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Celebrating the American spirit with these 4 movies
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Daniel Day-Lewis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Lincoln (2012) - photo by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

USA -- No one will ever forget the events of Sept. 11, 2001. The attack on this country was devastating, but out of the tragedy America rose united with an even stronger spirit.

America has one of the most unique and diverse national identities in the world. Here are four movies that celebrate the heart and spirit of America, and there is something for everyone.

“1776”

This classic movie musical portrays the founding of The United States of America. While some might say “1776” is full of clichéd notions of patriotism, the ideas that gave birth to America are still very evident.

Focusing mainly on John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, “1776” dances its way through the political struggles of the Continental Congress. If you are learning about the Revolutionary War, or just need a little reminder of how America came to be, this is a good movie to start with. Some of the dialogue and lyrics come directly from letters and memoirs of the Founding Fathers.

“1776” has an OK.com rating of 100 percent worth your time and is appropriate for ages 10+.

“Lincoln”

While the movie touches on the many difficulties Americans faced during the Civil War, “Lincoln” is a film primarily concerned with the president’s push to abolish slavery in the United States. The 13th Amendment changed the course of history in America and shows the power our nation has to change for the greater good.

Daniel Day-Lewis gives a wonderful performance in tribute to a man whose legacy is not only admired, but has also inspired others. Abraham Lincoln’s moral courage is a virtue still celebrated by many Americans today.

“Lincoln” is appropriate for ages 13+ and 97 percent worth your time on OK.com.

“An American Tail”

America has long been known as the land of opportunity. People from all over the world have come here to have a piece of the American Dream.

“An American Tail” is an animated motion picture that follows the Mousekewitz family as they immigrate to the United States from Russia in search of a new start. When Fivel gets lost along the way, he meets some friends who show him the best America has to offer as they help reunite him with his family.

This is a family friendly film that celebrates the diversity that makes up the American identity.

“An American Tail” is 100 percent worth your time on OK.com and is appropriate for all ages.

“Miracle”

“Miracle” is the true story of the 1980 U.S. Men’s Olympic Hockey Team. When pitted against the supposedly unbeatable team from Russia in the semifinals, the young and talented Americans carried the hopes of an entire nation. In a brilliant under-dog story, the team and coach Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell) fight their way to a gold-medal victory.

This sports drama captures a glimpse of the fighting spirit of America. Even under insurmountable odds, America almost always finds a way to rise above, just as the 1980 team did on the ice.

If there is one lesson to be learned from “Miracle,” it is that we should never lose hope. Despite all the odds, anything is possible if you believe in miracles.

“Miracle” is 100 percent worth your time on OK.com and is appropriate for ages 8+.

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