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When it comes to celebrating the Fourth of July, fireworks, cookouts, and family barbecues instantly come to mind. We love a good long weekend out in the sun, by the pool, sipping root beer floats, and indulging in one to many hot dogs and desserts.

After the fireworks are over, put on a patriotic movie as a fun way to end the day. Our picks are filled with action, history, courage, and a little humor that kids and adults will enjoy.

The Patriot

Watch Mel Gibson impress in this thrilling fictional tale about the American Revolution. Or, you know, watch it for the 10th time.

Watch it on Netflix.

Pearl Harbor

This World War II drama, based on true events, chronicles the friendship of two boys from their youth to pilots in the war and stars Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett.

Watch it on Prime Video.

Sands of Iwo Jima 

This 1940 dramatization of the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima with John Wayne  in the leading role will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Watch it on Prime Video.

Armageddon

Bruce Willis. Meteorites. The world in peril. What more could you want from an action movie?

Watch it on Prime Video.

Hacksaw Ridge

This biographical film is about Lynchburg, Virginia, native Desmond Doss, an army medic who refused to bear arms and yet saved 75 soldiers in his time serving America. It's a story that will stay with you for years to come.

Watch it on Prime Video.

12 Strong

An emotional drama in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorists attacks, a U.S. Special Forces team bravely heads to Afghanistan for a heroic fight.

Watch it on Prime Video.

Patriot’s Day

A moving film about the search for the Boston Marathon bombers will bring you to tears after watching this engaging drama.

Watch it on Prime Video.

Independence Day

When aliens invade earth, humans find themselves outnumbered and facing superior technology. Their only hope for independence is a will to survive even the most impossible odds.

Watch it on Prime Video.

Lincoln

As the Civil War ravages lives and land, one of America's most renowned presidents must pave a way to peace and freedom as fighting takes place on the battle field, in Congress, and in his own cabinet.

Watch it on Prime Video.

Hamilton

The musical that took the world by a storm is now available on Disney Plus. If you couldn't make your way to the live show, the next best thing is enjoying the performance of the original cast from the comfort of your couch. Dive into the story of one of the United States' founding fathers and first Secretary of the Treasury in this riveting musical.

Watch it on Disney+.

The Tuskegee Airmen

This movie recounts the legendary story of the Tuskegee Airmen, who overcame innumerable odds and obstacles to become the first African-American combat pilots in the United States Army Air Corps.

Watch it on Prime Video.

An American Tail

This family-friendly film celebrates what America is all about: courage, diversity, persistence, and community. The kids will love joining Fievel Mousekewitze on his quest to reunite with his family and create a better New York City for all mice.

Watch it on Prime Video.

Hidden Figures

The stories of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson bring to light the incredible contributions of African-American women at NASA during the space race. Their courage, determination, and persistence will inspire audiences of all ages.

Watch it on Prime Video.

National Treasure

A hidden treasure map. Unimaginable wealth 20 centuries in the making. Ten generations' worth of clues. Throw in a heist to steal the Declaration of Independence and the suspense will keep everyone on the edge of their seats.

Watch it on Disney+.