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Movies that depict the "American dream": work hard, overcome adversity, prosper

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Movies that depict the "American dream": work hard, overcome adversity, prosper

I'm trying to think of films that adhere to the bootstraps individualism of Ben Franklin, the old "work hard and you'll succeed" ideology that is often called "the American dream."

Most recently I can recall The Pursuit of Happyness. There's gotta' be more, but I just can't think of any...
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Cinderella Man --my favorite Ron Howard film.
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Godfather Part 2
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Goodfellas

The Godfather

Casino

The Departed

Once Upon a Time in America
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Forrest Gump?
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Pretty Woman.
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Pretty Woman.
God...I just can't get into it. I hate that film.
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It's a Wonderful Life

Gung Ho

Blow

Citizen Kane

The Aviator
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Jules Dassin's Thieves Highway
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The Departed?

Didn't the guy
Spoiler:
who worked hard (the undercover Leo) get a bullet in his head at the end?
How is this the American dream?

-added spoiler just in case....

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With the exception of It's a Wonderful Life, I'm not sure any of the films mentioned so far end with the central character(s) prospering.
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Also, Working Girl

Risky Business

The Secret of My Success

Oh yeah, and some film called Slumdog Millionaire.
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I would have to agree with Martin Scorsese that one of the best from recent years is Emanuele Crialese's Golden Door.

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How the hell did someone not pick the Rocky series yet?

Edit: Also Rudy.
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Rudy, Rudy, Rudy!
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas


...in a roundabout way.
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Tucker: The Man and His Dream
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Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story

Even though it took too many liberties on what really happened in Bruce Lee's life the movie conveys the "American Dream" message.
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I think Tucker and Wall Street are somewhat opposite of the American Dream.

October Sky is one.
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Jules Dassin's Thieves Highway
Man what a great film.

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