Go On Location: The Best Movie & TV Locations in Los Angeles

Griffith Observatory at night
Griffith Observatory | Photo by Justin Donais, © Friends Of The Observatory

Generations of movie and TV directors have featured L.A.'s landmark buildings and extraordinary landscapes in every genre of film and TV. From science fiction and action to holiday and horror, read on for our guides to the best film and TV locations in Los Angeles.

Oscar-Winning Best Picture Locations in L.A.

Santa Monica Looff Hippodrome
Santa Monica Looff Hippodrome | Photo by Lindsay Blake

Los Angeles Locations in "Argo"

Alan Arkin and Ben Affleck on the Warner Bros. Studio lot in a scene from "Argo"
Alan Arkin and Ben Affleck on the Warner Bros. lot in a scene from "Argo" | Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures, Facebook

Los Angeles Locations Featured in "The Artist"

Bradbury Building in Downtown L.A.
Bradbury Building in Downtown L.A. | Photo courtesy of Candice Montgomery, Flickr

Walk in Oscar's Footsteps

Point Dume State Beach in Malibu
Point Dume State Beach | Photo courtesy of 1 Johnny, Flickr

Ten Romantic Los Angeles Movies

Sandy and Danny at the Frosty Palace in "Grease"
Sandy and Danny at the Frosty Palace in "Grease" | Photo courtesy of Grease, Facebook

The Ultimate "Pretty Little Liars" Guide to Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood

"Pretty Little Liars" Season 6B poster
Season 6B poster | Photo courtesy of “Pretty Little Liars,” Facebook

The Best Film & TV Locations for a Rainy Day in L.A.

Samuel Oschin Planetarium at the Griffith Observatory
Samuel Oschin Planetarium | Photo by Justin Donais, © Friends Of The Observatory

Film Noir Locations in Los Angeles

"Touch of Venice" mural
“Touch of Venice” | Photo courtesy of Karen A. Romanko, Flickr

L.A. Locations from The Fast and the Furious Movies

Templin Highway from "Furious 7"
Templin Highway from "Furious 7" | Photo by Lindsay Blake

The Ultimate Guide to "Clueless" Movie Locations

The cast of “Clueless”
Photo courtesy of “Clueless,” Facebook

Famous Film & TV Restaurants in L.A.

The Apple Pan exterior
The Apple Pan | Photo by Lindsay Blake

The Best Movies & TV Shows Starring Los Angeles

Union Station ticket concourse
Union Station ticket concourse | Photo courtesy of Candice Montgomery, Discover Los Angeles Flickr pool

Top 10 Totally Awesome 80s Movie Locations

The Gamble House aka Doc Brown's house in "Back to the Future"
The Gamble House | Photo by Lindsay Blake

Los Angeles Hotels Featured in Film & TV

Crystal Ballroom at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel
The Crystal Ballroom at Millennium Biltmore Hotel | Photo courtesy of Michael Chen, Flickr

The Best Action Movie Locations in L.A.

Glass elevators in motion at The Westin Bonaventure
Glass elevators in motion at The Westin Bonaventure | Photo courtesy of croman653, Discover Los Angeles Flickr pool

Top 10 Science Fiction Movie & TV Locations

Vasquez Rocks in Agua Dulce
Vasquez Rocks | Photo courtesy of Mike Hume, Discover Los Angeles Flickr pool

Los Angeles boasts a variety of unique, otherworldly and sometimes bizarre landscapes and structures. Over the years, science fiction film and television makers have flocked to these mystical locales to lens some of the genre’s most iconic productions. Read on to learn about ten of the most extraordinary L.A. locations that have been immortalized in science fiction films and TV series. Read More →

Iconic Horror Movie Locations in L.A.

Nancy's house from "A Nightmare on Elm Street"
Nancy's house from "A Nightmare on Elm Street" | Photo by Lindsay Blake

L.A. Movie Locations in the Great Outdoors

Hollywood Sign viewed from horseback
Photo courtesy of Sunset Ranch Hollywood

"Mad Men" Locations in Los Angeles

Mad Men Season 6 cast
Photo courtesy of Mad Men, Facebook

Holiday Movie & TV Locations in L.A.

Jerry Gergich house from "Parks and Recreation"
Jerry Gergich house from "Parks and Recreation" | Photo by Lindsay Blake