Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States of America, once said that “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” Keeping that in mind, American freedom is celebrating every year on the 4th of July with festive barbecues, spectacular firework displays, fairs and parades, and performances based on historic freedom fighters.
For those of us who love watching movies through the independence weekend and learning more about American history, here’s my list of the top 5 recent American movies to kick in those patriotic feels.
5. National Treasure
Your typical treasure hunting movie filled with curiosity, eureka, and humour. A team of three go in search for fantastic treasure using hidden clues left by their ancestors. Starring Nicholas Cage, Diane Kruger, and Justin Bartha, National Treasure explores various American Landmarks like the National Archives, Independence Hall etc and speaks about many historic figures such as the freemasons, the founding fathers and Benjamin Franklin. You’re guaranteed an adventure.
4. Independence Day
As cheesy as it sounds, this 1996 nationalistic film has everything one could possibly want from an action thriller. Action sequences, heroic sacrifices and inspiring stories, all with Will Smith in the lead. An appropriate mix of clever and emotional, Independence Day encompasses unity as the world comes together to fight alien species in one massive production.
“Life’s not about how hard of a hit you can give… it’s about how many you can take, and still keep moving forward.” – words said by the legendary Rocky Balboa. I could stop right here because to watch this movie needs no conviction. By participating in the United States Bicentennial, an annual celebration during the mid-1970s that paid tribute to historical events of the States as an independent democracy, ‘the Italian Stallion’ defies all odds.
Who does not love the Obamas? Released by Netflix and directed by Vikram Gandhi, Barry discovers the formative life of the first African American president of the United States. It is a realistic biopic showing the loved president’s college years and the struggles he goes through. Heartfelt and insightful, this is certainly a must-watch.
One of the most popular American assassinations of the previous century, John F Kennedy was shot while riding a motorcade in Dallas, Texas with his wife, Jacqueline. In unimaginable amount of grief and scrutiny under the public eye, she perseveres and makes hard decisions. With Academy award winner Natalie Portman playing the lead, this movie depicts the incredible story of one of America’s most popular First Lady.
So what you waiting for? Get attached to extraordinary characters, laugh at slapstick comedy, and view some kick-ass action this independence day.