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5 Great Movies to Watch on the 4th of July [VIDEOS]

The 5 best films to watch on the 4th of July
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Maybe you aren’t into celebrating Independence Day on the the beach and you don’t feel like fighting to the traffic to travel to a barbeque. If you’re a movie fan, maybe it’s time to enjoy the long weekend just sitting on the couch with family and friends and watch some movies that are either related or at the very least semi-related to the 4th of July. We tried to choose some movies from different genres to pick a movie for everyone whether your fan of the classics, the drama or an action junkie. Here is a list of top 5 movies for you to enjoy as we celebrate the 4th of July.


5

"Yankee Doodle Dandy" - (1942)

 
 

Can you get more Americana than James Cagney in this classic? This definitely ranks as one of the most patriotic and flag-waving movies of all-time with some amazing musical numbers for the song-and-dance fans.

 
4

"Born on the 4th of July" - (1989)

 
 

The true story of Tom Cruise as veteran Ron Kovic,as a veteran who winds up protesting against the very country he used to defend. The movie reminds us that the struggle for liberty is one that continues today and always needs our commitment and devotion just as much as we need celebrations and parades.

 
3

"Jaws" - (1975)

 
 

While this classic doesn't necessarily evoke patriotism by any means, it is set to the backdrop of 4th of July weekend. This flick is a must-watch during the summer, just night right before you decide to head to the beach.

 
2

"The Patriot" - (2000)

 
 

This Mel Gibson film is set in 1776 South Carolina, with Gibson portrayed as widower and legendary war hero Benjamin Martin who now finds himself thrust into the midst of the American Revolutionary War as he helplessly watches his family torn apart by the savage forces of the British Redcoats. Martin recruits a group of reluctant volunteers, including his idealistic patriot son, Gabriel, played by the late Heath Ledger, to take up the fight against the British.

 
1

"Independence Day" - (1996)

 
 

Nothing says patriotism quite like saving the world from an alien invasion. Well, ok maybe not, but watching Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum team up as two unlikely heroes to save the human race from extinction is still pretty cool. After almost 20 years, the movie's effects still hold the test of time.

 

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