4th of July Movies: 5 Films to Celebrate Our Independence

Before you start lighting off your fireworks, check out our list of these 4th of July movies that'll make you proud to be an American!

Jesse Conner

By Jesse Conner

4th of July Movies: Captain America: The First Avenger

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We've been through a lot the past year dealing with the pandemic. And finally, we're getting to the point where things are seemingly starting to get back to normal again. With such adversity having stared us in the face, it would have been easy to give up. But that's not what we do. We persevere. When the going gets tough, the tough get going, and that's what we did. This Sunday, we celebrate our Independence Day! Whether you're staying in or going out, Noovie's got you covered with 4th of July movies to help set the holiday mood.

  • 1Top Gun
    4th of July Movies: Top Gun

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    Our first pick is probably the most American flick we have on this list. It centers around the U.S. Naval Aviator rocking the Aviator sunglasses who goes by the call name Maverick (Tom Cruise). The film has fighter pilots showing off their skills in the US Navy's Fighter Weapons School working to see who'll take the TOP GUN Trophy. The cocky young pilot Maverick will learn some valuable lessons along the way before he can truly compete to be the top pilot. After watching this, you're going to feel a need...a need...for speed! And there's also a long-awaited sequel to the film, "Top Gun: Maverick," that will hit theaters November 19, 2021. You can watch the trailer for that one here.

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    Top Gun

    Action / 1986 / PG

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  • 2National Treasure
    4th of July Movies: National Treasure

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    The next film on our list is one that directly references the Declaration of Independence. When looking at that historical document, we see an important piece of paper. But cryptologist Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage) sees a hidden treasure map. Even though he might not be able to see it up close, he knows it's there. So, he only has one option to prove to everyone he's not crazy. He'll have to break into the National Archives and steal the Declaration of Independence. How hard can that be?

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    National Treasure

    Action / 2004 / PG

  • 3Captain America: The First Avenger
    4th of July Movies: Captain America: The First Avenger

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    Though this superhero movie isn't really grounded in reality, we can't think of any man more deserving to wear the red, white, and blue than Captain America (Chris Evans). This man-turned-legend has always led with his best foot forward. Even before he's given the Super Soldier Serum, he proves to be a pure embodiment of what it means to be a hero. Rather than using brawn like his competitors, he leads with his brain and even more with his heart. If you're looking for a Marvel movie that will get you in a patriotic mood, this is it.

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    Captain America: The First Avenger

    Action / 2011 / PG-13

  • 4Independence Day
    4th of July Movies: Independence Day

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    Here is the movie on our list that actually takes place over the 4th of July weekend. The sci-fi flick has every area of the world working together to take on a worldwide attack from an extraterrestrial race on July 4th. The film was initially released worldwide on July 3rd, 1996. It found great success grossing $817.4 million worldwide and becoming the highest-grossing film of 1996. When it seems like all hope is lost, the world must fight off a fleet of alien ships to survive.

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    Independence Day

    Action / 1996 / PG-13

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  • 5Forrest Gump
    4th of July Movies: Forrest Gump

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    We couldn't pull together a list of 4th of July movies without including this one. It's the story of a man who isn't the sharpest tool in the shed, but he's just about the nicest person you'll ever meet. We see several decades of his life in which he lives through many important historical events from the 20th century. He goes from being an All-American football player, a soldier in Vietnam, a ping-pong prodigy, to so much more. The man named Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) lives many lives in this film, and every step he takes is with kindness and decency. On this 4th of July, it's a message we take to heart.

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    Forrest Gump

    Comedy Drama / 1994 / PG-13

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Jesse Conner

Jesse Conner

Jesse is a writer and content manager for Noovie. When he's not working, he's on the beach playing volleyball.

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