Shanee Edwards is a screenwriter who earned her master's degree at UCLA Film School. She recently won the Next MacGyver television writing competition to create a TV show about a female engineer. Her TV pilot, Ada and the Machine, is cur...
Whether you're a baby boomer or descended from one, you'll recognize Forrest Gump as a powerful showcase of the most difficult moments this country endured in the last half of the 20th century. From beginning to end, this film is a patriotic love letter to the American experience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Con Air is kind of goofy, so let's call this one a palate cleanser. But there's something so inspiring about watching a BAMF like Nicholas Cage, playing a decorated United States Army Ranger, fight for his fellow man and to get home to his family.
Hilarious as it is, this 2004 flick is good to put on in the background if you want to feel a little something inside. Seeing Matt Damon as a puppet is priceless, and singing a round of "America, fuck yeah!" is gonna charge you right up.