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Wednesday, April 29

50 All-American Movies ~ All About America

Anyone who really knows me understands that I am a passionate patriot. I love America immensely. It offers freedom, hope and opportunity like no other country in the world. As such, I will be posting All About America every Wednesday, because I am proud to be an American! The content will vary and may include photos, facts, commentary, quotes, excerpts of speeches, etc. I will use different sources and make every attempt to site the source. Sometimes I may offer commentary, other times, if I think the content speaks for itself, I may not. I hope you enjoy All About America as much as I do, and that you’ll come back and visit often. And may God Bless America!


This has been taken from my second favorite book of all time, The American Patriot’s Almanac by William J. Bennett and John T.E. Cribb. It is filled with tons of amazing information and history, and anyone who loves history or consider themselves to be patriotic, will love this book. I did a full review of this book and if you would like to see it, simply click here.

Fifty All-American Movies

Here are fifty movies that, one way or another, capture the American spirit. Heroes tall in the saddle, pioneers of land and air, defenders of freedom, men and women who dared to hitch their wagon to a star – they’re all here. John Wayne once said that in his work he tried to express a deep and profound love for “a country whose immense beauty and grandeur are matched only by the greatness of her people.” That’s what these films are about.

1) Apollo 13 *
2) The Best Years of Our Lives
3) The Big Country
4) Boys Town
5) Cinderella Man *
6) Coal Miner’s Daughter *
7) Davey Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier
8) Driving Miss Daisy *
9) Field of Dreams *
10) Forrest Gump *
11) Gettysburg *
12) Giant
13) The Glenn Miller Story
14) Glory *
15) Gone With the Wind *
16) The Grapes of Wrath *
17) High Noon
18) Hoosiers
19) How the West Was Won
20) Independence Day *
21) It’s a Wonderful Life *
22) John Adams
23) The Last of the Mohicans *
24) Little Women *
25) The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
26) Miracle *
27) Miracle of 34th Street *
28) The Miracle Worker *
29) Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
30) The Music Man *
31) October Sky *
32) Oklahoma! *
33) Patton
34) The Pride of the Yankees *
35) The Pursuit of Happiness *
36) Red River
37) Rocky *
38) Roots *
39) Rudy *
40) Sands of Iwo Jima
41) Saving Private Ryan *
42) Seabiscutt *
43) The Searchers
44) Sergeant York
45) Shane
46) Stagecoach
47) Stand and Deliver
48) To Kill a Mockingbird *
49) Tora! Tora! Tora! *
50) Yankee Doodle Dandy

~ The * indicates movies that I have seen. Can you guess which five are my favorites? How many have you seen? Which are your favorites? Can you guess which ones I would add? What would you add? I'll be back later to reveal my answers!


Anonymous said...

Okay, I'll take a stab at what five are your fav:

Appollo 13
Forrest Gump
Gone with the Wind
Saving Private Ryan

Okay, I just pulled them out of a hat, so we'll see. :-)

I loved October Sky. What a great movie. I hadn't thought of that one in a while, but I think I'll have to dig that one out soon. :-)

Billy Coffey said...

Movies don't get any better than these...

Shane is still my favorite movie ever, but Cinderella Man is close.

And I think every politician in this country should be forced to watch Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Hollywood would never make a movie like that these days.

Tracy said...

Lynn ~ Great guesses, but none of those are favorites (though Saving Private Ryan would be close).

Billy ~ From what I've heard about Mr. Smith, I agree with you!

Ok, my faves of the 50 listed are:

To Kill a Mockingbird
It’s a Wonderful Life
Little Women

And the ones I thought should be included are:

We Were Soldiers
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Thanks for playing along!

gzusfreek said...

We are Soldiers! A definite add.

I'd want to add: The Patriot

October Sky! Yeah, I forgot that one.

I love this post, Tracy. Wish I'd gotten here earlier to guess your fav's hee hee.

Another add would be Adams - that recent series about John Adams. A must see. It is magical to "watch" the first Congress form and to see John Adams' wife and her strength and faith. Again, a must rent!

Tracy said...

Duh! I can't believe I forgot to add 'The Patriot' into my list. We watch it every 4th of July! Thanks KM for reminding me!