Happy Independence Day everyone! I am currently in bed sick. I did not know it was possible to get a fever in the middle of the summer. However, that does not mean that I can’t get in the patriotic spirit and celebrate this fine country of ours. In lieu of fireworks and to honor America here are a list of 10 All-American movies perfect for America’s birthday.
Forrest Gump (1994/ Paramount)
If you have not seen Forrest Gump by this point in your life, I am quite disappointed in you. If you claim you do not like Forrest Gump, I don’t think we can be friends. So, I suggest we all sit back and allow Forrest to take us on a journey through American history. Forrest’s impact on history is huge and his story will make you laugh, cry, and feel oh so proud to be an American.
National Treasure (2004/Disney)
Nicolas Cage is going to steal the Declaration of Independence. That’s all you really need to know to get hooked. Although nothing more than pure fantasy, it makes you wonder, is it possible that our Founding Fathers hid a treasure so well that only Nicolas Cage will be able to find it?
Hairspray (2007/New Line Cinema)
I think there is something uniquely American about movie musicals and this musical has it all. It is set in the 1960s, takes place in Baltimore, MD, makes us reflect on our history, mentions a Kennedy at least once, has a character with a wacky religious mother, centers around TV, and has John Travolta in drag. America!
Almost Famous (2000/ Dreamworks)
This one may be an odd choice, but to me this movie shows you slice of Americana. Set in the 1970s, it is the story of a boy who goes on tour with a band in hopes of writing an article about them for Rolling Stone Magazine. The soundtrack makes this movie and gives you all the feels of being on one wild American road trip.
Oh, the bane of American history teachers everywhere! Disney completely rewrites history in Pocahontas, but accuracy is not why we watch this movie. The movie shows the beginning stages of our country in a beautiful way and with the greatest Disney song of all time (Colors of the Wind). Making it even better, is the fact that a female saves the day in end.
A League of Their Own (1992/Columbia Pictures)
Speaking of females kicking ass, A League of Their Own is the ultimate girl power movie and it is based on true events. During the 1940s, while the men were away fighting WWII, those at home wanted to find a way to keep America’s favorite pastime, baseball, going. Well, the ladies took care of that and showed everyone that “throwing like a girl” is never a bad thing. Just remember that “there is no crying in baseball”
Apollo 13 (1995/Universal)
Just a friendly reminder that the U.S. of A is the only country to have ever step foot upon the moon. In fact, our space program is so epic that even when things go wrong, Tom Hanks will star in a movie and make it right.
May I present the most American musical of all-time. Ok, maybe not of all time, but still pretty damn close. This one takes place in the 1950s, there are kids in high school, a Roosevelt is mentioned at least once, there are songs about teenage sex, and John Travolta is in tight pants.
Saving Private Ryan (1998/ Dreamworks)
Saving Private Ryan is the best war movie of all time and if you don’t cry at least once you have no heart. This movie is a reminder that we are free to celebrate this fine holiday in large part because of the Greatest Generation.
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011/Marvel)
His name is literally America. His uniform is red, white, and blue. He defeats Nazis. Need I say more.