5 Must Watch Movies for Memorial Day

By now, many of you know that I am a movie buff.  I love the classic military movies and patriotic movies.  Today, I want to share five “must watch” movies for Memorial Day Weekend.  These movies all have a patriotic theme (in one way or another) and will make you realize how many people have sacrificed their lives to defend our freedom.

# 5 Die Hard

Although this movie isn’t a military movie per se, it does feature one man fighting terrorists.  John McClane is a cop from New York visiting Los Angeles to see his wife Holly and their kids.  While visiting his wife at a holiday party the building is taken over by terrorists.  John fights the terrorists one-by-one and saves the day.  The movie is filled with tons of action scenes, it has a great plot and is one of my top 10 favorite movies of all time.   I think it is a must see movie.

# 4 We Were Soldiers

This is a classic movie from the Vietnam War starring Mel Gibson and Sam Elliott.  It features the Soldiers of the 1/7 CAV fighting the Viet Cong. There are some amazing fight scenes.  There is also a compelling plot and story line. This movie really brings home a lot of the sacrifices that our Soldiers made during the Vietnam War.  You will also see the “effects” of war on families.  This is a must watch movie and is one of my all time favorites.

# 3 The Patriot

This is another Mel Gibson movie on my list.  This movie covers a story during the American Revolutionary War.  Mel Gibson seeks revenge for the death of his son. When you watch this movie you can almost feel what it must have been like to be an American during that time period.  Of all the movies on my list, this one feels the most patriotic.

# 2 Glory

Glory is another classic movie covering an all black unit in the Civil War.  Starring Matthew Broderick, Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington, it focuses on an “all black” regiment during the Civil War.  There are lots of great action scenes, plus a good plot and story line.  The acting is absolutely amazing.

# 1 Saving Private Ryan

This makes my # 1 cut.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched this movie and shed a tear.  The things the WW2 generation went through in WW2 is absolutely amazing.  As a former Soldier myself, it’s hard to imagine fighting in the battles they fought in.  The movie is captivating, graphic and real.  This might just be the most realistic war movie ever made (just my opinion).

Final Thoughts

In summary, these are my top five “must watch” movies for Memorial Day.  All of these movies are action packed and have a patriotic theme.  If you have some free time on Memorial Day Weekend, I think it would be worth your time to sit back and watch any of these movies, just to remind you what Memorial Day is all about.

What is your favorite movie to watch during Memorial Day weekend?  Leave a comment and let us know.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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5 thoughts on “5 Must Watch Movies for Memorial Day”

  1. If you enjoyed We Were Soldiers, be sure to read the book, written by (at his retirement) Lt. Gen. Hal Moore (a lieutenant colonel and the battalion commander at the time of the battle, played by Mel Gibson in the movie). The coauthor of the book is Joe Galloway, the reporter who was present for the battle and is also portrayed in the movie. One of the things I liked most was finding out that Command Sergeant Major Plumley (played by Sam Elliott) was (at least in 1992, when the book was published) still alive, retired and living in Columbus, GA, home of Ft. Benning.

  2. I own every one of these movies and have watched them many times. I can’t even pick a favorite–I love them all. They are on my “Movies That Never Grow Old” list. I would add to this list “Blackhawk Down,” the story of the Army Rangers and Delta Force soldiers sent to Somalia in 1993 to deal with the criminal warlord who had taken over the city and was starving thousands of people, during which time one of the Blackhawks was shot down and an insane battle to get our soldiers back. These are good Labor Day movies, as well, and I’m now thinking that I’ll be watching some of them.

  3. I saw Glory when I was young, as part of a high school history assignment. At first I was thrilled to be getting out of school for a few hours, but by the end of the movie I was shocked and amazed by what those soldiers went through. It certainly gave me a new appreciation for the men who have given their lives to protect our freedom, even when it pitted brother against brother on our own American soil. Still, it did nothing to prepare me for what I saw when I watched Saving Private Ryan… the horrors of war become so much more real when you know someone that served and can talk about the accuracy of what was shown on screen.

    1. I agree with Rachel. I think everyone should have to watch Glory, for that reason. Saving Private Ryan was also a brilliantly executed movie, you can feel everything and it really makes you stop and think, even if you are a Soldier and have deployed. It’s nothing compared to what these gents did back then. Not to take away from what our heroes do today, but it was just so different.

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