The 7 most unexpected Fourth of July movies

Yes, The Shining counts

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There are dozens of fantastic movies about America that you could watch this week to celebrate the country's 243rd birthday. But if you've exhausted Independence Day, Born on the Fourth of July, and Yankee Doodle Dandy, then you've come to the right place.

Because of the Fourth of July's symbolism as the most American of holidays — or perhaps simply because fireworks look so dang good on camera — lots of movies that aren't "about" Independence Day still include major moments that take place on, or reference, the nation's birthday. Here are seven of the best and most surprising.

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