All-American Movies

From the patriotic to the jingoistic, these movies have all the right American moves: the music, the actors, the inspiration, and the action.
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1.
A Few Good Men (1992)
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Neo military lawyer Kaffee defends Marines accused of murder; they contend they were acting under orders. (138 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ Tom Cruise, the military, lawyers... What's more American? ” - garivenbark
 
2.
Air Force One (1997)
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Hijackers seize the plane carrying the President of the United States and his family, but he - an ex-soldier - works from hiding to defeat them. (124 mins.)
“ Our president not only flies in style, but he can kick Russian ass. ” - garivenbark
 
3.
Amistad (1997)
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In 1839, the revolt of Mende captives aboard a Spanish owned ship causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island. The courts must decide whether the Mende are slaves or legally free. (155 mins.)
“ The American period piece. Spielberg directs as a given. ” - garivenbark
 
4.
Apollo 13 (1995)
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NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy. (140 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ This movie is more American than apple pie. ” - garivenbark
 
5.
Armageddon (1998)
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After discovering that an asteroid the size of Texas is going to impact Earth in less than a month, N.A.S.A. recruits a misfit team of deep core drillers to save the planet. (151 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
“ Very American. Bruce Willis stars as the ideal hero. ” - garivenbark
 
6.
Dances with Wolves (1990)
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Lt. John Dunbar, exiled to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military. (181 mins.)
Director: Kevin Costner
“ Kevin Costner, Native Americans, the Wild West... plus it came out in the '90s, a very pro-American decade ” - garivenbark
 
7.
Die Hard (1988)
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John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles. (131 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
“ Bruce Willis kills euro-trash terrorists all while maintaining his cool and confidence. ” - garivenbark
 
8.
Far and Away (1992)
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A young man leaves Ireland with his landlord's daughter after some trouble with her father, and they... (140 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ How America was created.... ” - garivenbark
 
9.
Field of Dreams (1989)
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An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the Chicago White Sox come. (107 mins.)
“ Baseball, of course. And then there's Kevin Costner again. ” - garivenbark
 
10.
Forrest Gump (1994)
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While not intelligent, Forrest Gump has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him. (142 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ Tom Hanks is like the Abraham Lincoln of film. I don't anyone who doesn't love him and his movies. ” - garivenbark
 
11.
Independence Day (1996)
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The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind's best weapon is the will to survive. (145 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
“ In my opinion, the most American movie of all time. And I love every minute of it. Will Smith, one of cinema's best heroes. ” - garivenbark
 
12.
Little Women (1994)
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The March sisters live and grow in post-Civil War America. (115 mins.)
“ Warm apple pie... ” - garivenbark
 
13.
National Treasure (2004)
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A historian races to find the legendary Templar Treasure before a team of mercenaries. (131 mins.)
Director: Jon Turteltaub
“ This is obvious ” - garivenbark
 
14.
Pearl Harbor (2001)
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A tale of war and romance mixed in with history. The story follows two lifelong friends and a beautiful nurse who are caught up in the horror of an infamous Sunday morning in 1941. (183 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
“ Cheesy, melodramatic, over-the-top, and kinda awesome in its shamelessness ” - garivenbark
 
15.
Remember the Titans (2000)
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The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit. (113 mins.)
Director: Boaz Yakin
“ Football, Denzel Washington, social and political change, and the bonds of brotherhood ” - garivenbark
 
16.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
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Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action. (169 mins.)
“ Obviously does not take place in America but displays all the great American values and one of the most important battles in American military history ” - garivenbark
 
17.
Seabiscuit (2003)
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True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation. (140 mins.)
Director: Gary Ross
“ Sports always seems to unite us when times are tough (see Remember the Titans) ” - garivenbark
 
18.
The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)
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A down-and-out golfer attempts to recover his game and his life with help from a mystical caddy. (126 mins.)
Director: Robert Redford
“ Not a lot of people saw this, but it's good and very American ” - garivenbark
 
19.
Top Gun (1986)
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As students at the United States Navy's elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom. (110 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
“ Does anything top this in the pantheon of American movies? ” - garivenbark
 
20.
Transformers (2007)
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An ancient struggle between two Cybertronian races, the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons, comes to Earth, with a clue to the ultimate power held by a teenager. (144 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
“ It's Michael Bay, so what would you expect? ” - garivenbark
 
21.
Wild America (1997)
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Three brothers who are obsessed with animals are given permission from their parents to travel around America with a camera documenting wildlife. (106 mins.)
Director: William Dear
“ It's there in the title, people ” - garivenbark