It’s that wonderful time of the year. The 4th of July holiday. It’s when we all get decked out in red, white and blue. We bbq, drink and enjoy being free.
Thank you Revolutionary War and Declaration of Independence.
What better way to celebrate than doing a top 5 of the best patriotic movies to watch.
Yeah, you read that right. Jaws is number five on the list of 4th of July movies to watch? Why? Because it’s a movie about a shark eating people on the 4th of July weekend!
When a young woman is killed by a shark while skinny-dipping near the New England tourist town of Amity Island, police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) wants to close the beaches, but mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) overrules him. He fears that the loss of tourist revenue will cripple the town. Ichthyologist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and grizzled ship captain Quint (Robert Shaw) offer to help Brody capture the killer beast, and the trio engage in an epic battle of man vs. nature.
#4. Top Gun
The Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School is where the best of the best train to refine their elite flying skills. When hotshot fighter pilot Maverick (Tom Cruise) is sent to the school, his reckless attitude and cocky demeanor put him at odds with the other pilots. This is especially true with the cool and collected Iceman (Val Kilmer). But Maverick isn’t only competing to be the top fighter pilot. He’s also fighting for the attention of his beautiful flight instructor, Charlotte Blackwood (Kelly McGillis).
#3. The Sandlot
When Scottie Smalls (Thomas Guiry) moves to a new neighborhood, he manages to make friends with a group of kids who play baseball at the sandlot. Together they go on a series of funny and touching adventures. The boys run into trouble when Smalls borrows a ball from his stepdad that gets hit over a fence.
#2. Saving Private Ryan
Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) takes his men behind enemy lines to find Private James Ryan, whose three brothers have been killed in combat. Surrounded by the brutal realities of war while searching for Ryan, each man embarks upon a personal journey and discovers their own strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honor, decency and courage.
#1. The Patriot
A widowed farmer, with a brave but brutal military past, decides not to join up when the British arrive just before 1776. However, when his son enlists and is later captured by the enemy, the former soldier must abandon his new-found pacifist principles in order to rescue his oldest child. He then forms a regiment of Carolina patriots, whose guerrilla tactics prove pivotal to the US war effort.
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