There are many ways to celebrate America’s independence. Barbecues, fireworks, or paying a direct tribute to soldiers who gave their lives for their country are a few common ones. For those looking to watch a movie in relation to the Fourth of July, here are a few suggestions.
See where America all began with the film ‘The Patriot.’ Notably historically inaccurate, the film still provides a great story along with plenty of action. Although it depicts minimal truthm you will find yourself appreciating what others did to earn freedom from the English over 200 years ago. The film has some great heroes in it including Mel Gibson’s character who does what Mel Gibson characters do best, take down the bad guys.
The blockbuster picture that made Will Smith a movie star, ‘Independence Day’ is sure to fire you up for America’s independence. An alien invasion, explosions, Jeff Goldblum being himself, and so much more make this an absolute classic even with all of the 1990s stereotypes and occasional campiness. President Bill Pullman’s iconic speech will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up even if you recently had them waxed.
Born on the Fourth of July
Just because the message may not be the most pro-American doesn’t mean Oliver Stone’s ‘Born on the Fourth of July’ cannot be enjoyed on the county’s Independence Day. The film primarily focuses on a soldier, played by Tom Cruise, and the struggles he has after returning home from the Vietnam War now paralyzed. An anti-war film if there ever was one, the film will give you a lot to think about on a day when it’s important to know why we celebrate in the first place.
Saving Private Ryan
The war film that changed the way the genre was made, Steven Spielberg’s ‘Saving Private Ryan’ is as intense as it was the day it came out. Realistic violence and peril throughout, we feel a bond with the soldiers whom are willing to put their lives on the line for one man. At its core this film is as basic as it comes. Veterans of war are the biggest heroes among us and the story told here honors just how brave they have to be to protect one man and the world.
Flags of Our Fathers
You can’t go wrong with a film directed by Clint Eastwood. The 2006 war film ‘Flags of Our Fathers’ is part one of two films profiling the battle on Iwo Jima; this one from the perspective of the Americans. The film’s main focus is on the iconic image of the soldiers raising the flag after the battle had been won and the aftermath that ensued. In many ways still a very patriotic film, it does tackle a few issues on how the media can affect the war. Mistaken identities as to which soldiers actually did raise the flag spark the debate how much little things like that actually matter in a situation like war.