With the 4th of July comes cook outs, lots of alcohol and that tan you have been waiting to get all year. But if you really want to get into that “patriotic spirit “and commemorate our long lost leaders, nothing beats a good old fashioned war movie and that is precisely why, we at the Little Rock Film Festival, have carefully curated a list of our top 5 “must watch” flicks for this Independence Day.
Lincoln, director Steven Spielberg- Apart from being one the most avant garde presidents of his time, Abraham Lincoln is one of the greatest leaders America has ever had and no 4th of July should go celebrated without paying tribute to him. The movie Lincoln, focuses on the tumultuous life of the 16th president and his persistence in passing the 13th amendment and abolishing slavery.
Independence Day, director Roland Emmerich - If you haven’t watched Independence Day already, boy are you in for a treat. This movie has all the elements that make a great 4th of July movie. In the midst of an alien invasion, the human race shows extreme resilience and a drive to survive even though the odds are bleak. This movie has action, adventure and an inspiring speech given by the President of the United States, “Today will be our Independence day!”…. Epic.
The Patriot, director Roland Emmerich - The Patriot is centered on Benjamin Martin, a single father with seven children living in colonial America, who finds himself in circumstances that force him to take command of the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution. This story emanates patriotism, courage in its true sense and what it really means to be an American.
Saving Private Ryan, director Steven Spielberg - Set during WWII, after three brothers are killed in the line of service a squad is assembled to retrieve the last surviving brother, Private Ryan, of the Ryan family, and take him home safely back to his family.
Born on the Fourth of July, director Oliver Stone - is based on a biography of Ron Kovic, a soldier that served in the Vietnam War. On returning home from war Ron has a change in perspective and finds himself an anti-war political activist.
Author: Lisa-Maria D’Mello