There are several plans ahead for many people, what with the Fourth of July in the horizon. Some may opt to go out with friends and family. Others may stay at home and celebrate the festivities in the comfort of their backyard. Then there are the total homebodies who would rather stay indoors and celebrate with a movie or two (or several). Here are just some Fourth of July movies that are worth checking out in light of the patriotic occasion.
The Purge: Election Year (2014)
A dystopian action horror film franchise, The Purge movie series is something worth checking out, especially for fans of horror films. The Purge films involve an annual purge night where all kinds of crime (murder included) are legal for a 12-hour period. Election Year in particular plays on some “patriotic” themes, so to speak, especially with its play on the 2016 US presidential elections.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Any Captain America film would fit the bill under a list of Fourth of July movies. The character is the superhero embodiment of American nationalism, after all. Regardless, The Winter Soldier is a notable entry in the Captain America movie franchise in particular, especially with its themes of conspiracy under the guise of government order. It is also set in Washington D.C., which adds more to the patriotic themes of the movie.
Wonder Woman (2017)
In the same vein as Captain America, Wonder Woman is another superhero flick worth watching. Viewers should catch it while it’s still available in theaters, especially after its recent critical acclaim. Wonder Woman is a film worth watching this July Fourth (or any time of the year, really) as it teaches audiences that strength can be found in anyone, even amidst war.
The Patriot (2000)
The Patriot stars Mel Gibson as a pacifist farmer who ultimately assumes the role as leader in the Revolutionary War. Though the film is a fictional story, it is set around actual events of America’s history. It gives insights on the American ideal. However, it does not have a lot to do with the actual historical reality of the Revolutionary War.
Independence Day (1996)
Another classic entry to the Fourth of July movies roster is Independence Day. Though its name is telling enough, Independence Day actually delves into extraterrestrial activity. The film shows the world’s aftermath amidst an attack from alien forces. As a last effort, a counterattack is planned on the July 4. Upon its release, Independence Day garnered the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. The film also boasts of a sequel called Independence Day: Resurgence, which was released in 2016.
Now streaming on Netflix, Okja tells the tale of a young girl’s efforts to save her super pig, Okja, from the hands of corporate greed. It ultimately delves into everyday consumerism and animal cruelty — themes that are still relevant, especially in this day and age. The film stars the likes of Tilda Swinton, Lily Collins, The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun, and newcomer Ahn Seo-hyun.
Top Gun (1986)
Another American classic, Top Gun features tons of action and patriotism along the way. Though it garnered mixed critical reaction at first, it managed to perform well commercially. Top Gun is especially relevant today, with recent news of its sequel to begin filming in 2018.
National Treasure (2004)
A more lighthearted entry to the Fourth of July movies lineup, National Treasure is especially enjoyable during the Fourth of July as it is an adventure heist film that features the greatest treasure in history. Notably, this treasure can only be found with the help of the Declaration of Independence. The film has a sequel called National Treasure: Book of Secrets, which was released in 2007.
Lincoln is definitely something worth checking out during the Fourth of July as it tells the story of former United States President, Abraham Lincoln. The film garnered quite the acclaim upon its release. In fact, Daniel Day-Lewis (who portrays Lincoln himself in the movie) even bagged Best Actor at the 85th Academy Awards. It is definitely a film worth checking out, especially as it educates viewers more on the life of the former president.
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)