It’s the July 4 weekend and if heading to the beach for an all-day celebration out in the sun isn’t your thing, why not get in the mindset of the holiday by revisiting one — or a few — of your favorite patriotic movies instead? These films all make their way through some of the country’s most important historical events. By the end of this movie marathon, it’s pretty much guaranteed you’ll be feeling just as proud and protective of your nation as the main characters in these movies are. Below, check out seven patriotic films that will have you feeling that Fourth of July spirit in no time.
1. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Playing Jefferson Smith, a man who is appointed to fill a vacancy in the U.S. Senate pretty much cemented James Stewart as one of the leading actors of his time. Though Smith starts out idealistic and naïve, he quickly becomes privy to the corruption and multitude of political shortcomings of the government once in Washington. The role became one of the defining ones of Stewart’s career, not in small part because of its universal themes of democracy and the American dream.