The 4th of July is a day of celebration of the United States of America, so why not get in the mood with these festive patriotic movies?
While the 4th of July is known for its bombast and fireworks, sometimes celebrating America can be as simple as a good movie. Netflix and Amazon are streaming many movies that honor America in different ways.
Here is our list of eight movies streaming on Netflix or Amazon to watch on the 4th of July:
American Sniper (2014)
Last year's highest grossing movie also happens to be a huge celebration of American tenacity. American Sniper tells the true story of soldier Chris Kyle, once known as the deadliest sniper in the world. The film honors Kyle as an American hero while also presenting the ambiguity of war in an interesting way. Watch it on Amazon Instant Video.
Top Gun (1986)
While frequently parodied over the years, Top Gun is overtly sincere in its celebration of the United States Navy. The film stars Tom Cruise in one of his most famous roles and boasts an authentically '80s soundtrack. Watch it on Netflix streaming.
Lone Survivor (2013)
Lone Survivor is one of the more well-regarded military films in recent memory. The film stars Mark Wahlberg and centers on the true story of four Navy SEALs in Afghanistan. Watch it on Amazon.
Forrest Gump (1994)
If you're not in the mood for a war movie, Forrest Gump is perhaps your best bet. The 1994 classic is a celebration of America as the simple yet profound Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) inadvertently affects the course of American history. Watch it on Netflix.
Black Hawk Down (2001)
This critically acclaimed film tells the true story of the Black Hawks teaming up with the U.S. Army and Deltas to help fight in a war in Mogadishu. The film is available on Amazon.
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
One of the first war films ever made, All Quiet on the Western Front does not celebrate or glorify war. While it is actually about German soldiers in World War I, its overall spirit shows the brutality of war that soldiers have to go through. Watch this film on Amazon.
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Marvel fans can celebrate the 4th of July too. The first Captain America film showcases a man dedicated to honor, integrity and protecting the homeland. Watch it on Amazon.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Looking for some laughs? Dr. Strangelove will certainly provide some comedy while also giving a thought-provoking message. Centering on the launch of a nuclear attack on Russia and the general paranoia of the Cold War, this film should unite pro-war and anti-war advocates alike. Watch it on Amazon.