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5 Military-Themed Movies To Watch During Your Memorial Day Weekend

While this weekend may mark the unofficial start to summer, the real reason why Memorial Day exists is to take a day to honor our those in the armed forces who put it all on the line to keep us safe.

Before you head to your first BBQ of the season in your best red, white and blue, kick back with some popcorn and salute or troops by watching some of the most iconic military-themed movies from our time.

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Cadet Kelly 

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It’s very rare that we get a female lead in a military movie, but Cadet Kelly gave us just that. Hilary Duff starred as the free-spirited and clumsy Kelly Collins, who was forced by her stepfather to enroll in the Washington Military Academy to learn some discipline.

Kelly’s life becomes a battlefield taking on the fierce Cadet Captain, Christy Carlson Romano and desiring to impress her parents. Cadet Kelly has a special spot in our Disney hearts.

 

American Sniper

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American Sniper is the true story of the “Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military,” Chris Kyle. The biographical war drama, was directed and produced by Clint EastwoodBradley Cooper and U.S Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.

His mission? To save lives. Throughout the action-packed film, we are taken on a journey with Kyle’s four tours in Iraq, as well as the life he leaves behind. In this movie, we can see the casualties of war beyond death. It’s no wonder it landed an Academy Award nom for “Best Picture.”

 

Unbroken

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Also a true story and produced by Angelina JolieUnbroken is the ultimate story of redemption.

Louis Zamperini was a troubled boy, but he channels his energy into running and qualifies for the 1936 Olympics. When the second world war breaks out “Louie” enlists in the military. You wouldn’t believe the things that he faces…. from a plane crash to suffering in a POW camp, “Louie” has to use all of his might to rise above.

Dear John

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 Dear John followed the lives of soldier John Tyree (Channing Tatum) and college student, Savannah Curtis (Amanda Seyfried) through their budding romance. The couple is separated when John deploys in Afghanistan, issuing the most romantic long-distance relationship in history.

The two send letters back and forth over the seven turbulent years, only seeing each other once in a while. Our heart breaks for John and Savannah and I strongly suggest some tissues.

Avengers: Endgame

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While Avengers is not your traditional military movie, we can all understand the metaphor comparing soldiers to superheroes.

In the final installment of phase three of The Marvel Cinematic Universe, half the universe is wiped away and the remaining Avengers are forced to take on Thanos to save the world. With the epic ending battle and the loss of some of our greatest soldiers, this blockbuster giant will have you glued to the screen for the entire 3 hours.

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Leslie Anne Dominique is an outgoing and ambitious African/Haitian American young woman who is ready for the fast-paced world of Broadcast Journalism. Born in New York and raised in New Jersey, Leslie has always looked to reporters such as Robin Roberts…

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