The Power of Place in American Lifeby apjrtheme | created - 31 Aug 2011 | updated - 19 Feb 2013 | Public
How does the power of place shape personal identity and American identity? To what extent does place shape the people who live there and to what extent do the people shape the place? How permanent is the sense of place in American lives? Can one ever really transcend their place of origin? Should they? What really defines the sense of place? Is it more regional (Texas, California, the South, New England, the Midwest)? Is place based on the nature of the community (city, suburb, small town, rural)? Is place defined in a cultural way, based on the values of a place? Or is it something different or a combination of all of these?
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2. Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986)
PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy
Eugene, a young teenage Jewish boy, recalls his memoirs of his time as an adolescent youth. He lives with his parents, his aunt, two cousins, and his brother, Stanley, whom he looks up to ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,740 | Gross: $11.96M
4. Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama, Music
Biographical story of Loretta Lynn, a legendary country singer that came from poverty to worldwide fame. She rose from humble beginnings in Kentucky to superstardom and changing the sound and style of country music forever.
Votes: 14,027 | Gross: $67.18M
5. Country (1984)
PG | 105 min | Drama
Gilbert Ivy and his wife Jewell are farmers. They seem to be working against the odds, producing no financial surplus. Gilbert has lost hope of ever becoming prosperous, but his wife ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,497 | Gross: $9.64M
7. Do the Right Thing (1989)
R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama
On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.
Votes: 66,548 | Gross: $27.55M
8. Fargo (1996)
R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.
Votes: 507,272 | Gross: $24.61M
12. Hester Street (1975)
PG | 89 min | Drama, Romance
It's 1896. Yankel Bogovnik, a Russian Jew, emigrated to the United States three years earlier and has settled where many of his background have, namely on Hester Street on the Lower East ... See full summary »
13. The Last Picture Show (1971)
R | 118 min | Drama
In 1951, a group of high schoolers come of age in a bleak, isolated, atrophied West Texas town that is slowly dying, both culturally and economically.
Votes: 34,528 | Gross: $29.13M
14. Lone Star (1996)
R | 135 min | Drama, Mystery
When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town.
Votes: 24,704 | Gross: $13.27M
15. Manhattan (1979)
R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress.
Votes: 114,220 | Gross: $45.70M
17. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
Approved | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Longfellow Deeds, a simple-hearted Vermont tuba player, inherits a fortune and has to contend with opportunist city slickers.
18. Nashville (1975)
R | 160 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
Over the course of a few hectic days, numerous interrelated people prepare for a political convention as secrets and lies are surfaced and revealed.
Votes: 19,354 | Gross: $9.98M
19. October Sky (1999)
PG | 108 min | Biography, Drama, Family
The true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes.
Votes: 70,084 | Gross: $32.48M
20. Pleasantville (1998)
PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Two 1990s teenage siblings find themselves in a 1950s sitcom where their influence begins to profoundly change that complacent world.
Votes: 109,127 | Gross: $40.57M
23. Sunshine State (2002)
PG-13 | 141 min | Drama, Romance
A woman and her new husband returns to her hometown roots in coastal northern Florida, and must deal with family, business, and encroaching real estate development.
Votes: 3,561 | Gross: $3.06M
24. Tender Mercies (1983)
PG | 92 min | Drama, Music
A broken-down, middle-aged country singer gets a new wife, reaches out to his long-lost daughter, and tries to put his troubled life back together.
Votes: 7,793 | Gross: $8.44M
27. Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, Oregon (2006)
Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary
A documentary about a rural Oregon timber town and a rift between conservatives and liberals that threatens to put an end to a 40-year-old scholarship plan that pays the college tuition for... See full summary »
Director: Peter Richardson
28. Winter's Bone (2010)
R | 100 min | Drama
An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact.
Votes: 119,448 | Gross: $6.53M
29. The Fighter (I) (2010)
R | 116 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
A look at the early years of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s.
Votes: 297,454 | Gross: $93.62M
30. There Will Be Blood (2007)
R | 158 min | Drama, History
A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.
Votes: 418,177 | Gross: $40.22M
32. Precious (II) (2009)
R | 110 min | Drama
In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.
Votes: 94,302 | Gross: $47.40M
33. The Last Mountain (2011)
PG | 95 min | Documentary
A coal mining corporation and a tiny community vie for the last great mountain in Appalachia in a battle for the future of energy that affects us all.
Votes: 257 | Gross: $0.12M
34. Vernon, Florida (1981)
Not Rated | 55 min | Documentary, Comedy
Early Errol Morris documentary intersplices random chatter he captured on film of the genuinely eccentric residents of Vernon, Florida. A few examples? The preacher giving a sermon on the ... See full summary »
35. Desert Bayou (2007)
Unrated | 90 min | Documentary
Questions of race, poverty, politics and religion hurdle towards each other in DESERT BAYOU, the story of 600 Hurricane Katrina evacuees who find themselves evacuated and deplaned from New ... See full summary »
Director: Alex LeMay
Votes: 40 | Gross: $0.01M
36. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
PG-13 | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.
Votes: 74,327 | Gross: $12.80M
37. New York in the 50's (2000)
Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary
Based on the book by Dan Wakefield, the film combines stunning archival footage of New York with interviews of the icons of the day - Kerouac, Ginsberg, Baldwin, Mailer, Basie, etc. Offering modern day perspectives.
Votes: 98 | Gross: $0.00M
38. The Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania (2005)
89 min | Documentary
In this documentary, Sarah Rush takes us back to the coal-mining town of her youth -- Carmichaels, Penn., population: 556. At the 50th anniversary of the Coal Queen Pageant in August 2003, ... See full summary »
40. The Town (2010)
R | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
As he plans his next job, a longtime thief tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager connected to one of his earlier heists, as well as the F.B.I. Agent looking to bring him and his crew down.
Votes: 302,236 | Gross: $92.19M
41. Trouble the Water (2008)
Unrated | 93 min | Documentary
A redemptive tale of an aspiring rap artist surviving failed levees and her own troubled past and seizing a chance for a new beginning.
Votes: 1,784 | Gross: $0.52M
42. No Country for Old Men (2007)
R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.
Votes: 688,808 | Gross: $74.28M
Frontline (1983– )
The Farmer's Wife
Not Rated | 390 min | Documentary
"The Farmer's Wife" takes us deep inside the world of Juanita and Darrel Buschkoetter, a remarkable young Nebraska farm couple, to tell a compelling love story. It follows the Buschkoetters... See full summary »
44. The Spitfire Grill (1996)
PG-13 | 117 min | Drama
Percy, upon being released from prison, goes to the small town of Gillead, to find a place where she can start over again. She is taken in by Hannah, to help out at her place, the Spitfire ... See full summary »
Votes: 4,982 | Gross: $12.64M
46. Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 (1998)
PG | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
Four friends from the small Texas town of Dancer are graduating from high school and are planning to move to L.A. after graduation, taking the population of Dancer down to 77 from 81. All ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,211 | Gross: $0.57M
47. Hoop Dreams (1994)
PG-13 | 170 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport
A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional.
Votes: 20,867 | Gross: $7.83M