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Television & Movies


The Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles, California

The Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Scott Catron.

TV Shows & American Culture

American entertainment is exported to countries around the world, especially in the form of TV shows and films. Some of the most popular TV shows in American history through to today include:

  • All in th Family
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • The Brady Bunch
  • Breaking Bad
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
  • Friends
  • I Love Lucy
  • The Jeffersons
  • M.A.S.H.
  • Mad Men
  • Married…With Children
  • Saturday Night Live
  • Seinfeld
  • Star Trek
Check out the Paley Center for Media in New York City and Los Angeles to learn about the cultural and social history of TV and radio in the U.S.

Movies & American Culture

It’s hard to pick out the top American films of all time, but here are some of our favorite classics and recent movies that capture a moment in time in the United States or that have become a part of U.S. culture:

  • Citizen Kane
  • Coming to America
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Forrest Gump
  • The Godfather
  • Gone With the Wind
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • Goodfellas
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Jaws
  • Lincoln
  • Manhattan
  • Psycho
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Rebel Without A Cause
  • Rocky
  • Scarface
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Singin’ in the Rain
  • The Wizard of Oz

Visit the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City, check out events at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, and browse the Arts & Culture and Local Festivals sections in our 50-state cultural guide for the latest on film festivals and other cultural events.

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