M*A*S*H 3.8 stars out of 1,080,513 ratings
Making a good war comedy isn’t the easiest thing to pull off, and after Stripes the only thing we got was Hot Shots and In the Army Now (*shudder*) until Tropic Thunder came along. As for genuinely funny war comedies, it all goes back to M*A*SH. The Vietnam-era war satire can lay claim as the modern blueprint for how a war comedy should be done, and is still considered by many to be one of the funniest comedies of all time. (How many other movies have spawned a spin-off television show that was just as good, if not better?) Rotten Tomatoes 84, IMDB 7.7
God Bless America 3.8 stars out of 826,491 ratings
I like to imagine that Lee Greenwood accidentally streamed God Bless America thinking it would be cinematic red, white, and blue fest that would perfectly accompany his similarly titled hit song. Then of course, he’s horrified by the movie’s first 10 minutes. It isn’t your standard July 4th family fare to put on after the fireworks show is over. Bobcat Goldthwait’s black comedy highlights the uglier, superficial side of American culture and attacks it with a gun-blasting middle-aged beta male and teenage girl hellbent on taking out America’s trash. Rotten Tomatoes 69, IMDB 7.3
A League of Their Own 3.7 stars out of 5,795,427 ratings
You really can’t get more American than baseball, and while there are some great baseball movies streaming on Netflix (Major League, Bad News Bears), League has more heart than any of them. The fictionalized story of the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League balances out its tearjerker moments with plenty of comedy from Tom Hanks, and somehow manages the impossible of making both Madonna and Rosie O’Donnell enjoyable to watch onscreen. Rotten Tomatoes 84, IMDB 7.2
Thelma & Louise 3.7 stars out of 1,883,970 ratings
Thelma & Louise doesn’t have the standard Independence Day movie attributes of say Glory or Patton: there are no heroic battlefield scenes or patriotic speeches about country. It does though embody the idea of freedom from oppression — which happens to be in the form of a dickhead husband — and a certain “FU, you won’t boss me around” spirit that America has been about since the beginning. Plus, its final shot plunges into one of the most beautiful landscapes in America. Rotten Tomatoes 82, IMDB 7.4
Coming To America 3.6 stars out of 6,184,149 ratings
Not only is Coming To America one Eddie Murphy’s best comedies and you should never need a holiday to watch it, it tells the classic story of an immigrant coming to America to make a new life. Except that the immigrant is an African prince and he’s really just here to score a hot girl and then go back home. Still, Murphy’s character Akeem is all about pulling himself up by his boot straps and working towards the American dream, one McDowell’s burger at a time. Rotten Tomatoes 85, IMDB 6.9
Hot Rod 3.6 stars out of 1,674,433 ratings
Hot Rod is less of a patriotic movie and more of cinematic version of a ‘Murica meme. If you enjoy the silliest of slapstick humor involving pyrotechnics and motorized stunts, then of course you should watch this movie over the weekend — preferably with a good buzz and a role of Black Cats nearby. Andy Samberg’s portrayal of a suburban wannabee Evil Knieval plays on the notion that with enough determination and torque, anything is possible. Rotten Tomatoes 64, IMDB 6.7
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