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The Independence Day long weekend is a perfect time to dive into films and series that capture the essence of American history, valor, and patriotism. Netflix offers a range of content that delves into these themes, from historical dramas to documentaries. Here are ten must-watch series and movies, along with details on where to watch them and the trailers to get you started.

1. Purple Hearts

This film combines the patriotism of a serviceman's story with the Americana of young love. Starring Sofia Carson and Nicholas Galitzine, the film follows Cassie, a singer-songwriter, and Luke, a Marine, who marry for military benefits but face complications as real feelings develop. Keep a box of tissues handy for this emotional ride.

2. Our Great National Parks

For days when you prefer marveling at natural beauty over war films, "Our Great National Parks," narrated by Barack Obama, is perfect. This five-part series explores stunning locations worldwide, with Episode 4 focusing on the California coastline. The Emmy-winning show offers breathtaking views right from your living room.

3. 13th

Ava DuVernay's documentary examines the intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States, highlighting the historical context of the 13th Amendment.

5. Designated Survivor

In "Designated Survivor," Kiefer Sutherland stars as Tom Kirkman, a low-level cabinet member who becomes president after an attack wipes out the government. The series follows his struggles to lead the country while uncovering the conspiracy behind the attack.

6. Mudbound

In Dee Rees' 2017 drama "Mudbound," the post-WWII Mississippi setting becomes a character itself, portraying the lives of two returning servicemen, one white and one black. Both men struggle with the complexities of PTSD, finding civilian life more challenging than expected. The film stars Garrett Hedlund, Carey Mulligan, Jason Mitchell, and Mary J. Blige, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role.

7. Patriots Day

Mark Wahlberg stars in this gripping drama about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the subsequent manhunt for the perpetrators, showcasing community resilience and bravery.

8. Born on the Fourth of July

Based on the autobiography of Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic, this film stars Tom Cruise as Kovic, showcasing his transformation from a patriotic youth to a paralyzed veteran and anti-war activist. Directed by Oliver Stone, it offers a powerful look at the impact of war on American soldiers.

9. American Grafitti

Directed by George Lucas, captures the nostalgia of mid-century Americana youth. Featuring Ron Howard, Harrison Ford, and Richard Dreyfuss, it follows four friends on the last day of their 1962 summer vacation. The film evokes the essence of a bygone era before adulthood begins.

10. Hacksaw Ridge

"Hacksaw Ridge" tells the true story of Desmond Doss, a WWII medic who becomes the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor. Directed by Mel Gibson, the film stars Andrew Garfield as Doss, showcasing his bravery in saving 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa without carrying a weapon.

11. Da 5 Bloods

"Da 5 Bloods," directed by Spike Lee, follows four Vietnam War veterans who return to Vietnam to find the remains of their squadron leader and the treasure they buried years ago. Starring Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters, Isiah Whitlock Jr., and Chadwick Boseman, the 2020 film explores the lasting impacts of war.

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