Start up the grills, open a refreshing can of your favorite beverage, and watch a bunch of explosions happen in the sky. That’s right, the United States holiday the Fourth of July is right around the corner, and you know what that means? It’s time to stay inside, beat the heat, and watch a bunch of movies!
But what kind of movies should you watch in order to properly celebrate the U.S.’s independence from Great Britain? Obviously, you should watch some super-rad patriotic movies that’ll make you chant “USA!” over and over again.
There are plenty of movies out there that celebrate the American experience in fantastic ways, but we can’t include them all, so we picked 15 of the most fun, awe-inspiring, and awesome movies about being an American to get you ready for your grillin’ and chillin’.
If you’re interested in more hot takes on movies, check out all of Pixar’s shorts ranked, horror movies based on true stories, and horror films that are way too sick and twisted. Additionally, Top Gun–which is on this list–is being remade and Val Kilmer is joining the cast reprising his role of Tom “Iceman” Kazansky.