It’s impossible for me to believe, but Independence Day is upon is and with it, the many celebratory activities we enjoy! While many of us may associate the outdoors with the holiday, if you’re like me, our day of freedom for America always includes a movie (or two!). After the cookout is done and before the fireworks, I’m always watching something (and usually it involves staying up late for a family “movie night”). Like last year, I thought I’d round up a few fun Fourth of July movies 2021 to watch!
These films won’t be exclusive to representing the freedom of America partially because there aren’t that many that do, and also because those that do, I don’t know anything about (and I’m too nervous to add them in case they don’t line up with my personal beliefs). So, with that said, I’m simply adding some fun flicks (mostly!) that take a fun approach to freedom (even if in an overarching sense) and that has more of an American theme or honors its spirit. Let’s jump in!
PS: if there’s something missing that you’d like to see on a list like this, first check our list from last year (because it may be there!), and if it’s not, let me know! Always looking for good list titles to include.
FOURTH OF JULY MOVIES 2021 TO WATCH
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Pretty sure I’ve only seen this one once, but I’d really like to re-watch it. It’s fun and silly, but there’s also something surprisingly good in the idea of the film. (PG-13) Find digitally on Amazon Video
2: BEYOND THE MASK
Set during the Revolutionary War, this film is a bit rough around the edges, but it has its high points. It’s an adventure film that takes more of a spiritual approach and has a smaller budget which is why it isn’t as polished as it could be. (PG-13) Find digitally on Amazon Video
3: FELICITY: AN AMERICAN GIRL
This one takes me back to childhood. Based on the novels about Felicity Merriman (from American Girl), I had to watch all of these despite the fact that they released long after I’d have thought they were cool. Still, if you enjoy sweet films or have kids, this one is a good film and it features a young Shailene Woodley, too! Find digitally on Amazon Video
4: THE MAJESTIC
Like so many on this list, this one just has that American spirt that’s hard to deny. It’s not a patriotic film in the same way as others, but it still has that good quality and I’m sure this is the best film I’ll ever see Jim Carrey in. Additionally, for some reason, to me, this film is summer-y. (PG) Find digitally on Amazon Video
5: MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINTON
It’s been years since I’ve seen this one, but when I was doing my little bit or research, this one pops up. If memory serves me it features Jimmy Stewart as a man who, refusing to give up, takes his believes to Washington and fights for them. Find digitally on Amazon VideoMOVIES TO WATCH DURING INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS! #INDEPENDENCEDAY #USA #AMERICA #MOVIES #GOODMOVIES #FOURTHOFJULY Click To Tweet
6: MY DATE WITH THE PREDIDENT’S DAUGHTER
Saw this one YEARS ago, and it seems like a kind of First Daughter or Chasing Liberty kind of vibe (only likely cleaner).
This one is totally just a funsies add! I’m including it because there’s a scene during Fourth of July and it’s one of the funniest ever. Plus, Captain America (aka Chris Evans) stars! (PG-13) Find digitally on Amazon Video
8: THE PATRIOT
Saw this film years ago. I don’t remember much about it, but it has its good points (despite the sorrow) and feels like a “must” addition on a list like this; it’s set during the Revolutionary war. (R) Find digitally on Amazon Video
9: RED DAWN (2012)
This one is a little “out there” to be on this themed list, but it’s here more because of the “spirit” of the film over warm cozies (because that it does not have!). It follows a group of young people fighting back against an invasion on American soil. But then, the writer’s go and do the UNTHINKABLE and as such, the film is bittersweet. (PG-13) Find digitally on Amazon Video
10: THE ROCKETEER
Again, like Red Dawn, this one is more about its spirit than anything. It just has that “American” charm about it with an “aw shucks” good guy all-American hero that I love. (PG) Find digitally on Amazon Video
11: WONDER WOMAN
From what I’ve seen of her (so far, given the rumors of her future, I may change my mind), she’s just a cool character and I want to include the film because of that. (PG-13) Find digitally on Amazon Video
What about you!? Which of these have you seen? Did you like or dislike them? Which would you add to a list like this? Are there any hiddan gem Fourth of July movies to know about? Comment all of your best recommendations or thoughts below.
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