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The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time

Updated March 3, 2021 17.8k votes 2.3k voters 78.4k 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.

  • Forrest Gump1

    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field


    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic-comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the...  more
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  • Saving Private Ryan2

    Saving Private Ryan

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic drama war film directed by Steven Spielberg. Set...  more
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  • Apollo 133

    Apollo 13

    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard


    Directed byRon Howard

    Apollo 13 is a 1995 American historical docudrama film directed by Ron Howard. The film stars...  more
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  • The Patriot4

    The Patriot

    Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger


    Directed byRoland Emmerich

    The Patriot is a 2000 American epic historical fiction film directed by Roland Emmerich....  more
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  • Lone Survivor5

    Lone Survivor

    Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana


    Directed byPeter Berg

    Lone Survivor is a 2013 American film written and directed by Peter Berg, and starring Mark...  more
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  • We Were Soldiers6

    We Were Soldiers

    Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson


    Directed byRandall Wallace

    We Were Soldiers is a 2002 film that dramatizes the Battle of Ia Drang on November 14, 1965....  more
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  • Gettysburg7


    Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger


    Directed byRonald F. Maxwell

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  • American Sniper8

    American Sniper

    Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller


    Directed byClint Eastwood

    American Sniper is a 2014 American biographical drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and...  more
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  • Red Dawn9

    Red Dawn

    Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze


    Directed byJohn Milius

    Red Dawn is a 1984 American film directed by John Milius and co-written by Milius and Kevin...  more
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  • Glory10


    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington


    Directed byEdward Zwick

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  • Gone with the Wind11

    Gone with the Wind

    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh


    Directed bySam Wood, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

    Gone with the Wind is a 1939 American epic historical romance film adapted from Margaret...  more
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  • Top Gun12

    Top Gun

    Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan


    Directed byTony Scott

    Top Gun is a 1986 American action drama film directed by Tony Scott, and produced by Don...  more
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  • Independence Day13

    Independence Day

    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum


    Directed byRoland Emmerich

    Independence Day is a 1996 American science fiction disaster film co-written and directed by...  more
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  • Air Force One14

    Air Force One

    Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman


    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

    Air Force One is a 1997 American political action thriller film written by Andrew W. Marlowe...  more
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  • Sands of Iwo Jima15

    Sands of Iwo Jima

    John Wayne, Forrest Tucker


    Directed byAllan Dwan

    Sands of Iwo Jima is a 1949 film starring John Wayne that follows a group of United States...  more
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  • Rocky IV16

    Rocky IV

    Sylvester Stallone, James Brown


    Directed bySylvester Stallone

    Rocky IV is a 1985 American sports film written and directed by Sylvester Stallone, who also...  more
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  • Patton17


    George C. Scott, Karl Malden


    Directed byFranklin J. Schaffner

    Patton is a 1970 American epic biographical film about U.S. General George S. Patton during...  more
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  • Black Hawk Down18

    Black Hawk Down

    Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy


    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • Miracle19


    Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson


    Directed byGavin O'Connor

    Miracle is a 2004 American sports docudrama about the United States men's hockey team, led by...  more
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  • The Longest Day20

    The Longest Day

    Sean Connery, John Wayne


    Directed byDarryl F. Zanuck, Ken Annakin, Bernhard Wicki, Andrew Marton, Gerd Oswald

    The Longest Day is a 1962 film based on the 1959 history book The Longest Day by Cornelius...  more
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  • Gods and Generals21

    Gods and Generals

    Robert Duvall, Mira Sorvino


    Directed byRonald F. Maxwell

    Gods and Generals is a 2003 American film based on the novel Gods and Generals by Jeffrey...  more
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  • Lincoln22


    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington23

    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

    James Stewart, Claude Rains


    Directed byFrank Capra

    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is a 1939 American political comedy-drama film, starring James...  more
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  • Sergeant York24

    Sergeant York

    Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan


    Directed byHoward Hawks

    Sergeant York is a 1941 biographical film about the life of Alvin York, one of the...  more
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  • Flags of Our Fathers25

    Flags of Our Fathers

    Paul Walker, Ryan Phillippe


    Directed byClint Eastwood

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