Everybody adores a good love story. Some of the best (even classic) onscreen romances are set in Los Angeles—home to the movie industry itself. We snuggled in and picked out our top five favorite L.A. love stories. Do you agree?
Business tycoon Richard Gere picks up call girl Julia Roberts on Hollywood Blvd. and the rest is hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold history in this L.A. fairytale that became a blockbuster, and catapulted Roberts to superstardom. People still go to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel (a set for the film) today for the “Pretty Woman For A Day” package.
Singin’ in the Rain
Who doesn’t let out a sigh thinking of Gene Kelly dancing and singing blissfully in an L.A. downpour because he’s so in love with plucky Debbie Reynolds? The classic 1952 musical comedy depicts the studio system in Hollywood in the 1920’s and the transition to “talkies” amidst Kelly and Reynolds budding romance.
500 Days of Summer
L.A. is literally the third character you fall in love with during Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Summer’s (Zooey Deschanel) 500 day relationship. Tom’s favorite view of the city involves DTLA and ends on a hopeful note at the iconic Bradbury Building. While Tom and Summer’s romance is rocky, the film is ultimately about finding true love.
Steve Martin’s fantastical, romantic satire may poke fun at L.A. (with affection) but the best life advice comes to him via a freeway sign. Martin plays Harris, an L.A. meteorologist who becomes smitten with tuba-playing London journalist Sara (Victoria Tennant). His life is skewered from open season on the freeway to going to brunch wearing fresh plastic surgery bandages. Before he can get Sara, Harris must sever ties with a social climber (Marilu Henner) and a ditzy blonde named SanDeE (Sarah Jessica Parker, whose apartment building with brightly painted murals is a famous Venice Beach hostel). And who can forget the iconic image of Martin roller-skating through LACMA?
Adam Sandler won a handful of awards for his role in this touching romantic comedy-drama by Paul Thomas Anderson. Critics raved over Sandler’s portrayal of sad-sack Barry Egan who finds a way out of his lonely life in the San Fernando Valley via Lena Leonard (Emily Watson). Who hasn’t had a bathroom meltdown like Barry did in North Hollywood’s Le Petit Chateau? The rest is all phone sex lines, harmoniums, and a lot of pudding.
Here are some other Love in L.A. stories worth checking out: The Artist, True Romance, Poetic Justice, Grease, Ed Wood, Valley Girl, Love & Basketball, Her, Clueless, The Graduate, Shopgirl, Something New.