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20 patriotic movies and sequence shall be streamed on July 4th

July
3, 2020

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This story originally appeared on PC Mag

Independence Day looks a little different in 2020. Big barbecues and fireworks are canceled due to COVID-19, while many anticipate how much work remains to be done so that we can all achieve the American dream.

History buffs can choose from a variety of documentaries about the American experience, from American Factory and 13th on Netflix to I Am Not Your Negro on Amazon Video, not to mention all the Ken Burns documentaries you can buy or rent online. However, for fictional or dramatized representations of our nation's history and military, read the best patriotic films and TV shows on the top video streaming services.

John Adams (2008)

This HBO mini-series records the political career of John Adams and his role in the founding of the United States. It may be the most appropriate film on this list for a viewing on July 4th. Make yourself comfortable with one of our founding fathers as the turmoil of the 1770s spans seven episodes. (Streaming on HBO Max)

Turn (2014)

This AMC series looks behind the scenes of the War of Independence and a group of spies that contributed to the defeat of the British. All four seasons are on Netflix.

Hamilton (July 3)

The hottest ticket on Broadway is coming to your TV via Disney + on July 3rd. Hamilton was filmed at Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theater in June 2016 and features the original Tony Award-winning cast, including Lin-Manuel Miranda as the title character. If you were thinking of subscribing to Disney + with a free trial and then quitting after watching Hamilton, you're out of luck. Awaiting this move, Disney ended free trials last week, but at $ 6.99 a month, it's a lot cheaper than buying tickets to the Broadway show.

The Patriot (2003)

Okay, Mel Gibson is terrible, but Heath Ledger isn't. So we can focus on him as the soldier of the War of Independence who defies his father to fight the British. (Streaming on Netflix and Hulu)

Band of Brothers (2001)

Band of Brothers, another epic wartime HBO mini-series, leads us into World War II, seen through the eyes of "Easy" Company. The 10-part drama takes viewers from basic training to the beaches of Normandy and beyond. The stars include Damian Lewis from home, Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy. (Streaming on HBO Max)

The Tuskegee aviator

The Tuskegee Airmen were the first U.S. Air Force black military aviators, then known as the U.S. Army Air Corps. Laurence Fishburne plays the leading role in this dramatization of her story. (Streaming on HBO Max)

Captain America Films (2011 – 2016)

Chris Evans is a new generation of super soldiers in this hugely popular Marvel series. Catch Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War Against Disney.

All the way (2016)

See Bryan Cranston transform into Lyndon B. Johnson in this HBO film, who recorded his first year in office and his role in the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. (Streaming on HBO Max)

Forrest Gump (1994)

Experience the 60s, 70s and 80s through the eyes of Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks), an Alabama man with a low IQ but a big heart. (Streaming on Starz)

Platoon (1986)

Platoon is the first of Oliver Stone's three Vietnam War dramas and is based on the director's time as a US infantryman in Vietnam. It brought Stone an Oscar for Best Director in 1987 when the film was also recognized as the Best Film. (Streaming on Starz)

Born on July 4, 1989

The second Vietnam war drama staged by Stone shows Tom Cruise as a marine who is paralyzed during his service in Vietnam and eventually becomes an anti-war activist. (Streaming on Starz)

Heaven and Earth (1993)

The third Stone Vietnam film, Heaven & Earth, features Tommy Lee Jones as an American soldier who marries a young Vietnamese woman and brings her to the United States after the war. (Streaming on HBO Max)

Rescue of the Dawn (2006)

Rescue Dawn plays Christian Bale as Dieter Dengler, a U.S. soldier who was captured by Pathet Lao after his plane crashed. (Streaming on Cinemax)

Black Hawk Dawn (2001)

Rescue Dawn plays Christian Bale as Dieter Dengler, a U.S. soldier who was captured by Pathet Lao after his plane crashed. (Streaming on Cinemax)

A couple of good men (1992)

When two U.S. Marines are brought before a court-martial for murdering a naval colleague at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba, an inexperienced lawyer (Tom Cruise) is accused of defending them against the objections of a Lieutenant Commander (Demi Moore), who wants the work. The film follows the case and fireworks in the courtroom courtesy of Base Commander (Jack Nicholson). (Streaming on fuboTV and Philo)

Air Force One (1997)

United States President James Marshall (Harrison Ford) returns from a trip to Moscow to crack down on terrorists and is in a kidnapped Air Force One. It is of course the communists and they have demands. President Marshall has other plans. (Streaming on Netflix)

Seize opportunity (2009)

Another HBO special, Taking Chance, plays Kevin Bacon as Lieutenant Colonel in the Navy, Michael Strobl, who brought the body of a fallen marine, PFC Chance Phelps, home from Iraq. Bacon was awarded a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance. (Streaming on HBO Max)

The looming tower (2018)

Another HBO special, Taking Chance, plays Kevin Bacon as a lieutenant colonel in the Navy, Michael Strobl, who brought the body of a fallen marine, PFC Chance Phelps, home from Iraq. Bacon was awarded a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance. (Streaming on HBO Max)

Taste the nation with Padma Lakshmi (2020)

We are a nation of immigrants and in this series Padma Lakshmi travels to the United States to try the food of those who have settled here. (Streaming on Hulu)

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