There are a slew of ways to celebrate our country’s independence while keeping cool or cocooning with your pet. Check out these 10 movies and episodes currently available on Netflix that will teach you all you need to know about American history.
1. Pre-World War II: “Hyde Park on Hudson”
While playing Franklin D. Roosevelt’s distant cousin Margaret “Daisy” Suckley (played by Laura Linney), Bill Murray portrays the tangled web of mistresses he spun, especially with his distant cousin. King George VI’s fear of eating a hot dog in public is also poked fun at by the video. EC
2. The Korean War: “M*A*S*H”
One of the most popular sitcoms of the 1970s and ’80s, it was nominated for 100 Emmy Awards and won 14. In between “meatball procedures” at the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in Uijeongbu, South Korea, Benjamin Franklin Pierce (Alan Alda) and his tag team of physicians, nurses, and support staff attempted to alleviate their boredom by playing cards, drinking beer, and snorting nitroglycerin. She is — Tara Bitran
3. World War II: “A League of Their Own”
“In baseball, there’s no sobbing!” A baseball-themed World War II dramedy starring Tom Hanks and Geena Davis is the epitome of all things American. In the 1990s, a ragtag band of notable women, including Rosie O’Donnell and Madonna, starred in a comedy about the women who took over Major League Baseball while the men were at war. The Carras family name is Christi.
4. The Cold War: “Hidden Figures”
Shockingly, a film about three African American women who played a key role in the Cold War launch of American astronauts received three Oscar nominations in 2017. Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, and Janelle Monae join a group that is almost as impressive as the stars of the solar system in portraying NASA and Civil Rights Movement pioneers, respectively. CC apologies for the inconvenience.
5. The Vietnam War: “Good Morning Vietnam”
“Good Morning Vietnam” stars Robin Williams as Adrian Cronauer, a radio DJ who tries to make the Armed Forces Radio Service into a place where Vietnam War G.I.s might find comfort. Williams gained critical acclaim for his performance in “Good Morning Vietnam,” which featured an original screenplay written by a former MASH writer and completely improvised radio segments. EC
6. 1970s: “Remember the Titans”
Although it may appear to be a typical underdog sports story, the Denzel Washington-starring film is anything but. Nonetheless, “Remember the Titans” is more than just a high school football drama; it tells the genuine narrative of intricate race relations between its great athletes who slowly begin to transform the split minds of their town through collaboration and compassion. Will Patton, Wood Harris, and Ryan Hurst join Washington in the role of real-life coach Herman Boone. CC apologies for the inconvenience.
7. Watergate: “Dick”
Michelle Williams and Kirsten Dunst portray Betsy and Arlene, the real whistleblowers behind the Watergate crisis, in this reimagining of the story. They’re new to you? Deep Throat from history books doesn’t sound like what I’m hearing. In the meantime, you can check out “Dick,” which tells the story of two high-school students who end up affecting the Vietnam War peace process by sending Nixon marijuana cookies and accidently discovering Watergate. Let your friends believe it, but don’t try to convince them. EC
8. The Reagan Doctrine: “Charlie Wilson’s War”
Attempting to write a film about US engagement in the Middle East and its long-term repercussions in the 21st century is a daunting task for any filmmaker. When it comes to portraying Reagan-era ideas, Mike Nichols has done an excellent job with “Charlie Wilson’s War,” which manages to be both informative and entertaining at the same time. “Charlie Wilson’s War,” starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, tells the story of the American government’s efforts to arm the Afghan mujahideen in order to defeat the Russian occupation. EC
9. The Iraq War: “The Men Who Stare at Goats”
For this dramatized parody of Jon Ronson’s non-fiction book, “The Men Who Stare at Goats,” the US Army investigates and exploits paranormal events for military purposes. The film’s all-star cast includes George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Ewan McGregor, and Kevin Spacey, who skewer the military’s bizarre research initiatives. EC
10. Operation Enduring Freedom: “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”
The NATO abbreviation “WTF” is referred to as “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” in the film, which emphasizes the film’s comic tone while focusing on the Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Actresses Margot Robbie and Tina Fey portray war correspondent Kim Baker in the film, which follows the disillusioned American soldiers she interviews and the difficulties she faces as a woman working in an Islamic country. EC