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Five Fourth of July Movies to Inspire You This Holiday

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By Sounak Mukhopadhyay | July 3, 2014 12:03 PM EST

The Fourth of July is here again. The independence day of the United States has inspired several movies in the past. The basic theme of patriotism and pride became the undertone of films, sometimes discreetly and sometimes candidly. While the Independence Day celebrations may get threatened by Hurricane Arthur, several Americans may prefer staying inside and watching a movie which inspires them. Here is list of films which may help you choose one for the occasion.

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Marco Diaz (L), of Mexico and Yusif Osekre of Ghana hold the American flag as they take the Oath of Allegiance which was administered to 1,094 new American citizens during a special naturalization swearing ceremony at Turner Field stadium in Atlanta, Georgia July 2, 2014. The candidates originated from 81 different countries during the ceremony which is part of Atlanta's 4th of July festivities.

Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

This Oliver Stone movie stars Tom Hanks who was nominated for the Academy Awards for the first time for this performance. The movie shows how one has to fight for one's country to make it a better place. BFJ is a reminder of the ideals the United States is built with. This is a must-watch if you are looking for some inspiration on this day.

The Patriot (2000)

This Roland Emmerich movie stars Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger. This movie probably brings the best of Gibson. The movie is one of the best movies set during the Revolutionary War. Even though the film is often criticised for historical inaccuracies, the movie is meant for inspirational treatment rather than a historical one.

Rocky (1976)

The John G. Avildsen created an overnight star out of Sylvester Stallone who also wrote the screenplay of the movie. No studio was interested in casting Stallone for the role as he was an unknown face during those days. Just like Rocky Balboa, the protagonist of the movie, this is a "rags to riches" American Dream story of Stallone himself as well. One of the most inspirational movies of all time, "Rocky" inspires you to believe in the beauty of your dreams.

Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

If you are in the mood of going down memory lane and watching some black and white classic, you must choose this one. The Michael Curtiz movie stars James Cagney who plays George M. Cohan in the movie. In this biopic of the performer, you'll find enough inspiration. This is another "rags to riches" story of the great American Dream, and you can never get enough of it.

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

This Robert Mulligan movie stars Gregory Peck as lawyer Atticus Finch who fights for a black man (played by Brock Peters) accused of raping a white girl. The movie deals with racism and how to deal with it. This movie is equally relevant in modern times. Watch it for some brilliant performances in a movie which is considered to be one of the greatest movies ever made.

What is your favourite Fourth of July movie? Use the comments section below to express yourself.

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Marco Diaz (L), of Mexico and Yusif Osekre of Ghana hold the American flag as they take the Oath of Allegiance which was administered to 1,094 new American citizens during a special naturalization swearing ceremony at Turner Field stadium in Atlanta, Georgia July 2, 2014. The candidates originated from 81 different countries during the ceremony which is part of Atlanta's 4th of July festivities.
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