America The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time  

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List Rules Movies must feature a heavy dose of American patriotism.

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The most patriotic movies ever made on the list below will make you proud to be an American. Films celebrating the country's proud heritage and history have long been a favorite theme in Hollywood, and a few have won Academy Awards or been considered some of the best films of all time. Movies have a way of transporting audiences back in time and can even educate them about U.S. history, from the Revolutionary War, to Abraham Lincoln's presidency, to the Watergate scandal. Some films that revolve around patriotism have also been controversial and caused great debate among viewers. This power of cinema to stir up conversation is why Americans love going to the movies.

National holidays like the Fourth of July or Memorial Day have drawn people in to head to the movie theater with family and friends, especially during a long weekend. It might not be as American as apple pie or baseball, but patriotic movies have their own way of commemorating the spirit of all things red, white and blue. Pop in an epic historical drama on your DVD player or head over to the local theater to watch an action-packed saga and you'll notice they make you feel something (the good ones, at least.) Vote for the top patriotic movies of all time that made you feel proud to be an American. It is also an open list, so if you don't see a film celebrating the good ol' U.S.A. then make your voice heard and add your favorites.
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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
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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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic-comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Tom Hanks, Robin ...more

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Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris Apollo 13 is a 1995 American historical docudrama film directed by Ron Howard. The film stars Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, and Ed Harris. The screenplay by William Broyles, ...more

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The Patriot is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman The Patriot is a 2000 American epic historical fiction film directed by Roland Emmerich. Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) is driven to lead the his own group of men during the ...more

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Patton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
wiabux added George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees Patton is a 1970 American epic biographical film about U.S. General George S. Patton during WWII. It stars George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Michael Bates and Karl Michael Vogler. It was directed by ...more

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Rocky IV is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
Sylvester Stallone, James Brown, Mr. T Rocky IV is a 1985 American sports film written and directed by Sylvester Stallone, who also starred in the film. The film co-stars Dolph Lundgren, Burt Young, Talia Shire, Carl Weathers, Tony ...more

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American Sniper is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
NormanSchwarz added Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jonathan Groff 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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Black Hawk Down is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
RiavenDupois added Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom Black Hawk Down is a 2001 American-British war film directed by Ridley Scott. It is an adaptation of the 1999 book of the same name by Mark Bowden based on his series of articles published in ...more

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We Were Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
DennisNJ added Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson, Jon Hamm We Were Soldiers is a 2002 film that dramatizes the Battle of Ia Drang on November 14, 1965. The film was directed by Randall Wallace and stars Mel Gibson. It is based on the book We Were ...more

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Glory is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick Glory is a 1989 American drama film directed by Edward Zwick and starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman. The screenplay was written by Kevin Jarre, based on ...more

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Lone Survivor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
NormanSchwarz added Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch 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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Miracle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
wiabux added Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Ken Dryden Miracle is a 2004 American sports docudrama about the United States men's hockey team, led by head coach Herb Brooks, that won the gold medal in the 1980 Winter Olympics. The USA team's victory ...more

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
BobbyRooney added James Stewart, Claude Rains, Jean Arthur Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is a 1939 American political comedy-drama film, starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur, about one man's effect on American politics. It was directed by Frank Capra ...more

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The Green Berets is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
BradleyWheat added John Wayne, George Takei, Vera Miles The Green Berets is a 1968 American film set in Vietnam, featuring John Wayne, George Takei, David Janssen, Jim Hutton and Aldo Ray, nominally based on the eponymous 1965 book by Robin Moore, ...more

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Red Dawn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson Red Dawn is a 1984 American film directed by John Milius and co-written by Milius and Kevin Reynolds. It stars Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Charlie Sheen, and Jennifer Grey. ...more

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Gettysburg is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
wiabux added Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger, Sam Elliott Gettysburg is a 1993 epic film written and directed by Ronald F. Maxwell, adapted from the novel The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, about the Battle of Gettysburg. The film starred Tom ...more

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249 173
Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
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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The Longest Day is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
RobLein added Sean Connery, John Wayne, Richard Burton The Longest Day is a 1962 film based on the 1959 history book The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan, about D-Day, the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944, during WWII. The film was produced by Darryl ...more

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Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
RobLein added Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field Lincoln is a 2012 American epic historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as United States President Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln. The ...more

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Top Gun is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
NormanSchwarz added 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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The Alamo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
BradleyWheat added John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Frankie Avalon The Alamo is a 1960 American historical epic film about the 1836 Battle of the Alamo produced and directed by John Wayne and starring Wayne as Davy Crockett. The picture also stars Richard ...more

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Captain America: The First Ave... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
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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Air Force One is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close Air Force One is a 1997 American political action thriller film written by Andrew W. Marlowe and directed and co-produced by Wolfgang Petersen. It is about a group of Russian terrorists that ...more

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A Few Good Men is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
JenHoward1 added Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson A Few Good Men is a 1992 American legal drama film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, and Demi Moore, with Kevin Bacon, Kevin Pollak, James Marshall, J. T. Walsh, ...more

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Sergeant York is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
RobLein added Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie Sergeant York is a 1941 biographical film about the life of Alvin York, one of the most-decorated American soldiers of WWI. It was directed by Howard Hawks and was the highest-grossing film of ...more