Hamilton is finally here! Plus, other fabulous 4th of July movies with romance to watch this holiday.
To celebrate the Fourth, we’ve rounded up 25 romantic 4th of July movies for watching 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 4th of July.
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If you’re looking to stay indoors and are in a romantic mood, check out our top 25 picks.
Romantic 4th of July Movies to Watch
1. 1776 (1972)
Amazon Synopsis: A musical celebration of the founding of the United States based on the award-winning Broadway production.
Where to Watch: Stream on Pluto TV. 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!
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 Fourth of July movie to watch.
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 Hulu, 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 beautiful blend of American patriotism and romance – just right for a 4th of July pick.
Amazon Synopsis: America’s favorite orphan dreams of life outside the orphanage. Based on the smash hit Broadway musical.
Where to Watch Annie (1982): Stream on WatchTCM. Rent/Buy on Digital or DVD.
Where to Watch Annie (1999): Stream on Disney+. Rent/buy on Digital and DVD.
Where to Watch Annie (2014): Rent/buy on Digital and DVD.
Why You Should Watch Annie (1982): 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. You can also watch the 1999 and 2014 adaptations! Both have fun music and romance.
IMDB Synopsis: Three 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. The Best Years of Our Lives is a must-see classic with a blend of history, emotion, romance, and entertaining drama.
Amazon Synopsis: Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret project.
Where to Watch: Stream on Prime Video, Disney+, or epix. 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.
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 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 also 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 in the film.
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 HBO Max, HBO Now, or HBO 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.
Amazon Synopsis: Tom Hanks gives an astonishing performance as Forrest, an everyman whose simple innocence comes to embody a generation.
Where to Watch: Stream on STARZ. Rent/Buy on Digital or DVD.
Why You Should Watch: Arguably, this is 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.
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: It’s currently difficult to find. But you can buy rare copies online.
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. If you love the ’80s Anne of Green Gables, you’ll likely enjoy this gem.
11. Hamilton (2020)
IMDb Synopsis: The real life of one of America’s foremost founding fathers and first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton. Filmed live on Broadway from the Richard Rodgers Theatre with the original Broadway cast.
Where to Watch: Disney+
Why You Should Watch: Find out why everyone’s talking about this revolutionary musical! Besides the fantastic music and story, there are captivating love stories as well.
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: Stream on FXNow. Rent/Buy on Digital or DVD.
Why You Should Watch: This inspirational movie is perfect to watch on the Fourth of July – or any day. And yes, there is some romance even if it’s not the main point of the film.
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 Fubo, Sling TV. 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 memorable Fourth of July movies. With action, humor, adventure, romance, and more, this movie has it all.
14. 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: Stream on The Criterion Channel. 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.
15. 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 STARZ/STARZ Amazon Channel. 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), you definitely should. But be prepared to cry! This movie makes the list as there’s a Fourth of July scene. It’s also an excellent choice for the entire family.
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: Stream on DirectTV. 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.
Amazon Synopsis: A comedy about life at the top, as seen from the bottom. Based on the bestselling novel by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, The Nanny Diaries stars Scarlett Johansson, Laura Linney and Alicia Keyes and comes from the award winning filmmakers Robert Pulcini and Shari Berman.
Where to Watch: Buy on Digital and DVD.
Why You Should Watch: The movie is fun and includes a cute romance between Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans. It also contains a funny scene with Johannson dressed up as Betsy Ross!
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 Disney+. 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.
Amazon Synopsis: Recreation of Pearl Harbor and the harrowing wartime aftermath.
Where to Watch: HBO Max, HBO Now, or HBO Amazon Channel. Rent/buy on Digital or DVD.
Why You Should Watch: At the center of this patriotic movie is an epic love triangle.
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: Fubo TV, DirectTV, Showtime, Showtime Amazon Channel. Rent/Buy on Digital or DVD.
Why You Should Watch: The reason this unabashedly romantic movie is on the list is a bit spoilery, so I won’t give it away. But it’s a touching romance with a shocking, emotional ending.
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: Stream on Hoopla. 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: Stream on HBO Max, DC Universe. 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: FuboTV. 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!
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: HBO Max, FuboTV, DirectTV, Sling, and TNT. 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.
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!
A few other movies to check out include Armageddon, Born Yesterday, Lincoln, The Sandlot, Cold Mountain, and more!
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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(Note: This article was updated in July 2020, but was first published in 2019.)