The Top 11 Films That Best Represent The American Spirit
Since I started interacting with the world on youtube I have been overwhelmed my the kindness and love shown to me by my new friends from India and Russia. One of the questions that keeps coming up is, " What are some great American movies?" and that got me thinking...what would my top 11 list look like? So here it is:
11) Blazing Saddles - (1974 Mel Brooks) A comedy that pokes fun at American history that will
challenge you ear.
10) American Sniper - (2015 Clint Eastwood) American biographical war drama film showcasing the greatest sniper in American history.
9) It's A Wonderful Life - (1947 Frank Capra) An American classic that deals with suicide and second chances.
8) Rocky - (1976 John G Avildsen) The ultimate underdog story of what is possible in America!
7) 12 Angry Men - (1957 Sidney Lumet ) A film that explores store-types and racism with in the court systems.
6) All The President's Men - (1976 Alan J. Pakula ) The screenplay by William Goldman is based on the 1974 non-fiction book of the same name by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, the two journalists investigating the Watergate scandal for The Washington Post.
5) Die Hard - (1988 John McTiernan) The American classic that started the "Summer Blockbusters".
4) Red Dawn - (1984 John Milius) The film is set in an alternate history timeline in which the United States is invaded by the Soviet Union and its Cuban and Nicaraguan allies. However, the onset of World War III is in the background and not fully elaborated. The story follows a group of American high school students who resist the occupation with guerrilla warfare, calling themselves Wolverines, after their high school mascot.
3) Hoosiers - (1986 David Anspaugh) Hoosiers is a 1986 sports film written by Angelo Pizzo and directed by David Anspaugh. It tells the story of a small-town Indiana high school basketball team that wins the state championship. It is loosely based on the Milan High School team that won the 1954 state championship.
2) Pale Rider - (1985 Clint Eastwood) Pale Rider is a 1985 American western film produced and directed by Clint Eastwood, who also stars in the lead role. The title is a reference to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, as the rider of a pale horse is Death. The film, which took in nearly $41 million at the box office, became the highest grossing Western of the 1980s.
1) Ben-Hur - (1969 William Wyler) Ben-Hur is a 1959 American epic historical drama film, directed by William Wyler, produced by Sam Zimbalist for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and starring Charlton Heston as the title character. A remake of the 1925 silent film with the same name, Ben-Hur was adapted from Lew Wallace's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. The screenplay is credited to Karl Tunberg but includes contributions from Maxwell Anderson, S. N. Behrman, Gore Vidal, and Christopher Fry.
Well my friends watch these films and you will get a better understanding of the American!