7 Patriotic Movies to Watch (Instantly) This Fourth of July

Don’t have a Independence Day?barbecue?planned? Well, you’re going to need a way to kill time until the fireworks display, and there’s nothing like a patriotic movie marathon to do the trick.

Sure, some TV stations plan on airing classic Independence Day movies (I mean, it isn’t the Fourth until you’ve seen Will Smith punch an alien in “ID4“.) But, if you’re like me, you hate commercials and you’ve got a Netflix queue just dying?to be filled with movies that make you proud to be an American.

So, in honor of our Independence Day, I’ve taken it upon myself to compile a list of the best patriotic movies Netflix streaming has to offer right now. Just click the picture to add these movies to your queue, and enjoy!

#7.?The American President

This romantic comedy poses the question, “What would it be like if the President was single and ready to mingle?” If only it was set in 2011! I would have loved to see how an inevitable “sexting” scandal would be portrayed.

#6. Black Hawk Down

Intense and touching movie that follows American soldiers after their Black Hawk helicopter is shot down in enemy territory.


John Winger (namesake of the Jeff Winger, lead character of my favorite TV show, “Community”) is a smart alec slacker who impulsively joins the Army as a way to escape his increasingly crappy life. “We’re soldiers; but we’re American soldiers. We’ve been kickin’ ass for 200 years. We’re 10 and 1.”

#4. Full Metal Jacket

Widely regarded as one of the most authentic depictions of life in the US Army?portrayed in a movie, from basic training to warfare. This movie is definitely intense, so consider yourself warned (it is Kubrick after all)!

#3. Field of Dreams

Field of Dreams features baseball legends playing America’s favorite past time in a cornfield in Iowa.

#2. JFK

I have to admit, I haven’t seen this movie, but I’ve been wanting to since “Seinfeld” spoofed it in the episode with the “magic loogie.”

* Unfortunately?this film is no longer streaming as of July 1st! What a shame, make sure you watch it before it gets taken down.

#1. Apollo 13

One of my favorite films of all time: Apollo 13 isn’t overtly patriotic, but with the final NASA shuttle launching July 8th, you can’t help but feel a sense of pride for the heyday of our space exploration program.

Nominees that are totally patriotic, but didn’t make it into my queue include:


3 Comments to "7 Patriotic Movies to Watch (Instantly) This Fourth of July"

  1. Enosh says:

    Are you crazy? Stripes is only mildly patriotic and Full Metal Jacket is a harsh critique of America and its involvement in Vietnam. Now Patton, on the other hand is an exciting war movie that bleeds red white and blue. I just wish Independence Day or, even better, The Patriot was on instantly because honestly I don’t want to watch any of the movies we’ve listed here this weekend. Though if you sat me down and pried my eyes open I’d choose Field of Dreams. I love James Earl Jones in that and it’s by far Costner’s best film.

    • asmageorge says:

      Hey, Enosh. Yeah, if Netflix had more instant movies my list would have looked a little more like: Independence Day, The Patriot, as well as Forrest Gump, Rocky III, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and Saving Private Ryan.

      But with the instant options available, my list ran the risk of being one historical military drama after another, and I intentionally opted for variety. That being said, I missed that Patton is an instant film, and it should have been included.

      I thought about the fact that Full Metal Jacket is highly critical–and kept it anyway. Aside from it being a stunning and well-made film, possessing the right to be critical is one of the things that makes me proud to be an American.

      Happy Fourth!

      • Enosh says:

        I whole heartedly agree with our freedom of expression. The First Amendment is very near and dear to my heart as a writer, but for our nation’s birthday I want to see movies about what makes this country great. Then I can watch Full Metal Jacket and sober up a bit. It is a great movie though to be honest I thought the whole thing fell apart as soon as they got to Vietnam. It became so haunted and disjointed. It’s really two separate films smashed together in a Cannes sort of way that just doesn’t work for me. If Kubrick would have made a short film and ended it at the title scene it would have been a much more balanced picture. It’s strange that when most people bring up Full Metal Jacket they completely ignore the majority of the film. Their entire focus is on R. Lee Ermey’s fantastic performance. He is the iconic Marine.
        I was disappointed by Netfilx’s lack of watch instantly patriotic films for the weekend, but I’m sure that has to do with licensing deals with TV. If we could watch all the greats instantly with no commercials who would bother with regular old TV and cable?
        But enough rhetoric, it’s time to fire up the barbecue and light some firecrackers!
        Thanks for the list by the way, I was surprised by how few lists like this there were and a Netflix list was exactly what I was looking for.

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