The United States is famous for many cultural achievements including its thriving film industry and the creation of many forms of music, including blues, jazz and rock. These cultural landmarks have influenced many other countries as well.
The United States is famous around the world as a producer of culture, and the country's film industry is unrivaled in terms of revenue and influence. American cinema is known the world over, and the country's blockbuster motion pictures, such as "Avatar," "Titanic" and "The Avengers," rank among the highest grossing films of all time. Directors like Woody Allen and Stanley Kubrick are also highly respected figures in world cinema.
America is also famous for its many unique styles of music. Blues, jazz and rock music are all specifically American inventions. The blues developed in American South in the late 19th century, growing out African American religious hymns and work songs. One of the most influential styles in American music, blues is a primary influence on jazz, rock and country music. Jazz developed in the early 20th century, as figures like Louie Armstrong helped to define this highly improvisational form of music. Rock music grew out of the blues and country in the 1950s, with artists such as Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly. American rock achieved even greater cultural prominence in the 1960s, with artists such as Jimi Hendrix and The Beach Boys.