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List Rules Vote up the greatest films that are all about America being Number 1.

The most patriotic movies set out to inspire a healthy surge of pride in movie-goers across America - and they're essentially propaganda for the country and government. The top American propaganda movies feature brave men and women risking their lives for the good of the United States. This is a list of the best patriotic movies including everything from Independence Day to White House Down to Top Gun.

What films will you find on this list of the best patriotic American movies? Clint Eastwood directed American Sniper, which was based on the life of U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Bradley Cooper was nominated for an Academy Award for the film. Argo is another acclaimed American movie that almost doubles as propaganda. And not all of these flicks are dramas - it doesn't get more patriotic than the action-packed Captain America films.

Which film makes you want to chant, "U.S.A., U.S.A.?" Vote it up to the top of the list, and feel free to add any patriotic movies that are missing.

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American Sniper is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
American Sniper Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jonathan Groff American Sniper is a 2014 American biographical war drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Jason Hall. It is based on the book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal ...more

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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
Brett Hersom added Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic drama war film set during the Invasion of Normandy in World War II. Directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Robert Rodat, the film is notable for ...more

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Lone Survivor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
Lone Survivor Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch Lone Survivor is a 2013 American war film written and directed by Peter Berg, and starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Eric Bana. The film is based on the 2007 ...more

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Fury is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
Fury Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman Fury is a 2014 American war film directed by David Ayer. A grizzled tank commander (Brad Pitt) makes tough decisions as he and his crew fight their way across Germany in April, 1945.

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, James Badge Dale

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The Hurt Locker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
The Hurt Locker Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Renner The Hurt Locker is a 2008 American war film about a three-man Explosive Ordnance Disposal team during the Iraq War. The film was produced and directed by Kathryn Bigelow and the screenplay was ...more

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Top Gun is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
Top Gun Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer Top Gun is a 1986 American action drama film directed by Tony Scott, and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, in association with Paramount Pictures. The screenplay was written by Jim ...more

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Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
Independence Day Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox Independence Day is a 1996 American science fiction disaster film co-written and directed by Roland Emmerich. The film stars Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, ...more

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Captain America: The First Ave... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
Captain America: The First Avenger Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones Captain America: The First Avenger is a 2011 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Captain America, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It is ...more

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United 93 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
United 93 Olivia Thirlby, Cheyenne Jackson, Denny Dillon United 93 is a 2006 drama film written, co-produced and directed by Paul Greengrass that chronicles events aboard United Airlines Flight 93, which was hijacked during the September 11 attacks of ...more

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Pearl Harbor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
Pearl Harbor Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck Pearl Harbor is a 2001 American war film with romance and action elements directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and written by Randall Wallace. It features an ensemble cast, ...more

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Olympus Has Fallen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
Olympus Has Fallen Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler, Ashley Judd Olympus Has Fallen is a 2013 American action thriller film. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, it stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman, with Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, Cole ...more

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Argo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
Argo Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston Argo is a 2012 American political thriller film directed by Ben Affleck. The film is adapted from U.S. Central Intelligence Agency operative Tony Mendez's book The Master of Disguise and Joshuah ...more

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Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
jimjonz added Armageddon Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler Armageddon is a 1998 American science fiction disaster thriller film, directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and released by Touchstone Pictures. The film follows a group of ...more

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The Sum of All Fears is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
The Sum of All Fears Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, Liev Schreiber The Sum of All Fears is a 2002 American action political thriller film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, based on Tom Clancy's novel of the same name. The motion picture, which is set in the Jack ...more

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White House Down is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
White House Down Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal White House Down is a 2013 American political action-thriller film directed by Roland Emmerich about an assault on the White House by a paramilitary group and the Capitol Police Officer who ...more

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The Day After Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
The Day After Tomorrow Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid The Day After Tomorrow is a 2004 American climate fiction-disaster film co-written, directed, and produced by Roland Emmerich and starring Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ian Holm, Emmy Rossum, ...more

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Pain & Gain is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
Pain & Gain Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, Ed Harris Pain & Gain is a 2013 American crime comedy film directed by Michael Bay and starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie. The film is loosely based on a story published in a ...more

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Man of Steel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
Man of Steel Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon Man of Steel is a 2013 superhero film directed by Zack Snyder, based on the DC Comics character. Clark Kent (Henry Cavill), one of the last of an extinguished race disguised as an unremarkable ...more

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Transformers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
Transformers Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Odette Annable Transformers is a 2007 American science fiction action film based on the Transformers toy line. The film, which combines computer animation with live-action, is directed by Michael Bay, with ...more

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Independence Day: Resurgence is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
Independence Day: Resurgence Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman