Just because you don’t have an elaborate party planned for the fourth of July, doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate. In fact, you don’t even have to leave your bed, to commemorate this important holiday. Just pull up your covers because here are eight movies you need add to your July 4 playlist.
It’s literally written in the title, so this movie is required to be on your list. The film features Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman and follows the story of a Marine Corps pilot leading a group of humans attempting to save Earth from an alien invasion.
Whether you’ve seen it 500 times or not (if you haven’t seen the movie yet, what are you doing) this film needs to be underlined and highlighted on your movie playlist for today. The film centers on the life of the slow-witted but kind-hearted titular character, played by the extremely talented Tom Hanks. In 2011, the Library of Congress chose to preserve “Forrest Gump” in the National Film Registry which basically indicates that the movie is truly a national treasure.
Speaking of national treasures, what better way to celebrate the fourth of July then by watching historian, Benjamin Franklin Gates, played by Nicholas Cage, steal the Declaration of Independence and search for national treasure hidden by the founding fathers. Luckily, if you fall in love with this movie, there are two other sequels waiting to be added to your list.
“Remember The Titans”
As you try desperately not to cry, this powerful movie will tug at your heart. In the film, new head coach Herman Boone played by Denzel Washington, and his football team learn what it really means to be a team as they battle racial prejudice from members of their community.
“All The President’s Men”
In this film, Washington Post journalists Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, played by Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford, investigate the Watergate scandal which resulted in the end of Richard Nixon’s presidency. The political thriller is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Bernstein and Woodward, and like Forrest Gump, the Library of Congress selected “All The President’s Men” for preservation in the National Film Registry in 2010.
Based on the 1969 Broadway musical of the same name, “1776” is a musical about how the Declaration of Independence was created. Although the Declaration of Independence didn’t officially separate the United States from Great Britain, it was an early step towards independence, so remembering that is important on this holiday. Some of the dialogue and lyrics featured in the film came directly from the letters and memoirs from active members of the Second Continental Congress which makes it even more essential to add this movie to your watchlist.
Loosely based on the biography, “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by Doris Kearns Goodwin, this historical drama centers around President Abraham Lincoln’s last few months alive as he tries to get the 13th amendment added to the Constitution. Showcasing an important moment in history, “Lincoln” stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Fields and David Strathairn and is the perfect movie to add to your list.
“A League of Their Own”
Starring Tom Hanks, Madonna and Lori Petty, this fictionalized retelling of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League is about an all-female baseball team trying to be taken seriously after Major League Baseball opens its door to women. Following the success of the movie, the film was preserved in the National Film Registry in 2012.
I hope you enjoy all of these movie recommendations and have an amazing fourth of July.