The Fourth of July is finally here! To celebrate, we’ve rounded up 25 movies with romance perfect to watch this Independence Day.

From full-blown romances to movies with romantic subplots, these choices are fun and fitting for the American holiday. We’ve included a mix of patriotic movies, movies with Fourth of July scenes, American classics, American history-themed films, Fourth of July movies, and more. But all with some romance and all appropriate choices for the Fourth of July.

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So, if you’re looking to stay out of the heat, and you’re in the mood for romance, check out our top 25 picks.

Fourth of July Movies to Watch

25 Best Movies with Romance to Watch on the 4th of July. Fourth of July Movie Night. #FourthofJuly #RomanceMovies

1. A League of Their Own (1992)

Amazon Synopsis: Tom Hanks and Geena Davis star in this big-league comedy based on the real-life exploits of the All-American Girls Baseball League.

Where to Watch: Rent/Buy on Digital or DVD.

Why You Should Watch: With comedy, female empowerment, American patriotism, baseball, and yes, a little bit of romance, this is the perfect movie to watch on the Fourth of July.

2. 1776 (1972)

Amazon Synopsis: A musical celebration of the founding of the United States based on the award-winning Broadway production.

Where to Watch: Rent/Buy on Digital or DVD.

Why You Should Watch: History, romance, founding fathers, and music come together in this classic musical about American history. Romance fans will especially enjoy the love song between John and Abigail Adams. If you watch, you’ll likely recognize William Daniels (aka Mr. Feeny) in the romantic role!

3. The American President (1995)

Amazon Synopsis: Politics, the press, and deeply held values collide in this intelligent romantic comedy when Andrew Shepherd falls in love with beautiful environmental lobbyist Sydney Wade.

Where to Watch: Stream on HBO Now, HBO Amazon Channel, or rent/buy on Digital or DVD.

Why You Should Watch: This is an excellent romantic comedy starring Michael Douglas and Annette Bening. It’s a wonderful blend of American patriotism and romance – just right for a 4th of July pick.

4. Annie (1982)

Amazon Synopsis: America’s favorite orphan dreams of life outside the orphanage. Based on the smash hit Broadway musical.

Where to Watch: Rent/Buy on Digital or DVD.

Why You Should Watch: Besides the catchy music, childhood nostalgia, and all-around great dancing, the movie also includes a romance between Daddy Warbucks and Grace Farrell – Annie’s soon-to-be guardians. Not to mention an epic Fourth of July fireworks scene.

5. Armageddon (1998)

Amazon Synopsis: A large asteroid is heading directly toward Earth.

Where to Watch: Rent/Buy on Digital or DVD.

Why You Should Watch: Yes, this movie is silly but it’s an entertaining action-adventure film full of American heroes, romance, and summer escapism. So, grab some popcorn and watch for the romance between Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler. And don’t forget to listen to that epic romance song, “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.”

6. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

IMDB SynopsisThree World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed.

Where to Watch: Rent/Buy on Digital or DVD.

Why You Should Watch: This patriotic movie about World War II veterans won 7 Academy Awards. With a blend of history, emotion, romance, and entertaining drama, this is a must-see classic.

7. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Amazon Synopsis: Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret project.

Where to Watch: Stream on Sling TV or Rent/Buy on Digital or DVD.

Why You Should Watch: What’s more patriotic than Captain America? Plus, the Peggy Carter and Steve Rogers romance that spread out over numerous Marvel movies and TV shows, is epic.

8. Deep Impact (1998)

IMDB Synopsis: Unless a comet can be destroyed before colliding with Earth, only those allowed into shelters will survive. Which people will survive?

Where to Watch: Stream on Sling TV, TNT, or Rent/Buy on Digital or DVD.

Why You Should Watch: In my opinion, this movie is far superior to Armageddon even though it made much less money. It’s smart, entertaining, includes sacrificial heroes, and even has a cute romance between a young Elijah Wood and Leelee Sobieski. Plus, with Morgan Freeman playing the President, you have fun patriotic speeches to listen to.

9. Far and Away (1992)

Amazon Synopsis: Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman are mesmerizing in this sweeping romantic epic about two unlikely travel companions who find love and new possibilities in the dangerous frontiers of America.

Where to Watch: Stream on Starz or Starz Amazon Channel. You can also rent/buy on digital or DVD.

Why You Should Watch: Far and Away is an entertaining romantic drama all about the American Dream. If you enjoy the love/hate romance trope, then this is the movie for you.

10. Forrest Gump (1994)

Amazon Synopsis: Tom Hanks gives an astonishing performance as Forrest, an everyman whose simple innocence comes to embody a generation.

Where to Watch: Rent/Buy on Digital or DVD.

Why You Should Watch: Arguably one of the best films ever made, the romance between Forrest and Jenny will both move you and frustrate you. And as Forrest’s life crosses paths with iconic moments in history, the audience sees history and America through the eyes of a man with an intellectual disability.

11. Gone with the Wind (1939)

Amazon Synopsis: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland and Hattie McDaniel star in this classic epic of the American South.

Where to Watch: Rent/Buy on Digital or DVD.

Why You Should Watch: Watch the classic and epic romance all about the American Civil War – a pivotal moment in history. There’s a reason why this movie is still considered one of the best films of all time.

12. Goodbye, Miss 4th of July (1988)

IMDB Synopsis: This is the story of a Greek immigrant family who settled in Montgomery, West Virginia, in the year 1910. They experience the prejudice and friendship that many immigrants encountered during that period. The historical setting includes the days leading up to the United States entering World War I and the Influenza epidemic of 1917.

Where to Watch: Currently difficult to find. But you can buy rare copies on VHS on eBay.

Why You Should Watch: This little-known Disney TV Movie is a lovely story to watch with the entire family – if you can find a copy that is! There is some young romance as well.

13. Hidden Figures (2016)

Amazon Synopsis: An incredible & inspiring untold true story about three women at NASA who were instrumental in one of history’s greatest operations – the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit.

Where to Watch: Rent/Buy on Digital or DVD.

Why You Should Watch: This inspirational movie is perfect to watch on the Fourth of July – or on any day. And yes, there is some romance even if it’s not the main point of the film.

14. Independence Day (1996)

Amazon Synopsis: On July 2nd, communications systems worldwide are sent into chaos by a strange atmospheric interference. First thought to be meteors, they are later revealed to be gigantic spacecraft, piloted by a mysterious alien species who have set out to launch an attack throughout the globe.

Where to Watch: Stream on Hulu. You can also rent/buy on digital or DVD.

Why You Should Watch: This is the Blockbuster of all Blockbusters and the ultimate example of great Fourth of July movies. With action, humor, adventure, romance, and more, this movie has it all.

15. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Amazon Synopsis: When a naive man is appointed to fill a vacant seat in the U. S. Senate, he discovers all is not as it seems, and begins facing the corruption head on. Join us for a classic feature, directed by Frank Capra in 1939.

Where to Watch: Rent/Buy on Digital or DVD.

Why You Should Watch: It’s one of the greatest patriotic movies ever made! Plus, there’s also a sweet romance at the center.

16. My Girl (1991)

Synopsis: A touching coming-of-age comedy about an eleven-year-old tomboy (Anna Chlumsky) and her best friend Thomas (Macaulay Culkin).

Where to Watch: Stream on Showtime, Showtime Amazon Channel, IMDB TV, The Roku Channel, Sony Crackle, Fubo TV, and Pluto TV. You can also rent/buy on digital or DVD.

Why You Should Watch: If you haven’t seen this cute but heartbreaking coming of age story (with a hint of romance) then you definitely should. But be prepared to cry! This movie makes the list as there’s a Fourth of July scene. It’s also a great choice for the entire family.

17. The Music Man (1962)

Synopsis: It’s the Music Man, the screen version of one of Broadway’s all-time blockbusters, a skyburst of Americana as irresistible as 4th of July fireworks.

Where to Watch: Rent/Buy on Digital or DVD.

Why You Should Watch: This romantic musical classic is a fantastic Fourth of July movie to watch. If you enjoy musicals or classic films, then this is a film not to be missed.

18. National Treasure (2004)

Netflix Synopsis: Modern treasure hunters search for a chest of riches rumored to have been stashed away by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin.

Where to Watch: Stream on Netflix. You can also rent/buy on digital or DVD.

Why You Should Watch: If you enjoy romantic adventure movies, this is an excellent choice. Plus, it’s fun escapist entertainment for the whole family with a patriotic theme.

19. Pearl Harbor (2001)

Amazon Synopsis: Recreation of Pearl Harbor and the harrowing wartime aftermath.

Where to Watch: Rent/buy on digital or DVD.

Why You Should Watch: At the center of this patriotic movie is an epic love triangle. 

20. Remember Me (2010)

Synopsis: In the summer of 2001, New York college student Tyler (Robert Pattinson, The Twilight Saga) is still feeling lost from the tragedy that has strained his relationship with his father when he meets Ally (Emilie de Ravin, TV’s “Lost”), a girl who understands his pain.

The last thing Tyler’s looking for is love, but through their passionate relationship, he finds new possibilities for happiness. It’s an unforgettable story about the power of the heart, the strength of family, and the importance of treasuring every day of one’s life

Where to Watch: Rent/Buy on Digital or DVD.

Why You Should Watch: The reason this unabashedly romantic movie makes the list is a bit spoilery so I won’t give it away. But it’s a touching romance with a shocking, emotional ending.

21. Safe Haven (2013)

Synopsis: An affirming and suspenseful story about a young woman’s struggle to love again, Safe Haven is based on the novel from Nicholas Sparks, the best-selling author behind the hit films The Notebook and Dear John.

Where to Watch: Rent/Buy on Digital or DVD.

Why You Should Watch: If you enjoy romances from Nicholas Sparks, you’ll likely enjoy this film! Plus, it has an entire Fourth of July scene.

22. Superman I (1978)  & II (1980)

Amazon Synopsis: Director Richard Donner brings the legendary character Superman to the big screen, with Golden Globe-nominee Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel.

Where to Watch: Rent/Buy on Digital or DVD.

Why You Should Watch: This is the Superman story at its best. And these two patriotic movies include the classic romance between Lois and Clark. 

23. Top Gun (1986)

Amazon Synopsis: A heart-pounding combination of action, music and incredible aerial photography helped make Top Gun the blockbuster hit. Top Gun takes a look at the danger and excitement that awaits every pilot at the Navy’s prestigious fighter weapons school.

Tom Cruise is superb as Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, a daring young flyer who’s out to become the best. And Kelly McGillis sizzles as the civilian instructor who teaches Maverick a few things you can’t learn in a classroom.

Where to Watch: Rent/buy on digital or DVD.

Why You Should Watch: This entertaining patriotic movie is a fan favorite for a reason. Plus, the romance is good, epic ’80s stuff!

24. Wonder Woman (2017)

Amazon Synopsis: Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

Where to Watch: Rent/buy on digital or DVD.

Why You Should Watch: This patriotic superhero film is also one of the most romantic. Not to mention, the female-centric movie is fun to watch.

25. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

Amazon Synopsis: James Cagney danced and sang his way to a well-deserved Oscar for his outstanding portrayal of vaudeville composer and performer George M. Cohan in this Oscar-nominated biography.

Where to Watch: Rent/buy on digital or DVD.

Why You Should Watch: This patriotic classic has romance, comedy, drama, and, of course, fabulous music!

Do you have romantic Fourth of July movies to recommend? Or a personal favorite from the list? Let me know in the comments!


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