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Below a list of films set in Los Angeles. The list is not complete, and also includes a number of movies which only have a tenuous connection to the city. For instance, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, which is set in San Dimas, a suburb that is over ten miles to the east of the city's boundaries. This may reflect a view held by many, that Los Angeles has no real boundaries and is not so much a city as a loosely defined collection of communities. The film Inception is set in locations all over the world, and mostly takes place in the imagination, but the ending is set in Los Angeles and so is included in the list. Other films have less to do with the physical city than with an imaginary or mythical Los Angeles. Bladerunner makes use of some LA locations, but is largely the invention of the film's makers. Chinatown was shot on many real LA locations, but the end result is a romantic evocation of the city which merges with our movie memories.