In honor of Veterans Day, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best patriotic movies that have made people proud to be Americans.

10. Field of Dreams

Celebrating America’s favorite past-time, this baseball film is a classic.

9. Forrest Gump

The life of one peculiar man encompasses an entire generation of America’s most memorable scandals, wars and movements.

8. Apollo 13

This true story follows Apollo 13, which was the intended third trip to the moon. It never quite made it there, but this film captures the involvement and enthrallment that Americans had with the media coverage and with their desire to bring Apollo 13 home safely.

7. Patton

The autobiography of U.S. General George S. Patton during WWII won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

6. Top Gun

This 1996 action film shows the intensity and hardships that lie within naval aviation.

5. Independence Day

Aliens are threatening to take over the world, but Americans are not giving up easily in this sci-fi thriller which won the Academy Award for Visual Effects.

4. Saving Private Ryan

This heart-wrenching WWII film directed by Steven Spielberg follows the search for an American soldier whose three brothers have been killed in battle.

3. Mr Smith Goes to Washington

The impact of one man on American politics is the center of this 1939 drama, which made James Stewart a star. It was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, winning best original film.

2. The Patriot

The effect of war on family life is highlighted in this American Revolutionary War film starring Mel Gibson, which was nominated for three Academy Awards.

1. Yankee Doodle Dandy

This 1942 American music classic is the biography of George M. Cohan, whose popular songs include “Over There,” “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “Yankee Doodle Boy” and “Give My Regards to Broadway.” Cohan is known as the father of American music comedy.


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