As the long weekend approaches and you get ready to show off your patriotism for the country, there’s nothing better than kicking back on the couch in your down time and watching a few classic flicks that celebrate America!
From intense action war films to the feel-good nature of Forrest Gump, these are some of the best movies to re-watch over the 4th of July weekend!
Born On The Fourth Of July (1989) — Starring Tom Cruise in the biography of tormented Vietnam war vet Ron Kovic, this film depicted the aftermath of a war vet who felt betrayed by the country he fought for. Kovic became an anti-war and pro-human rights activist after being paralyzed in a war so many protested against, and shows the change of a nation.
Patriot (2000) — Set in 1776 colonial South Carolina, Mel Gibson stars as a peaceful farmer turned Colonial Militia leader to fight Great Britain in the American Revolution after one of his sons is killed. It’s all about America fighting for their freedom and Independence from Britain and makes for a perfect 4th of July film!
1776 (1972) — Based on the Broadway musical of the same name, William Daniels stars as John Adams in the days just before signing the Declaration of Independence. With catchy music and performances, this patriotic film is both entertaining and educational about our founding fathers who paved the way for our nation.
Independence Day (1996) — Not your typical 4th of July movie, but it still has America fighting for their humanity with Will Smith as the relentless action star. As hostile aliens invade the country just days before the 4th, the country unifies to do whatever it takes to protect the nation and their lives.
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939) — The great Jimmy Stewart stars as the naive leader of the Boy Rangers, Jefferson Smith, who is appointed to a vacant seat in the Senate, and becomes the voice for the everyday man. He fights to appoint change in the government, always stands up for what he believes in despite government corruption, and in the end, gives the ultimate sacrifice for his country.
Forrest Gump (1994) — There may never be someone as patriotic and loyal to their country as the simple-minded Forrest Gump, who accidentally becomes involved in some of the greatest moments in American history. Gump just simply lives his life and goes along with whatever is thrown at him, including fighting in Vietnam and becoming a war hero.