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Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda 

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Updated August 23, 2019 1.6k votes 256 voters 4.6k views 23 items

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
Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jonathan Groff

Released: 2015

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

American Sniper is a 2014 American biographical 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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Lone Survivor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch

Released: 2013

Directed by: Peter Berg

Lone Survivor is a 2013 American 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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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
Brett Hersom added Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

Released: 1998

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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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13 Hours: The Secret Sol... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, James Badge Dale

Released: 2016

Directed by: Michael Bay

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (a.k.a. 13 Hours) is a 2016 American biographical thriller war film directed and produced by Michael Bay. In 2012, Benghazi, Libya Jack Silva is newly ...more

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Fury is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman

Released: 2014

Directed by: David Ayer

Fury is a 2014 American 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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Top Gun is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer

Released: 1986

Directed by: Tony Scott

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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The Hurt Locker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Renner

Released: 2008

Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow

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Captain America: The Fir... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones

Released: 2011

Directed by: Joe Johnston

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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Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

Released: 1996

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

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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Olympus Has Fallen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler, Ashley Judd

Released: 2013

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

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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Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
jimjonz added Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler

Released: 1998

Directed by: Michael Bay

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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Pearl Harbor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck

Released: 2001

Directed by: Michael Bay

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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United 93 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
Olivia Thirlby, Cheyenne Jackson, Denny Dillon

Released: 2006

Directed by: Paul Greengrass

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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Shooter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
iceman313 added Mark Wahlberg, Kate Mara, Rhona Mitra

Released: 2007

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

Shooter is a 2007 American conspiracy action thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua based on the novel Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter. The film concerns a former U.S. Marine Scout Sniper, ...more

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Argo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston

Released: 2012

Directed by: Ben Affleck

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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The Sum of All Fears is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, Liev Schreiber

Released: 2002

Directed by: Phil Alden Robinson

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White House Down is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Released: 2013

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

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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Angel Has Fallen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Jada Pinkett Smith

Released: 2019

Directed by: Ric Roman Waugh

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The Day After Tomorrow ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid

Released: 2004

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

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Man of Steel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon

Released: 2013

Directed by: Zack Snyder

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Pain & Gain is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, Ed Harris

Released: 2013

Directed by: Michael Bay

Pain & Gain is a 2013 American 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 1999 ...more
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Transformers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Odette Annable

Released: 2007

Directed by: Michael Bay

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Independence Day: Resurg... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda
Independence Day: Resurgence Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman