American Graffiti (1973)



Critic Consensus: One of the most influential of all teen films, American Graffiti is a funny, nostalgic, and bittersweet look at a group of recent high school grads' last days of innocence.

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This Academy Award-nominated classic, voted one of the American Film Institute's top 100 Films Of All Time, features the coming of age of four teenagers on their last summer night before college. Rediscover drag racing, Inspiration Point and drive-ins all over again in this nostalgic look back at the early '60s. The incredible soundtrack brings you the most memorable rock 'n' roll hits of the era. Directed by George Lucas and produced by Francis Ford Coppola, this classic stars Harrison Ford, … More

Rating: PG (N/A)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: George Lucas, Gloria Katz, Willard Huyck
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 15, 1998
Universal Pictures


as Blonde in T-Bird

as Debbie

as XERB Disc Jockey

as Joe Young

as Jane

as Mr. Wolfe

as Car Salesman

as Announcer

as Man at Accident

as Carhop #2

as Policeman Holstein

as Jeff Pazzuto

as Ferber

as Falfa's Girl

as Girl in Studebaker

as Balloon Girl

as Gas Station Attendan...

as Kip Pullman

as Girl in Dodge

as Falfa's Girl

as Man at Accident

as Kid at Accident

as Manin Alley

as Old Man

as Old Woman

as Mr. Gordon

as Mr. Wolfe
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Critic Reviews for American Graffiti

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (6)

This superb and singular film catches not only the charm and tribal energy of the teen-age 1950s but also the listlessness and the resignation that underscored it all like an incessant bass line in one of the rock-'n'-roll songs of the period.

Full Review… | July 7, 2014
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

There is brilliant interplaying and underplaying, of script, performers and direction which will raise howls of laughter from audiences, yet never descends on the screen to overdone mugging, pratfall and other heavy-handed devices normally employed.

Full Review… | June 27, 2007
Top Critic

A brilliant work of popular art, it redefined nostalgia as a marketable commodity and established a new narrative style, with locale replacing plot, that has since been imitated to the point of ineffectiveness.

Full Review… | June 27, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The film that launched a thousand careers.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

American Graffiti acts almost as a milestone to show us how far (and in many cases how tragically) we have come.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

It is a very good movie, funny, tough, unsentimental.

Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for American Graffiti

My favorite George Lucas film, "American Graffiti" nails youthful nostalgia almost perfectly, with believably charming, yet confused characters, an incredible, almost omnipresent soundtrack, and great car-based visuals which are trance-inducing as well as useful in placing audiences firmly within the strangely familiar world of teenagers in 1962.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

"American Graffiti" is the type of movie that I can see a lot of people disliking, but by the end of the movie, after all the characters go through their transformations, it is very interesting, funny, and heart warming to see how mature kids used to be, when they needed to be. They still have an insane amount of fun while knowing that life is coming, tomorrow. Their plan is to have one last great night on the town, picking up girls, having sex, and street racing. There have been many films made that are similar to this concept, but George Lucas directs this in ways that I never would have seen coming. The characters are loveable, the premise is relatable, an the era of the 1960's was captured with perfection. The retro feel of the entire movie had a smile on my face. Still, it feels a little too long and some of the dialogue is corny. Overall, "American Graffiti" is a classic teen dramedy that everyone can relate to. It's terrific entertainment!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


An entertaining and sweet drama comedy with great cast and direction. American Graffiti flaw with a very sad ending to a very funny film. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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