THE VERY BEST FOURTH OF JULY MOVIES

Watch some of these instead of celebrating with the ones you love.
  1. 1776
    Mandatory. Absolutely mandatory. This is my all-time favorite Broadway musical screen adaptation. It is perfect. And it's about the goddamn Declaration of Independence, so watch it, will ya?
  2. Jaws
    YOU CAN'T CLOSE THE BEACHES ON THE FOURTH OF JULY.
  3. The Sandlot
    One of the best kids movies to come out of the '90s, and the night game under the Fourth of July fireworks is a real emotional highlight.
  4. Yankee Doodle Dandy
    An incredible screen musical biopic. Even though it's pure fiction (Cohan himself loved the picture, but commented, "I wonder who it's about"), it's a terrific portrayal of a great American icon.
  5. Blow Out
    An under-seen masterpiece. One of John Trovlta's greatest performances. The climax at the Independence Day Parade is so chilling. It will stick with you for a long, long time.
  6. HONORABLE MENTION: Assassins
    Okay, it's a stage musical, not a movie. But to me, nothing in any art form has better encapsulated the American Dream. A group of presidential assassins and would-be assassins gather at a shooting gallery and they tell their stories. It's dark, funny, and incredibly powerful. Booth's monologue into Kennedy's assassination always makes me weep. "They'll hate you with a passion, Lee. Imagine, people having passionate feelings about Lee Harvey Oswald." Remarkable.