Its the 4th, in Movies
We here at Movienomics take pride in this day, so much pride that we figured time to have a fun post about which movies we think are some of the best ones to watch on this extra long weekend.
There are many ways to tackle a list such as this. We could focus on movies that make us proud to be an American, movies about our forefathers and presidents, or great American feel good stories. We will do none of that. Instead we will focus on moves that take place on the 4th of July. These could have some of the other topics we mentioned in them, but what makes them unique is the 4th of July aspect that is occurring at some point in the movie. So here are a few of our choices in no particular order, that are on our watch list this weekend:
This film is hailed as one of the best films ever written about our forefathers. Yes it is a musical, but it seriously is one of the best films about the step into the unknown that lead to our independence and the signing of the document that we celebrate today.
Born on the Forth of July
Moving right into another great classic film that is based on the best-selling autobiography of Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic. This movie tells a great story of a small town athlete who joins the marines to fight for his country. Though (spoiler) he ends up paralyzed and turns into an anti war activist. All in all, with eight Oscar nods and starring Tom Cruise(back when he was a great actor), you cannot go wrong.
Yes we aren’t kidding. Jaws in fact takes place on the 4th of July weekend. Crazy, probably never paid attention to that little part of the film before huh? Anyways, what better way to spend a night than watching one of the biggest thrillers of all time. The best part of this film is a lot of the symbolism you can take from it. A group of people having to pull together and using hit-and-run tactics to defeat a larger emeny. Think colonists vs the Brits.
Finally, it is our Independence Day! We have it all here. Aliens, US president flying a jet fighter, and Will Smith. How can you not put this one on the list? No list of forth of July movies could leave this gem out. It has everything and more, even 16 years later it packs a punch.
Yankee Doodle Dandy
This 1942 look on George M. Cohan’s life is pretty outrageously American in every way. Even his birthday on July 4th compounds this fact. If you want flag waving and a patriotic film to every frame, this is the flick you have been looking for that celebrates America as much as can be done in any ‘one film.
That’s all we deiced to put in this list. Though there are tons of films that we could have added if we expanded our focus onto other aspects. FIlms such as The Patriot, Drums Along the Mohawk, Johnny Tremain, Glory, heck even Rocky come to mind. Though what ever you watch it will have American influence in the film, no matter where it was made. So let’s put up our feet, make some popcorn, grab a beer, and let’s enjoy the American tradition of Hollywood on the 4th.
From the Movienomics Team; Happy 4th of July everyone!