Sunday, September 24, 2023

List: Top 3 Movies About the American Dream

This week on Episode 406 of the InSession Film Podcast, inspired by our review of Minari, we discussed our Top 3 movies about the American Dream. The allure of the American Dream is powerful to many people who are looking for security and freedom. In full awareness of that notion, cinema has examined many times over how its both a great thing and how it can have a dark side at times. So, that left us with plenty of options for our lists this week as we considered all the perspectives that come with the American Dream. And in the end, we’re pretty happy with the films we decided to talk about regarding this topic. That said, here are our lists:

(Note: Please keep in mind that we each had different criteria for our selections)

1) Man Push Cart
2) An American Tail
3) Brooklyn

1) Easy Rider
2) American Psycho
3) Glengarry Glen Ross

Honorable Mentions (Combined)
The Gold Rush, Citizen Kane, The Social Network, There Will Be Blood, The Great Gatsby, Pain & Gain, The Big Short, Little Miss Sunshine, The Godfather, A Most Violent Year, American Splendor, They Live, Nightcrawler, Sunset Boulevard, Hidden Figures, Goodfellas, Sorry To Bother You, Pleasantville, Rocky, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Wolf of Wall Street, Scarface, Revolutionary Road, Wall Street, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Hopefully you guys enjoyed our lists and if you agree or disagree with us, let us know in the comment section below. A topic like this can be cumbersome given the vast amount of great movies and moments that fit the criteria. However, we did our best to lay those that stood out to us among the sea of options. And that means your list may not look like ours. So, what would be your Top 3? Leave a comment in the comment section or email us at

For the entire podcast, click here or listen below.

For more lists done by the InSession Film crew and other guests, be sure see our Top 3 Movie Lists page.

JD Duran
JD Duran
InSession Film founder and owner. I love film. Love art. Love how it intersects with our real lives. My favorite movies include Citizen Kane, The 400 Blows, Modern Times, The Godfather and The Tree of Life. Follow me on Twitter @RealJDDuran. Follow us @InSessionFilm.

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