THE VERY BEST FOURTH OF JULY MOVIES
Watch some of these instead of celebrating with the ones you love.
- •1776Mandatory. 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?
- •JawsYOU CAN'T CLOSE THE BEACHES ON THE FOURTH OF JULY.
- •The SandlotOne 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.
- •Yankee Doodle DandyAn 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.
- •Blow OutAn 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.
- •HONORABLE MENTION: AssassinsOkay, 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.