Top Five Patriotic Films Perfect for Your Independence Day Movie Marathon

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Light up the BBQs, pack the cooler full of beers (that aren’t Bud Light,) and prepare to enjoy some fireworks as we celebrate America’s 247th birthday!

Do you want a little extra something to get you in the spirit, though? Something that may not involve stepping outside in the heat at all so you can eat and drink at home in peace?

Today we’ve put together the five best movies to get you in the mood this Fourth of July!

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Movies so Patriotic, Your TV Will Blow up Into Fireworks

Independence Day (1996)

This classic sci-fi action film directed by Roland Emmerich follows a group of scientists, fighter pilots, and even the President of the United States as they come together to defend Earth against an alien invasion on, you guessed it, Independence Day.

It’s the perfect choice for an Independence Day movie marathon, in fact, you can’t even have one without it.

The Patriot (2000)

Set during the Revolutionary War, this historical drama stars Mel Gibson as the infamous Swamp Fox, a farmer turned reluctant hero who joins the fight for independence after his son is murdered by a British officer and his town is terrorized by British military occupiers.

It offers a poignant portrayal of the sacrifices made by early American patriots.

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

How more patriotic of a film can you get than with one of America’s oldest and most beloved superheroes? This Marvel origin story of young Steve Rogers from Queens shows how he became known to the world as Captain America, a patriotic superhero who fights for justice and the American way.

While this film pulls villains from the source material such as Red Skull and his Nazi splinter group Hydra, it takes time to honor the many men and women who took part in fighting against one of the biggest threats mankind has seen. It’s a fun and action-packed movie that celebrates the spirit of heroism and freedom, what’s not to love?

Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

Directed by Joseph Kosinski, we return to the skies of one of the greatest films of all time with this sequel. The story follows Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, portrayed by Tom Cruise, who is now a flight instructor at the Top Gun school. Maverick finds himself grappling with his past and his legacy as he mentors a new generation of elite Navy aviators.

The film showcases the evolution of aerial combat and technology, exploring the role of pilots in the modern military. Maverick, despite his advancing age, continues to push the limits and test his skills in high-stakes aerial missions. Along the way, he forms a bond with Bradley Bradshaw, played by Miles Teller, the son of his late friend and Radar Intercept Officer, Nick “Goose” Bradshaw.

This is the most based movie to come out in years, as it captures the exact same vibes as the 80’s classic.

National Treasure (2004)

This film follows an adventurous historian, played by Nicolas Cage, as he races against a group of criminals to find a hidden treasure of national significance.

While not directly related to Independence Day, it’s a thrilling and entertaining movie that celebrates American history and the quest for freedom. Besides, how many memes of Nicholas Cage saying “I’m going to steal the Declaration of Independence” do you have to see online before giving this film a chance?

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Some Honorable Mentions

Of course, there are always some good movies that didn’t make the list, but could easily be perfect additions to your Independence Day movie marathon.

  • Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
  • The Sandlot (1993)
  • Rocky IV (1985)
  • Glory (1989)
  • Team America: World Police (2004)

What are some movies you feel would be good additions to the list? Let us know in the comments below and across social media.

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