If it rains Fourth of July Weekendby medievalmike | created - 04 Jul 2016 | updated - 2 months ago | Public
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1. Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)
Approved | 104 min | Drama, History, Romance
Newlyweds Gil and Lana Martin try to establish a farm in the Mohawk Valley but are menaced by Indians and Tories as the Revolutionary War begins.
Votes: 5,147 | Gross: $1.00M
You Are There (1953–1972)
The Signing of the Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776)
30 min | Drama, History
The task of drafting a declaration of independence that will express the prevailing sentiment of a politically diversified population faces the Continental Congress.
6. The Hector Heathcote Show (1959–1965)
TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
Ralph Bakshi worked on this series. I used to watch it regularly, but haven't seen it in decades, and miss it.
7. Schoolhouse Rock! (1973–2009)
TV-Y | 3 min | Animation, Short, Family
A series of shorts illustrating various songs that teach multiplication tables, grammar, science, American history, computers, economics, and environmentalism.
9. The Adams Chronicles (1976)
50 min | Drama, History
Ambitious multipart PBS production that brings to life five generations of one of America's leading political and historical families. It traces their lives from John Adams early years as a... See full summary »
11. George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation (1986 TV Movie)
190 min | Biography, Drama, History
The life of George Washington as the first President of the United States of America and his 8 years running his country. The trials he faces dealing with mobs and riots while keeping the country together.
Family Ties (1982–1989)
TV-PG | 24 min | Comedy, Family
Alex has a cold, but insists on working all night on his term paper on the Declaration of Independence - which he had used as an example to encourage his dad Steven, who out of inexperience... See full summary »
13. Liberty! The American Revolution (1997– )
360 min | History, War
Six-hour documentary on the American Revolution, from the passage of the Stamp Act (1765) through the ratification of the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights (1789). In addition ... See full summary »
16. TURN: Washington's Spies (2014–2017)
TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, History, War
A Long Island farmer bands together a group of childhood friends to form an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America's fight for independence
17. The Congress (1988 TV Movie)
TV-G | 90 min | Documentary
The U. S. Congress is one of the country's most important and misunderstood institutions. Ken Burns tells the story behind this branch of government.
18. The Statue of Liberty (1985)
TV-G | 60 min | Documentary, History
Documentary showing the history of the world-famous Statue of Liberty in New York harbor, the impact it still has on people and the state of liberty as a personal and political concept in America in 1985.
Ken Burns's film about how the Statue of Liberty was built, and the restoration that was going on at the time.
19. Liberty (1986 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 180 min | Drama, History
Drama about how the Statue of Liberty came to be erected in New York Harbor in the early 1880s and the people responsible for its creation.
How the Statue of Liberty was build by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi (played by Frnak Langella, who had previously played Dracula), assisted in part by a coppersmith played by Chris Serandon (star of Fright Night). The Statue of Liberty was built by vampires!
20. Stars and Stripes Forever (1952)
Unrated | 90 min | Biography, Comedy, Music
A film biography of the composer John Philip Sousa, from his early days in the Marine Corps Band through the Spanish-American War in 1898.
23. You, John Jones! (1943)
Unrated | 11 min | Short, Drama, War
John Jones' daughter is rehearsing the Gettysburg Address in preparation for a school elocution when he is called away by an air raid alarm. He sits alone in the evening and contemplates ... See full summary »
A propaganda film for selling war bonds. James Cagney is billed as the star, but Margaret O'Brian steals the show, playing little girls around the world, suffering in the war.
25. Avalon (1990)
PG | 128 min | Drama
A Polish-Jewish family comes to the USA at the beginning of the Twentieth Century. There, the family and their children try to make themselves a better future in the so-called promised land.
Votes: 5,376 | Gross: $15.74M
Follows a Polish-Jewish American family in Baltimore, from the time the grandfather arrives on July 4, 1916, to Thanksgiving some 60 years later. It is mostly set in the late '40s, and we mostly see the family celebrating the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving.
26. Hysterical History (1953)
Approved | Animation, Short
An amusing look at American history, starting with Columbus' discovery of America, and touching on the formation of the original thirteen states, the Gold Rush, and several other important ... See full summary »
Part of the "Follow the Bouncing Ball" series, featuring George M. Cohan's "I'm a Yankee Doodle Boy."
27. Ant Pasted (1953)
Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short
Elmer Fudd, on a fourth of July picnic, throws some of his firecrackers into an ant colony, and the ants declare all-out war on him.
Just the sort of person who buys their own fireworks. See Buy 1, Get 5 Free, below.
30. Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
R | 145 min | Biography, Drama, War
The biography of Ron Kovic. 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.
Votes: 91,027 | Gross: $70.00M
32. The Further Adventures of Uncle Sam (1971)
13 min | Animation, Short
Uncle Sam has been living peacefully in the American southwest, running a gas station. But when terrorists kidnap the Statue of Liberty, Uncle Sam teams up with an eagle to go rescue her.
Nominated Oscar Best Short Subject, Cartoons
34. Jaws (1975)
PG | 124 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community, it's up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down.
Votes: 517,095 | Gross: $260.00M
36. Rocky (1976)
PG | 120 min | Drama, Sport
A small-time boxer gets a supremely rare chance to fight a heavy-weight champion in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.
Votes: 479,912 | Gross: $117.24M
Rocky and Apollo fight on the Fourth.
37. Rocky II (1979)
PG | 119 min | Drama, Sport
Rocky struggles in family life after his bout with Apollo Creed, while the embarrassed champ insistently goads him to accept a challenge for a rematch.
Votes: 176,324 | Gross: $6.39M
Spoiler alert: this is their rematch. We also see Apollo's son, who will therefore be in his 40s at the time of Creed.
39. Independence Day (1996)
PG-13 | 145 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind's best weapon is the will to survive.
Votes: 501,009 | Gross: $306.17M
Watch American monuments and landmarks get destroyed in a movie with a German director.
40. Buy 1, Get 5 Free: Texas Fireworks Stands (2001)
34 min | Documentary, Short
In Texas, fireworks can be sold for about 10 days before the 4th of July and New Year's Eve. Most sales are from small roadside stands, many of which advertise "Buy 1 Get 5 Free" (or even ... See full summary »
Director: Jim Stedman
I don't approve of buying fireworks yourself. You'll get a better show from the professional public displays than from anything you'll get from what you bought at a stand. Fire marshals also don't recommend it for safety reasons. And my neighbors keep me up every year setting them off, as if to announce "I didn't make any better plans to see fireworks this year, and I want everyone to know it." It's also bad for any neighbors who may be veterans, and suffering from PTSD. But this is a fascinating look at the people who sell them.
41. Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. But will mankind's new space defenses be enough?
Votes: 157,323 | Gross: $103.14M