I’m getting close to completing my second decade of living in Los Angeles, and while I’m not sure it’s possible to ever truly get your head around this place, here are twenty movies that (in wildly varying ways) each fill in a small piece of the puzzle:

The Big Lebowski

Chinatown

The Aviator

Singin’ in The Rain

L.A. Story

Blade Runner

Boogie Nights

Beverly Hills Cop

The Player

Mulholland Drive

Die Hard

The Rocketeer

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

La La Land

L.A. Confidential

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Speed

Barton Fink

The Graduate

Escape From L.A.

Written by Kyle Ford

Husband. Father of several clowns. Product guy.