I realize I'm not the first guy to make this connection, but a friend and I were discussing the similarities between these two movies, and I decided to expand that conversation into a full-blown HTF thread! Lucky you! Here's what I came up with: The enjoyable correlations between American Graffiti and Dazed & Confused 1. The 'theme' - AG: Last night together before friends leave for college, war, career, etc. DC: Last day (and night) of high school. 2. The music - AG: A truly wonderful collection of 50's doo-wop from Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Del Shannon, The Silhouettes, and a whole lot more. DC: So many fantastic 70's tunes that they had to stretch it over two soundtracks: Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Deep Purple, Bob Dylan, Nazareth, Foghat, Black Sabbath, etc., etc. (Regardless of which music style you prefer, odds are you'll love ALL the music from these two movies.) 3. The casts - One of the more interesting connections between the two movies is that they both helped to launch a LOT of careers. AG: Richard Dreyfus, Ron Howard, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin Smith, Bo Hopkins, Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Philips, Paul Le Mat, Candy Clark, Suzanne Somers. DC: Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Parker Posey, Joey Lauren Adams, Matthew McConaughey, Adam Goldberg, Nicky Katt, Anthony Rapp, Rory Cochrane, Cole Hauser, Jason London, Michelle Burke, Wiley Wiggins. 4. The directors - Lucas would go on to direct some fairly popular space flicks, Linklater continues to offer (generally) damn good work. This connection may be a stretch, but there are lots of good movies with young directors who quickly vanish from Hollywood. 5. The copycats - AG: The Lords of Flatbush DC: The Stoned Age - Both pretty funny movies; neither come close to their inspirations. 6. The TV Shows - AG: Happy Days DC: That 70's Show (OK, that second one may be a stretch, but I sense it a little.) And most importantly, both movies are well-acted, lovingly crafted, extremely funny, offer authentic nostalgia, and have found millions of loyal fans. Obviously I prefer Dazed and Confused, but that's more due to my specific generation than anything else.