Well, it’s Independence Day weekend, and we’re taking a three-day break here at MovieFanFare. But there’s more to the Fourth than just fireworks and picnics, of course. It’s the country’s birthday, and it offers a chance to reflect on what it means to be an American. The nation, its people, and its promise have been a focal point of motion pictures from the earliest days (Charlie Chaplin’s The Immigrant) through Hollywood’s Golden Age (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington) to the present (Forrest Gump), and from kid’s movies (An American Tail) to serious drama (The Godfather, with the opening line “I believe in America.”).
Now it’s your turn; tell us in the comments below what film or films best depict “the American Dream” to you, and have a safe and happy 4th of July.