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Poll: American Stories Told by Foreign Directors

This is a list of films by non-American filmmakers that explore the distinct American experience from its landscape to its culture. Which American story told by a foreign filmmaker is the best? Discuss Here!

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    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

    Directed by Sergio Leone (Italy)
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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

    Directed by Milos Forman (Czech Republic)
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    American Beauty (1999)

    Directed by Sam Mendes (England)
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    Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

    Directed by Sergio Leone (Italy)
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    Chinatown (1974)

    Directed by Roman Polanski (France/Poland)
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    Room (2015)

    Directed by Lenny Abrahamson (Ireland)
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    12 Years a Slave (2013)

    Directed by Steve McQueen (England)
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    Paris, Texas (1984)

    Directed by Wim Wenders (Germany)
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    Dogville (2003)

    Directed by Lars von Trier (Denmark)
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    The Revenant (2015)

    Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (Mexico)
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    Dead Poets Society (1989)

    Directed by Peter Weir (Australia)
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    In the Heat of the Night (1967)

    Directed by Norman Jewison (Canada)
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    Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

    Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Canada)
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    The Artist (2011)

    Directed by Michel Hazanavicius (France)
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    Midnight Cowboy (1969)

    Directed by John Schlesinger (England)
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    Captain Phillips (2013)

    Directed by Paul Greengrass (England)
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    Mississippi Burning (1988)

    Directed by Alan Parker (England)
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    What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

    Directed by Lasse Hallström (Sweden)
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    Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

    Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (Mexico)
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    Hell or High Water (2016)

    Directed by David Mackenzie (Scotland)
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    Deliverance (1972)

    Directed by John Boorman (England)
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    Breaking Away (1979)

    Directed by Peter Yates (England)
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    Jackie (2016)

    Directed by Pablo Larraín (Chile)
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    Brokeback Mountain (2005)

    Directed by Ang Lee (Taiwan)
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    Sicario (2015)

    Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Canada)
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    United 93 (2006)

    Directed by Paul Greengrass (England)
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    The Hurricane (1999)

    Directed by Norman Jewison (Canada)
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    The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

    Directed by Andrew Dominik (New Zealand)
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    Bullitt (1968)

    Directed by Peter Yates (England)
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    Tender Mercies (1983)

    Directed by Bruce Beresford (Australia)
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    Thelma & Louise (1991)

    Directed by Ridley Scott (England)
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    The Cider House Rules (1999)

    Directed by Lasse Hallström (Sweden)
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    Witness (1985)

    Directed by Peter Weir (Australia)
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    Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

    Directed by Bruce Beresford (Australia)
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    The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

    Directed by Milos Forman (Czech Republic)