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American Dream Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Idol Chatter has posted a list of the five best movies celebrating the American Dream. All good choices: Avalon and An American Tail (about the immigrant experience), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington about an idealistic young Senator, and Rocky, the Bicentennial boxing classic. I was especially happy to see one of my favorites that never got the audience it deserved on the list: America’s Heart & Soul a touching, inspiring, stirring, and thrilling documentary about the American spirit. grapes of wrath.jpg
You_Can't_Take_It_with_You.gifLoyal reader jestrfyl suggests the “Back to the Future” movies, the “National Treasure” movies, and “Pleasantville.” I would add movies like Best Picture Oscar winners You Can’t Take It With You, All the President’s Men, and On the Waterfront , because an essential element of the American dream is the triumph over tyranny and corruption. And I’d also include fact-based movies like “Glory,” “Young Mr. Lincoln,” and “The Right Stuff,” because the most American of dreams is the idea that there are no limits on what we can accomplish beyond the limits of our own imagination and daring.



  • jestrfyl

    Nell wrote, “And I’d also include fact-based movies like “Glory,” “Young Mr. Lincoln,” and “The Right Stuff,” because the most American of dreams is the idea that there are no limits on what we can accomplish beyond the limits of our own imagination and daring”.
    To those I would add “October Sky” – talk about taking it to the limit! From the depths of the earht – a coal mine – to the outer limits of space!
    An interesting counterpoint to these would be “Gangs of New York”.

  • Alicia

    How about “Norma Rae” or “Erin Brockovich”?

  • Alicia

    I thought of a couple more – “Americana” (which I’ve never actually seen) but is supposed to be a labor of love (about a Vietnam veteran refurbishing a Merry-Go-Round in small town America) by actor-director David Carradine. “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and then there are the films of John Ford. Also, “The Music Man.”

  • Nell Minow

    Great suggestions, jestrfyl and Alicia! Thanks so much for writing.

  • Bayle

    I´d suggest that you check the lists of that site http://www.weshow.com/top10/en/ there you´ll find real video lists about cinema. Worthy to watch and learn

  • Dominic

    Mulan is the best animated feature since Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs,Sleeping Beauty and Pinocchio.

  • Anne

    American Beauty, Citizen Cane, To kill a mockingbird, Persuit of Happiness, It could happen to you, Pretty Woman…..

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    Good choices, Anne!

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