- "I don't wanna get killed by this limey, immigrant jerkoff! I want to get killed by an American jerkoff!"
- ―Gabriel Cash[src]
American refers to the people and culture of the United States of America. By comparison, the U.S. of A. is still a relatively young country whose history dates back to the colonial era of the 17th century and on through to the 18th century, when they declared their independence from England, threw all their tea into the harbor, blamed it on the Indians, and then had a big ol' war to hash everything out. In the end, the Brits shook their heads and said, "Ahhh... let 'em have it", and that was that. Two centuries and a couple of decades later, Americans honor the sacrifices of the founding fathers by cracking off fireworks, drinking beer, eating lots of barbecue and deep frying everything they can squeeze into a pot of oil. They also pioneered the concept of reality television. The less said about that the better.
There are many traits which can be used to describe American culture as it relates to film. First among them is an unwavering sense of patriotism. This is usually presented in movies of the war genre such as The Patriot, which takes place during the American Revolution, and to a more fantastic extent, Independence Day, which chronicles the fictional exploits of the world governments fighting for their independence from an aggressive alien species.