So this post is of course, in my personal opinion. There are dozens and dozens of equally good movies but these stood out the most to me...mostly because I watched them and remembered having watched them. There are a few that though they may be good American movies, did not interest me in the slightest (Sorry Seabiscuit). xD I hope to rewatch some or see a few more in my lifetime.
1) The Blind Side (2009)
This actually is my favorite movie of the five. It starts with a rich family that is crazy about football. They happen across a homeless teen that shows his love and talent for football and adopts him. Cultivating his talent and giving him a life that treats him well: a financially well-established home, a loving and accepting family who will fight for him, a sport he can succeed in, and open doors all around. It is such a touching story and I would recommend you watch this one if any of the five. I do love how Sandra Bullock and Quinton Aaron portray a new bond that grows and is nurtured throughout the movie.
2) Princess and the Frog (2009)
A Disney movie that was one helluva ride! I absolutely loved the characters, the colors, the animations, and the storyline! I am quite pleased they started reaching out to other cultures for influence. It's a New Orleans twist on a classic story and it's just so much fun to watch. Definitely watch with kids! But the bad guy can be a bit frightening to some so be prepared.
3) Red Tails (2012)
This is another movie about the Tuskegee Airmen that I got to see in theaters. I really loved the story, the people, and how it was portrayed. Showing that even though facing difficulties and segregation, they are heroes for still willing to risk it all for the love of their country. I do believe that their actions have proven what amazing Americans these men are! This movie just made me feel pride in our heroes of history.
4) Saving Private Ryan (1998)
D-Day operations in World War II, as American soldiers work to accomplish their mission: to save Private Ryan. In the war, his three brothers had been killed and he was being sought out to be returned home. They didn't want their family to have lost all their sons. It's a powerful drama that follows these men through the hell of war. The sacrifices that were made and the struggles that were endured. The movie is very graphic tries to depict the feel of war as accurately as it can.
5) To Kill a Mockingbird
This movie I actually had to read as a book in grade school. We were made to compare both depictions of the story. Both times I both disliked the story (the issues and struggles of the time) but loved the lesson and accuracy it would have held. That is how life was back then. Whether we agree with it or not is irrelevant. What is relevant is understanding a time in history and be able to work with reality. With what has happened. It broke my heart to read this story, and it sucked to have to watch it as well. But it is an important clip in our history and I will respect it for its lessons.
6) Hoosiers (1986)
I have had to watch this movie quite a few times. Never by choice. Thanks, school. Though it was way better to watch the movie in PE than to have to run around. So I actually paid attention. Another great American movie about perseverance and getting a second chance. It has a special place in my heart as it holds some nostalgia for me as well. But I didn't like that we had to watch the movie for four years in a row.
7) Forrest Gump (1994)
Though I wasn't a fan of this movie when I first watched it, it grew on me as American references were made with it. It would pop up here and there throughout the years, solidifying its spot as a good American movie. There are quite a few layers that go on in this movie that you may have to watch a few times to read some in-depth analysis of the story to fully grasp it. Some have even pointed out that Jenny also has many layers that sort of changing your viewpoint on the story. She, herself, is a result of many outside forces molding her into who she is. She probably doesn't realize it herself on who or what is holding her back or causing her to act in certain ways. But I leave it to you to determine what. Was she helping or hindering Forrest Gump?
8) Field of Dreams (1989)
This movie man. I grew up with a more 'meme' quote from it than remembering the movie. The quote basically summarizes it all, "If you build it, they will come". He builds a baseball diamond and here come the players! Not a favorite of mine, but a depiction that no matter what your dreams are, refusing to let them die can lead to some amazing things. It didn't catch my interest, since I don't care much for baseball, I do appreciate the message it had to give.
Which of these movies have you watched? How many do you seem interested in taking a look at? If you would like a list of some great American movies, shoot us a message and we can send you a longer list!