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Americana

Movies that evoke a sense of Americana, or, more specifically, Middle America or the South, or just the concept of America. Perhaps with a twang. Think Woody Guthrie, Bill Monroe, or Hank Williams as much as a road movie or the American flag. Something rural more than suburban, but more appropriately, something with wide open highways. They have to be set in America, and it's preferable if they're made by Americans (but the best one I can think of is by Wenders).

If it directly addresses American history, it probably counts, but no war movies. No Westerns, as they are covered elsewhere.

Here are some of my favorites.

  • Drunktown's Finest

    1

  • Mudbound

    2

  • Paris, Texas

    3

  • Quixote

    4

  • Finally Got the News

    5

  • The Muppet Movie

    6

  • Smoke Signals

    7

  • American Honey

    8

  • Killer of Sheep

    9

  • Assassination Nation

    10

  • The Symbol of the Unconquered

    11

  • Stranger Than Paradise

    12

  • Moonstruck

    13

  • Twin Peaks

    14

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    15

  • Cool Hand Luke

    16

  • Stormy Weather

    17

  • Harlan County U.S.A.

    18

  • True Stories

    19

  • Charley Varrick

    20

  • Losing Ground

    21

  • Badlands

    22

  • Matewan

    23

  • Simple Men

    24

  • Pariah

    25

  • The Misfits

    26

  • Fandango

    27

  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle

    28

  • The New York Ripper

    29

  • Shadows

    30

  • Short Cuts

    31

  • Portrait of Jason

    32

  • Krush Groove

    33

  • Smokey and the Bandit

    34

  • Ashes and Embers

    35

  • A Face in the Crowd

    36

  • Spirit of Youth

    37

  • Nashville

    38

  • Creed

    39

  • Blood Below the Skin

    40

  • Two-Lane Blacktop

    41

  • The Unbelievable Truth

    42

  • Commute

    43

  • Once Upon a Time in America

    44

  • Crack Glass Eulogy

    45

  • Rubin & Ed

    46

  • Kristina Talking Pictures

    47

  • Parting Glances

    48

  • The Watermelon Woman

    49

  • Be Here to Love Me

    50

  • Mulholland Drive

    51

  • The Last Detail

    52

  • The Heart of the Game

    53

  • Bonnie and Clyde

    54

  • Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

    55

  • U.S. Go Home

    56

  • Baby Doll

    57

  • They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

    58

  • Broadcast News

    59

  • Working Girls

    60

  • The Neon Bible

    61

  • Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One

    62

  • Fargo

    63

  • Lost Highway

    64

  • The Naked Kiss

    65

  • Bigger Than Life

    66

  • X: The Unheard Music

    67

  • Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song

    68

  • Some Came Running

    69

  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    70

  • Hoop Dreams

    71

  • Oklahoma!

    72

  • David Holzman's Diary

    73

  • American Graffiti

    74

  • The Five Pennies

    75

  • Afro-Punk

    76

  • Bless Their Little Hearts

    77

  • The Man

    78

  • Dutchman

    79

  • Bush Mama

    80

  • Daughters of the Dust

    81

  • Within Our Gates

    82

  • Across 110th Street

    83

  • Shaft

    84

  • Friday Night Lights

    85

  • Roots

    86

  • Marilyn Times Five

    87

  • Breakin'

    88

  • Selena

    89

  • The Machine of Eden

    90

  • Little Girl

    91

  • Roslyn Romance (Is It Really True?)

    92

  • All My Life

    93

  • The Driller Killer

    94

  • NYC 3/94

    95

  • The Book of Life

    96

  • Possibly in Michigan

    97

  • I Will Follow

    98

  • Daddy and Them

    99

  • Desert Hearts

    100