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Top 21 patriotic movies

Shanee is a screenwriter and educator living in Los Angeles. She created the web series She Blinded Me w Science to encourage young girls to explore science and technology. You can also read her blog where she chronicles her filmmaking ...

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Best patriotic movies

Marvel
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Best patriotic movies

It's America's birthday, and to celebrate, we're going to binge on some awesome movies that lift and inspire our patriotic hearts. The following are listed in no particular order...

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Glory

Tri-Star Pictures
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Glory

Glory is the true story of the first African American regiment. No, this film does not take place during World War II. This is the Civil War, and in Glory, these men have gathered in the North as former slaves seeking to literally earn their freedom.

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The Patriot

Columbia Pictures
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The Patriot

Mel Gibson stars in this Revolutionary War-era film as Benjamin Martin, a once-decorated military man just trying to raise his gaggle of kids the best he can after their mother passes away. The movie’s most patriotic moment comes near the close when — in a final bid to rally his men to victory — Benjamin makes a mad dash across the battleground waving an American flag.

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Saving Private Ryan

DreamWorks
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Saving Private Ryan

Dying for one's country is the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. Steven Spielberg illustrates that theme with a power he often goes for and almost always achieves. In Saving Private Ryan, Tom Hanks leads a band of brothers through the invasion of Normandy and into France, where their mission is to save Private Ryan.

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Act of Valor

Relativity Media
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Act of Valor

The America-lovin’ storyline follows the Navy SEALs on a mission to rescue a kidnapped CIA operative and foil a terrorist plot. Action-packed and full of patriotic grit, Act of Valor serves as a cinematic reminder that there are many men and women putting their lives on the line behind the scenes so we can enjoy our freedom.

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Mr. Smith goes to DC

Columbia
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Mr. Smith goes to DC

Jimmy Stewart is defined by many roles, but few have the patriotic power of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Stewart's Mr. Smith lives on in the millions who believe that in this great country, they can grow up to make a difference in the greatest government idea on earth — democracy.

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United 93

Universal
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United 93

Though at times hard to watch, United 93 chronicles — using a mix of imagination and documented events — the events aboard United Airlines Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001. Filmmakers worked together with many of the families of the flight’s passengers to corroborate information (as well as honor the memories of those involved by respecting their families’ right to privacy).

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Top Gun

Paramount
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Top Gun

Tom Cruise is not the only star burning bright in Top Gun. The U.S. military is the true star of this patriotic classic. We love those incredible flying and battle sequences that gave a country something to cheer about in the fading days of a Cold War that could have gone in a different direction.

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Independence Day

Tri-Star Pictures
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Independence Day

This '90s blockbuster may be one of the cheesiest movies of all time, but there are few films out there that truly feel as much like the Fourth of July as Independence Day does. From its fireworks of special effects to the discovering of Will Smith as an action hero, the Dutch creators of Independence Day have crafted an American patriotic classic for the video game generation.

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Born on the 4th of July

Universal
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Born on the 4th of July

In Born on the Fourth of July, Tom Cruise plays Ron Kovic, a man disillusioned with his country after a youthful fiery patriotism. It is human nature to question authority (whether that authority is parents or a nation) before finding some sort of relationship in which to be proud. In this legendary film, Cruise and director Oliver Stone make everyone proud to be an American, regardless of what side of the political fence they're on.

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Captain America

Marvel
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Captain America

While Superman, Batman and Spider-Man are all beloved American superheroes, Captain America is the only one with a patriotic star on his chest and shield, for the stars and stripes in the American flag. Created in 1941, during the oppression of World War II, Captain America lives on in Captain America: The First Avenger as an example of American values, ingenuity and bravery.

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Apollo 13

Universal
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Apollo 13

Like it or not, hundreds or even thousands of years from now, America will be remembered as the first nation to land on the moon. Of course, those missions were difficult and not without sacrifice. Apollo 13, based on true events, shows the finest, bravest American minds coming together to accomplish what others had only dreamt of. From 1995, the film stars Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton and Gary Sinise.

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Black Hawk Down

Columbia Pictures
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Black Hawk Down

In 2001, director Ridley Scott stunned audiences with his narrative film about a real Black Hawk military helicopter that went down in Mogadishu in 1993. Starring Eric Bana, Ewan McGregor and Josh Hartnett, the film depicts the sacrifice and intrepid courage our men in uniform exhibited in a military raid gone wrong during a harrowing battle at the height of Somalia's brutal civil war. This is a film about our modern military at its finest.

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Miracle

Disney
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Miracle

Whether or not you're a hockey fan, Miracle represents America's quest for excellence and freedom at the height of the Cold War. Based on the true story of the 1980 American Olympic hockey team's road to wining the gold medal against the Soviet Union, we guarantee tears of pride will well in the eyes of any American watching this film.

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The Interview

Sony
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The Interview

Controversy and email hacks aside, this satire is not only about America's role as a watchdog against tyranny, fascism and censorship but also an expression of free speech. And it also happens to be quite funny. Starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, this film could probably not have been made in any country other than America, and we salute the bravery of all involved.

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Gravity

Warner Bros.
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Gravity

With NASA's space shuttle program now in the past, these filmmakers made a gloriously beautiful film about America's potential for continued exploration and discovery in space. Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, who's famous for making message films, Gravity inspired young minds to keep dreaming about America's destiny beyond planet Earth.

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Star Wars

Lucasfilm
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Star Wars

Despite the film taking place in "A galaxy far, far away," this is the classic battle of good vs. evil. The true genius of the film is the way it moved our American culture forward ideologically from the past and physically away from Earth and into space. The Force represents the presence of divine consciousness and goodness in the universe, an entity that can be accessed by those who value human life and the sanctity of peace. 

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Free the Nipple

Sundance Selects
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Free the Nipple

Directed by and starring Lina Esco, civil rights action film Free the Nipple tells the story of an army of passionate of young women in New York, fighting to exercise the same rights as men and show their nipples in public. Given that a woman's nipple is a supplier of life, these women use their brains, their connections and their bodies as a means of protest because of their deep love for America, wanting liberty for all.

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Boyhood

IFC Films
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Boyhood

Patricia Arquette won this year's Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her heartfelt and soul-searching performance as the mother of Mason (Ellar Coltrane), a boy we watch age on screen over 12 years. Also starring Ethan Hawke, Boyhood examines one unremarkable American boyhood with realistic ups, downs and subtle emotion, giving a true slice-of-life visual experience of what it was like for one boy to grow up in the USA.

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Rocky

MGM
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Rocky

Written by and starring Sylvester Stallone, this is the story of a true American underdog. Rocky Balboa is a working-class Italian American boxer and debt collector; he has nothing but his body and stamina to create a place for himself in a society where he's looked down upon. Even without superpowers, Rocky may be one of the truest American heroes ever put on film.

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Argo

Warner Bros.
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Argo

With Ben Affleck at the helm of this little-known true story about a group of American hostages hiding out in Iran, Argo is a shining example of America's ability to complete a covert mission and return our countrymen and women back to American soil. The fact that they used America's beloved film industry to accomplish this great feat is just the feather in its cap.

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