You may be looking for a way to beat the heat this holiday weekend. Maybe get inside for a little quality AC time?

We’ve got 5 movies to throw on the TV while staying in the patriotic spirit in the cool air conditioning.

5. The Sandlot

Celebrate America with the grand ol’ American pastime: baseball. This 1993 classic will have you yearning for your Little League days, and maybe some peanuts, popcorn, and Cracker Jacks. Now that we think about it, why are you inside on such a beautiful weekend? Go start a pickup game in the park.

4. Captain America: The First Avenger

I mean, the movie has got America right in the title. Plus it’s a great place to get into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Truth, justice, the American Way? It’s all here!


3. Air Force One

Throwing terrorists off his plane? Saving innocent lives? He may be two actual presidential names mashed into one, but Harrison Ford plays a commander in chief who will not negotiate, nor stand idly by.

2. The Patriot

Sure, it stars two Australians, but this classic really reminds you of the fight for independence we Americans celebrate each year.


1. Independence Day

C’mon, you didn’t think we could end the list with anything but the namesake film, right? Besides, watching Will Smith punch out aliens really gets the ‘Merica juices flowing.