There is a scene in the domestic terrorism action flick Olympus Has Fallen, opening today, during which Melissa Leo’s character dramatically recites the Pledge of Allegiance while being dragged across the floor by her terrorist captors. A defiant moment, though perhaps too over-the-top to find at all moving.
The following 10 scenes, however, exemplify political melodrama at its absolute best. They’re crowd-pleasing monologues that teeter on the edge of too much and not enough, and they do it beautifully. By the end of each, you’ll want to shout “USA! USA! USA!” while waving those tiny flags you get at parades. Check them out and get your clappin’ hands ready.
10. The Patriot - Sure, The Patriot is essentially gratuitous violence with a few American flags thrown in here and there, but this scene of a woman knocking sense into the revolutionaries is pretty powerful. (Video)