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25 Best 4th of July Movies to Watch on Independence Day

It’s almost July Fourth! These are 25 of the best 4th of July movies for adults and families to enjoy for a patriotic movie night.

When people think of July Fourth they think of fireworks, cookouts, and other outdoor activities. But what about a fun patriotic movie night? Many movies are perfect for the Fourth of July weekend, including sports movies, patriotic movies, and fun comedies that feature the July holiday.

Pair your favorite movie snacks with red, white, and blue candy, or create a Fourth of July charcuterie board. Then cuddle up on the couch and enjoy some of the best movies for this American holiday.

Collage of the best 4th of July movies including Captain America, The Sandlot, Independence Day, and National Treasure.

These are 25 of the best 4th of July movies. There is something on this list of films for everyone! There are romantic comedies, historical dramas, war movies, sports movies, and movies to watch with your kids!

The Best 4th of July Movies for Adults

Independence Day

An American pilot, the president, and a collection of other US military personnel band together to take down an alien mothership and stop an alien invasion. This patriotic classic movie stars Will Smith, Bill Pullman, and Jeff Goldblum. Rent on Amazon Prime.


The musical story of Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury of the United States. The rap musical was written for Broadway by Lin-Manuel Miranda and features other Founding Fathers, such as Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Watch on Disney Plus.

Air Force One

When terrorists hijack Air Force One, the President of the United States (played by Harrison Ford) uses his former military training to rescue his family. Rent on Amazon Prime.

Apollo 13

This movie is based on the events of the Apollo 13 lunar mission. It follows the astronauts’ fight for survival as they journey back to Earth after the shuttle sustains damage. Apollo 13 is a patriotic film with a star-studded cast, including Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, and Kevin Bacon. Rent on Amazon Prime.

Top Gun

A hotshot fighter pilot (Tom Cruise) attends Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School where he constantly clashes with his fellow pilots. After a devastating loss, he learns how to work together with his fellow pilots. Watch on Paramount Plus.

Top Gun: Maverick

Tom Cruise returns as Maverick in this sequel to the 1980s classic. Maverick becomes an instructor for a special mission and must confront the ghosts of his past. The new cast of this movie includes Miles Teller and Glen Powell, along with a few familiar faces. Watch on Paramount Plus.

Hidden Figures

Three Black women at NASA are the brains behind sending John Glenn into orbit during the space race. This film is based on a true story about one of the greatest turning points in US space exploration. The amazing cast includes Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, and Kirsten Dunst. Watch on Disney Plus.

The American President

At the end of his first term, the U.S. President (Michael Douglas) must choose between reelection or love. This is a great political drama film if you aren’t into explosions. Rent on Amazon Prime.

Captain America: The First Avenger

Nothing screams “best 4th of July movies” like a movie about Captain America. Follow Steve Rogers on his journey to becoming Captain America during World War II. Watch on Disney Plus.


Miracle is a film about the US men’s hockey team in the 1980 Olympics. The U.S. team is a beacon of patriotism during the Cold War as they compete against the Soviet Union. Watch on Disney Plus.


Rocky Balboa is a rookie boxer from Philadelphia, played by Sylvester Stallone, who trains to become the world’s heavyweight champion. Throughout the films, he represents the US in boxing matches and becomes one of many American heroes. Watch on AMC Plus.

A League of Their Own

The iconic story of two sisters in the American Girls Professional Baseball League. The league started during World War II for publicity and was abandoned when the men returned home. This movie premiered in 1992 with a star-studded cast including Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, and Rosie O’Donnell. Rent on Amazon Prime.

I Know What You Did Last Summer

Four teens are involved in a hit-and-run on the 4th of July, a year later a killer comes after the friends. This teen horror movie stars Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ryan Phillippe, and Freddie Prinze Jr. Watch on Paramount Plus.


Two strangers, tired of being single at family events, make a pact to be each other’s plus ones at all holiday events. The romantic comedy includes a hilarious July Fourth mishap. Watch on Netflix.

War Movies to Watch on the 4th of July

The Patriot

A military veteran turned farmer (Mel Gibson) tries to avoid fighting in the American Revolution. But when a British officer attacks his home and family, he starts a guerrilla band of fighters to exact his revenge. Rent on Amazon Prime.

Born on the 4th of July

A young man, played by Tom Cruise, enlists in the Marines during the Vietnam War. He returns home physically paralyzed with PTSD. He discovers faults in veterans’ care at home and becomes a protestor of the war. Watch on Netflix.

Flags of Our Fathers

The story behind the iconic photograph of the American flag being raised after the battle of Iwo Jima. The soldiers become heroes, though they don’t all survive. Clint Eastwood directed this iconic film which stars Ryan Phillippe and Paul Walker. Rent on Amazon Prime.

Saving Private Ryan

Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) takes his men behind enemy lines to find Private James Ryan (Matt Damon) after Ryan’s brothers were all killed in combat. This film was directed by Steven Spielberg and won 5 Academy Awards, including Best Movie, Best Director, and Best Actor for Hanks. Watch on Paramount Plus.

Best 4th of July Movies For Families

National Treasure

A historian and treasure hunter (Nicolas Cage) seeks to steal the Declaration of Independence. The document contains a clue to finding a treasure from the founding of the United States. This is one of my favorite movies for the 4th of July. Watch on Disney Plus.

An American Tail

A young mouse and his family emigrate from Russia to the United States after their home is destroyed by cats. He is separated from his family and must find his way back to them. Rent on Prime Video.

The Sandlot

A group of boys play baseball in an old sandlot. It’s a coming-of-age tale about boys in the US in the early 1990s. Watch on Disney Plus.

Night at the Museum

A nighttime security guard at the Natural History Museum discovers that the displays come alive at night. Now he must manage the chaos. Watch on Disney Plus.

Tall Tale

A young boy brings American folk legends Pecos Bill, John Henry, Paul Bunyon, and Calamity Jane to life to save his father’s farm. Watch on Disney Plus.

Cheaper By the Dozen 2

The Bakers take their children on a summer vacation at a lakeside campground. But they become involved in a rivalry with another family. Watch on Disney Plus.

Bonus TV Episodes for Young Kids

Daniel Tiger: Fireflies and Fireworks

Daniel Tiger and his family go on a picnic to see fireworks. But Daniel is nervous because he’s never seen fireworks before. Watch on Amazon Prime with a PBS Kids subscription.

Peg and Cat: The George Washington Problem

Peg and Cat use a map to help George Washington cross the Delaware River. Rent on Apple TV.

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