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American Graffiti

American Graffiti

1973
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1h 50m
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Rated 26 Apr 2020
95
91st
Remember when George Lucas made good movies? Something something Pepperidge Farm.
Rated 24 Dec 2015
85
86th
I don't like Vietnam. It's coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere. Not like here. Here everything is soft and smooth.
Rated 21 Aug 2009
100
98th
Better than I remembered it being. Lucas creates this real, living, breathing world. There's a constant feeling of motion and also a warm nostalgia that makes the whole thing easy to love. No, it's not a film about plot. It's a film about characters and also about a soundtrack full of great songs. (two times)
Rated 06 May 2007
70
55th
The four main characters are supposed to be friends but you know perfectly well that these types (the class valedictorian, the jock, the nerd, et al.) would never in real life have said two words to each other through all four years of high school. Like other Lucas films this movie is not really about people at all but machines (in this case, the cars)
Rated 14 Sep 2015
80
73rd
It is a strange thing for a '90s-kid to be nostalgic about times long passed. I became obsessed with '70s-music after "Boogie Nights." Raved about '20s-Paris after "Midnight in Paris." And now, after "American Graffiti", I find myself captivated by the late '50s. Considering atmosphere and ambition, this almost felt like a Linklater-film, due to its similarities to "Dazed and Confused." But I found this to be a much stronger film. Better pacing. Better soundtrack.
Rated 04 Jan 2012
80
77th
George Lucas, hwhere did you get OFF?
Rated 12 Jul 2013
93
75th
I loved this. Good performances and even directing from George Lucas. I personally prefer it over Footloose and Grease. It stands on its own grounds pretty well for what seems like a rinse and repeat formula. A really fun time and worth watching if you haven't seen it yet.
Rated 17 May 2011
97
94th
One of the most influential of all teen films, American Graffiti is a funny, nostalgic, and bittersweet look at a group of recent high school grads' last days of innocence.
Rated 11 Feb 2008
93
94th
This is by far the best movie George Lucas has made or ever will. I still like Star Wars more, but this is a much better movie.
Rated 29 Jun 2009
50
8th
Honkeys cruise around, eat shitty food, and bore the shit out of me. The Howlin' Wolf is not nearly as good as the real one.
Rated 12 Aug 2019
70
37th
Ramshackle, freewheeling depiction of youth culture circa the 60s (though feeling more like the point HAPPY DAYS became WOODSTOCK) is a little too loosely structured and labored to be entirely successful; Lucas' flat, at times uncertain direction doesn't help matters. Almost feels like a dry run for Spielberg's 1941, though not nearly as frenetic and abrasive; the well-stocked cast of future stars and a general amiability keep it watchable. Ford is particularly amusing as a stoner tough.
Rated 12 Sep 2007
95
97th
After Rebel Without a Cause, and before the Brat Pack, American Graffiti became the film that defined a generation. The number and depth of the storylines is enough to consider this a fantastic film, but it's real shining aspect is in its sense of time. It really feels like that last hoorah before moving on in life, in this case it's the last hoorah before leaving home for college, a huge step in anyone's life. It's one night of fun, love, and great music. Awesome!
Rated 11 Feb 2009
85
91st
When I see movies like this I yearn for days that I never lived in. I think it would have been great to grow up in a time when music meant something and wasn't processed more than our food, cars looked cool instead of the plain looking crap we drive today, and cruising was a viable form of entertainment. Man I miss those days that I've never experienced.
Rated 18 Dec 2018
81
37th
Well acted and filmed, this end of highschool movie is like looking into a time capsule. It has a lot of sleaze that goes by aa flirting that would just not be okay nowadays.
Rated 06 May 2017
83
83rd
You eventually have to grow up. You have to look at your old life and your childhood friends and make those tough choices about what is important to you and your future. And some people face that choice with more courage and grace than others. This movie does a fair job of showcasing that. A solid coming-of-age film that has a nice mix of comedy and drama.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
95th
This film proves that George Lucas really can direct. This is one of the best films about high school friendships EVER. It's so realistic that (despite the time frame - early 60s) you can easily relate to the characters. Despite the fact that it's a comedy (& an extremely humourous & heartfelt one) the last 5 minutes chill you to the bone.
Rated 06 Mar 2007
3
38th
Heartbreakingly nostalgic, one of the best high school movies ever.
