Need a family-friendly flick? This one’s for you. Starring a pre-The Descendants Shailene Woodley as the American Girl doll line’s Revolutionary War character, Felicity Merriman, this made-for-TV movie gives a (heavily sanitized) look at America right before the war began—and, of course, teaches some lessons about right and wrong while it’s at it. You could also try Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, the 2008 big screen release starring Abigail Breslin as American Girl’s plucky 1934 girl reporter character, instead.
To quote The Stir, “Does it get anymore rah-rah American military tough guy than Patton?” Answer: No. No it does not.
12. Apollo 13
Space exploration: Another biggy on the list of Things America Is Proud Of. The story behind this film is also on the list of Things America Is Proud Of—and while we’re at it, so is the film itself (it’s a great piece of filmmaking).
Stars and stripes forever!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.