It’s officially the Fourth of July, which means Americans across the country are gathering to enjoy barbecues, quality family time, and maybe even poolside relaxation. The federal holiday, of course, celebrates the independence of the United States and commemorates this day in 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was ratified. What better way to celebrate an important day in history than by gathering with loved ones?
And if it’s too hot outside to spend any time outdoors this July 4th, you’re probably browsing the channels on TV and your various streaming services to find something good to watch. Whether you’re with family or spending the day alone, if you’re looking to celebrate the holidays with a patriotic film, you’ve come to the right place.
We’re breaking down our three recommended patriotic movies to stream on Netflix, along with two you can probably just avoid on July 4th.
Patriotic Movies to Watch (and Skip) on Netflix for July 4, 2023
A league of its own
Regard! Who doesn’t love A league of its own? The 1992 dramedy tells a fictional story of the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League during World War II. On the way to founding the league, we meet two sisters named Dottie and Kit who join the Rockford Peaches team. As the team faces various obstacles, they also grow closer and form a strong bond. The film addresses issues of women’s empowerment, gender roles and the impact of World War II on the United States.
Not only A league of its own A great story but also an outstanding cast featuring Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Madonna, Tom Hanks and other familiar faces. If you’re looking for a feel-good film for the 4th of July, we recommend this one.
Skip! The original film from Netflix purple hearts was released in July 2022 and received mixed reviews. The musical romance, starring Sofia Carson and Nicholas Galitzine, follows an aspiring singer named Cassie who struggles to make ends meet after being diagnosed with diabetes. After meeting a US Marine named Luke who is also struggling financially, they decide to get married to take advantage.
While purple hearts definitely found an audience and has become one most watched movies It was also the subject of controversy on Netflix in 2022. First of all, many viewers were not satisfied with it something about the language throughout the film, including xenophobic and anti-disabled remarks. Other called the movie “military propaganda” and felt the plot points were sexist.
While purple hearts touches on patriotism with military action, the negative reviews and controversies are enough to skip this one.
Regard! The fourth part of Rocky The franchise was released in 1985 and will star, direct and write Sylvester Stallone. The film takes place at a time of political tension between the United States and the Soviet Union, which is further aggravated by the rivalry between Rocky Balboa and Ivan Drago, which serves as the main storyline.
Rocky IV sees Rocky as an underdog who trains relentlessly to prepare for the big game. The film focuses on patriotism and the human spirit as the title character tries harder and harder. Besides the great soundtrack, there are so many iconic moments in the film.
wanna see it Rocky IV but you haven’t seen the previous entries? We come with good news! The first five Rocky Movies are currently available to stream on Netflix.
Born on July 4th
Regard! based on the name, Born on July 4th Must be a must-do on Independence Day, right? Well it isn’t Only about the name. The 1989 true story war film is also a great watch worth checking out if you haven’t already. The Oliver Stone-directed film is based on the autobiography of the same name by Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic, played by Tom Cruise.
Throughout the film, we can follow Ron Kovic’s 20-year journey as he transforms from a patriotic high school student into a paralyzed veteran and anti-war activist.
Born on July 4th does an excellent job of depicting the real-life aftermath of military service and examines Kovic’s physical and emotional struggles as he tries to reintegrate into society and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards and Stone won the 1990 Best Director award.
America: The Movie
Skip! If you’re looking for something silly and thoughtless to check out this 4th of July, then maybe America: The Movie is the movie for you. But we recommend you watch a long list of other comedies before watching this one. Although the cartoon’s cast is strong and includes Channing Tatum, Jason Mantzoukas, Will Forte, Judy Greer, Andy Samberg, Olivia Munn, and other popular voice actors, it just doesn’t hit the spot in the way they envisioned.
America: The Movie is a parody of the Revolutionary War and features figures from American history such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison and Paul Revere. However, the film alters various real-life events and characters to create comedic effect. Unfortunately, while viewers may have noticed how ridiculous it is, it just falls flat.
Funnily enough, the two “skips” on this list have the same thing Rotten Tomatoes Score at the time of writing, it was just 35%.
Do you have any other patriotic films on your watch list today? We know what we’re putting on the TV when the temperatures get too hot!
- Published on 04/07/2023 at 10:00 am
- Last updated on 07/04/2023 at 10:00 am