Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Birthday, America!: The American Flag on the Big Screen

Here in the States, it is Independence Day, or as most of us call it, The 4th of July. We'll celebrate a day off from work the anniversary of America winning its independence from England with beer, hot dogs, and fireworks. Since this is a movie blog, I had to do a lazy picture post put a cinematic spin on things. Here are some instances where Old Glory, aka The American Flag, has shown up on the silver screen. Okay, lots of instances...


Gangs of New York

The Patriot

Rocky IV

Superman II

Man of Steel


Flag of Our Fathers

Dances with Wolves

Iron Man 3

Top Gun

The People vs. Larry Flynt

The Counselor

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

The Wolf of Wall Street

A Scanner Darkly

Independence Day

The Rocketeer

Gran Torino

D2: The Mighty Ducks

Zero Dark Thirty

Born on the Fourth of July

Enjoy Your Hot Dogs!
(And click below to read about some patriotic movies)


  1. Nice collection! I forgot about the flag behind Viveca Fox in the strip club in Independence Day. As if the customers there were going to salute the flag!

    TCM is going whole hog and showing a slew of more niche patriotic movies today. The usual suspects are there 1776, Yankee Doodle Dandy and The Music Man but also lesser known titles like The Scarlet Coat, Miss Firecracker and The Devil's Disciple-this one in particular is a good one.

    Happy Fourth!

    1. Won't get to see any of that. Never heard of The Scarlet Coat.

    2. Scarlet Coat is set during the American Revolution about a patriot that pretends to be a deserter to thwart a plan to seize West Point lead by Benedict Arnold. It isn't a great movie but neither is it bad, it's has a good cast and its shot in Cinemascope and a version of Technicolor called Eastmancolor both of which are big pluses for me. I love that slick, rich studio look.

    3. Sounds cool. I'll have to keep an eye out for that one.

  2. D2: The Mighty Ducks!!!! Yes! 'Murica!!! Seriously, my favorite shots here are Zero Dark Thirty, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and the one with Daniel Day Lewis (that's from Gangs of New York, by the way). Oh, and today, the first movie title that popped in my head was Born on the Fourth of July. Goodness! That movie is tough to watch though. Great post, man! Happy 4th!

    1. Good call, on Gangs of New York. I'll fix that. Thanks!!