On 4th of July, exactly 238 years ago the Founding Fathers of America had signed the Declaration of Independence, thus creating the United States of America. Their struggles and triumphs have been a great source of inspiration to artists who have recreated these emotions in their movies. Here are the top five must-watch American Independence movies.
Born on the Fourth of July (1989):
Directed by Oliver Stone, ‘Born on the Fourth of July’ is an adaptation of a bestselling autobiography that tells the story of Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic. Nominated for eight Academy Awards, the movie narrates the story of Kovic, played by Tom Cruise. Returning from the Vietnam War paralyzed, Kovic feels betrayed by his country and so he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights activist. The transition of the country from the pleasant 50s to the ugliness of war is shown by Stone and depicted the fragmented life of a Veteran.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939):
Considered one of the greatest movies, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is a political drama with a healthy dose of humor. Directed by Frank Capra, the film is about the naïve but patriotic Jefferson Smith (James Stewart). He is appointed to the US Senate, where he comes face-to-face with political corruption, yet he pursues a righteous path. The core theme being freedom, the movie displayed reality for which the film got tangled in a lot of controversy. But thanks to its strong message the movie was a success.
Glory, directed by Edward Zwick, is believed to be one the of best Civil War movies in history. Artistically intertwining personal stories and historical facts, Glory is based on the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Brodrick), the central character, is a Colonel during the Civil War. Portraying the 54th regiment, which was the first formal unity of the United States Army made up entirely of African-American men, the movie is thought-provoking with an intricate and emotional story.
The Patriot (2000):
Set against the backdrop of colonial South Carolina in 1776, The Patriot is directed by Roland Emmerich and tells the story of a simple farmer, Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson). Provoked by the murder of his son by a British Officer, he leads the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution. Regardless of the movie being historically inaccurate, the quintessence of the Revolutionary war and sacrifice is perfectly captured.
Independence Day (1996):
This might not be the most traditional movie for this day, but it is the American spirit shown that has earned Independence Day a spot on this list. This blockbuster hit too is directed by Roland Emmerich. This story of an alien invasion and the war against them has become one of the most popular and memorable films, with the President’s speech to his people going down as one of the moments on the silver screen.
Red Dawn, Saving Private Ryan, United 93 are some other excellent independence movies that should not be missed!