“Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” are part of the reasons the United States exists.
The “pursuit of happiness” – for me – involves movie watching. Here’s a list of some my favorite patriotic movies – what are yours?
Field of Dreams. The fantasy story of a man’s pursuit of his father that revolves around the great American pasttime – baseball.
The Patriot . Mel Gibson’s ode to the United States of America. Heath Ledgers’ best work, too.
Rio Lobo. John Wayne is a Union Colonel returning home from the Civil War to his home state of Texas to rid a town of an evil man.
Yankee Doodle Dandy. James Cagney – yes, the actor best know for playing gansters – sings and dances in this biopic of American composer and actor George M. Cohan.
Apollo 13. The moonshot that went horribly wrong but has a happy ending. Tom Hanks and Ron Howard team up to tell this true story about Jim Lovell and the American “never-say-die” attitude. Fellow Chicagoan Gary Sinise plays Ken Mattingly.