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This week, you've got four whole days to celebrate the birth of our country. But besides watching endless fireworks and eating more BBQ than your belly can handle, why not spend some time with a movie, too?

The perfect way to stay out of the heat and sport some American pride is with a classic 4th of July flick, and we've made a list of the best Independence Day-themed movies available to stream right now. Get historical, get musical, or get scared with these Fourth favorites.

"The Patriot" (2000)
A Revolutionary War film by Roland Emmerich starring Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger, "The Patriot" is the perfect addition to your Independence Day weekend. If that's not epic enough, did we mention that Gibson's Benjamin brutally kills 22 redcoats with a Tomahawk in one scene? "The Patriot" brings a ton of red to your white and blue.
Stream It On: VUDU, Amazon

"Yankee Doodle Dandy" (1942)
One of the most all-out patriotic movies, "Yankee Doodle Dandy" tells the story of the famous vaudeville composer and performer George M. Cohan who was born on July 4th. Starring James Cagney in an Academy Award-winning portrayal, this classic has all the big, extravagant musical numbers you could dream of (and more American flags than you could count).
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"Independence Day" (1996)
If you ask us, July 4th is synonymous with alien invasions, exploding buildings, and an ass-kicking Will Smith. Emmerich's ultimate action film for the summer holiday, "Independence Day" is a necessity. Plus, after all the fireworks you're gonna be craving more giant explosions to light up the sky.
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"Jaws" (1975)
Thinking of going to the beach this weekend? How about you escape the heat, avoid the sharks, and stay inside to watch "Jaws," instead? (No one wants any red in those blue and white waves, anyway.) This epic 4th of July thriller will keep your heart racing (even if it's your 100th viewing). Plus, nothing says American cinema like Spielberg.
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"Rocky" (1976)
Sylvester Stallone exemplifies the persevering American, fighting until the last punch is thrown. This Oscar-winning favorite is the perfect Fourth of July movie to get your American spirits up and your adrenaline pumping. You can maybe even have a little Fourth bout of your own (playful of course) -- but we recommend making it a water balloon fight to keep you cooled down. The champion takes home leftovers.
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"Drums Along the Mohawk" (1939)
This classic John Ford film stars Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert as a frontier couple during the Revolutionary War era as they fight off the British, Tories, and Indians. Sometimes a good 'ol American historical film is a refreshing break from all the modern action movies.
Stream It On:Amazon

"Born on the Fourth of July" (1989)
Oliver Stone's Oscar-winning drama stars Tom Cruise as Ron Kovic, the Vietnam vet-turned-anti-war and pro-human rights political activist. This classic stars-and-stripes American drama is a perfect throwback for the long weekend.
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"1776" (1972)
A musical about the founding fathers starring a young Mr. Feeny of "Boy Meets World" (William Daniels); does it get any more awesome than that? "1776" follows the struggles and achievements of Mr. Adams, Mr. Franklin, and Mr. Jefferson, with singing, dancing, and even dialogue taken straight from the real men's letters and memoirs. There's no better way to celebrate the birth of our nation than with a little song and dance.
Stream It On:VUDU, Amazon, iTunes

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