Fourth of July: Patriotic Movies to Watch in Between Barbecues

It’s time for fireworks, hot dogs, and hamburgers. This Fourth of July, if you’re looking for something to do in between barbecues, look no further than our list of American classics. From Legally Blonde to A League of Their Own to Captain America: The First Avenger, here are our favorite movies to watch on Independence Day.

Legally Blonde
Reese Witherspoon in “Legally Blonde” | Photo by Tracy Bennett/MGM Pictures

‘Legally Blonde’

What’s more patriotic than Reese Witherspoon and a story about overcoming sexism and stereotypes? In Legally Blonde, sorority president and fashion merchandising major, Elle Woods, has her world turned upside down when her boyfriend breaks up with her. The lengths Elle goes to win him back is nothing short of the American dream.

For some extra Elle Woods content, watch the sequel to Legally Blonde, entitled Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde. Here, our favorite lawyer finds herself in Washington D.C., fighting for animal rights. Of course, it’s not as charming as the original, but it does put a patriotic spin on a classic chick flick.

Chris Evans
Chris Evans | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

Chris Evans stars as Steve Rogers in many Marvel movies, including their recently released blockbuster, Avengers: Endgame. However, Captain America: The First Avenger is the movie that started Steve Rogers’ journey.

This movie, set during World War II, is about sacrifice and a true love for one’s country. Through Steve Rogers’ journey, fans see him become Captain America, the first member of the Avengers, and a true hero.

Forrest Gump
‘Forrest Gump’ 1994 directed by Robert Zemeckis | Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Getty Images

‘Forrest Gump’

This movie showcases world history in a way that’s never been done before. Forrest Gump stars award-winning actor Tom Hanks. Additionally, this film is the recipient of multiple Academy Awards, including “Best Picture” and “Best Actor.”

Through an insane amount of luck, Forrest Gump finds himself in the middle of American history, from meeting the President to being a soldier in the Vietnam War. It’s heartwarming, heartbreaking, and one of America’s best-known movies.

League of Their Own
League of Their Own | Photo by Robin Platzer/Twin Images/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images

‘A League of Their Own’

It’s America’s favorite pastime. This movie tells the story of an all-American, female baseball league, created during World War II. Although this is a fictional story, it details the real formation of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

The women in this story face sexism in the beginning. Still, the women push beyond prejudice to play the game they love. A League of Their Own stars Tom Hanks, Rosie O’Donnell, and even Madonna. Now over 25 years since the movie premiered, this film is still revered as a story of female empowerment and perseverance.

Night at the Museum
Ben Stiller ‘Night at the Museum’ | Photo by James Devaney/WireImage

‘Night at the Museum’

One of the most recently released movies on this list, Night at the Museum tells the story of a man, Larry Daley, who is in between jobs. He lands a position at the American Museum of Natural History as a night guard. Though the position appears boring to him at first, everything changes when the history in the museum comes to life.

If you’re looking for a flick to watch with the kids, Night at the Museum is the way to go. This movie looks at American history and artifacts in a fun and lighthearted way. Perfect for a mid-Fourth of July watch.