Since July 4th falls on a Thursday this year, we have plenty of time this weekend to celebrate the warm days of Summer. If you are in the 100+ degree zones of America inside entertainment is a priority. We’ve put together our top 5 films to watch with the family during 4th of July weekend.
Grab an extra plate of potato salad and cole slaw and pick out a few films from our list to enjoy.
1. Born on the 4th of July
Tom Cruise stars as Ron Kovic, a real-life Vietnam War veteran who became a prominent antiwar activist after returning home paralyzed. Oliver Stone won the Academy Award for Best Director in 1989.
2. Independence Day
What’s more American than apple pie? Aliens of course. Since the 50’s Americans have been obsessed with Alien movies. In this film the Aliens figured out the perfect day to attack the seemingly weak Americans – on the 4th of July. Will the Aliens take over our planet or can Will Smith save us?
Independence Day 2 will be released in 2015.
3. The Patriot
Mel Gibson stars as a South Carolina farmer who is forced to fight the British during the American Revolution. If you set aside historical accuracy this one is an epic film full of action and emotion. It’s pure fiction yet depicts the modern American ideal.
4. Yankee Doodle Dandy
This is a great family film full of classic American tunes such as “Yankee Doodle Boy,” “Over There” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” James Cagney plays real-life entertainer George M. Cohan. It traces his life as a child-star in his family’s vaudeville show through the time he received a medal from the president for his special contributions to the USA. Cagney won the Academy Award in 1942 for Best Actor and it’s on the American Film Institute’s list of the Top 100 Films in the last 100 years.
5. 1776 (Director’s Cut)
If you want to add another musical following your viewing of Yankee Doodle Dandy, this film is the perfect companion. It was released in 1972 and is based on a stage play. Some of the dialogue and song lyrics were taken directly from the letters and memoirs of the actual participants of the Second Continental Congress.
Bonus: Here on Earth
Maybe you would prefer a romantic cry fest film from a sappy 1-star movie. This is the one. It takes place around the 4th of July and includes everything needed to have you sobbing before the credits roll. Get the tissues ready and a carton of ice cream.
It’s not available on demand but you can always rent the disk. Trailer
What are your favorite 4th of July films?