To celebrate America's 238th Birthday, we are shining the spotlight on a few of our favorite American directors. So before you feast on hot dogs, watch baseball games, hit up parades and swoon over beautiful explosions in the sky, enjoy these clips from the films of the amazing filmmakers, Martin Scorsese, Kevin Smith, the Coen Brothers, Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson. From sea to shining sea, these talented directors represent the excellence and freedom of artistic expression in the USA.

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MARTIN SCORSESE, QUEENS, NY
18 reasons he's one of the best American directors...

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KEVIN SMITH, RED BANK, NJ

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QUENTIN TARANTINO, TORRANCE & HARBOR CITY, CA
(by way of Knoxville, TN)

The first independent film to gross more than $200 million, PULP FICTION was a shot of adrenaline to Hollywoods heart, reviving John Travoltas career, making stars of Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman, and turning Bob and Harvey Weinstein into giants. How did Quentin Tarantino, a high-school dropout and former video-store clerk, change the face of modern cinema?

Read Vanity Fair's Cinema Tarantino: The Making of Pulp Fiction.

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PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON, STUDIO CITY, CA

There Will Be Blood, was nominated for eight Oscars, winning two - Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis) and Best Cinematography.
A sprawling epic tale of family, faith, power and oil, the film is set on the incendiary frontier of Californias turn-of-the-century petroleum boom. The story chronicles the life and times of one Daniel Plainview, who transforms himself from a down-and-out silver miner raising a son on his own into a self-made oil tycoon.
See how much you know about this classic by taking this devilishly difficult quiz.

| Kevin Smith excerpt via | Ask Men

| Paul Thomas Anderson quiz via Shortlist