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Land of the free, because of the brave, right? We all know that Memorial day weekend is a weekend for the beach, BBQ’s, and booze, but we often forget the reason that we celebrate. We celebrate for the soldiers that have fought the ultimate sacrifice for the country that they so dearly love.
Whether it is for Memorial Day, July 4th, Veteran’s Day, or you are simply feeling a bit patriotic why not put on a great movie?
In the midst of parties and celebration, we need some r&r, right? What are the top best patriotic movies on Netflix to just that?
1. Inglorious Basterds
A group of American soldiers stand back and make a plan to take assassinate Nazi leaders that are occupying a cinema owners abode. The real kicker? The U.S. soldiers are Jewish… We know how much the Nazi’s love that.
Watch and learn to see if their plan plays out.
2. Forrest Gump
An all over positive man, Forrest Gump knows nothing negative in life. He goes through the Vietnam war and has not a bad thing to say. The only thing he cares about in life is… a box of chocolates…
Just kidding! It’s his sweetheart Jenny. Will things ever workout for him with Jenny?
3. Turn: Washington Spies
An unlikely group of men from the Americas take on the task of Spying for George Washington. What will they conclude?
4. Seal Team Six: The Raid on Bin Laden
This brave, seasoned SEAL team takes on the fight of a lifetime when they learn that their mission is to capture Osama Bin Laden. They take on the task of infiltrating the Pakistani campground.
Watch as they go through their mission.
This movie follows the life of General George S. Patton as he begins his journey in South Africa. We see his timeline through the Second World War.
Not only do your follow the timeline of events, including the fall of the Third Reich, but we see the mind that manned the ship… or tank in this case.
6. War Machine
A war spoof, a sly General slips in to play a commander in the NATO forces in Afghanistan. This commander may not have all the answers, but will he be taken down by an exposé written by a savage journalist?
7. Captain America: Civil War
We watch as Captain America’s team and Iron Man’s team battle to save the world and each of their teams. Captain America does not feel as though they can rely on the government to save the world, thus creating the war with Iron Man’s team.
Who will win?
8. Brothers at War
A documentary following the soldiers from Charlie Company, we see first-hand accounts, home video, and audio from soldier that played a part.
We see what the brothers went through, but we could never imaging being in their shoes.
Placed in Korengal Valley in Afghanistan, Battle Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Korengal picks up where Restrepo leaves off.
10. The Longest Day
The longest day in the history of days? D-Day. We see a story line of Allied forces and German soldiers as they fight the big fight. A theatrical performance to capture what happened on Normandy beach on June 6, 1944.
11. Top Gun (1986)
Aside from being a good movie, Top Gun also has a strong legacy as a recruitment video. American film producer John Davis noted that this film led to a 500% increase in applications for navy aviator training. Breasseale cited several reasons for the military’s willingness to participate in film projects.
And he’s not alone – the military also enjoys seeing its trainees performing patriotic moves.
The storyline follows Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, the Navy’s most daring test pilot. He avoids advancing his rank in the Navy, instead training the graduates for specialized missions. In one of the missions, he comes across Miles Teller’s character, Lt. Bradley Bradshaw, the son of Maverick’s deceased friend.
The two men bond over their common purpose: to help their fathers save the world.
12. Top Gun: Maverick
The sequel to the 1986 movie is equally impressive. While the first Top Gun was slightly a romantic film, the new sequel is a patriotic ode to U.S. naval aviation. The crews of these fighter jets work long and hard to find and kill the enemy.
This kind of patriotic service exemplifies the best qualities of the United States. And the new sequel embodies all the best parts of the original movie, while adding some new twists and turns.
13. Air Force One
Another great movie with a patriotic message is “Air Force One.” The movie, starring Harrison Ford, shows the President of the United States knocking out five bad guys with his bare hands. The violence in the movie is enough to send a message: America doesn’t mess around.
It’s not your typical Hollywood movie, but it’s a great example of the virtues of patriotism. The movie makes you feel patriotic and proud to be an American.
14. Born on the Fourth of July
Born on the Fourth of July is an American film written and directed by Oliver Stone. Based on the autobiography of Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic, Born on the Fourth of July chronicles Kovic’s life, from childhood to his experiences in the Vietnam War, which ultimately led him to his current position as a peace activist.
The film is the first in Stone’s Vietnam trilogy. This film is a must-see for fans of Vietnam history.
The movie was widely praised for its story, Cruise’s performance, and Stone’s direction. It was also highly successful, grossing over $162 million worldwide and becoming the tenth highest grossing film of 1989.
The movie received eight Academy Award nominations, winning three of them (Best Director and Best Film Editing), and four Golden Globe Awards. The film was a huge hit, and has since become one of the most revered war movies.
15. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
In this classic American drama, idealistic young senator Jefferson Smith, a man of ideals, gains mentorship from Senator Joseph Paine, a man whose reputation is less noble than his actions suggest. Paine becomes involved in a conspiracy to discredit Smith, who wants to build a camping area for boys instead of building a more lucrative project.
The plot unfolds as Smith takes his case to the Senate floor to win the support of the majority.
When Senator Smith is forced to filibuster a corrupt appropriations bill, the aide he hired as a senator suggests that Mr. Smith propose a bill. The senator agrees, and donations pour in. The bill is actually part of a dam-building graft scheme.
Paine, meanwhile, supports the scheme and tries to keep the film off the news. The movie is a must-see for American citizens!
The story of Mr. Smith’s arrival in Washington is a familiar one. He believes in the Constitution and works to make the country better. His ideas are undermined by corrupt politicians in Washington. He decides to make a difference, and the naive senator becomes an important figure in the national political arena. But his idealistic outlook is short-lived.
A cynic in Washington, Jefferson Smith eventually realizes that he must work in an environment where corruption is rife.
In the 1860s, Jefferson Smith is an idealistic youth leader who becomes a U.S. senator. The expected stooge of his benefactors, Claude Rains, has a scheme to discredit him. The plot follows the young senator as he struggles to fight against political corruption and stand for justice.
He even mounts a marathon filibuster with his secretary Saunders.
What are your favorite patriotic movies to watch? What will you be watching this Memorial day, July 4th, or Veteran’s Day? Let us know! Happy Netflixing!