Tuesday, July 5, 2011

More Patriotic Movies

I realized yesterday that there were a few more Patriotic movies that I hadn't included. Since I think we should celebrate our freedom and this great country everyday (or at least the entire month of July), I thought I would add a few more here.

National Treasure - A fascinating, fictional look at the history that make our country great. Why shouldn't the Founding Fathers have left clues to a treasure of international importance in some of our most beloved national treasures? I love this movie and the brief glimpse into the time of the American Revolution it provides. It also contains one of the most interesting and important lines in the Declaration of Independence, "But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty to throw off such government and provide new Guards for their future security."

National Treasure 2 - Another fascinating look at history, this time from the era of the Civil War. With our country's apparent love of secrecy, it wouldn't be surprising to find that a second treasure had been hidden.

Glory - While definitely not for children, this Civil War movie is one of the best. An intriguing look at the first all-black volunteer company that fought for the Union. This movie is intense, but also a very interesting look at what these men had to overcome to fight for what they believed in.

Disney's American Legends - I grew up watching these films, with their simple retelling of stories that have become American Legends. From the story of Johnny Appleseed, to Paul Bunyan, and John Henry, these family friendly stories will help kids get a glimpse of American history.

Schoolhouse Rock: America - Educational with a fun twist, these shorts help introduce kids to interesting facts about our country with catchy songs and fun animation. I still remember watching the one about how a bill becomes a law.

Cinderella Man - This film is a look at the true story of one man's life during the Depression. A former boxer whose fallen on hard times, James Braddock, with the help and support of his family, overcomes the odds to become a champion and a national inspiration in the 1930s.

Forest Gump - While not obviously patriotic, this movie shows American society at its best and worst over several decades. It is the story of the American Dream, and the wisdom that the attainment of that dream isn't always what you expect.

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