Independence Day is just around the corner and people are preparing. While it’s a good idea get ready by stocking up on sunscreen, fireworks, and snacks, this year why not prepare by getting in the mood with a good movie! Here’s a list of some of the best patriotic movies that will make you feel proud to be an American:
- Patriots Day (2016): This recent film is based on the Boston Marathon bombing that took place in 2013. Emotions may run wild, since the event is so fresh in America’s mind, but it is impossible to not swell with pride throughout the relentless search for the bombers.
- Argo (2012): Another relatively new movie, that highlights the success of America, despite the efforts of other nations. The suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat as you watch the hostages attempt to sneak out of Iran, but nothing is as inspiring as watching fellow Americans try to save each other.
- American Sniper (2014): The amazing story of Navy S.E.A.L. Chris Kyle, one of the best snipers in American history. This film shines light on the sacrifices members of the armed forces make both physically and mentally. Kyle’s passion for our nation and our veterans is infectious.
- Saving Private Ryan (1998): An American classic, telling the tale of a group of US soldiers’ experiences on D-Day. Nothing is more heart-wrenching and awe-inspiring than watching what a man is willing to risk to save a fellow soldier.
- Zero Dark Thirty (2012): A behind the scenes look at all the hard work Navy S.E.A.L Team 6 put into finding one of America’s biggest enemies: Osama bin Laden. Telling the story of the 10 year hunt to find him, this film will make anyone feel proud.
- Hacksaw Ridge (2016): The unlikely story of how Army Medic Desmond T. Doss became an American hero without bearing any arms. Follow along this not-so-typical war story and see how Doss became the first soldier in history to win the Congressional Medal of Honor without firing a single weapon. A story that reminds us all: we can protect our country no matter what our beliefs may be.
- Forrest Gump (1994): Rounding out our list is a film quite different from the others. While it is not a war movie or a movie about terrorists, it showcases much of American history. Watch Forrest unknowingly stumble into some of the most historic moments. Forrest reminds us that with optimism and dedication anything is possible, and after all isn’t that the American Dream?
While these are just seven of our favorites, there are still an abundance of movies to choose from. Some other great options include: Glory, Born on the Fourth of July, Miracle, Black Hawk Down, Lincoln, and United 93. Let us know in the comments below which of these movies you’ll be watching this Fourth of July weekend! Also, let us know if we forgot to mention one of your favorites!