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The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time

Updated March 3, 2021 18.2k votes 2.4k voters 79.2k views99 items

List RulesMovies must feature a heavy dose of American patriotism.

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 movies about 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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    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field
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    Saving Private Ryan

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon
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    Apollo 13

    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard
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    The Patriot

    Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger
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    We Were Soldiers

    Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson
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    Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger
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    Lone Survivor

    Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana
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  • 8

    American Sniper

    Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller
    American Sniper is a 2014 American biographical drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and...  more

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    Red Dawn

    Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze
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    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington
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    Independence Day

    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum
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    Gone with the Wind

    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh
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    Top Gun

    Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan
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    Air Force One

    Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman
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    Sands of Iwo Jima

    John Wayne, Forrest Tucker
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    Rocky IV

    Sylvester Stallone, James Brown
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    George C. Scott, Karl Malden
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    Black Hawk Down

    Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy
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    Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson
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  • 20

    The Longest Day

    Sean Connery, John Wayne
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  • 21


    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis
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    Gods and Generals

    Robert Duvall, Mira Sorvino
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  • 23

    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

    James Stewart, Claude Rains
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  • 24

    Flags of Our Fathers

    Paul Walker, Ryan Phillippe
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  • 25

    Sergeant York

    Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan
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