5 patriotic movies to watch on Netflix for the 4th of July

1. El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

 Jesse (Aaron Paul) is in for it in

Jesse (Aaron Paul) is in for it in “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.” Credit: Ben Rothstein / Netflix

Dear Breaking Bad fans, if you haven’t watched the series’ victory lap yet, what are you doing? Coming right after the events of the finale,El Camino has Jesse (Aaron Paul) setting out on the run from both the law and his troubled history. While this epilogue might be unnecessary, it remains a riveting entry into the Breaking Bad universe.

How to watch:El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is streaming on Netflix.

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4. God Bless the Broken Road (2018)

A grieving widow of a military veteran rediscovers her faith – and finds romance – when she meets a race car driver. It stars Lindsay Pulsipher (Law and Order: Special Victims Unit), Robin Givens (Riverdale) and Madeline Carroll (I Can Only Imagine). Rated PG for thematic elements and some combat action.

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13. The Babysitter (2017)

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Fans of adventure, suspense, and horror will be intrigued by this Netflix original in which a kid realizes his hot babysitter is part of a Satanic cult. Perfect for anyone who was ever presented with the simultaneous gift and curse of a hot babysitter.

6. Elisa and Marcela (2019)

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This period flick is packed with tension as Elisa Sanchez Loriga masquerades as a man in order to be with the woman she loves. Set in Spain in 1901, this is the perfect choice for those wanting a dash of passion, sex, yearning, and historical fiction.

Harriet (2019)

Cynthia Erivo plays Harriet Tubman in this critically acclaimed story of the legendary abolitionist who tirelessly worked to bring slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad. As America wrestles with its past, it’s vital to pay tribute to the brave souls who helped lift us from our national sins. (Streaming on Cinemax)

The Looming Tower (2018)

This gripping 10-episode series follows the rivalry between the counter-terrorism divisions of the FBI and CIA, which may have inadvertently led to the tragedy of 9/11. You know what’s coming, but you can’t look away. (Streaming on Hulu)

9. The Young Messiah (2016)

It’s a live-action film that follows the life of Jesus as a boy. Largely historical fiction, it stays true to the character of Christ and shows him having dominion over evil. Of course, it also reveals him to be a child who never sins. Cyrus Nowrasteh (Infidel, The Stoning of Soraya M.) directed it. Rated PG-13 for some violence and thematic elements.

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6. Phantom (2015)

IMDB Rating: 5.8/10

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Image Courtesy: Netflix

The 26/11 attack in Mumbai is still one of the most devastating terrorist attacks in our country. An extension of the event, this patriotic film is a fictional idea of what would’ve happened if the country went on a mission to find the culprits. It’s an action-thriller inspired by Hussain Zaidi’s book, Mumbai Avengers, a collection of stories based on unsung heroes of the 26/11 attack. 

Director: Kabir Khan

Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Katrina Kaif

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3. Lagaan (2001)

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

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Image Courtesy: Netflix

Dubbed as an Indian modern classic, this patriotic film is the result of a remarkable production, epic storyline and larger-than-life music composition. Set in the early 1890s during the British Raj, the agriculture tax or “Lagaan” was one of the unfair means to extract the blood, sweat and income of farmers residing in small villages of India. The tale takes a turn for good when one such English officer, drunk on power, challenges the protesting villagers in Gujarat for a game of cricket (which, during that period, was alien to Indians) as a wager to invalidate the tax. Now, who’d win? Find out at the end of this movie. Happy watching!

Director: Ashutosh Gowariker

Starring: Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh, Rachel Shelley

15. Freaks

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Credit: netflix

A secret lurks beneath the surface of this claustrophobic thriller. Written and directed by Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein, Freaks begins with a surly little girl and her harried father hiding in a ramshackle house. Despite paternal warnings, Chloe (Lexy Kolker) is determined to venture outside, befriend the girl across the street, and get a frosty treat from the ice cream truck that’s always just out of reach. But she’s only beginning to understand the dangers beyond her door. Why they must hide hangs on a sci-fi twist that makes this mysterious movie distinctly satisfying and marvelously mind-blowing. — Kristy Puchko, Deputy Entertainment Editor 

How to Watch:Freaks is streaming on Netflix.

This article was updated with recent picks on Oct. 14, 2021.

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