me of why I love movies in the first place.”

See his picks below.

1. “Boogie Nights”
2. “Chinatown”
3. “Heat”
4. “Killer of Sheep”
5. “The Long Goodbye”
6. “Pulp Fiction”
7. “Rebel Without a Cause”
8. “Singin’ in the Rain”
9. “A Star Is Born” (1954)
10. “Sunset Boulevard”

READ MORE: ‘La La Land’ Featurette Goes Behind the Scenes of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone’s Dizzying Romance

Additionally, Fandango polled more than a thousand moviegoers for their favorite L.A. movies. Though there’s some overlap with Chazelle’s list, most chose different films, including “Clueless” and “(500) Days of Summer.” Check out their picks below.

1. “Pulp Fiction”
2. “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”
3. “Clueless”
4. “The Big Lebowski”
5. “Blade Runner”
6. “L.A. Confidential”
7. “Training Day”
8. “Chinatown”
9. “(500) Days of Summer”
10. “Boogie Nights”

For even more L.A. movies, peruse a curated list of Los Angeles films courtesy of Fandango’s newest video service FandangoNOW. Plus, watch a mashup video of classic Los Angeles movies below.

“La La Land” opens in New York and Los Angeles on December 9. It will expand to additional cities on December 16 and then will open nationwide on January 6, courtesy of Summit Entertainment. Advance tickets are on sale now from Fandango. In the meantime, take a look at the “Finding La La Land” map that points out all the locations in the film below.

Finding "La La Land" Map

Finding “La La Land” Map


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