Two U.S. presidential administrations make it their mission to seize the terrorist; however, it is the tenacious Maya, a CIA intelligence analyst played by Jessica Chastain, who makes it possible to track down bin Laden's place of hiding. Navy SEALs eventually initiate a secret nighttime strike, killing the chief in his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The movie takes you through the finer details of the gruelling mission. While the film received tremendous critical acclaim and excellent reviews, it came under fire for certain aspects. You can watch this war drama on Netflix and Hulu.
The movie also highlights President Lincoln's dispute with his own cabinet to end slavery, all while the American Civil War continues to rage at full throttle. As the country gets to grips with its conscience over the freedom of its entire population, the president has his own dilemma--end slavery or end the war. Powerful performances and gripping direction made the film a megahit, as it collected over $275.3 million at the box office. The movie stars David Strathairn, Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Hal Holbrook, James Spader, and Tommy Lee Jones in pivotal roles and is available on Netflix and Amazon Prime.
The plot involves stealing the Declaration of Independence as a key component to landing the greatest treasure on earth. Unfortunately, when his accomplice Ian Howe, played by Sean Bean, betrays him, Ben has to make sure he gets his hands on the document before Howe does. What ensues is an action-filled adventure to find the most valuable treasure in history. Watch the movie for the entertainment and action sequence without focusing too much on the screenplay. It is available on Disney+, Amazon Prime, and iTunes.
The musical has two acts: the first chronicles Hamilton’s journey to becoming the Secretary of Treasury of the newly-formed United States of America, and the second act focuses on Hamilton's journey after he takes up his newfound position as the Secretary of State, with James Madison, a friend and fellow Cabinet member. The musical was very well received and won many prestigious honors, including the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. You can stream Hamilton on Disney+ this Independence Day.
Shepherd ignores that to follow his heart and date Sydney, which gives his political opponent, Senator Bob Rumson, played by Richard Dreyfuss, the opportunity to attack the President's character and steal a march on him in the Presidential race. The movie is a fun watch, and Douglas seems to be the perfect pick for this role. Did you know? The actor is actually distantly related to quite a few U.S. Presidents. He is associated with the Bush family, Richard Nixon, and Barack Obama through their common English Baldwin ancestry. If you are up for a light comedy-drama, check out the movie on Amazon Prime.
Gabriel enters the war but is murdered by Colonel William Tavington, played by Jason Isaacs. This angers Benjamin, and he decides to renounce his newfound pacifist principles and join the war by leading the Colonial Militia against the British. The Patriot did fairly well at the box office, collecting over $215 million. Some of the historical sequences in the movie sparked controversy, but that didn’t hamper its box office revenue. You can stream the film on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu.
He sends a group of soldiers, led by Captain Miller, played by Tom Hanks, to rescue Private Ryan and bring him home. The mission, however, is dangerous, as the soldiers must go behind the enemy lines. Saving Private Ryan was a massive success and has been preserved in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." It was tremendously successful for the depth and intensity of the many visuals. Watch it on Amazon Prime or Netflix.
Here's a fun fact: Red Dawn was banned in Finland because it had excessive violence and was "too anti-Soviet." This John Milius movie made over $38 million—more than double its production cost. Impressive, right? If a teenage action film is what you are craving this Independence Day, go ahead and stream Red Dawn on Amazon Prime or iTunes.
The film, featuring Tom Hanks and Madonna in pivotal roles, was preserved in the National Film Registry back in 2012. We wonder how the film would turn out if Brooke Shields weren't written out as the lead female role after the writer's strike in 1988. That said, we are glad Geena Davis got to play Dottie because she made the movie memorable. If you are up for some good ol' female-driven sports action film, tune in on Amazon Prime and iTunes and give this one a whirl!
Glory wasn’t a big office success, but it received smashing reviews. It was nominated for five Academy Awards, of which it won three. It also won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the Golden Globe Awards, the Kansas City Film Critics Circle, the Political Film Society, and the NAACP Image Awards. The movie is available for viewing on Netflix, iTunes, and Amazon Prime.
Here's a fun fact: Paul Stafford, played by Jim Parsons, and Vivian Mitchell, played by Kirsten Dunst, are not based on actual people. Instead, both characters are a blend of various team members who worked at NASA. Their roles were created to highlight the almost-dismissive attitudes held by a few white co-workers during the 1960s.Hidden Figures was a grand success, both commercially and critically. It made over $235 million worldwide and received three Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. Head over to iTunes or Amazon Prime to watch this cinematic beauty.
The anti-war activist wrote the screenplay for the movie, which won him the Golden Globe Award in January 1990. Oliver Stone bagged the Academy Award for Best Director, while Tom Cruise received a nomination for Best Actor. Born on the Fourth of July also had commercial success, earning over $161 million. The film is perfect for watching with your family this Independence Day and is available on Hulu and Amazon Prime.