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The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time

Updated June 30, 2020 18.2k votes 2.2k voters 76.8k views81 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
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    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
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    Saving Private Ryan

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon

    Released1998

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    The Patriot is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
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    The Patriot

    Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger

    Released2000

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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    Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
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    Apollo 13

    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard

    Released1995

    Directed byRon Howard

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    American Sniper is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
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    American Sniper

    Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller

    Released2015

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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    Lone Survivor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
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    Lone Survivor

    Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana

    Released2013

    Directed byPeter Berg

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    We Were Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
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    We Were Soldiers

    Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson

    Released2002

    Directed byRandall Wallace

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    Gettysburg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
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    Gettysburg

    Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger

    Released1993

    Directed byRonald F. Maxwell

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    Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
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    Gone with the Wind

    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh

    Released1939

    Directed bySam Wood, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

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    Red Dawn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
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    Red Dawn

    Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn Milius

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    Glory is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
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    Glory

    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington

    Released1989

    Directed byEdward Zwick

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    Top Gun is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
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    Top Gun

    Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan

    Released1986

    Directed byTony Scott

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    Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
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    Independence Day

    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1996

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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    Air Force One is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
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    Air Force One

    Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman

    Released1997

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

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    Patton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
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    Patton

    George C. Scott, Karl Malden

    Released1970

    Directed byFranklin J. Schaffner

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    Sands of Iwo Jima is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
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    Sands of Iwo Jima

    John Wayne, Forrest Tucker

    Released1949

    Directed byAllan Dwan

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    Rocky IV is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
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    Rocky IV

    Sylvester Stallone, James Brown

    Released1985

    Directed bySylvester Stallone

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    Black Hawk Down is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
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    Black Hawk Down

    Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy

    Released2001

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    Miracle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
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    Miracle

    Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson

    Released2004

    Directed byGavin O'Connor

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    The Longest Day is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
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    The Longest Day

    Sean Connery, John Wayne

    Released1962

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

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    Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
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    Lincoln

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis

    Released2012

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Gods and Generals is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
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    Gods and Generals

    Robert Duvall, Mira Sorvino

    Released2003

    Directed byRonald F. Maxwell

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    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
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    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

    James Stewart, Claude Rains

    Released1939

    Directed byFrank Capra

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    The Alamo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
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    The Alamo

    John Wayne, Richard Widmark

    Released1960

    Directed byJohn Wayne

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    Sergeant York is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time
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    Sergeant York

    Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan

    Released1941

    Directed byHoward Hawks

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