5 4th Of July Movies For Every Patriot

Thursday, July 19 by Loretta Arnold

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If Paul Revere had been a critic, he would have given these five Fourth of July movies a patriotic thumbs up. Patriots celebrate the birth of a storyline behind the stars that stream across the big screen. Besides the movies "1776", "Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor", "The Crossing", :John Paul Jones", or "The Battle of Bunker Hill", what are five other Fourth of July movies that keep makes Americans proud each Independence Day?

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"John Adams" (2008). The TV mini series "John Adams" defines how far the second President and Founding Father would go for the opposition when the opposing side is innocent. The Boston Massacre takes central focus in this film. Adams, played by Paul Giamatti, is a role model in this Fourth of July movie, as he protects the British who did not, repeat, did not cause the Massacre. The film takes viewers into Adams' life beginning at year 1770 until his death. Celebrate Independence Day with two of your favorite American brothers-"John Adams" and Samuel Adams.

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	<strong>"Forrest</strong><strong> Gump" (1994). </strong>Forrest Gump may not be a full-fledged Fourth of July flick, but it has all the fixings of a fine American film. Not only will you find Forrest shaking hands with the President, creating one of the most popular slogans in history and winning a record breaking ping pong championship, but Forrest also will run through jungles just to save his American soldiers from the enemy. In a scene featuring Lieutenant Dan Taylor, the Lieutenant just wants to die in the jungle because that's how his relatives met their end, but Forrest pulls his "boss" out of the jungle after yanking others out of harm's way, and the Lieutenant loses his legs. The path of the movie doesn't follow that downward spiral, but it does build into an American classic.</p>
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"Independence Day" (1996). What a great way to claim independence from the Universe-slipping a couple of aircraft enemas tightly up the alien ship's backdoor. Randy Quaid's character, Russell Casse, lasts only half as long as Will Smith's character, Captain Steven Hiller (Marine Corps pilot). Let's just say before one alien transport ship could tread on "Casse", he destroyed the alien machine straight up-literally! Hollywood has a way of allowing Americans to prevail in the war of all wars. Will Smith ends up saving the day and the earth.

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"Born on the Fourth of July" (1989). Take a guy, place him in a war, chop off his legs, send him home, make him miserable before snapping his dependent attitude back in order, and what do you have?  Fourth of July. Tom Cruise plays Ron Kovic with a gifted spark. Who could forget the zoo inside of the medical facility as Tom couldn't stand being amputated? He looks like a madman in recovery with resentments against the Vietnam War. "It's all wrong." No, it's not Tom. This flick is all right.  Especially when it begins with a July Fourth parade and birthday inspiration that leads to Tom's future path.

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"The Patriot" (2000). If you take the American Revolution and dress it with the likes of Mel Gibson, someone is bound to get hurt. This movie is full of surprises, as a father takes his kids and a hatchet to save his son, who is captured, then released and later killed in the movie. Martin, the father, gets his revenge in the end against a man who killed not one, but two of his sons. What better time than to stab the enemy at close range? "The Patriot" is one of Hollywood's most popular Fourth of July movies.