Best 4th of July Movies the Whole Family Can Enjoy

Whether watching with the kids, the neighbors, or yourself, these movies are great choices around the 4th of July.

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American Graffiti

American Graffiti
You want: To revel in '60s-era Americana at its finest.

You're watching with: Anyone from teens to grandparents.

Critics say: "A brilliant work of popular art, it redefined nostalgia."—Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

Independence Day

Independence Day
You want: Something more explosive than the fireworks outside.

You're watching with: A whole party of loud people.

Critics say: "Splendidly cheesy entertainment."—Carol Buckland,

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You're watching with: Teens who will connect with the adolescent characters, grandparents who will identify with the setting.

Critics say: "A small, quiet film that walks tall and resonates long after."—Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer


You want: Something truly, deeply patriotic.

You're watching with: Adults or more mature teens. The movie contains violence.

Critics say: "A strong and valuable film."—Roger Ebert

Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom
You want: A vision of summer camp adults can enjoy.

You're watching with: Grownups or savvy older teens: some borderline "R" situations mean youngsters should steer clear.

Critics say: "It's a fable about what it feels like to be 12 years old and afflicted, from head to toe, by a romantic crush the size of a planet."—Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

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My Girl

My Girl
You want: A thoughtful coming of age story that's tailored to the season.

You're watching with: Just a few people, tweens and up: This drama-comedy will spark discussion but won't fill the room.

Critics say: "A modest, likable piece of work, with a handful of charming, low-key performances."—Hal Hinson, Washington Post

Top Gun

Top Gun
You want: Explosions, volleyball montages, and jet planes.

You're watching with: Sugar-filled children or grownups who've had a few afternoon beers..

Critics say: "The aerial sequences.. are as thrilling... as any ever put on film."—Gene Siskel

Free Willy

Free Willy
You want: Nothing more than a fun, summery diversion.

You're watching with: Young kids.

Critics say: "It's like Lassie with whales."—Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic,.com

To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird
You want: To celebrate the holiday with a classic American story.

You're watching with: An engaged audience: The movie will spark discussion, but it may not rival the fireworks outside.

Critics say: "Storytelling doesn't get much better than this."—Empire Magazine

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