Ten Patriotic(ish) Movies To Watch on the 4th of July

Happy 4th of July to our American readers and sorry about the mess, to our Brits! Today, the States celebrates our Independence from England by drinking lots of beer, barbecuing and lighting things on fire. Here are some of my favorite films that make me proud to be an American.


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1) Captain America: The First Avenger

I basically started this list so I could share this clip. Fourth of July is Steve Rogers’ birthday and ABSOLUTELY NOTHING says America more than a good looking man in red, white and blue tights with his best friend by his side.

I’m not obsessed, you’re obsessed. 

2) Full Metal Jacket

One of Stanley Kubrick’s finest, this film is a poignant and raw look at the Vietnam War with a stellar cast and some very memorable moments. If you’ve never seen this movie, watch it so you can finally get some of those FMJ references.

3) Forrest Gump

What can I say? I’m a sucker for a great soundtrack and 90s CGI. Forrest meets so many amazing people and experiences so much of Americana, this movie has to be on the list.

4) Last of the Mohicans

This thoughtful story of love, loss and freedom is a must see take on James Fenimore Cooper’s novel of the same name. The acting is superb and the film does not mince words in terms of the way Americans treated the natives of this fine land.

5) Glory

This Civil War story of emancipation and the bravery of the only black regiment in the Yankee army and the prejudices they faced from both sides continues to impact viewers.  With an all-star cast, this movie reminds us that fighting for what’s right, y’all. That’s where it’s at.

6) Independence Day

Aliens attack and, and…USA USA!! Seriously, this movie still makes me weepy each time I watch it. I just love the way the divide between nations is conquered as the world rallies together against the alien invasion.

7) The Patriot

What better way to remember the fight for Independence than a Revolutionary War film that makes everyone cry? The brave men and women who first took this country from the natives and rebelled against Queen and Country have a story to tell, too.

8) Apollo 13

A classic film about the NASA mission that went terribly wrong and the brave men and women who powered through the ordeal. While a disaster film might not necessarily seem patriotic, the acting is superb and the themes of bravery and perseverance stand the test of time.

9) Top Gun

Best. Tom. Cruise. Movie. Ever.

I watched this movie so many times as a kid–my mother was obsessed with airplanes and I was obsessed with Val Kilmer–and I am still not sick of it. All the airshows my mom dragged me to make this even more exciting. Plus, the soundtrack really IS the 80s, for me.

10) Jackass 

Who represents modern America better than the idiots of the Jackass franchise? These boys remind me of every fella I ever loved between 1996-2000 (hubby included) and I shudder to think what the rest of the world must think of us when they see the antics these guys get up to.