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Top 10 Memories to Watch This Memorial Day

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Top 10 Memories to Watch This Memorial Day

By Movieguide® Staff

Memorial Day is more than a holiday to grill out with friends and family. It’s a time to honor the men and women who sacrificed so much for our everyday freedoms. This curated list features powerful films about patriotism and American heroes. Use extreme caution as there may be violence, gore and explicit language.

AMERICAN SNIPER

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Extreme caution for older teenagers and adults.
AMERICAN SNIPER is an extremely well made, powerful, tragic movie about the most successful sniper in U.S. military history, who comes back from the Middle East a changed man. AMERICAN SNIPER has a lot of Christian faith and values, but there are a couple characters without faith and values, and the movie contains very strong violence and much gratuitous foul language, plus brief lewd content ad a couple bar scenes.

TOP GUN: MAVERICK

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Extreme caution for older teenagers and adults.
TOP GUN: MAVERICK is a great sequel to the popular 1986 hit starring Tom Cruise, where Tom’s character, an expert Navy fighter pilot named Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, is demoted and ordered to train a group of elite Navy pilots for a deadly mission to take out a uranium enrichment facility in a foreign country. TOP GUN: MAVERICK is a terrific movie, with emotionally powerful scenes, exciting action and a strong Pro-American, patriotic, morally uplifting worldview, but it’s marred by too many obscenities and three strong profanities.

HACKSAW RIDGE

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Extreme caution for older teenagers and adults.
HACKSAW RIDGE is a great, emotive, powerful, touching Christian war movie about Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), a courageous conscientious objector who serves as an unarmed medic during the brutal battle of Okinawa in World War II. Brilliantly directed by Mel Gibson, HACKSAW RIDGE is a captivating, emotional movie about uncompromising faith and miraculous courage. It will make you laugh and cry, but strong caution is advised because of bloody violence and some foul language.

ACT OF VALOR

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Extreme caution for older teenagers and adults.
ACT OF VALOR is a riveting, realistic war movie about a Navy Seal team trying to stop a Muslim terrorist from entering the country via evil drug smugglers. ACT OF VALOR is an intense, explosive war movie with very strong patriotic values, but it has very strong war violence and some strong foul language. So, extreme caution is advised.

THE THIN RED LINE

Quality:
***
Content:
-2 Extreme caution for older teenagers and adults.
THE THIN RED LINE is a leisurely, lyrical and provocative tale about a group of American soldiers who relieve battle-weary Marines on Guadalcanal Island during World War II. Despite periodic foul language and a few gruesome scenes of violence, the movie has a moral worldview, especially when it focuses on the self-sacrifices some of the men make and the story of a religious army captain who shows Christ-like concern for his men.

LONE SURVIVOR

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Extreme caution for older teenagers and adults.
LONE SURVIVOR is a gut-wrenching true story based on a failed military mission in Afghanistan where four Navy Seals are stranded and out numbered against hundreds of Taliban soldiers. LONE SURVIVOR is inspiring and gripping, with a strong moral, patriotic worldview promoting courage and sacrifice, but extreme caution is advised for abundant foul language and brutal war violence.

UNBROKEN

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Extreme caution for older teenagers and adults.
UNBROKEN is a harrowing story of the Christian Olympic athlete and World War II POW Louis Zamperini, who endured unimaginable hardship. UNBROKEN is an immensely powerful story filled with faith, hope and forgiveness. Extreme caution is due to some intense, brutal war elements and foul language.

MEMPHIS BELLE

Quality:
****
Content:
-1 Caution advised for older children, including teenagers, and sensitive adults.

ZERO DARK THIRTY

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Extreme caution for older teenagers and adults.
ZERO DARK THIRTY is about the killing of Usama bin Ladin, the leader of Al Qaeda. It focuses on one American female agent’s obsession with finding the terrorist leader, despite timid officials in Washington. ZERO DARK THIRTY is powerful and patriotic, but you never see the villain until the end, and there’s many strong obscenities and intense violence.

FAITH OF OUR FATHERS

Quality:
***
Content:
+1 Moderately questionable elements. (Discernment required for young children.)
FAITH OF OUR FATHERS is a drama about two sons trying to find out about their soldier fathers, who were friends and died together in Vietnam. It’s a compelling, touching movie with a strong Christocentric, evangelistic message focusing on Jesus.

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Quality: - Content: +4
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Quality: - Content: +3