America is the greatest nation in existence, period! To celebrate this fact I have composed a Top 10 list of movies that celebrate America. Understand that these are my personal picks and not just any random movies. These movies in there own way have lifted me up and made me feel more patriotic. So with out further ado HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA!!!!
10) The Patriot –
This film stars Mel Gibson as veteran solider and farmer Benjamin Martin who has been living a peaceful life during the American Revolution. Martin is called into duty once more as his son Thomas. Known only as the Ghost, Martin led the South Carolina milita to great victory over the Red Coats. The late Heath Ledger did a good job as Martin’s son Gabriel who initially joined the Continental Army and Benjamin’s no#2. No matter what you think of him now, Mel screams American in this movie, as a father who has lost his son to a war he didn’t want to fight. Watching this movie makes me want to get up and stab tyranny with ol’ Stars and Stripes like Mel did.
9) Red Dawn
Imagine you wake up one morning, you go to school or work like its any other normal day. But then it happens troops start dropping in from the sky and there not our troops. They begin to secure the town your in hunting down anyone who is likely to resist. What would you do? That is the question posed in 1984’s Red Dawn starring the awesomeness that is Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen as brothers Jed and Matt Eckhert. Jed and Matt lead a milita of teens to defend there home and country against the Russia/Cuban regime. Hidden in the mountains the teens gave there lives so America could survive. I can say is WOLVERINES!!!!
8) D2: The Mighty Ducks
Now before you get all judgemental let me explain myself. In this highly anticipated sequel to The Mighty Ducks, Coach Gordon Bombay is selected to coach Team USA hockey in the Junior Goodwill Games after suffering a major knee injury in the Minor Leagues. Bombay takes his championship Ducks with some new additions to L.A. The team suffers through some challenges like Gordon becoming a celebrity and Team Iceland who are the best team in the Tournament. The Ducks are underdogs as was America at one point before the fame and distractions got in our eye but once we are together we are a force to be reckoned with.
Say what you want about this film (and believe me I have) this is one of those America movies. Taylor Kitsch of “Friday Night Lights” fame the movie is based of Hasbro’s children’s game in which to players sit on opposite sides and call out coordinates in an attempt to sink the opponents battleships. While the film in and of itself is terrible its got great moments. For example after the destroyer class USS John Paul Jones is sunken by the aliens Hopper (Kitsch) goes to the only ship left the battleship USS Missouri and ask all the senior vets there for there help in manning the old rig. This scene screamed America as the montage kicks in. I also applaud the film for using vets from the Wounded Warriors that pretty awesome.
6) Rocky IV
In the fourth installment of the Rocky series Rocky (Slyvester Stallone) must pick up his gloves once more to defend the country and the honor of his deceased friend Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) against the Russian powerhouse Ivan Drago (Dolph Lungdren). In order to avenge Apollo, Rocky must go venture to Mother Russia to fight Drago at his home arena. The following was a epic battle in between the Russia destroyer and the America underdog. This movie has everything an awesome 80’s montage, hair bands and Russia vs U.S.A. You just gotta love Rocky, if you don’t its unconstitutional.
5) Battle Los Angeles
Aliens have invaded the world, most of the major cities have gone dark. All hope lies in Los Angeles were a rag tag group of soldiers lead by Staff Sargent Micheal Nantz played by Aaron Eckhart left behind enemy lines with a small group of hostages. This movie was great the pace started off a little slow but it was worth the wait. Highlighting the Marines this movie shows us the sacrifice our military makes in times of war. Going behind enemy lines only to get stranded instead of giving up the soldiers risk there lives to get the hostages out of enemy lines before the military fire bombs L.A. As the son of a vet I take pride and thank all our soldiers for there hard work, service and sacrifice.
4) Captain America: The First Avenger
Captain America is a true underdog story about a sickly kid from Brooklyn who just wanted to serve his country during WW2. Being chosen to be a part of the Super Solider Program by Dr. Abraham Erskine he was subjected to the Super Solider Serum. The serum increased his strength, speed, stamina and senses to peak human perfection. You know the rest frozen in ice, thawed out, the Avengers, yada, yada, yada. Seriously, his name is Captain America there isn’t really anything else to say about it.
In 1998 Micheal Bay director of turd movies released Armageddon. Starring Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Ben Affleck the film was released in the prime of the Disaster Movie genre. The film revolves around a giant asteroid which is heading straight to Earth to end all life. In a last ditch effort to save the planet Dan Truman (Thornton) hires drilling specialist Harry Stamper (Willis) to train a team of astronauts to drill to the core of the asteroid and detonate an nuclear bomb. Instead Harry decides to let his friends drill and have the astronauts pilot the ship. This movie just shows you the little guy a rag tag group of drillers can save the world. This movie had explosions, underdogs and even an love story. What’s more America than a bunch of blue collar dudes saving the world.
2) Independence Day
Roland Emmerich scores on the list twice with Independence Day. Starring Will Smith as Captain Steven Hiller and Jeff Goldblum as David Levinson as the protagonist in this alien invasion film. Without a doubt this film has one of the single greatest act one’s ever. The aliens show up with dark ominous space ship wait till everything is perfect and then destroy most major cities all over the world. However Bill Pullman as President Whitmore is one of the best parts about the movie. Especially when he gave the rallying speech on Independence Day, “We will not go quietly into the night, we will not vanish with out a fight, we will vanish without a fight. We are going to live on, we’re going to survive. Today we celebrate our Independence Day!” If that does get your patriotism going I don’t know if anything will.
Kurt Russell star in this 2004 film about the 1980 Men’s U.S. Hockey team. In a time of great depression and turmoil this hockey team inspired a nation at the 1980 Olympic Games when they pulled the upset of upsets beating the seemingly invincible team from the Soviet Union. Coach Herb Brooks picked a team of young up and coming college hockey players to learn his style of hockey to combat the Soviets. This movie is one of my all time favorite movies and it shows the American resolve. No matter what the odds when the chips are down and all seems lost that’s when America kicks it into high gear! Do I believe in miracles? Why yes, Al Michaels yes I do!!!
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