10 Movies About Independence

Thursday, March 3 by Jackie Barlow

These 10 movies about independence present a wide variety of films to choose from. Different eras on fighting wars to preserve our independence have been made into movies and those movies are still enjoyed many decades later. 

  1. "Independence Day" is a different type of independence movie because it concerns an alien invasion of earth with fantastic special effects. After no information is given to the public when a space ship crashes on earth, the whole planet wages war against alien forces in space.
  2. "Top Gun" finds Tom Cruise in advanced training as a Navy pilot who loses the Top Gun honor and has an opportunity to redeem himself. That involved enemy planes and a U.S. vessel that was crippled.  This film made the most money of any movie in 1986.
  3. "1776" is set when the Declaration of Independence was being drafted. It makes the founding fathers, including John Adams and Benjamin Franklin and Martha Jefferson, appear more human. 
  4. "Drums Along the Mohawk" was a 1939 movie set in the Colonial period of America. Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert plays a young couple in the Mohawk Valley in New York State when the settlers were being attacked by Indians. Directed by John Ford, this film was nominated for three Academy Awards. 
  5. "M*A*S*H*" was not only a war comedy and 1970's third most popular film nominated for five Academy Awards, but it also inspired a TV series starring Alan Alda in Donald Sutherland's movie role as Hawkeye Pierce and Gary Burghoff in his own role as Radar. Elliott Gould, Robert Duvall, Sally Kellerman, Tom Skerritt and others played military doctors and nurses at a Korean War Mobile Army Surgical Hospital.
  6. "Flags of Our Fathers" is a movie adapted by Clint Eastwood and produced by Eastwood along with Steven Spielberg. The movie is based on the non-fiction book about the soldiers who raise the American flag over Iwo Jima during WWII. The soldiers then went on a tour of the United States in order to encourage citizens to buy war bonds.
  7. "Sands of Iwo Jima" was a 1949 movie with John Wayne as a tough Marine sergeant in the Second World War. His squad of rebellious recruits at a military station in New Zealand later realize that his rough training stands them in good stead when they fight in Iwo Jima.
  8. "The Longest Day" was about the D-Day invasion that starred so many stars that they had to be listed in alphabetical order. Some of those stars were Eddie Albert, Richard Burton, Sean Connery, Henry Fonda, Peter Lawford, Robert Mitchum, Robert Wagner and more.
  9. "The Patriot" is an American Revolution drama starring Mel Gibson as Benjamin Martin, a widower farmer with seven children with his oldest son played by Heath Ledger. Heath's character returned wounded from fighting against the British and was later captured and sentenced to hang. Benjamin manages to rescue him and the father and son formed a regiment of Carolina patriots who fight the British. 
  10. "Mister Roberts" is a 1955 movie starring Henry Fonda in what is called one of the best service comedies that was ever made. Fonda played the chief cargo officer of a supply ship in WWII and was joined by Jack Lemmon, William Powell and others.