Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman in 'Independence Day: Resurgence.'

(L to R) Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman in 'Independence Day: Resurgence.'

It's the 4th of July!

Once you are done with your barbecue and fireworks, there is no better way to celebrate than by relaxing and watching a movie with your friends and family.

Moviefone has compiled a list of the best films to watch on the 4th of July which includes movies that take place on or around Independence Day, or just celebrate the United States growth and history as a country.

Let's begin!

10. Forrest Gump (1994)

A man with a low IQ (Tom Hanks) has accomplished great things in his life and been present during significant historic events—in each case, far exceeding what anyone imagined he could do. But despite all he has achieved, his one true love (Robin Wright) eludes him.

Forrest Gump

"The world will never be the same once you've seen it through the eyes of Forrest Gump."
PG-132 hr 22 minJul 6th, 1994

9. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth (Matt Damon) trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) and seven men (Edward Burns, Tom Sizemore, Jeremy Davies, Vin Diesel, Adam Goldberg, Barry Pepper and Giovanni Ribisi) are tasked with penetrating German-held territory and bringing the boy home.

Saving Private Ryan

"The mission is a man."
R2 hr 49 minJul 24th, 1998

8. Hidden Figures (2016)

The untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) – brilliant African-American women working at NASA and serving as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history – the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

Hidden Figures

"Meet the women you don't know, behind the mission you do."
PG2 hr 7 minDec 25th, 2016

7. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

During World War II, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is a sickly man from Brooklyn who's transformed into super-soldier Captain America to aid in the war effort. Rogers must stop the Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) – Adolf Hitler's ruthless head of weaponry, and the leader of an organization that intends to use a mysterious device of untold powers for world domination.

Captain America: The First Avenger

"When patriots become heroes"
PG-132 hr 4 minJul 22nd, 2011

6. Jaws (1975)

When an insatiable great white shark terrorizes the townspeople of Amity Island, the police chief (Roy Scheider), an oceanographer (Richard Dreyfuss) and a grizzled shark hunter (Robert Shaw) seek to destroy the blood-thirsty beast.


"Don't go in the water"
PG2 hr 4 minJun 20th, 1975

5. Hamilton (2020)

Presenting the tale of American founding father Alexander Hamilton (Lin-Manuel Miranda), this filmed version of the original Broadway smash hit is the story of America then, told by America now.


"An American Musical."
PG-132 hr 40 minJul 3rd, 2020

4. National Treasure (2004)

Modern treasure hunters, led by archaeologist Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage), search for a chest of riches rumored to have been stashed away by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin during the Revolutionary War. The chest's whereabouts may lie in secret clues embedded in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, and Gates is in a race to find the gold before his enemies do.

National Treasure

"The greatest adventure history has ever revealed."
PG2 hr 11 minNov 19th, 2004

3. The Patriot (2000)

After proving himself on the field of battle in the French and Indian War, Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) wants nothing more to do with such things, preferring the simple life of a farmer. But when his son Gabriel (Heath Ledger) enlists in the army to defend their new nation, America, against the British, Benjamin reluctantly returns to his old life to protect his son.

The Patriot

The Patriot

"Some things are worth fighting for."
R2 hr 45 minJun 28th, 2000

2. Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

The biography of Ron Kovic (Tom Cruise). Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.

Born on the Fourth of July

Born on the Fourth of July

"A story of innocence lost and courage found."
R2 hr 25 minDec 20th, 1989

1. Independence Day (1996)

On July 2, a giant alien mothership enters orbit around Earth and deploys several dozen saucer-shaped 'destroyer' spacecraft that quickly lay waste to major cities around the planet. On July 3, the United States conducts a coordinated counterattack that fails. On July 4, a plan is devised to gain access to the interior of the alien mothership in space, in order to plant a nuclear missile. The movie stars Jeff Goldblum, Will Smith, and Bill Pullman.

Independence Day

Independence Day

"Don't make plans for August."
PG-132 hr 25 minJun 25th, 1996