4 Star-Spangled 4th of July Movies

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Born on the Fourth of July

By DAVID WEINER

July 04, 2013

In Oliver Stone's 1989 Vietnam war epic based on the true story of Ron Kovic, Tom Cruise delivers a brave, no-holds-barred and Oscar-nominated performance as Kovic, a patriotic, small-town teen who enlists to fight abroad, only to have his jingoistic perspective changed dramatically by a bullet that puts him permanently in a wheelchair. The film opens up in the '50s with a great, nostalgic scene in which a young, bright-eyed birthday boy Kovic watches a Fourth of July parade filled with sparklers, fire trucks and pretty majorettes -- only to be somewhat taken aback by the vision of war veterans missing their limbs. Powerful stuff.

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