Check out these 7 patriotic films this weekend of July 4th
It’s another 4th of July and another excuse to revel in being American! Today it’s all about red, white and blue, flags are fluttering everywhere, and don’t forget the catchy and patriotic music and fireworks tonight!
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These films will imbue you with the patriotic spirit of 1776 (some may even blackmail you). These are some of the best movies available on streaming services, from Apple TV to Google Play to YouTube. As America celebrates its birthday, get ready to feel a wave of patriotism with these movies!
Let’s start from the beginning – “1776”, that is.
This 1972 musical based on the Broadway show of the same name chronicles the events surrounding the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Think âHamiltonâ without hip-hop music.
It’s also a fun movie with its serious moments. After all, the Declaration of Independence was a step into the unknown and the execution of traitors was on the minds of every Founding Father.
The lively music still holds. One of the most moving songs highlights the problem that overshadows the whole ideal “All men are created equal”: slavery. “From molasses to rum” accuses all parts of the emerging country of the slave trade, an argument to which there was no immediate resolution.
With “Boy Meets World’s” Mr. Feeny, William Daniels, as John Adams.
Rent: $ 2.99 on Google Play, PlayStation, Vudu and YouTube; $ 3.99 on Apple TV
Captain America: The First Avenger
This isn’t the first Marvel movie in the current Cinematic Universe, but one that has started to gather its strength. A real blow to the arm for the little guy – literally – as skinny Steve Rogers becomes super-soldier Captain America just in time to fight an infamous Nazi, Red Skull.
Set during WWII, this action flick really pumps out patriotism – sometimes for a laugh – as Steve grows in his body and his role as Captain America. As he saves the world, he’s also frozen, to be brought back to life 70 years later to lead the Avengers, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. But that’s another movie and another time.
For now, take advantage of this period piece and cheer on the little guy, who grows up to the big, muscular “Star-Spangled Man With A Plan”. With Chris Evans as Captain America.
Rent: $ 2.99 on Amazon, Apple TV, Fandango Now, Google Play, Microsoft, PlayStation, Vudu, and YouTube
OK, so it’s not about “Independence Day”, but it is about the world – led by the Americans – which mobilizes to defeat the aliens, with much glory by waving flags on July 4th.
The most patriotic moment remains Bill Pullman’s moving speech as President Thomas J. Whitmore: âWe will not go quietly into the night! We will not disappear without a fight! We are going to live! We will survive! Today we are celebrating our Independence Day!
It’s great fun, over the top, very ’90s, and still worth watching to this day. With Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum.
Stream: Starz, Starz Amazon
Rent: $ 2.99 on Amazon, Fandango Now, Google Play, Microsoft, PlayStation, Vudu, YouTube; $ 3.99 on Apple TV
Don’t watch this one if you’re gearing up for a history quiz – it’s not the most accurate movie out there. But if you want to be blown away by a compelling and well-done story of the American Revolution with great performances, “The Patriot” is great fun.
Mel Gibson plays Benjamin Martin, a peaceful farmer pushed too far by murderous British soldiers. Martin, a veteran of the Franco-Indian war haunted by his past, wants to stay out of the American Revolution and live a quiet life on his farm. Instead, he and his motley militia are brought in to play a central role in turning the tide against the Redcoats.
With Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger.
Stream: Starz, Starz Amazon
Rent: $ 2.99 at Amazon, Google Play, Microsoft, PlayStation, Voudu, YYoutube
Yankee Doodle Dandy
The highest-profile film on this list, “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” stars James Cagney as George M. Cohan, born July 4 (allegedly) and who built his fame and fortune as a songwriter and vaudeville performer.
This musical features some of Cohan’s most classic American tunes, such as “Yankee Doodle Dandy”, “Over There” and “Grand Old Flag”.
If all you’ve ever seen Cagney play are gangsters or big guys, you’ll be happy to know that he could actually dance and sing, and he won an Oscar for his efforts here.
“Yankee Doodle Dandy” was selected as one of the best American films of all time by the prestigious American Film Institute.
With James Cagney and Walter Huston.
Rent: $ 2.99 at Apple TV, Fandango Now, Google Play, Microsoft, PlayStation, Vudu, YouTube
Often when we look back on our nation’s past, we only hear about the big names. Think of presidents, inventors, famous movie stars and more. This film celebrates the “hidden figures”, people who have made a huge contribution to the betterment of our country, but who are not praised in the history books.
Think about the space race. We often think of this in general terms: Russia versus the United States. But we rarely spotlight the bright minds behind the scenes. Enter âHidden Figures,â a 2016 film about three female mathematicians who worked at NASA during this exciting time.
Critics loved his top trio’s performances, and it was a commercial success, earning $ 236 million worldwide after a production budget of $ 25 million. The National Board of Review said it was one of the Top 10 Films of 2016 and received numerous awards and nominations, including one for Best Picture at the Oscars.
While not 100% true to the story, it is still a colorful, fun, and serious story about three female scientists who gracefully stood up against obstacles in their path. Inspirational and informative, it is a modern success.
Stream: Disney +
Rent: You can also rent it for $ 2.99 on Redbook or for $ 3.99 on Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, Vudu, and DirectTV.
The american president
Classified no. 75 on the American Film Institute’s list of Greatest American Love Stories, âAmerican Presidentâ is a classic. With clever dialogue and beautiful music, he quickly became an American favorite.
It tells the story of an American president who falls in love with an environmental lobbyist. In the background, he navigates the delicate world of politics. Starring Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen and David Paymer, it’s an inspiring story that’s both complex and upbeat.
In other words, it’s perfect for July 4th!
Streaming: HBO Max and Tubi
Rent: $ 3.99 on Apple TV, Amazon, Redbox and DirectTV