Best Patriotic Films

July 2, 2020 · CLASSMATES FUN

It’s almost Independence Day, and we hope you’re able to light up the grill for an outdoor potluck and then catch the fireworks show at night. But if your plans have been cancelled, there’s still a way to get festive – on January 3rd, you can stream Broadway’s “Hamilton,” a musical about the founding father Alexander Hamilton, filmed live with the original cast. If you want more film ideas, here are other patriotic ones you can watch.

1776 (1972)

Per imdb: A musical retelling of the American Revolution’s political struggle in the Continental Congress to declare independence.

Lincoln (2012)

Per imdb: As the American Civil War continues to rage, America’s president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.

Independence Day (1996)

Per imdb: 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 American President (1995)

Per imdb: A widowed U.S. President running for reelection and an environmental lobbyist fall in love. It’s all above-board, but “politics is perception,” and sparks fly.

Top Gun (1986)

Per imdb: As 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.

Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

Per imdb: The life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer, and singer George M. Cohan.

Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

Per imdb: 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.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Per imdb: A naïve 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.

Glory (1989)

Per imdb: Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War’s first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates.

Forrest Gump (1994)

Per imdb: The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the events of Vietnam, Watergate and other historical events unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75, whose only desire is to be reunited with his childhood sweetheart.

Pearl Harbor (2001)

Per imdb: A tale of war and romance mixed in with history. The story follows two lifelong friends and a beautiful nurse who are caught up in the horror of an infamous Sunday morning in 1941.

National Treasure (2004)

Per imdb: A historian races to find the legendary Templar Treasure before a team of mercenaries.

A League of Their Own (1992)

Per imdb: Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.

Hidden Figures (2016)

Per imdb: The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

John Adams (miniseries) (2008)

Per imdb: The life of one of the USA’s Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation’s first 50 years.

Apollo 13 (1995)

Per imdb: NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.


What do you think of this list? What are some of your favorite Independence Day movies?