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“The Big Lebowski,” “American Graffiti” and more classics are among the new choices.

If my email inbox is any indication, several essential California movies have yet to be added to our Golden State watch list.
Readers have recommended to me a total of 215 films that reflect California, ranging from romantic comedies to documentaries, and today I’ll be sharing six of them.
I recently watched “American Graffiti,” George Lucas’s 1973 comedy, for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed it — not least because the movie features so many young actors who went on to stardom, including Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard and Harrison Ford.
Brian McMahon, a reader who lives in Murrieta, offered a great description of the movie: Set in 1962 in the agriculture-adjacent Central Valley town of Modesto, this low-budget masterpiece captures life just prior to the socially disruptive ’60s. Frequently referred to as a ‘coming-of-age’ story, I suggest this last summer evening with a group of recent high school graduates captures an important life decision we have all made at one time or another: Stay within the comforts of home, or head out into the unknown.”
Here are five more films we’re adding to our watch list, along with what readers shared about them, lightly edited for clarity. You can see the first five California movies we recommended here.
Feel free to email me at CAtoday@nytimes.com with your choices and why you think they deserve to be included. Happy viewing.
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