Hello my fellow Americans! This weekend we celebrate our epic break up with the Brits (who are dealing with an epic break up of their own right now) with grilled meat, beer, fireworks, and a healthy dose of thankfulness to those who sacrificed so much for us to have these freedoms.
Our country is in chaos right now with the threat of terror and a balls-out crazy election looming, but that doesn’t mean we not celebrate the love we have for the Stars and Stripes. So fire up those grills, put that beer on ice, and get a great seat for that fireworks show. When you are tired, sunburned, and hungover from all those activities, here are some great patriotic movies to marathon.
Mel Gibson stars as Benjamin Martin, a farmer driven to lead a Colonial Militia in the fight against the Red Coats after a sadistic British officer (Jason Isaacs) murders his son.
For a complete 180, this musical about the signing of the Declaration of Independence will have you singing with and about our forefathers as they convince the Continental Congress to vote “yay” to independence from Britain.
Because what is the Fourth of July without watching things explode (even though most of it is our landmarks) and an inspiring Presidential speech this being “OUR INDEPENDENCE DAY!”? Plus, today marks the 20th anniversary of its release in theaters.
Yankee Doodle Dandy
Another musical, this time about the life of actor, singer, writer, and composer George M. Cohan (James Cagney) who wrote many famous patriotic songs such as “Yankee Doodle Dandy”, “Over There”, “You’re a Grand Old Flag”, and so many more.
This love letter to the famous General is unabashedly patriotic and iconic.
Captain America: The Frist Avenger
Another look at World War II, but from a more comic book side of the house, as Steve Rodgers (Chris Evans) and the Howling Commandos work to stop Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) and his Hydra henchmen from destroying America.
Air Force One
Hearing President James Marshall (Harrison Ford) growl “Get off my plane” at Russian terrorists and kicking serious ass will have you wishing he was a potential candidate for this year’s election.
Olympus Has Fallen
This time when the President (Aaron Eckhart) is kidnapped by a group of terrorists (Korean ones on this outing), it is up to a single Secret Service Agent (Gerard Butler) to use his knowledge of the White House to save our nation’s leader and divert a catastrophe.
We Americans love our underdog stories and this heart-lifting tale of a group of college kids going against a world class Russian hockey team in the Olympics will sure to delight.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
This film may make you weep with sadness as to how broken our government is now, but the nostalgic thought that one person might make a difference marks this movie as a must watch.
Red Dawn (1984 ONLY)
A group of teenagers calling themselves “Wolverines” are armed with only hunting rifles, pistols, and bow and arrows as they defend their sleepy Colorado town from a Soviet invasion as World War III breaks out.
After a Russian beast of a boxer (Dolph Lundgren) kills Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) in the ring, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) must come out of retirement and push himself beyond his limits to face the undefeated Drago.
Being a Navy girl myself, it is difficult for me to watch this movie and not get caught up in all of the inconsistencies, but sometimes “I feel a need. A need for speed.” Hot men playing beach volleyball all oiled up is also great.
Team America: World Police
Wildly inappropriate and tears streaming down your face hilarious. This film from the seriously warped minds of Trey Parker and Matt Stone will have you singing “America! FUCK YEAH!” all weekend.
What patriotic themed movies will you be watching this weekend? Are there any not on this list? Let me know in the comments section below. Have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend. Please do not drink and drive.