Top Movies To Celebrate Independence Day

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Top Movies To Celebrate Independence Day

Celebrate America with These Patriotic, Pro-American Movies

Here’s a good way to instill in your children patriotism and a love of America:  Rent a patriotic movie.  The only trouble is that these days, those movies are few and far between.

Here are “Ted’s Picks” for patriotic, pro-American movies with faith and values, many of which you can watch with your whole family this holiday and some that require extreme caution even for older teenagers and adults because of some rough content.

The list is divided into 5 Classics and 6 Recent Movies.

MEET JOHN DOE

Quality:
****
Age:
All ages
The 1941 gem by Frank Capra, MEET JOHN DOE, is an extremely entertaining comic drama about a hardboiled female reporter and a down-and-out baseball player who discover redemption, and each other, while working for a ruthless oil man turned newspaper magnate who secretly wants to run for president. Starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck in two of their best roles, MEET JOHN DOE is a brilliant, must-see masterpiece of American cinema offering lots of humor, drama and pathos in a heartfelt story filled with morally uplifting, inspiring Christian meaning.

DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK

Quality:
****
Age:
All ages
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.

MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

Quality:
****
Age:
All ages
The 1939 Frank Capra classic MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON pits the wide-eyed naïve patriot Jefferson Smith, played by Jimmy Stewart in probably his most appealing performance, against a nasty political machine. Cleverly avoiding party labels, this wonderful, brilliant movie has inspired thousands of Republicans and Democrats to go to Washington to “clean things up.”

SERGEANT YORK

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Age:
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 ROCKETEER

Quality:
****
Age:
Teenagers and adults
Strapping a flame-spewing, wing-tipped metallic gizmo to his back, ROCKETEER takes off flying when envious goons and Nazi's attempt to steal his futuristic equipment with a secret plan to rule the world. This well-crafted adventure film's only detraction is considerable violence, which makes it off limits for pre-teen audiences and offensive to some adults.

GETTYSBURG

Quality:
****
Age:
Older teenagers & adults
Ron Maxwell's epic film GETTYSBURG, based on Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel THE KILLER ANGELS, dramatically depicts the three most courageous days in American history when North and South were arrayed against each other in the decisive battle fought on the Gettysburg, Pennsylvania plains. GETTYSBURG is a magnificent movie that should be viewed by every American.

THE PATRIOT

Quality:
****
Age:
Older children & 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.

WE WERE SOLDIERS

Quality:
****
Age:
Older teenagers and adults
WE WERE SOLDIERS is a true story starring Mel Gibson as Col. Hal Moore, who led the first American helicopter troops into battle against the Communist North Vietnamese in 1965. Despite some minor flaws and very strong, bloody combat scenes laced with some strong profanities, WE WERE SOLDIERS delivers a riveting drama with strong appeals to God in the Name of the Holy Christian Trinity.

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS

Quality:
****
Age:
Teenagers and adults
THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS, starring Will Smith and his real-life son, is based on the true life and struggles of Chris Gardner as he attempts to create a better life for himself and his young son. One of the most inspirational movies of the year, the movie puts forth a strong message about a parent’s commitment to their child and that with hard work and a belief in one’s self, great things can be accomplished.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

Quality:
****
Age:
Teenagers and adults
The new CAPTAIN AMERICA movie, THE WINTER SOLDIER, finds Captain America battling a secret cabal that has infiltrated the SHIELD agency and that plans to use powerful new SHIELD technology to snuff out freedom and rule the world. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER is a terrific action movie, with a strong Christian, redemptive, moral, patriotic, and anti-totalitarian worldview promoting liberty and redemption, but the intense action violence and brief foul language warrant caution.