8 American Films for the 4th of July

In observance of Independence Day, the Los Angeles Public Library will be closed Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4. But not to fret, the Library can still provide some patriotic company over the long holiday weekend with its vast movie collection. Beyond the obvious Fourth favorites like Independence Day and Born on the Fourth of July, we checked in with John Nein, curator of the Library Foundation’s Lost & Found at the Movies, to recommend some films that take more subtle looks at America. Here are a few picks–all free to check out or stream from the Library!


Robert Altman’s Nashville


Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb


Hal Ashby’s Being There


Alexander Payne’s Election


Sidney Lumet’s Network


Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles


Preston Sturges’ The Great McGinty


Peter Weir’s The Truman Show


Even if the Library is closed, check out the full collection of movies to stream instantly from the Los Angeles Public Library.

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