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).
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.