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Top 10 Movies to Watch on The Fourth of July

Top 10 Movies to Celebrate The Fourth of July

Often when we celebrate July Fourth we can easily let the fireworks, BBQ, and fun times with family and friends distract us from taking a minute to remember and appreciate those who sacrificed so much to create this great nation. In a sense, appreciating the fruits of freedom and the pursuit of happiness does exactly that. However, there’s a time to sit and reflect on principles the United States of America was founded upon, as well as the people who founded it.

In honor of Independence Day, the Editorial Staff at Movieguide® has compiled 10 movies that celebrate our country and the values upon which it was founded. Many of these you can watch with your whole family this holiday, but some require extreme caution even for older teenagers and adults because of some rough content…

YOUNG MR. LINCOLN

Quality:
****
Content:
+4 Biblical worldview, with no questionable elements whatsoever.

AN AMERICAN TAIL: FIEVEL GOES WEST

Quality:
***
Content:
+1 Discernment required for young children.
In AN AMERICAN TAIL: FIEVEL GOES WEST, a hungry tomcat’s scheme to make mouseburgers out of Fievel and his family by luring them out west backfires when deputy dog “Wylie” Burp and a friendly feline named Tiger comes to their rescue. Children under ten years of age are not advised to see this film, because of its semi-violent elements and complicated storyline, which youngsters may not understand. At the screening, young children asked their parents “Is it over yet? Can we go home?” Perhaps, this American tale is best left to “older” children with a sense of adventure.

YANKEE DOODLE DANDY

Quality:
****
Content:
+3 Some minor questionable elements.
YANKEE DOODLE DANDY stars James Cagney in one of his signature roles as George M. Cohan, the patriotic musical playwright of the first half of the 20th Century, who loved his country and loved his family, a beloved group of performers known as the Four Cohans. YANKEE DOODLE DANDY is a stirring, endearing celebration of American patriotism and family in tandem with musical whimsy that will warm the viewers spirit.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER

Quality:
****
Content:
-1 Discretion advised for older children.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER tells the origin of Marvel’s first super-hero and the beginnings of his battles against Red Skull, the ruthless head of a rogue Nazi outfit trying to take over the world. Despite some foul language, CAPTAIN AMERICA delivers an inspiring, exciting patriotic punch with a lot of heart.

NATIONAL TREASURE

Quality:
****
Content:
+1 Discernment required for young children.
NATIONAL TREASURE is a rollicking, witty adventure mystery starring Nicolas Cage as a contemporary Indiana Jones hero hunting clues to a treasure hidden for hundreds of years. Although it shows a couple Masonic symbols that help locate the treasure, the movie is not occult or anti-Christian, but is a family-friendly entertainment that honors early American history, the Founding Fathers, the Declaration of Independence, and ideals such as liberty, traditional family values, bravery, honor, patriotism, loyalty, and justice.

DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK

Quality:
****
Content:
+3 Some minor questionable elements.
The classic 1939 movie DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK is a tremendous movie about the American Revolution as experienced on the frontier. It has a profoundly Christian worldview, but there’s plenty of war violence and some comical scenes of drunkenness.

SERGEANT YORK

Quality:
****
Content:
+4 Biblical worldview, with no questionable elements whatsoever.
SERGEANT YORK stars Gary Cooper in a movie based on the true story of a conscientious objector who became the greatest American hero in World War I. SERGEANT YORK is a profoundly Christian movie, with a brilliant performance by Gary Cooper. It powerfully explores the role Christians should play in times of war.

THE PATRIOT

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Discretion advised for adults.
THE PATRIOT stars Mel Gibson as a family man who wrestles with his desire for revenge and the just cause of the American War for Independence in the late 1700s. The violent battle scenes may concern older moviegoers, while younger moviegoers might chafe at the soul-searching, but at the heart of this movie is faith.

MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

Quality:
****
Content:
+3 Some minor questionable elements.

JOHNNY TREMAIN

Quality:
****
Content:
+3 Some minor questionable elements.
JOHNNY TREMAIN is a classic Walt Disney historical drama movie about how the title character changes from an overconfident, selfish silversmith’s apprentice into a principled American patriot ready to lay down his life in the Revolutionary War. JOHNNY TREMAIN is a quintessential historical Walt Disney movie from the 1950s featuring patriotism, positive Christian themes, Bible quotes, prayer, a musical number, and battle scenes with no blood.