The Most Star-Spangled 4th of July Movies

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Mel Gibson and the late Heath Ledger play father and son in this heavy-handed but entertaining 2000 Revolutionary War drama from Independence Day director Roland Emmerich. Set in South Carolina in 1776, Gibson plays a peaceful farmer and French-Indian war vet who is forced to fight when the British invade and kill one of his seven sons. Accused of distorting historical accuracy in the name of dramatic license, The Patriot nonetheless provides some rousing battle sequences and a sense of history on the day we declared our independence.