Rated 08 Feb 2009
5
44th
Overrated but still decent enough. It's also really unrealistic. The jock, nerd and valedictorian are not friends in real life people. Also the police car thing doesn't work (thanks Mythbusters!). Richard Dreyfuss also felt miscast. He's 28 at the time playing a recent high school grad. You ain't Dustin Hoffman. That said, I liked the visuals and the cars, even if it was a little boring and ultimately pointless.
Rated 10 Jul 2012
88
86th
One of the most influential of all teen films, American Graffiti is a funny, nostalgic, and bittersweet look at a group of recent high school grads' last days of innocence.
Rated 27 Oct 2008
70
48th
Really concerns my generation in any way, other then seeing a young Harrison Ford.
Rated 19 Jan 2012
50
25th
This film has a lovely nostalgic feel, and you can tell how much love Lucas had for that era. It was nice enough. I often love films about this time period, but I didn't quite connect with this one, for whatever reason. I can see why a lot of people like it though.
Rated 01 Feb 2017
90
84th
American Graffiti is a snapshot of post-war American culture. Rock-n-Roll plays just as much of a part in this movie as any of the characters. DJs are the curators of cool and culture, bringing the sounds of sex, freedom, and passion to the ears of cul-de-sac babes who've known nothing but comfort. It's strange watching this movie now, knowing that the movie really represents white privilage in it's truest form but that shouldn't take away from the message of teenage invinciblity.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
93
96th
Perfect marriage of form and narrative. Roaring engines, howling disk-jockeys, squealing tyres, a thrumming jukebox, a cacophony of sights and sounds, a frenetic social scene, the overwhelming anxieties and excitement of burgeoning youth, the lust for freedom, the trappings of local city life, the incursion of adulthood. Don't blink, it will be gone forever. Memories of a life once-lived, a time and place that only exists in memory. Angels in white T-birds, forever out of reach.
Rated 20 Jul 2019
8
78th
Making a plotless movie is not an easy thing to pull off, yet Lucas does a great job at capturing a specific time and place that manages to feel as fresh, fun and exciting as I'm sure it must have been back in the day. This mood is further deepened by a rich cast of characters, all with their own distinct voices and unique personalities. On a final note, the soundtrack is an absolute winner, one I caught myself singing and dancing to during pretty much its entire running time. Great flick.
Rated 22 Apr 2013
85
89th
Tends to occasionally wander, but then I guess the sense of youthful aimlessness is part of its charm. When it hits its nostalgic sweet spot, it's really really good.
Rated 11 Mar 2016
35
98th
Lucas' best film
Rated 26 Jan 2016
80
92nd
Like his contemporaries, Lucas applied European film techniques to create uniquely American stories, but American Graffiti was somewhat radical on its own terms as a valentine to 1950's America. The mix of nostalgia and sadness for a bygone era has never been equaled in the context of a youth oriented film. Lucas captured specific aspects of American culture at a distinct moment in time while tapping into something universal and resonant about the youth experience in the post-war world.
Rated 10 Jul 2012
50
30th
Evokes in me a feeling of idontgiveafuckness.
Rated 13 Oct 2011
65
69th
A great picture representing the teen culture of 60's, but for me it held no real sense of nostalgia and at times it felt immensely sappy.... both of which, I think, it relied too much on. But for what it is, I don't think it's terrible and I can definitely see what people like in the film. I've always digged the soundtrack of 60's era music and the overall setting in general. They don't make cars like those anymore...
Rated 02 Jan 2011
60
46th
lucas, as it seems, was able to produce semi decent sincere scripts in his pre-star wars era. American Graffitti is loaded with a heavy dose of Americana, but it barely has a plot. it's more of a bunch of loosely connected sketches than a real story, and the 50's feel-good atmosphere of the movie is somewhat lost on newer generations. On the plus side, there's a lot of eye candy for vintage car enthusiasts.
Rated 28 Jul 2008
76
25th
Classic teen film that is a little on the boring side.
Rated 20 Oct 2019
80
75th
Nothing will prepare you for the epilogue of this film.
Rated 12 Sep 2010
82
80th
A film that captures the times with clarity and good characters (see all Dazed and Confused)
Rated 07 May 2011
100
97th
"Where were you in '62" was the slogan for the film. 1962 was obviously a very important year for Lucas but for the country at large it was the year before Kennedy was killed (Curt, played by Richard Dreyfuss, has a life goal of shaking Kennedy's hand) and many teens were still basically innocent. Steve, played by Ron Howard, is reminded how timid he can be by Laurie, played by Cindy Williams, his girlfriend, (he was afraid to kiss her the first time), even as they are fight
Rated 08 Jul 2012
90
94th
Love this movie. Great story, great acting, funny, and has a great soundtrack. It even had the great Wolfman Jack.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
8
93rd
A film made over a decade before I was born, set over a decade before it was made, that makes me feel nostalgic for a time I have no context for whatsoever. It's about cars and music and love and life and a touching ode to endings, and it rocks.
