A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
Where were you in '62?
A couple of high school graduates spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college.
Pretty sad George Lucas died right after finishing this and he never made another movie. But what a legacy!
George Lucas' observational Altmanesque film remains far and away his best work with actors as well as his best all around film. A likable and talented cast keeps the lulls to a minimum and the soundtrack as score is outstanding. It is hard to believe that after showing an ear for dialogue in this film that Lucas went deaf so quickly.
Editor Verna Fields and sound designer Walter Murch should get equal credit with the cast for elevating the film high above the AIP film it could have been. Their work here is as impactful as any they did for Spielberg or Coppola at this time. You can have Star Wars, I'll take American Graffiti.
You're the most beautiful, exciting thing I've ever seen in my life and I don't know anything about you.
Films that sweep you away into a time long gone, and make you feel like you've always been there are a rarity. Theyre even more antiquated today, which makes the existence of films like American Graffiti worthy of being put in special little time capsules. (Or a certain Library of Congress.)
This film may take place in the very early 60's but the laid back, nocturnal, real time hangout vibe of the film is the story of every American youth's summer years. This is your fathers story. This is your grandfathers story and his father before him. This is our story.…
The first time I saw this I was on the cusp of starting my 1.5 years of community college and staying in town while all my friends went off to college, so I think I was too distracted and put off by the parallels between me and Richard Dreyfuss's character to appreciate the movie. Seen now with a little bit of distance I have a much better appreciation for George Lucas' almost Truffaut-like commitment to a tone of feather-light-yet-bittersweet nostalgia, with none of the clunky dialogue that we've come to expect from him. Funny, incredibly well-acted, and featuring a cool through-line in the form of Wolfman Jack's all-night radio show, the whole thing is actually pretty masterful - I've said this before but I think if you were to make an attempt to judge the future of Lucas' career by his first three movies, you'd probably think he was shaping up to be one of the very best.
I remember The Ron talk about how he failed to relate to certain older films regarded as classics. I've tended to go the other way , with only a couple of exceptions but unfortunately this happens to be one of them.
George Lucas's coming of age drama has a stunning reputation as both a cultural phenomenon and a box office sensation. This look at the lives of a group of teenagers in a small Californian town during one night in 1962 is a bit of a tough sell for me. It has a terrific young cast of future greats, a decent soundtrack, and enough emotional turmoil and drama to keep you interested. So why didn't it draw me in? I…
Damn! I knew that this was going to be good, I just didn't think it was going to be this good. A brilliant movie by George Lucas. In the first 20 minutes, this movie reminded me of Dazed and Confused, a movie that I really need to rewatch. But after the first 20 minutes, this becomes a better movie than Dazed and Confused.
The characters are brilliant. Except Harrison Ford, I did not notice another very famous actor. That was great. All these unknown actors, at least to me, were brilliant in their roles and they were very natural. All the stories were great. My favorite…
Watched this one with Reed first, but it was yet another from Film Class. I just love this classic so much, I don't even have the words.
The template and gold standard for all coming of age cinema.("What about 400 Blows?!" I know, I know, I know...) My favorite sound design of all time; the usage of source music here still has never been topped.
This is the type of movie that I didn't want to end.
"Someone wants me! Someone roaming the streets wants me!"
Richard Dreyfuss is so amazing in this movie, maybe I am just going through a strange time in my life but I literally cried at Curt Henderson's desperation. I'm in my summer before college as well and while my friends and I aren't racing in our hot rods, I could really relate to this movie. The final part where we see the future of all the characters was extremely grounding, and I wonder how my friends and I are all going to end up.
This plotless portraits of a one night adventures by teenagers are really not my kind of thing. I've always preferred reading about teenagers than watching movies about them. I think the writing form and the longer format suits better to the material.
On the other hand, this is a really famous movie, almost legendary, if not for other reasons that it was the first movie by Harrison Ford, and I was curious to watch it.
What I found was pretty much what I expected, a one night movie about goodbyes and first love and ambitions and fears of growing up. I understand completely why this is such a beloved and famous movie but for me it just didn't work. I…
The most innocent and charming of all the coming-of-age flicks I've seen. Wades just far enough into conflict to have a dynamic feeling to it.
It's almost impossible to talk about 'Graffiti' without discussing the George Lucas that once was. What would have happened if he had said "you know, I made one for them, I'll make one for me again" after this? No "Star Wars" (yet) but maybe he would have made one more art film to reassure an obviously insecure filmmaker that he can make the rules up as he shoots.
It's sad to think that a guy came onto the scene with THX-1138 (a ballsy as Hell debut that makes you wish he had adapted '1984 [the…
"I just saw a vision! I saw a goddess! [...] she spoke to me! She spoke to me right through the window! I think she said "I love you"! That means nothing to you people? You have no romance, no soul? Someone wants me! Someone roaming the streets wants me!"
I wasn't alive in '62. I'm pretty sure, I wasn't even an idea back then. But I grew up with a deep love for the time period, the music, the styles, the cars and the movies of the day and I think there are very few depictions of the time that paint such a thorough picture of it. The last night those teens spend crusing the streets of their hometown…
American Graffiti is a riveting, heartfelt and joyfully entertaining portrait of teenage fun set in the 1960's thanks to a quick, energetic screenplay, wonderful characters, a great soundtrack, and an ensemble cast of great, charming performances featuring most of them in the dawn of their careers. This is George Lucas before Star Wars right here and it's pretty well done.
A hell of a lot better than I expected, or could have imagined. I'm chalking it up to Coppola's modern European sensibilities. The soundtrack reminded of...Scorpio Rising?