Forgive the provocative subject line. My thesis is that, taken as a whole, the body of work of American film is not only second to none, but forms the central canon of film history. (See most any critical list of the greatest movies). Even fully acknowledging the preponderance of crapola you see coming out of Tinseltown, it is so. Even fully acknowledging the greatness of the many foreign films mentioned in the "foreign film thread", it is so. Even ignoring classics like Citizen Kane and Dr. Strangelove, you could spend many hours remembering forgotten B-movies like "The Friends of Eddie Coyle", "Charlie Varrick", or "Seconds" that would have been hailed as masterpieces had they been independent foreign film productions!