TCM will be showing two of my favorite movies overall, which just happen also to be excellent movies for stirring up patriotic fervor. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) is a great musical with plenty of flag-waving, and, in my opinion, one of the few black and white movies that would have been even better if filmed in Technicolor. But a hoofing Cagney is still a joy to watch in glorious black and white. The other film is The Music Man (1962), another great musical that just oozes Americana, with a marching band, a barbershop quartet, Marian the librarian, Harold Hill the world's best traveling salesman, the residents of River City, Iowa, and a wonderful musical score.
The movie I always make it a point to watch on the 4th is 1776 (1972). Great score, a fantastic book and superb cast ... such a joy to watch. And the dramatic last scene, when the Declaration of Independence is finally agreed to and the roll call is read of the assembled signers ... WOW.