Since the fireworks can only start when the sun is shining, you can plan a movie or two for the weekend of July 4th – between the grill hotdogs and a visit to the pool, of course. But which movie would you pick with a limited time this national holiday? What’s the perfect 4th of July movie? Don’t worry, at tvacute.com.We’ve put together a pretty extensive list of movies that could make great Independence Day movies. Whether you like something lighthearted, patriotic, or a simpler summary of our nation’s history, you’re sure to find it here. Here are the best movies to see on July 4.
One of the century’s most important works of art is now available as a Disney+ movie. In fact, the hottest reenactment of 2020 is the four-year show on the Broadway show Hamilton, and it’s absolutely stunning. The real-life of one of America’s foremost founding fathers and first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton. Captured live on Broadway from the Richard Rodgers Theater with the original Broadway cast.
TOP GUN, Tom Cruise, 1986. ph: ©Paramount / courtesy Everett CollectionLincoln also revolves around the American political process, albeit with a bit more nuance. Steven Spielberg has been working to bring one of our nation’s greatest presidents to the big screen for more than a decade, and while Lincoln received solid reviews, it seems like one of the films that deserve a timely review as one of Spielberg’s masterpieces.
The Patriot (2000)
The American epic historical fiction war film was written by Robert Rodat, directed by Roland Emmerich, and starring Mel Gibson, Chris Cooper, Heath Ledger, and Jason Isaacs. Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son.
The Sandlot (1993)
July 4th not only marks the nation’s Independence Day, but it also serves as a half marker for summer vacation. Kids probably won’t overlook the fact that this means school is about to start again. In the summer of 1962, a new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his rowdy team, resulting in many adventures. It stars Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Karen Allen, Denis Leary, and James Earl Jones.
Independence Day (1996 film)
I’m not going to de facto name Roland Emmerich as a July 4 director, but here it is with the two films on this list that make for a great Independence Day hour. The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind’s best weapon is the will to survive. The second is his epic about the 2000 War of Independence. Independence Day (1966) Stars include Jeff Goldblum, Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, Margaret Colin, Randy Quaid, Robert Loggia, James Rebhorn, and Harvey Fierstein.
Top Gun (1986)
Top Gun is not a traditional July 4th film, but it still captures the American spirit. Tony Scott’s horror film, of course, is the story of a US Navy fighter pilot, but who doesn’t really care about air war policy or even military service. s students at the United States Navy’s elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom.
If you want something truly patriotic, but also fun, then Peter H. Hunt’s Musical 1776 is the place for you. A musical retelling of the American Revolution’s political struggle in the Continental Congress to declare independence. The film stars William Daniels, Howard Da Silva, Donald Madden, John Cullum, Ken Howard, and Blythe Danner.
Jaws is an almost perfect summer movie. Steven Spielberg’s classic thriller — in between scary shark attacks, that is. The pine tree perfectly captures the feeling of summer vacation on the beach, with a strong connection to Independence Day. So if you like pure fun on the sweet summer slopes, Jaws is the place for you. When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community, it’s up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down.
Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
America’s history as a nation wasn’t all sun and rainbow, that’s for sure. So if you want to celebrate the great history of this country while acknowledging some of its severe flaws. The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for. Tom Cruise is one of the greatest achievements of his career recounting the life of Ron Covich, from a young patriot eager to serve his country to a disgruntled veteran who was abused by the nation he sacrificed his ability to run.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
A political comedy-drama film directed by Frank Capra, starring Jean Arthur and James Stewart, and featuring Claude Rains and Edward Arnold. The movie is about a newly appointed United States Senator who fights against a corrupt political system A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn’t back down.
John Adams (2008)
If you really want to enjoy a day indoors on July 4th, why not give HBO’s John Adams miniseries a try? The biopic of John Adams and the story of the first 50 years of the United States was broadcast in seven parts by HBO between March 16 and April 20, 2008. Paul Giamatti portrays John Adams.