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All-Americana: 12 Great Films about The United States

Brian M. Ranzoni "Da Killa B"
 
GoodFellas
GoodFellas
"The quintessential Scorsese view of East Coast mob crime from the 50's to the '80's; an essence of American violence"
Midnight Cowboy
Midnight Cowboy
"Find the American dream in the underbelly of 1970's New York City."
Easy Rider (Special Edition)
Easy Rider (Special Edition)
"One of the best films about the conflict between freedom and fear, Easy Rider's view of 1960's America applies to post-9/11 times. Jack Nicholsen's fireside chat about conformity still brings chills."
Commando
Commando
"Government cheese from start to finish, Commando is the epitome of mindless Hollywood war entertainment. A guilty-pleasure and a subject for social studies."
Glory (Special Edition)
Glory (Special Edition)
"Glory brings dignity not only to a little-known but critical piece of American history, but also dignifies an entire class of Americans."
Boogie Nights (New Line Platinum Series)
Boogie Nights (New Line Platinum Series)
"An affectionate look at the SoCal porn scene through the '70s and '80s. An exciting drama about frailty, ego, and vice."
Annie Hall
Annie Hall
"Woody Allen's classic relationship comedy revels in urban American quirks, phobias, needs, and social standards. Both hilarious and accurate."
Jackie Brown (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
Jackie Brown (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
"Tarantino's best in a catalog of nothing but good, Jackie Brown uses modern-day LA to pay homage to blaxploitation classics of the 1970's. A sum of an entire genre of film."
Hearts and Minds (The Criterion Collection)
Hearts and Minds (The Criterion Collection)
"One of the most objective, professional, and yet damming documentaries I have ever seen, Hearts and Minds records views about the progress and nature of America and the Vietnam War."
Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers
"The most ambitious, most detailed film about America's involvment in the ETO of WWII, it harkens to American strength and character."
Medium Cool
Medium Cool
"A conscience-rasing film about media desensitization and ignorance, Medium cool drives home the bloody events around the 1968 DNC with Frank Zappa songs."
Network
Network
"One of the more famous films about television escapism and corporate cynicism, Network reminds us that we "are mad as hell, and we're not going to take it anymore!""