films The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time  

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List Rules Movies 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 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
Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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414 126
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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323 90
Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
Apollo 13 Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

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237 155
The Patriot is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
The Patriot Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman

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83 38
Lone Survivor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
NormanSchwarz added Lone Survivor Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch

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121 66
Miracle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
wiabux added Miracle Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Ken Dryden

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100 50
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
BobbyRooney added Mr. Smith Goes to Washington James Stewart, Claude Rains, Jean Arthur

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151 90
Patton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
wiabux added Patton George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees

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143 86
American Sniper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
NormanSchwarz added American Sniper Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jonathan Groff

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132 76
Black Hawk Down is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
RiavenDupois added Black Hawk Down Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom

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210 148
Rocky IV is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
Rocky IV Sylvester Stallone, James Brown, Mr. T

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114 69
We Were Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
DennisNJ added We Were Soldiers Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson, Jon Hamm

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148 92
Glory is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
Glory Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

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113 65
Gettysburg is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
wiabux added Gettysburg Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger, Sam Elliott

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180 128
Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
Independence Day Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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131 82
Red Dawn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
Red Dawn Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson

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54 20
The Green Berets is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
BradleyWheat added The Green Berets John Wayne, George Takei, Vera Miles

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59 27
A Few Good Men is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
JenHoward1 added A Few Good Men Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson

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63 31
The Alamo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
BradleyWheat added The Alamo John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Frankie Avalon

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107 76
Top Gun is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
NormanSchwarz added Top Gun Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer

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120 92
Air Force One is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
Air Force One Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close

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113 86
Captain America: The First Ave... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
Captain America: The First Avenger Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones

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57 32
Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
RobLein added Lincoln Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field

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40 17
How the West Was Won is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added How the West Was Won John Wayne, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds

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69 46
United 93 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
wiabux added United 93 Olivia Thirlby, Cheyenne Jackson, Denny Dillon

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30 12
The Longest Day is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
RobLein added The Longest Day Sean Connery, John Wayne, Richard Burton

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23 6
Sergeant York is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
RobLein added Sergeant York Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie

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38 23
Sands of Iwo Jima is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
BradleyWheat added Sands of Iwo Jima John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Richard Jaeckel

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34 21
1776 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
BradleyWheat added 1776 Blythe Danner, Ken Howard, William Daniels

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67 56
Men of Honor is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
wiabux added Men of Honor Charlize Theron, Robert De Niro, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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35 22
Davy Crockett, King of the Wil... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
udontneedtoknowmyname added Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier Fess Parker, Buddy Ebsen, Mike Mazurki

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87 85
Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
Armageddon Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler

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27 16
Gods and Generals is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Gods and Generals Robert Duvall, Mira Sorvino, Jeff Daniels

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33 22
Flags of Our Fathers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
udontneedtoknowmyname added Flags of Our Fathers Paul Walker, Ryan Phillippe, Jamie Bell

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39 32
Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
BradleyWheat added Gone with the Wind Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

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34 26
Behind Enemy Lines is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
NormanSchwarz added Behind Enemy Lines Owen Wilson, Gene Hackman, Gabriel Macht

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34 31
Captain America: The Winter So... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
BradleyWheat added Captain America: The Winter Soldier Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson

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70 70
National Treasure is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
National Treasure Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Sean Bean

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22 16
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added She Wore a Yellow Ribbon John Wayne, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey

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18 12
A Time Out of War is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added A Time Out of War Corey Allen, Barry Atwater

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18 14
The General is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added The General Boris Karloff, Mike Donlin, Glen Cavender

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46 49
Argo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
RiavenDupois added Argo Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston

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36 35
Rambo: First Blood Part II is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
JosephFrancisDanielRusso added Rambo: First Blood Part II Sylvester Stallone, Charles Napier, Richard Crenna

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11 8
Young Mr. Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
RobLein added Young Mr. Lincoln Henry Fonda, Ward Bond, Donald Meek

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47 55
Stripes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
WarrenMitchell added Stripes Bill Murray, John Candy, Dennis Quaid

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23 26
To Hell and Back is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
udontneedtoknowmyname added To Hell and Back Audie Murphy, Denver Pyle, David Janssen

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23 27
The Birth of a Nation is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added The Birth of a Nation Lillian Gish, John Ford, Raoul Walsh

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14 16
Operator 13 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Operator 13 Gary Cooper, Marion Davies, Jean Parker

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43 62
The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
RiavenDupois added The Avengers Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

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24 34
Patriot Games is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
udontneedtoknowmyname added Patriot Games Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones