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Great movies for Memorial Day weekend

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Memorial Day weekend is upon us and summer blockbuster season is fast approaching.

As you read this, you’ve probably just watched arguably the most anticipated film of 2022, Top Gun: Maverick, and felt a heavy dose of action and thrills coupled with a healthy dose of nostalgia after seeing Tom Cruise in the cockpit have again.

Whether you’re feeling patriotic or want to spend time with friends and family for the unofficial start of summer, here’s a list of other great movies to watch over the bank holiday weekend.

Saving Private Ryan” (1998)

Steven Spielberg’s 1998 masterpiece follows the story of United States Army Ranger Captain John H. Miller (Tom Hanks) and his soldiers as they search for paratrooper Private First Class James Francis Ryan (Matt Damon), the last surviving brother of four as the three other brothers were killed in battle. (IMDB)

Where to stream: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Paramount+

Days of Thunder” (1990)

Start your engines! Tony Scott’s 1990 romantic sports-action drama follows NASCAR rookie hotshot Cole Trickle (Tom Cruise) and veteran racer Rowdy Burns (Michael Rooker) who become close friends after starting the racing season as rivals. (IMDB)

Where to Stream: Hulu, HBO Max

Top Gun” (1986)

To prepare for the release of Top Gun: Maverick, it might be a good idea to rewatch the original film as you prepare to reenter the danger zone and escape 36 years later. (IMDB)

Where to watch: Streaming on Netflix through May 31

Iron Eagle” (1986)

Directed by Sidney J. Furie, the action film tells the story of a young pilot who plans a rescue mission after his Air Force Colonel father is shot down over enemy territory. (IMDB)

Where to stream: HBO Max

Dunkirk” (2017)

Director Christopher Nolan portrays the Dunkirk evacuation of World War II from the perspective of soldiers on land, sea and air. (IMDB)

Where to stream: Netflix, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video

“Smoky and the bandit” (1977)

Climb into your black Pontiac Trans Am and set off with Bo “The Bandit” Darville (Burt Reynolds), Carrie “Frog” (Sally Field) and Cledus “The Snowman” Snow (Jerry Reed) as they try to illegally transport 400 cases of Coors beer from Texarkana to Atlanta while being pursued by Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason). (IMDB)

Where to see: Peacock

The Clay Court” (1993)

“You’re killing me, Smalls.” Nothing says Daylight Saving Time like a pickup baseball game. Just try not to hit the ball over the fence as you never know what might be lurking over there. (IMDB)

Where to watch: Available to rent on Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV

Caddyshack (1980)

As you brush the rust and dirt off your golf clubs and prepare to hit the links, you might want to rewatch what ESPN calls “maybe the funniest sports movie of all time.” Just don’t expect your golf game to improve significantly and keep an eye out for gophers on the course. (IMDB)

Where to watch: HBO Max

National Lampoon’s Vacation” (1983)

Three years after “Caddyshack,” the team of Chevy Chase and Harold Ramis returned to the big screen with the release of “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” where we meet the Griswolds, a Chicago family preparing for a cross-country road trip to Walley World, billed as “America’s favorite family amusement park,” while encountering plenty of hilarious frolics along the way. Fortunately, in 2022 there are smartphones, so now you can check if your destination is closed before you head out. (IMDB)

Where to watch: Available to rent on Amazon Prime Video

“American Graffiti” (1973)

The second George Lucas film in his long filmography was classified as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress in 1995 and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. This movie is sure to bring back memories of the summer you graduated from high school and waited for your adult life to begin. (IMDB)

Where to watch: Hulu

The Movie Bob’s Burgers (2022)

Get your buns to the movies while the Belchers try to save their business from the busy summer months, then enjoy a burger at your family or neighborhood reunion.

Where to see: Only in cinemas

Fame” (1989)

Directed by Edward Zwick, this historical war drama tells the story of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regime, one of the earliest black regiments of the Union Army in the American Civil War. (IMDB)

Where to Stream: Amazon Prime Video

Pearl Harbor” (2001)

Michael Bay’s romantic war drama features a heavily fictionalized version of the December 7, 1941 Japanese plane attack on Pearl Harbor and focuses on a love story set in the lead up to the bombing, its aftermath, and the Doolittle attack. (IMDB)

Where to Stream: Amazon Prime Video

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