Film The Best American Movies  

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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 war 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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Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo American History X is a 1998 American crime 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, ...more

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Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth American Pie is a 1999 teen sex 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 ...more

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Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Mena Suvari American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film, directed by Sam Mendes and written by Alan Ball. Kevin Spacey stars as Lester Burnham, an office worker who has a midlife crisis when he becomes ...more

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American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Movies
Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial American Psycho is a 2000 American psychological thriller comedy film co-written and directed by Mary Harron, based on Bret Easton Ellis's 1991 novel of the same name. It stars Christian Bale, ...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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American Pie 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 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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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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Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Robert De Niro American Hustle is a 2013 American crime 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 ...more

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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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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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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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RobLein added 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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RobLein added 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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looksharp added 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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RobLein added Marlon Brando, Pat Hingle, Arthur Hill The Ugly American is a 1963 drama film directed by George Englund.

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American Animals is listed (or ranked) 22 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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looksharp added 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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Tucker DeSaulnier added American Movie is a 1999 documentary directed by Chris Smith. The film chronicles the real 1996-1997 making of Coven, an independent horror film directed by an independent filmmaker named Mark ...more

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looksharp added 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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Edward James Olmos, William Forsythe, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa American Me is a 1992 biographical crime 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 ...more

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Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Nina Foch An American in Paris is a 1951 American musical film inspired by the 1928 orchestral composition by George Gershwin. Starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary, and ...more

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looksharp added Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Franz, Sean Nelson American Buffalo is a 1996 British/American drama film directed by Michael Corrente and starring Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Franz, and Sean Nelson, the only members of the cast. The film is based on ...more

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Chino Fernandez added Michael Dudikoff, Judie Aronson American Ninja is a 1985 ninja action film produced by Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus's Cannon Films. Directed by Sam Firstenberg, who specialized in this genre in the 1980s, the film stars ...more

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Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton, Bill Duke Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial American Gigolo is a 1980 American crime drama film starring Richard Gere, written and directed by Paul Schrader. Schrader considers it one of four similar films, which he calls "double ...more

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George Clooney, Violante Placido, Isabelle Adriani The American is a 2010 suspense thriller film written by Rowan Joffe and directed by Anton Corbijn.

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Paul Giamatti, Josh Hutchersonm, Molly Shannon American Splendor is a 2003 American biographical comedy-drama film about Harvey Pekar, the author of the American Splendor comic book series. The film is also in part an adaptation of the ...more

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Diane Franklin, Steve Antin, Louisa Moritz The Last American Virgin is a 1982 American coming-of-age film, a remake of the Israeli film Eskimo Limon. After the success of the original and several sequels, writer/director Boaz Davidson ...more

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HenryRHarris added "Libertarian, outlaw, shaman, philosopher, romantic, preacher, genius…Bill Hicks was always something other than a comedian. His death from cancer in 1994 deprived the world of arguably the ...more

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Michelle Phillips, Janet Jones, Mitch Gaylord American Anthem is a 1986 American Sports drama film produced by Lorimar Motion Pictures and released in North America by Columbia Pictures. It was directed by Albert Magnoli, and starred Mitch ...more

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Kevin Costner, Jennifer Grey, Alexandra Paul American Flyers is a 1985 film starring Kevin Costner, David Marshall Grant, Rae Dawn Chong, Alexandra Paul and Janice Rule about bicycle racing. It was directed by John Badham and written by ...more

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Brendan Fraser, Michael Caine, Rade Šerbedžija The Quiet American is a 2002 film adaptation of Graham Greene's bestselling novel of the same name. It was directed by Phillip Noyce and starred Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser, and Do Thi Hai ...more

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American Hardcore is a documentary directed by Paul Rachman and written by Steven Blush. It is based on the book American Hardcore: A Tribal History also written by Blush. It was released on ...more

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Paris Hilton, Kelsey Grammer, Bill O'Reilly An American Carol is a 2008 American comedy film directed by David Zucker and starring Kevin Farley. In some other countries the film is known as Big Fat Important Movie. Presented from a ...more