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You’ve seen “La La Land” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” You went back a few decades to check out “Rebel Without a Cause,” and maybe “Sunset Boulevard” or Robert Altman’s “The Player.” Congratulations, you’ve achieved the first level of appreciating films set in the City of the Angels.

Now, delve a little deeper into titles that show sides of the city that aren’t often seen on film – from the alleys of Watts to Reseda drive-ins and Echo Park meat markets. Several of these films were nearly lost for years, until restorations helped revive them, like Charles Burnett’s seminal look at a Watts family in “Killer of Sheep” or a rare glimpse of Native American life in downtown L.A. in “The Exiles.” Others are cable staples like “Less Than Zero” and “Repo Man” that show the neon-lit, drug-laced metropolis of the 1980s.

Everybody knows familiar landmarks like Griffith Observatory and Hollywood Boulevard, but these movies also feature places that are long-gone, like Pacific Ocean Park, or the gates to Runyon Canyon Park several years before it opened to the public.