Rated 18 Apr 2010
68
68th
One of the most influential and important coming-of-age films, Graffiti perhaps hasn't aged well, but its characters are still very funny and entertaining. Ric Dreyfuss, on his best shape, is the most interesting, deepest and bittersweet of all, a star who would shine again and write one chapter of the New Hollywood two years later, with Jaws.
Rated 08 Feb 2021
5
22nd
I love so many individual parts of this film, from the one-night motif to the constant radio soundtrack. I just wish there had been even a single moment where I cared about the story. I totally get how this would have resonated with people at the time, but I'm just too disconnected from that time and these characters.
Rated 13 May 2019
30
12th
You can see the hard effort and heart that went into this movie, but that makes it a bit stiff and uninteresting, made me realize that George Lucas is not really a good director
Rated 22 Feb 2007
55
49th
Great film
Rated 09 Jul 2007
4
83rd
Does a fine job capturing a specific moment in time familiar to so many passing into adulthood. Unless Lucas really pulls something amazing out of his ass, this will be his best work.
Rated 11 May 2010
6
62nd
It's an interesting portrait of the early 60s in America, especially 'teen pop culture.' It relies heavily on nostalgia. Through the eyes of this movie the youth of the day were fickle in their decision making (lack of life experience), but at the same time there was a feeling that they were outside the boundaries of day and night, and of responsibility and still possessed a free spirit. I thought the ending scenes were great, without being astounding or anything.
Rated 15 Mar 2008
44
18th
OVER RATED!! GREAT CARS, but really over rated.
Rated 22 Jun 2015
75
71st
Teenagers drive around on a summer night in the early 60s. Even with its apparent lack of story, the writing creates sympathetic and relatable characters who are a joy to watch, and it carries more than enough humour with it. The cast barely puts a foot wrong (Howard is a little bland) and the sets, costumes and cars all contribute to the flawless execution of the time period. It also boasts one of cinema's best soundtracks.
Rated 10 Jul 2009
4
38th
Enjoyable enough, but really really over-rated. The characters are so underdeveloped that pretty much any important decision or action that they make throughout the course of the film feels unnatural.
Rated 19 May 2014
55
21st
Heavy on good-natured nostalgia and low on insights and entertainment value, "American Graffiti" is a seminal ("Dazed and Confused" and "Superbad" improved on its formula) but only intermittingly compelling tale. I like the warm feel, the cars, the colors, the interlocking structure but these characters and these lines leave me cold.
Rated 08 Aug 2020
80
89th
A film that is constantly on the move but which retains its coherence until the end. A film that is as much image as music. A film about nostalgia that is sincere. All of which is difficult to achieve, but Lucas pulls it off due to masterful directing and a cast with such an appealing dynamic. The subplot involving Milner and Carol (Phillips is the standout performance among a talented cast) is particularly well done.
Rated 09 Sep 2013
72
23rd
The sound editing was nice. I found the movie pretty dull however.
Rated 14 Nov 2021
68
17th
It's awsome how for almost 120 minutes doesn't happen anything vaguely interesting: the movie is filled up of big greasy cars, lights, annoying omnipresent silly radio speaker,......of cars; but they forgot that a movies requires something called "a plot". Also probably one of the worst screenplay management of puddle deep characters that I've ever seen. Overrated it's the word here
Rated 14 Aug 2007
82
48th
A cool movie, but I think I'm outta touch with the whole 50's thing. I was born in 78. I ain't into dat.
Rated 26 Jul 2023
80
60th
I watched this movie and it certainly was a film. I don't know really. It's a mostly fun and enjoyable teen hangout movie. Think Dazed and Confused but for Early 60's/Late 50's. Um, the acting was solid, but nothing too special. The real draw is the production design and soundtrack, which were both great. Not much happens though. Kinda just a vibes movie, so you'll know pretty early if you're gonna like it or not.
Rated 17 Jun 2009
76
82nd
Great flick, totally different from what Lucas usually ponders in. And it totally gets the era it depicts.
