The Fourth of July is coming soon, and that means a gloriously long weekend filled with American patriotism and plenty of time spent with friends and family celebrating our nation’s independence. Of course, that means plenty of parties and colorful fireworks to enjoy during the holiday, but that’s not all that you’ll be enjoying. If you’d like to celebrate the occasion with a cinematic twist, there’s a plethora of great films that carry the message and spirit of what it means to be a free American.
Whether you’ll buy physical copies of these movies or simply rent them through your Netflix or iTunes account, you’re sure to have a great time watching these films in the comfort of your home and be inspired by their stories.
Saving Private Ryan
This 1998 epic war film is considered by many cinephiles as the gold standard for period films set in World War II and is a masterstroke of depicting real historical events with near-precise realism.
Based on events and characters from the American Revolutionary War, this movie is sure to spark strong feelings of nationalism given how the United States fought for its freedom from the hands of the British.
Captain America: The First Avenger
You can’t get any more patriotic than a superhero sporting the iconic red, white, and blue of the American flag. And considering he’s one of Marvel’s top names, Captain America is definitely here to stay for the long run.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Rich in emotion and awash with the subtle complexities of ambitious storytelling, this film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s eccentric short story showcases a tender love story set in classic Americana.
Of course, no Fourth of July movie marathon wouldn’t be complete without this memorable sci-fi action flick that pits humans fighting to reclaim control of their home planet against invading aliens.