American History X

Lists: Drama, Race Relations in America (started by WTOP)

Brief Synopsis: "Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for killing two thugs who tried to break into/steal his truck. Through his brother, Danny Vineyard's narration, we learn that before going to prison, Derek was a skinhead and the leader of a violent white supremacist gang that committed acts of racial crime throughout L.A. and his actions greatly influenced Danny. Reformed and fresh out of prison, Derek severs contact with the gang and becomes determined to keep Danny from going down the same violent path as he did."

Overall Ranking: 139 (Rank from 1998: # 2)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 75%
Regular 25%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
CinemaVisitor Erik100
Dave Examines Movies94(full review)
Bryan Lienesch94 - This is a film in the truest sense of the word. Filled with so many themes and powerful messages, this loud, explicit film might just be the closest thing we have to explain the root of racial tension in our world today. And it is the best performance of Edward Norton's career.
Comedy: 2
Sex Appeal: 6
Scary: 6
Rewatch: 6
Alex Robinson93
Cassidy Haynes87
J Patterson85Rewatch: 6
David Baruffi80
Thomas Pollock80

People Involved

  • Edward Norton (Derek Vinyard)
  • Edward Furlong (Danny Vinyard)
  • Beverly DAngelo (Doris Vinyard)
  • Avery Brooks (Dr. Bob Sweeney)
  • Jennifer Lien (Davina Vinyard)
  • Ethan Suplee (Seth Ryan)
  • Stacy Keach (Cameron Alexander)
  • Fairuza Balk (Stacey)
  • Elliott Gould (Murray)
  • Guy Torry (Lamont)
  • William Russ (Dennis Vinyard)
  • Joseph Cortese (Rasmussen (as Joe Cortese))
  • Jason Bose Smith (Little Henry (as Jason Bose-Smith))
  • Antonio David Lyons (Lawrence)
  • Alex Sol (Mitch McCormick)
  • Giuseppe Andrews (Jason)
  • Keram Malicki-S├ínchez (Chris)
  • Tony Kaye (Director)