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The Best American Movies 

Carly Kiel
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List Rules Only American movies. No movies about other things.

What is more American than American Pie? I don't know, how about a little something called An American Tail? Or even An American Tail: Fievel Goes West? Just kidding, the term is "apple pie," but this list isn't about apples. It's about American movies. What makes a movie so American that it belongs on this list? Just one thing: It has the word "American" in the title. That is literally the only prerequisite.

Wow, look at all these great American movies. Which ones are the best? On this list, you will find such Oscar winners as American Beauty and also cult favorites like Wet Hot American Summer and American Psycho. Also on this list is American Sniper, which some people liked. And also An American Werewolf in London, which is really good if you haven't seen it. All of the American Pie movies that came out in theaters are on this list, too! But not the direct-to-DVD ones, because they were terrible and who has time for that.

Are you planning to celebrate America by watching some good American movies? Some good times to watch films with American in the title include Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, July 4th (AKA "Independence Day"), any U.S. President's birthday, your own birthday, or any other day. What a fun theme for a movie marathon! Please vote up your favorite American movies.
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Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jonathan Groff
American Sniper is a 2014 American biographical drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Jason Hall. It is based on the book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal ...more

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American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Movies
Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial American Psycho is a 2000 American neo-noir satirical psychological horror film directed by Mary Harron, based on the 1991 novel by Bret Easton Ellis. Wealthy New York City investment banking ...more

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Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo
American History X is a 1998 American drama film directed by Tony Kaye and written by David McKenna. It stars Edward Norton and Edward Furlong, and co-stars Fairuza Balk, Stacy Keach, Elliott ...more

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Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Mena Suvari
American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film directed by Sam Mendes. An advertising executive (Kevin Spacey) has a midlife crisis when he becomes infatuated with his teenage daughter's best ...more

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Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers
American Graffiti is a 1973 American coming of age comedy-drama film directed and co-written by George Lucas starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin ...more

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Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba
American Gangster is a 2007 American biographical crime film directed and produced by Ridley Scott and written by Steven Zaillian. The film is based on the criminal career of Frank Lucas, a ...more

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Christopher Plummer, Madeline Kahn, Dom DeLuise
An American Tail is a 1986 American animated musical adventure film directed by Don Bluth and produced by Sullivan Bluth Studios and Amblin Entertainment. The film tells the story of Fievel ...more

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Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth
American Pie is a 1999 teen comedy film written by Adam Herz and directed by brothers Paul and Chris Weitz, in their directorial film debut. It is the first film in the American Pie theatrical ...more

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Alyson Hannigan, January Jones, Willam Belli
American Wedding is a 2003 American romantic comedy film and a sequel to American Pie and American Pie 2 as part of the American Pie theatrical series. It was written by Adam Herz and directed ...more

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Jenny Agutter, Frank Oz, Rik Mayall
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial An American Werewolf in London is a 1981 horror comedy film written and directed by John Landis, and starring David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, and Griffin Dunne. The film starts with two young ...more

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James Stewart, John Cleese, Jon Lovitz
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West is a 1991 American animated western film produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblimation animation studio and released by Universal Pictures. It is the sequel to An ...more

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#179 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #338 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made

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Alyson Hannigan, Neil Patrick Harris, Tara Reid
American Reunion is a 2012 ensemble comedy film written and directed by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg. It is the fourth installment in the American Pie theatrical series and eighth ...more
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Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Robert De Niro
American Hustle is a 2013 American comedy-drama film directed by David O. Russell. It was written by Eric Warren Singer and Russell, inspired by the FBI ABSCAM operation of the late 1970s and ...more

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American Pie 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Movies
Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth
American Pie 2 is a 2001 American comedy film and the sequel to the 1999 film American Pie and the second film in the American Pie film series. It was written by Adam Herz and directed by James ...more

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Annette Bening, Michael J. Fox, Michael Douglas
The American President is a 1995 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Rob Reiner and written by Aaron Sorkin. The film stars Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, Michael J. ...more

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Marlon Brando, Pat Hingle, Arthur Hill
The Ugly American is a 1963 drama film directed by George Englund.
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Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Amy Poehler
Wet Hot American Summer is a 2001 satirical comedy film directed by David Wain from a screenplay written by David Wain and Michael Showalter, starring Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, ...more

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Julie Bowen, Julie Delpy, Tom Everett Scott
An American Werewolf in Paris is a 1997 comedy-horror film directed by Anthony Waller and starring Tom Everett Scott and Julie Delpy. The film was in development for 6 years and follows the ...more

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Burt Lancaster, Charles Bickford, Nestor Paiva
Jim Thorpe – All-American is a 1951 biographical film produced by Warner Bros. and directed by Michael Curtiz, honoring Jim Thorpe, the great Native American athlete who won medals at the 1912 ...more
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Ronald Reagan, Brian Keith, George Reeves
Knute Rockne, All American is a 1940 biographical film which tells the story of Knute Rockne, Notre Dame football coach. It stars Pat O'Brien portraying the role of Rockne and Ronald Reagan as ...more
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American Animals is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Movies
Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner
American Animals is a 2018 British-American crime drama film directed by Bart Layton. Rebelling against their suburban upbringing, childhood friends Spencer (Barry Keoghan) and Warren (Evan ...more
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Jessica Lange, John Goodman, Dennis Quaid
Everybody's All-American is a 1988 motion picture directed by Taylor Hackford and based on the novel Everybody's All-American by longtime Sports Illustrated contributor Frank Deford. The film ...more
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Jeff Bridges, Gary Busey, Ned Beatty
The Last American Hero is a 1973 sports drama film based on the true story of American NASCAR driver Junior Johnson. Directed by Lamont Johnson, it stars Jeff Bridges as Junior Jackson, the ...more

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Edward James Olmos, William Forsythe, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
American Me is a 1992 biographical drama film produced and directed by Edward James Olmos, his first film as a director, and written by Floyd Mutrux and Desmond Nakano. Olmos also stars as the ...more
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Matt Damon, Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman
Geronimo: An American Legend is a 1993 film, directed by Walter Hill from a screenplay by John Milius and starring Wes Studi, Jason Patric, Gene Hackman, Robert Duvall and Matt Damon. It was ...more

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