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In honor of Independence Day we want to highlight those films that are all about the patriotic celebration. Now before you break out the grill and red white and blue decorations on the 4th of July, kick back with a few classic patriotic movies that celebrate America’s birthday.

  • National Treasure: This fun for the whole family adventure film follows a historian named Benjamin Franklin Gates (see what they did there?), who is on the hunt to find treasure. Benjamin believes the “X,” where the treasure is hidden, is located on the back of one of the most important documents ever in American democracy: the Declaration of Independence.

  • The Sandlot: Probably one of the best Fourth of July scenes to take place in the film occurs in this coming-of-age drama, which is great for the whole family. Watching the likes of Scotty (Guiry), Benjamin Franklin (Vitar), Squints (Leopardi), Ham (Renna), Yeah-Yeah (York), and the rest of the boy gang tee up as the fireworks light up the night sky will definitely make you feel proud to be American.
  • Glory: The contentious film paints a vivid portrait of what it was like for Black Union soldiers fighting on the frontlines against the Confederates during the Civil War. Glory humanized the war beyond casualties, showcasing how sacrifice aligns us all in a common fight against the enemy.

  • Forrest Gump: This Oscar-winning classic takes a tour through American history, as the hapless Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) constantly finds himself surrounded by figures of great importance. He meets Elvis, witnesses Watergate, and is interviewed alongside John Lennon—and that’s just the start. He may have a front-row seat to history, but all Forrest wants is to be reunited with his childhood love, Jenny (Robin Wright).
  • Independence Day: The name says it all. But instead of mankind coming together over fireworks, barbecues, and parades, they must first fight for their freedom from an alien attack.

  • Air Force One: A group of Communist terrorists attempt to hijack Air Force One with the First Family aboard in this action film. President James Marshall (Ford) keeps the passengers safe, while Close’s character Vice President Kathryn Bennett hatches a plan from the Oval Office to take down the terrorist organization.

  • Lincoln: Another powerful transformation in film, this time by Lewis as one of the more respected and beloved presidents in U.S. history, Abraham Lincoln. The period film traces the Civil War and the 1863 emancipation of slaves by the 16th president.
  • Captain America The First Avenger: Flag-waving patriotism is on full display in Captain America, but would you expect anything less with that title? The comic book adaptation takes place in 1940s New York, where superhero fans are introduced to Steve Rogers (Evans), a man who is eager to fight for his country but keeps getting rejected for health reasons (and his size). Of course, all that changes when the U.S. turns him into Captain America for a super-secret mission.

  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington: In this Oscar-winning movie, D.C. outsider Jefferson Smith (Stewart) is appointed to Senate after his state Senator dies. The big wigs in Washington think Jefferson’s inexperience and naiveté will allow them to continue their corrupt crimes. But, little do they know, he plans to challenge the establishment. Kind of reminiscent of what’s happening today in Congress and on Capitol Hill.

  • Girl’s Trip: While this raunchy comedy doesn’t have anything to do with patriotism, Ryan (Hall), Sasha (Latifah), Lisa (Pinkett Smith), and Dina (Haddish) embark on a wild getaway to the Essence Festival in New Orleans during Fourth of July weekend.

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