Celebrate Independence Day with these great movies and shows

Celebrate Independence Day with these great movies and shows
Celebrate Independence Day with these great movies and shows (Image credit: Joseph Keller / iMore)

Independence Day — a time for grilling, fireworks, and celebrating America. If you're looking for some indoor entertainment on this special day, iTunes has your back with movies and TV shows that will help put you in the mood to celebrate America.

Here are some of the best movies and TV shows to help you celebrate Independence Day.


Independence Day

Independence Day (Image credit: Centropolis Entertainment)

When the world is invaded by a hostile alien race, the survivors, including a scientist, a fighter pilot, and the President of the United States must band together to save the world from this advanced threat.

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1776 (Image credit: Columbia Pictures)

This musical follows John Adams and the Second Continental Congress in the summer of 1776 as they debate whether or not to seek peace with Great Britain or continue their revolution in an effort to establish a new, fully-independent nation.

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Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America (Image credit: Marvel Studios)

A sickly young man, eager to join American forces fighting in World War II, is given a chance to do just that when a scientist gives him a special serum that turns him into a super-soldier, allowing him to fight the sinister forces of Hydra.

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Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures (Image credit: 20th Century Fox)

Discover the lesser-known history of NASA through the lives and work of the African American women that proved intrumental in launching John Glenn into orbit. Working as NASA computers in the 1950s and 60s, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn, and Mary Jackson became three of the unsung heroes of the American space program.

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (Image credit: Columbia Pictures)

When a Boy Rangers troop leader is selected by his state's governor to occupy a seat in the United States Senate, his wholesome and honest nature goes up against the grinding, graft-filled Washington machine.

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The West Wing - Season 1

The West Wing (Image credit: Warner Brothers)

Follow the stories of several White House staffers and their President, Josiah Bartlet, as they attempt to do the good they can with the time in office they have, passing bills, confronting scandals, and attempting to elevate the political discourse in the country.

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Drunk History - Season 1

Drunk History (Image credit: Comedy Central)

Actors, comedians, and other celebrities drink too much and try to explain world history, recounting tales of everything from the Watergate scandal to the fight for the Alamo.

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Turn: Washington's Spies - Season 1

Turn (Image credit: AMC Studios)

This historical drama focuses on the Culper Ring, a spy organization that worked for Continental Army commander-in-chief George Washington during the Revolutionary War.

$24.99 - Download Now

Black Patriots: Heroes of The Revolution

Black Patriots (Image credit: History)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, along with a team of historians and a mountain of historical records, dives deep into the history of the Black heroes who helped shape the American Revolution. From the beginnings of rebellion at the Boston Massacre to the last shot fired, this special sheds light on some of the lesser-known patriots that helped win the war.

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Sons of Liberty

Sons Of Libery (Image credit: A&E Studios)

This miniseries focuses on the Sons of Liberty, a group that resisted British rule in the 13 Colonies prior to the outbreak of the Revolutionary War.

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John Adams

John Adams (Image credit: HBO)

This HBO miniseries follows the life and career of the second President of the United States, John Adams, from his time as a lawyer in pre-revolutionary Boston through his term as President to his death in 1826.

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Roots (Image credit: Wolper Productions)

This seminal miniseries tracks the life of a young man, taken as a slave from his village in West Africa, through his life in captivity in the American colonies and later, the United States. The story stretches across the decades to include his children, and examines the brutality of slavery, even after the institution is ended.

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Your favorites?

What are your favorite movies and TV shows to watch on July 4th? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

Joseph Keller

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.