If you're trying to beat the heat this Memorial Day, there are ways to honor our troops away from the noisy parades and crowded events. Commemorate the sacrifices of our military members by popping in a flick.
Grab the popcorn, because we've selected five films that focus on the real sacrifices of real soldiers. From the wounded warriors of Vietnam to the iconic flag-raisers at Iwo Jima, this year learn more about the men, women and wars of past generations.
Check out the five films below!
Gary Cooper starred in the 1941 movie "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0034167/" target="_hplink">Sergeant York</a>", a true story of World War I war hero Alvin C. York. <a href="http://www.sgtyork.org/hero.html" target="_hplink">According to the Sergeant York Patriotic Foundation</a>, York was awarded the Medal of Honor after he and 16 other soldiers successfully took captive more than 100 Germans enemies, leading them to a prison 10 miles away.
Born On the Fourth of July
After Huffington Post blogger and author <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ron-kovic" target="_hplink">Ron Kovic </a> wrote "Born On the Fourth of July" the autobiography was adapted into a film by the same name, starring Tom Cruise. Kovic, now an outspoken peace activist, was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star after serving two tours as a marine in Vietnam, where he suffered a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the chest down.
Flags of Our Fathers
Based on the iconic photograph by Joe Rosenthal, Clint Eastwood directed the true story of the six soldiers who raised the American Flag at Iwo Jima, in "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0418689/" target="_hplink">Flags of Our Fathers</a>". The movie is based on the book of the same name, written by one of the soldier's son, James Bradley. The soldiers included John Bradley, Rene Gagnon, Ira Hayes, Mike Strank, Harlon Block, and Franklin Sousley, <a href="http://www.randomhouse.com/features/jamesbradley/about_book.html" target="_hplink">according to Random House</a>.
To Hell and Back
Audie Murphy became the most decorated soldier in WWII after he enlisted at the age of 18 -- eventually accepting 24 of medals of honor, including the Congressional Medal of Honor, by the U.S and France, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048729/" target="_hplink">according to imdb.com</a>. Murphy then wrote an autobiography, "To Hell and Back", then starred as himself in the film inspired by the book of the same name.
Matthew Broderick plays Robert Gould Shaw in "Glory", a 1989 film about the first company of black soldiers, which Shaw led into battle during the Civil War in 1863, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097441/" target="_hplink">according to imdb.com</a>.