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FILTER Five: Our Top 5 Fourth of July Films

By Staff on June 30, 2011


FILTER Five: Our Top 5 Fourth of July Films

We're pretty sure everyone like July fourth. Honestly, what's not to like? BBQs, fireworks (illegal or legal), cold drinks, beaches and—best of all—a day off from work. But there are also those who just like to take the day off and relax inside watching movies, and that's where our list comes in. Not all of these pertain precisely to July fourth, but you can bet they'll be in your Netflix queue come the wind-down to the kickback. You'll recognize these summer staples from childhood and beyond. Proudly, and patriotically, we present: FILTER's Top 5 Fourth of July Films.

The Sandlot (1993)

Why: "You're killing me, Smalls!"
The whole movie is ripping at the seams with summertime culture—including the best example of why not to try tobacco chew—but our favorite is that one awesome Fourth of July scene: an infamous neighborhood block party with lots of fireworks and Ray Charles singing "America the Beautiful." 

Independence Day

Why: Will Smith, aliens, the White House blows up, Bill Pullman gives The Motivational Speech of the Year, and one epic air fight on July 4th.

Team America: World Police (2004)

Why: This movie may not have too much about July 4th in it, but it's more American than an American flag. Seriously, just listen to the theme song. Plus it holds true to any typical American story; actor turns terrorist fighter who falls in love. America.

Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

Why: Oh the memories of Camp Firewood, 1981. It's the last day of camp, everyone's trying to find that someone special and maybe Coop will finally get a kiss from longtime crush Katie. Featuring everyone you can name from The State and beyond, this film's a cult summer staple for reasons too numerous to mention here. Go fondle some sweaters with some special... er, fondue the cheddar.

Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

Why: Although Tom Cruise was also in another very American movie (Tropic Thunder, what did you think we meant?), Born on the Fourth of July features the man acting as a paralyzed, pro-human rights, anti-war activist after fighting in Vietnam. Can't get much more American than that.

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