America 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
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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American Sniper is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Rocky IV is listed (or ranked) 7 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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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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Glory is listed (or ranked) 9 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) 10 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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We Were Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 11 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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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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Red Dawn is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 15 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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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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The Green Berets is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 18 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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The Longest Day is listed (or ranked) 19 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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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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Captain America: The First Ave... is listed (or ranked) 21 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) 22 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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The Alamo is listed (or ranked) 23 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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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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Flags of Our Fathers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
udontneedtoknowmyname added Paul Walker, Ryan Phillippe, Jamie Bell Flags of Our Fathers is a 2006 American film directed, co-produced and scored by Clint Eastwood and written by William Broyles, Jr. and Paul Haggis. It is based on the book of the same name ...more

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Sergeant York is listed (or ranked) 26 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 World War I. It was directed by Howard Hawks and was the highest-grossing ...more

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United 93 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
wiabux added 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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Sands of Iwo Jima is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
BradleyWheat added John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Richard Jaeckel Sands of Iwo Jima is a 1949 war film starring John Wayne that follows a group of United States Marines from training to the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. The movie also features John ...more

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1776 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
BradleyWheat added Blythe Danner, Ken Howard, William Daniels 1776 is a 1972 American musical film directed by Peter H. Hunt. The screenplay by Peter Stone was based on the 1969 stage musical 1776. The song score was composed by Sherman Edwards. The cast ...more

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How the West Was Won is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added John Wayne, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds How the West Was Won is a 1962 western film written by James R. Webb and John Gay and directed by John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall and Richard Thorpe.

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Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
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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Men of Honor is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
wiabux added Charlize Theron, Robert De Niro, Cuba Gooding Jr. Men of Honor is a 2000 drama film, starring Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr. The film was directed by George Tillman, Jr. It is inspired by the true story of Master chief petty officer Carl ...more

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Gods and Generals is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Robert Duvall, Mira Sorvino, Jeff Daniels Gods and Generals is a 2003 American film based on the novel Gods and Generals by Jeffrey Shaara. It depicts events that take place prior to those shown in the 1993 film Gettysburg, which was ...more

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Davy Crockett, King of the Wil... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
udontneedtoknowmyname added Fess Parker, Buddy Ebsen, Mike Mazurki This was a combination of Disney's first three Davy Crockett films. They were Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter, Davy Crockett Goes to Congress and Davy Crockett at the Alamo.

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Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
BradleyWheat added Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland Gone with the Wind is a 1939 American epic historical romance film adapted from Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer-winning 1936 novel. It was produced by David O. Selznick of Selznick International ...more

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National Treasure is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Sean Bean National Treasure is a 2004 American adventure film produced and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was written by Jim Kouf, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Cormac Wibberley, and Marianne ...more

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Rambo: First Blood Part II is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
JosephFrancisDanielRusso added Sylvester Stallone, Charles Napier, Richard Crenna Rambo: First Blood Part II is a 1985 American action film directed by George P. Cosmatos and starring Sylvester Stallone. Picking up where the first film left, the sequel is set in the context ...more

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Captain America: The Winter So... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
BradleyWheat added Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a 2014 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Captain America, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios ...more

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Behind Enemy Lines is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
NormanSchwarz added Owen Wilson, Gene Hackman, Gabriel Macht Behind Enemy Lines is a 2001 action film directed by John Moore in his directorial debut, and starring Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman. The film tells the story of Lieutenant Chris Burnett, an ...more

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Argo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
RiavenDupois added 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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Stripes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
WarrenMitchell added Bill Murray, John Candy, Dennis Quaid Stripes is a 1981 American comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, P. J. Soles, and John Candy. It also featured several actors in their first ...more

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To Hell and Back is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
udontneedtoknowmyname added Audie Murphy, Denver Pyle, David Janssen To Hell and Back is a CinemaScope war film released in 1955. It was directed by Jesse Hibbs and starred Audie Murphy as himself. It is based on the 1949 autobiography of the same name and is an ...more

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She Wore a Yellow Ribbon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added John Wayne, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey She Wore a Yellow Ribbon is a 1949 Technicolor Western film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne. The academy award winning film was the second of Ford's Cavalry trilogy films. With a ...more

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Yankee Doodle Dandy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
John Bailey Gage added James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston Yankee Doodle Dandy is a 1942 American biographical musical film about George M. Cohan, known as "The Man Who Owned Broadway". It stars James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, and ...more

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Patriot Games is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
udontneedtoknowmyname added Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones Patriot Games is a 1992 action-suspense film directed by Phillip Noyce and based on Tom Clancy's novel of the same name. It is a sequel to the 1990 film The Hunt for Red October, but with ...more

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The General is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Boris Karloff, Mike Donlin, Glen Cavender The General is a 1926 American silent comedy film released by United Artists. Inspired by the Great Locomotive Chase, which happened in 1862, the film stars Buster Keaton who co-directed it with ...more

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Remember the Titans is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
starwarssuperfan added Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington Remember the Titans is a 2000 American sports drama film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Boaz Yakin. The screenplay, written by Gregory Allen Howard, is based on the true story of ...more

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A Time Out of War is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Corey Allen, Barry Atwater A Time Out of War is a 1954 American short war film directed by Denis Sanders. It won an Academy Award in 1955 for Best Short Subject, first prize at the Venice Film Festival Live Action Short ...more

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Young Mr. Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
RobLein added Henry Fonda, Ward Bond, Donald Meek Young Mr. Lincoln is a 1939 partly fictionalized biopic about the early life of President Abraham Lincoln, directed by John Ford and starring Henry Fonda. Ford and producer Darryl F. Zanuck ...more

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The Birth of a Nation is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Lillian Gish, John Ford, Raoul Walsh The Birth of a Nation is a 1915 American silent epic drama film directed by D. W. Griffith and based on the novel and play The Clansman, both by Thomas Dixon, Jr. Griffith co-wrote the ...more