July 4: Independence Day–Patriotic Movies

July 4: Patriotic Movies

Whether it’s Tom Cruise playing a cocky Navy pilot, Will Smith taking on aliens or Jessica Chastain helping bring down Osama bin Laden, Hollywood has offered plenty of patriotic films.



Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Director Frank Capra celebrates and captures pre-war Americana and pride in this classic film. Jimmy Stewart stars as Jefferson Smith, the head of the Boy Rangers who is selected to replace a deceased senator, but finds his naive political aspirations overshadowed by Washington corruption and big business. The senator fights tirelessly against his fellow senators, eventually launching a 24-hour filibuster that results in his fainting, but ultimate victory. A classic American underdog success story, Mr. Smith is widely considered one of the greatest films of all time.