Rated 14 May 2018
95
99th
So much good. Fun story, excellent soundtrack, and even has some Wolfman! Love it!
Rated 10 Apr 2018
46
41st
Too much praise is lavished on this by nostalgia driven baby boomers; with Ron Howard it all feels like an edgier version of Happy Days. Twenty years later Linklater greatly improved on the AG formula with Dazed and Confused.
Rated 29 Aug 2008
65
41st
Ironically, this is the movie that caused the Beach Boys to revert to their old sound. This movie made oldies popular, and when Mike Love heard there was money to be earned by not doing much work, he signed up.
Rated 17 May 2008
100
92nd
You want a knuckle sandwich? Uh, no thanks. I'm waiting for a double Chucky Chuck.
Rated 16 Apr 2010
67
44th
For a George Lucas film I was quite let down. All that seems to happen is people drive around a lot and listen to lots of sixties music. Not necessarily a bad thing but then again not my cup of tea really. The climax is exciting if a little predictable though the plot was hard to grasp. As an exercise in displaying the 60s young culture of America it's successful, but I wouldn't want to live there.
Rated 14 Oct 2008
50
10th
Maybe i seen it in the wrong time. Im afraid i watched it too late. Couldnt get the point
Rated 21 Sep 2010
73
88th
It isn't the greatest thing ever made but it is a lot of fun. The real moments are in saying goodbye and the fun of the music and cars.
Rated 03 Nov 2007
85
88th
Felt like taking a timemachine to the 60's.
Rated 01 Mar 2008
80
68th
# 401
Rated 09 Aug 2008
88
91st
I've enjoyed watching this film more than once. Great tunes, great mood, interesting characters.
Rated 21 Jul 2014
81
73rd
Simple story but great atmosphere, nice cinematography and a good flow. It's like the exact opposite of what Lucas is today.
Rated 06 May 2021
65
29th
I don't have any special love for the era, nor do I care about cars. So when you take away two of the most prevalent aspects of the movie, all that you're left with is a mildly entertaining but not overly comedic or dramatic comedy/drama. I was invested enough in where the night would take these kids so I wasn't bored. Glad so many took so much from it but I guess it just wasn't really for me.
Rated 06 Apr 2009
40
21st
Meh. That's all I got to say.
Rated 23 Jan 2009
70
42nd
An okay flick, I see why people might like it, but didn't do a lot for me. Plus I suppose it could be colored by what I was doing while watching it, which was just awkward, but it is what it is.
Rated 13 Jun 2012
84
69th
The most fun you'll have watching people doing absolutely nothing productive. I think this movie has some great music, nice cars, cute girls and a very strange plot. Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss and Harrison Ford are great in this. Ford has a small but memorable part. This movie just grows on you. I didn't really like it at the start but after getting to know the characters, you grow to love them. A great look at what the 60's were like. The Wolfman gives this movie two hairy thumbs up!
Rated 12 Mar 2007
70
24th
A Happy Days-esque film about teen life in the American 1950's
Rated 21 Sep 2011
75
52nd
It's a coming of age flick that fails to deliver anything except what its characters want at the beginning, which is a fun night driving around with friends. I can't deny that that spelled out fulfillment to me when I was eighteen, but compared to other similar movies this one ends up superficial and forgettable. The one thing that no one can deny is the picturesque snapshot of music it produces.
Rated 19 Feb 2014
60
54th
Fairly shallow and simple, but the style works in its favor. The characters aren't fully fleshed out, but they're all Charles Foster Kane compared to what Lucas usually produces. Worth a watch, but its prime appeal is in nostalgia, so it probably won't resonate with most people who aren't 70.
Rated 27 Jan 2010
80
42nd
Good concept, good actors, but not really directed very well.
Rated 26 Oct 2007
44
18th
Classic. But it never really appealed to me much.
Rated 20 Feb 2012
81
58th
Maybe there is a plot in the middle of this vintage car show, but don't ask me what it is. I was too lost in the soundtrack-driven fog of early 60s nostalgia, even though I was born in '84.
Rated 16 Jul 2022
77
42nd
If the two that didn’t die were still alive today they would totally be complaining about pronouns RIGHT NOW
Rated 12 Oct 2013
1
20th
Sixties saudade from Lucas. Looks OK but very dull.
