Pure Americana

The entertainment world has produced its share of patriotic fervor. As the Fourth of July descends upon us, SheKnows takes a look at the pop culture patriotism.

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"Born on the Fourth of July" captures the essence of an era as so few films have effectively. Tom Cruise not only came into his own as an actor, but established Oliver Stone as a cinematic force for years to come.

Cruise's character, although disillusioned with his country after fiery patriotism, showcases the journey citizens must endure when they adore something. Whether it parents or a nation, it is human nature to question the authority before finding some sort of relationship to be proud.

In this legendary film, Cruise and Stone make everyone proud to be an American, regardless of what side of the political fence they reside.

Cruise arrives as an actor

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Woody Guthrie's classic "This Land is Your Land."

Can you imagine Americana music without this ditty? Of course not, there is no song that better captures the scope of America's greatness from "sea to shining sea."

Up next, Independence Day on Independence Day? Of course!

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