15 Patriotic Movies Perfect For The 4th Of July
03rd July, 2020
Sony Pictures Releasing
Nothing screams Independence Day louder than a Hollywood flick about America and its great history. Grab a beer, unwind, and enjoy these patriotic movies. Nine out of ten Independence Day celebrations feature BBQs, star-spangled decorations, fireworks, and parades. The pattern has been pretty much set ever since the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain, and it doesn’t look like it’s changing anytime soon. However, there's no reason why you can't add a new tradition to your celebrations. This year, after a day's worth of festivities in the sun, you can sit back and enjoy a movie or two. As the great day edges ever so close, check out these 15 revolutionary and patriotic movies you can watch this Fourth of July!
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
The Fourth of July isn’t the right time to remember 9/11, but it’s the perfect occasion to commemorate the American military’s encounter with the former Al-Qaeda chief, Osama bin Laden, one of the most dreaded names in the country. The movie received tremendous critical acclaim, and despite getting excellent reviews, it came under the scanner for certain aspects. You can watch this war thriller film on Netflix.
Starring the one and only Daniel Day-Lewis as President Abraham Lincoln, this Steven Spielberg movie narrates how the 16th American Head of State went about abolishing slavery through the 13th Amendment. Powerful performances and gripping direction made the film a megahit, as it collected over USD 275.3 million at the box office. The movie is on Netflix and can, alternatively, be viewed on Amazon Prime.
Air Force One (1997)
Directed by Wolfgang Petersen, the action thriller features Harrison Ford as President James Marshall, who was once involved in the Vietnam War. While on the way back to the country, the Air Force One is hijacked by Kazakhstani terrorists. Marshall now has to devise a plan to free the plane from its perpetrators. You can stream this movie on Amazon Prime and Netflix.
National Treasure (2004)
Everyone has heard a tale or two about a certain treasure hidden off in remote places, some protected by witches, monsters, and what-not. Ben, played by Nicholas Cage, is inspired by a vaguely similar search in this Jon Turteltaub action-adventure film. The plot involves stealing the Declaration of Independence as a key component to landing the greatest treasure on earth. You can catch this movie on Netflix, Hulu, and Prime.
What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than watch a musical about one of the Founding Fathers of America? Created by Lin Manuel Miranda, Hamilton, sheds light on the events in the life of Alexander Hamilton, with bits and pieces about the former presidents George Washington, James Madison, and Thomas Jefferson, making the tale even more enjoyable. The movie can be streamed on Disney+ from 3rd July.
The American President (1995)
Ranked as one of America’s Greatest Love Stories, The American President is a quintessential romantic film set in a political backdrop. Michael Douglas stars as President Andrew Shepherd, a widower who falls in love with Sydney Ellen Wade, an environmental activist. Meanwhile, in the political sphere, things start to get out of hand as Shepherd enters the re-election year. This film can be viewed on Hulu and iTunes.
The Patriot (2000)
Based on fictional events surrounding the American Revolutionary War, The Patriot stars Heath Ledger and Mel Gibson in lead roles. Gibson plays a farmer named Benjamin Martin, who joins and leads the militia after a British officer kills his son. The film was critically and commercially acclaimed and can be streamed on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
As far as war classics go, Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan is undoubtedly one of the best movies out there. It was tremendously successful for the depth and intensity of the many visuals. Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, and Adam Goldberg feature in the gripping tale that is focused around a group of U.S. soldiers who risk it all to rescue a paratrooper. It can be viewed on Amazon Prime and Netflix.
Red Dawn (1984)
A sudden attack by Soviet troops on a school forces a group of teenagers to flee into the wilderness. Starring Charlie Sheen, Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze, and Christopher Thomas Howell, among others, the film revolves around the youths' relentless efforts to fight the troops and their vow to avenge their loved ones’ deaths. The movie can be streamed on Amazon Prime and iTunes.
A League of Their Own (1992)
It wouldn’t be Independence Day without any sports films, would it? Directed by Penny Marshall, the 1992 comedy-drama narrates how Jimmy, a former baseball star, is made to manage the Peaches, a women’s baseball team in which Dottie and Kit are drafted. This film, starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, and Madonna, was preserved in the National Film Registry back in 2012. You can watch it on Amazon Prime and iTunes.
Despite being a war film, Glory has more emotions than guns. Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, and Matthew Broderick star in the movie that portrays the first all-Black regiment in the American Civil War. Robert Shaw, a white officer leading the regiment, is engulfed in constant conflict with not just the opposition but also within his own group. It can be streamed on Netflix, iTunes, and Amazon Prime.
Hidden Figures (2016)
The Fourth of July is about heroes: men, women, or anybody, who played a role, no matter how big or small, to get where America finds itself today. Theodore Melfi’s Hidden Figures honors three such mathematicians—Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson—who worked through the numbers to get the NASA astronauts into space. It was warmly received by critics and audiences and can be streamed on iTunes and Amazon Prime.
Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
The transformation of Ron Kovic from a U.S. Marine to an anti-war activist is what the movie is all about. Based on Kovic's 1976 autobiography, the Tom Cruise starrer paints a magnificent picture that explains Kovic’s suffering in the Vietnam War and why he now vehemently hates the concept of conflict altogether. It can be viewed on Hulu and Amazon Prime.