From the 1920s to the present, success myth movies reveal profoundly conflicted attitudes toward success and work in America.  Collectively, these movies are part of an ongoing cultural conversation about how we define success and what is sacrificed in its pursuit.  Among the movies from the past decade that are discussed in The American Success Myth on Film are:

  • The Pursuit of Happyness
  • Up in the Air
  • The Social Network
  • The Devil Wears Prada
  • About Schmidt
  • Lost in Translation
  • Sideways
  • American Beauty
  • Adaptation
  • Broken Flowers

Read more about The American Success Myth on Film by Professor Julie Levinson.