On this day back in 1776, our forefathers signed the Declaration of Independence, proclaiming, for what is now the United States, freedom from Great Britain. Henceforth, we have celebrated July fourth every year by blowing stuff up, eating too much, and watching old people and kids put on crappy local parades!. After you’re done burning your burgers and eyebrows, sit down with your family and watch one of these America lovin’ films below, guaranteed to get your patriotic blood pumping and patriotic pride soaring. America! F*** yeah!
- The Patriot
A film doesn’t get much closer to Independence Day than one set during the American Revolutionary War. The Patriot stars Mel Gibson as a father of seven fighting for his family’s freedom from Great Britain’s rule. So long as you can set aside any notion of historical accuracy, this is a strong film with a hero whose journey pulls you in for the long haul. The Patriot not only gets you to root for the freedom of a nation, but also for Gibson’s character, Benjamin Martin, to get revenge on a very bad British Colonel. Get your flag out and wave it, because Benji’s got an axe that’s hungry for coats… REDcoats.
- Independence Day
The United States defeated Great Britain, but that doesn’t mean the battle for freedom is over. In Independence Day, aliens attack and start destroying major cities and the civilians within. The attack isn’t confined to just America, though. It’s worldwide, and all nations must come together to fight for their independence from the aliens. Oh, and all of this starts in July with the final battle taking place on July 4th. With great actors like Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, and a very young Adam Baldwin all helping to pull the world together to defeat the alien menace, you’ll definitely feel all warm and fuzzy after watching Independence Day. Not only will you be proud to be a ‘Merican, but you’ll be proud to be from Earth! EARTH #1! EARTH #1!
- The Great Escape
The Great Escape is a good reminder of how important freedom is to an individual and how we’ll go to great lengths, even if it means digging a cramped underground tunnel, to obtain that freedom. The film is based on a true story of 250 allied soldiers trying to escape from a German POW camp during World War II, and stars Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, and James Coburn. The film’s non-sugar-coated realistic approach will make you stop and think about what soldiers had to endure during the war.
- Rocky IV
Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) defends America’s honor against big bad Soviet boxer Drago (Dolph Lundgren). Spoiler alert! Drago kills one of boxing’s most beloved, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), on our own turf, so Rocky travels to Drago’s turf for a shot at revenge. Dressed in American flag shorts, Rocky has the gall to also wrap himself in an American flag after the fight in Russia. Way to represent your country with pride! However, he doesn’t rub the Russian’s nose in their defeat; instead he makes a moving speech about how people can change and we should all get along. Lame.
- Captain America
The name of this film alone should tell you it’s boiling over with patriotism. Steve Rogers’ (Chris Evans) one goal in life is to join the military to fight for his country’s freedom during World War II. Rogers is the poster boy for human decency and old-school America’s “never give up” attitude. He puts life and limb on the line in order to defeat a growing threat to the United States, and does so while dressed up in the good ol’ red, white, and blue.
Celebrate the freedoms you have today and remember what’s great about America, and the sacrifices our forefathers made to help us live the way we want.
These are some of my favorite movies to watch on July 4th? What are yours?
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