Best Fourth of July Movies the Whole Family Can Enjoy
Whether watching with the kids, the neighbors, or yourself, these movies are great choices around the Fourth of July.
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
Buy American Graffiti here.
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, cnn.com
Buy or rent Independence Day here.
Stand By Me
You want: A summer movie that offers something to chew on.
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
Buy or rent Glory here, and check out these other 10 military movies that will make you feel patriotic.
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
Buy or rent Moonrise Kingdom here.
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
Buy or rent My Girl here, or pull out these 12 movies from your childhood that your kids will love too.
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
Buy or rent Top Gun here.
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
Buy or rent To Kill a Mockingbird here, and find out which other classic movies you thought won Best Picture but didn’t.