The Most Patriotic Moments From 'Independence Day' This Independence Day

This Saturday, there is no better way to celebrate the 4th of July than revisiting the sci-fi blockbuster, Independence Day, starring Bill Pullman and Will Smith. Four years ago, director Roland Emmerich captured the heart of heroism and patriotism in his action-packed adventure film.

Just before the Fourth of July, an extraterrestrial force hovered across the globe and threatened to terrorize Earth. After strategically placing their gigantic saucers in the largest cities of America, the invaders launched a destructive beam of fire. In vast ruins, the United States barely survived the first attack from the ongoing invasion.

Refusing to surrender to the aliens, President Thomas J. Whitmore (Pullman) banded together a small military force to fight back against the invaders. Though Whitmore's risky plan meant recruiting young and inexperienced pilots, he knew the fate of humanity rested on their brave hands. Whitmore demonstrated leadership as he gave the best inspirational speech in movie history.

Four years ago, Pullman described to Complex how he felt watching the famous scene for the first time. He said that "the real genius of it is the cutaways to the people in the crowd, the pilots, the soldiers. It had a Capraesque quality, a Capra kind of engagement with humanity. They were all really honest faces that weren't straining for anything, but were incredibly present. That's what was going to make the whole speech work."

These patriotic moments from Independence Day will have you cheering and saluting the flag:

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10. The Black Knights

Before their first confrontation with the invaders, the Black Knights squadron felt nervous and anxious about going into battle. Jimmy Wilder (Harry Connick Jr.) felt cocky and confident though. While impersonating Reverend Jesse Jackson, Wilder said, "As the Good Reverend would say: Why we are on this particular mission, we'll never know. But I do know, here today, that the Black Knights will emerge victorious once again."

9. Welcome to Earth

Captain Steve Hiller (Will Smith) managed to make it alive after the disastrous first attack. How did Hiller get payoff after losing his entire squadron? After forcing one of the alien spaceships to crash, Steve delivered a knockout punch at the invader and said the witty one-liner, "Welcome to Earth!"

8. Saving The President

Major Steven Mitchell (Adam Baldwin) rescued President Whitmore before the captured alien could brainwash him. Mitchell blasted away at the extraterrestrial prisoner and saved the commander-in-chief in the nick of time.

7. The Innocent Civilians

Mitchell played the hero again when the giant-sized alien spaceships hovered over Area 51. The survivors of the alien attacks had camped outside the military base. In a hurry, Mitchell brought in all the innocent civilians before the next attack started.

6. The President Re-Enlists

Before becoming president, Whitmore was a fighter pilot who fought during the Gulf War. Even though it meant there would be no government if the mission failed, President Whitmore risked his life and joined the other pilots to fight off the alien invaders.

5. The Second Attempt

Even though the first round of nukes had no effect on the alien warship's force field, Whitmore refused to give up. With sheer determination and blind luck, the president managed to crack the force field with his second shot.

4. The Sacrifice

Even though Russell Casse (Randy Quaid) had the last nuke, there was a malfunction with his aircraft. Russell had to sacrifice himself, in order to save the whole world. His last message to his kids was that he loved him.

3. Proud of Him

While Miguel Casse (James Duval) mourned the death of his father, Mitchell attempted to console him and said, "You should be proud of him." Miguel replied, "I am."

2. Victory

With the alien warships defeated, the rest of the world would be able to follow America's lead. Military forces from across the globe now had the code to the computer virus that would eventually bring down the aliens.

1. The President's Speech

In the classic speech, Whitmore rounded up the cheering crowd and proudly promised victory. He said, "We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on! We're going to survive!"