Rated 20 Mar 2019
70
53rd
Laurie Henderson: [quoting from Curt] "It doesn't make sense to leave home to look for home, to give up a life to find a new life, to say goodbye to friends you love just to find new friends"
Rated 27 Jun 2019
93
78th
A-
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
68th
A lovingly made ode to days gone by.
Rated 11 Mar 2015
85
72nd
a fun watch - especially fascinating as it pertained to the "cruiser culture" of the early 60s. i loved the sets and the authenticity of the world depicted. it reminded me a lot of dazed and confused, though in my opinion, not as good (i will always be a linklater fan at heart). i can't say i was particularly moved while watching the film, but the more i think about it, the more i like it, and the more lucas's choices make sense to me.
Rated 19 Dec 2008
79
58th
428
Rated 29 Jun 2022
40
20th
If you like boomers talking your ear off about how "good" the old days were, then go ahead and take a seat! You're in for an excruciatingly slow cruise down memory lane!
Rated 09 Apr 2009
83
70th
Great ensemble breakthrough. One of the best teen films ever.
Rated 20 Aug 2022
60
62nd
Reasonable variation on I VITELLONI, set a decade later, made two decades later (the best version, Levinson's DINER, would take another nine years, or nine weeks if you count Scorsese's MEAN STREETS). There are some amusing lines and good performances (Dreyfuss and Phillips the standouts), but the predictable obsessions with gasoline and girls are presented in a slightly stereotypical and sentimentalised way that somewhat hampers the attempt at verisimilitude. See Kael, Reeling, 193–95.
Rated 27 Mar 2009
91
77th
Very good tale of high schoolers gathered together on their final night before they go their separate ways.
Rated 06 Apr 2023
87
67th
We will never know if Lucas understood what he had in this picture, given he’s always characterized it as the result of a dare Coppola placed on him to make something marketable. But Graffiti is that rare strike into the cultural heart from a given time. People often recall it as a funny good time, but it’s loaded with transitional and existential dread, and even though it’s centred on cars, rarely do they ever break speed limits. This is just the meandering of a time. Simply to the bone.
Rated 26 May 2023
65
62nd
My initial reaction to American Graffiti was one of mild aversion to the rose-tinted Americana of the 1960's that seemed to evoke the distasteful memory of the CW's Riverdale. That said, the film and characters grew on me as the film progressed. (Even if they are smug twerps that go on to ruin the environment and perpetuate catastrophic economic inequality.) The music is good. The film has good amount of heart. It's paced and edited well. Innovative & trend-setting, but aging out of relevance.
Rated 24 Feb 2021
80
26th
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Rated 26 Dec 2018
87
43rd
A time machine that takes us back to the 60's and never lets us go. The times may be different, but humanity is still the same. The film captures the timeless essence of youth and ponders the idea of it.
Rated 20 Jan 2023
94
82nd
Wonderful movie, not so much a nostalgia trip as a snapshot of a different time and place. Viewed through some rose colored glasses, of course.
Rated 06 Oct 2011
75
51st
Everybody wants to live in the late 50's/early 60's; the music, the cars, the girls, the burger joints. A really well made emotional comedy drama with each character getting enough development and screen time to make them worthwhile. It really does make you feel nostalgic and - even though I was born in '92 - I missed those days! The soundtrack really pushes this film up, each song is correctly placed and adds monumentally to each scene.
Rated 18 Nov 2021
35
20th
So dumb.
Rated 18 Nov 2008
40
44th
Based on my hometown :)
Rated 23 Jan 2021
97
89th
WTF happened to George Lucas?? :_(
Rated 15 Oct 2013
88
95th
87.500
Rated 20 Oct 2022
80
59th
It's pretty decent, even good, but... the kind of film my parents can watch again, but not me. Lots of sappy stuff, draggy stuff, and well, not my generation, so maybe that's why. If you love cars, it's a whole other thing, but I'm not a car freak.
Rated 23 Sep 2008
86
88th
Right after THX-1138, this movie is the best what George Lucas can offer.
Rated 07 Nov 2011
80
50th
a good old movie
Rated 17 Oct 2007
92
59th
great classic. Must see if you haven't already
Rated 27 Jun 2009
88
72nd
Just saw this for the first time. It is what the 80's John Hughes films were probably inspired from. Think Dazed and Confused 70's era
Rated 23 May 2014
81
84th
Pretty much the ultimate coming-of-age movie. It's really funny, but it has a nice heartfelt story too. The comedy is certainly a far cry from the man who would one day unleash Jar Jar Binks upon an unsuspecting world.

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