July 1st, 2011
09:45 AM ET
Holidays just aren’t complete until you veg out on the couch while watching a movie marathon. These cinematic siestas not only provide down time between festivities and the well-intentioned gorge fest, but they also give us the opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of the holiday.
For many, the Fourth of July has become known for hot dogs, transporting illegal fireworks over state lines, and sporty outfits in red, white, and blue. Nevertheless, fifth grade social studies taught us that the American Revolution was actually about rebellion against tyranny and victory over seemingly insurmountable odds.
To help celebrate Independence Day, tell us what movies will make your holiday list and best embody the spirit of revolution. If you don't want to dwell on dissent, your favorite patriotic films will also suffice. Let the fireworks begin!
"The Madness of King George" (1994): “His Majesty was all powerful and all knowing. But he wasn't quite all there.” – tagline of film (And, fact-based dramatizations suggest that revolution was the right choice for American colonists.)
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