18 Patriotic Movies About America Perfect for the Fourth of July

May 22, 2018 at 9:26 a.m. ET
Patriotic movies perfect to watch on 4th of July
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Gathering to watch a grand fireworks display, backyard BBQs, sparklers: Yep, we're talking about the Fourth of July. It's always been an exciting holiday filled with great food, outdoor events and plenty of hot dogs. But when all is said and done, unwinding with a patriotic movie is the perfect way to close out the day.

It's also a fantastic way to spend the day: holed up in your cool home, munching on a bag of popcorn, watching a movie marathon and not baking under the hot sun. Hey, we feel you; we'd do that, too. Whatever you choose to do, you'll likely need a refresher on the best patriotic movies to pick — and we have you covered.

Here are 18 of the very best Independence Day movies lined up for you to enjoy, so you can feel patriotic even after you’ve shut all your windows to keep the noise of the fireworks out.

A version of this article was originally published in June 2015.

1 /18: 'Pearl Harbor'

'Pearl Harbor'
Image: Touchstone Pictures

1/18 :'Pearl Harbor'

2 /18: 'The Patriot'

'The Patriot'
Image: Columbia Pictures

2/18 :'The Patriot'

3 /18: 'Red Dawn'

'Red Dawn'
Image: United Artists/Valkyrie Films

3/18 :'Red Dawn'

4 /18: 'John Adams'

'John Adams'
Image: HBO

4/18 :'John Adams'

5 /18: 'The Sandlot'

'The Sandlot'
Image: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

5/18 :'The Sandlot'

6 /18: 'Rocky'

Image: Chartoff-Winkler Productions

6/18 :'Rocky'

7 /18: 'Independence Day'

'Independence Day'
Image: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

7/18 :'Independence Day'

8 /18: 'Jaws'

Image: Universal Pictures

8/18 :'Jaws'

9 /18: 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington'

'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington'
Image: Columbia Pictures Corporation

9/18 :'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington'

10 /18: 'Forrest Gump'

'Forrest Gump'
Image: Paramount Pictures

10/18 :'Forrest Gump'

11 /18: 'Glory'

Image: Tri-Star Pictures

11/18 :'Glory'

12 /18: 'Saving Private Ryan'

'Saving Private Ryan'
Image: DreamWorks

12/18 :'Saving Private Ryan'

13 /18: 'Act of Valor'

'Act of Valor'
Image: Relativity Media

13/18 :'Act of Valor'

14 /18: 'Top Gun'

'Top Gun'
Image: Paramount

14/18 :'Top Gun'

15 /18: 'Born on the Fourth of July'

'Born on the Fourth of July'
Image: Universal

15/18 :'Born on the Fourth of July'

16 /18: 'Captain America: The First Avenger'

'Captain America: The First Avenger'
Image: Marvel Studios

16/18 :'Captain America: The First Avenger'

17 /18: 'Apollo 13'

'Apollo 13'
Image: Universal Pictures

17/18 :'Apollo 13'

18 /18: 'Black Hawk Down'

'Black Hawk Down'
Image: Columbia Pictures

18/18 :'Black Hawk Down'