Nothing says Fourth of July like a good fireworks show...and nobody does fireworks better than the movies! From spectacular displays that light up the sky to little sparkles that light up your heart, fireworks shine no brighter than on the silver screen.
We celebrate the holiday with a bang by taking a look back at some of our favorite fireworks moments from the movies!
Walt Disney Pictures Intro (2014)
Way too good to be confined to any one film, these fireworks grace the first frames of every Walt Disney Pictures release. When you watch the castle sky come alive in a spectacular shower of sparkling light, you can't help but get the feeling that something magical is in store. And the film that follows never disappoints.
Speaking of Disney, the Mouse House always finds a way to do away with villians in spectacular fashion. One of their best is this scene from the hit film Mulan, when Mushu and Mulan blast the evil Shanyu with a giant firework.
When James (Jesse Eisenberg) and Em (Kristen Stewart) snuggle up to watch the fireworks show at the themepark's 4th of July celebration, we quickly see the sky isn't the only thing lighting up in this scene from the fan favorite Adventureland.
To Catch a Thief (1955)
"Fireworks in the sky" doubling for "fireworks of the heart" have been a favorite tool of movie makers for a long time. One of the masters of the craft was the master of suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock. When Frances (Grace Kelly) tries to bait a trap for John (Cary Grant) using fake diamonds, it's not long before the fake gems aren't the only thing that's sparkling.
Toy Story (1995)
Rockets are kind of like fireworks, aren't they? In this famous finale from the mega-hit Toy Story, Woody (Tom Hanks) lights the fuse on a great escape that proves Buzz (Tim Allen) really can fly!
LOTR - The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
When you add a bit of magic to something that's already magical in its own right, the results can be lengendary. That's exactly what happens in LOTR - The Fellowship of the Ring. When Merry (Dominic Monaghan) and Pippin (Billy Boyd) steal Gandalf's (Ian McKellen) Dragon Firework, Bilbo's (Ian Holm) birthday celebration really lights up!
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Speaking of magic and fireworks, nobody combines the two better than Fred and George Weasley (James and Oliver Phelps) in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. When the students of Hogwarts settle in to take their annual OWLS exams, the Weasley's launch an explosive plan to wreak havoc on Professor Umbridge's (Imelda Staunton) rigid ways.
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
When two bikers start to question the amount of bedroom booyah Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) gives to his wife, the fireworks really start flying. Juxtaposed against the violence of the fight, the lightshow is director Ang Lee's thinly veiled metaphor for the explosive inner conflict that torments Ennis.
Of all the SNL characters that have found their way to the silver screen, Beldar Conehead (Dan Akroyd) is one of our favorites. In this scene from Coneheads, Beldar proves that Remulak fireworks are really out of this world.
Mary Poppins (1964)
Time to go back to the Disney vault once again for a fanciful feast of foot-stomping fireworks like no other. When the rooftop dancing of Burt the chimney sweep (Dick Van Dyke) becomes too much for Admiral Boom (Reginald Owen) to handle, he really makes the sweeps step in time as they try to avoid his arsenal of fireworks in this classic scene from Mary Poppins.
V for Vendetta (2005)
In this final scene from V for Vendetta, a spectacular fireworks celebration delivers the backdrop for Evey Hammond's (Natalie Portman) final blow in helping to bring down the fascist government that has taken control of a futuristic Great Britain.
The Sandlot (1993)
When Scotty Smalls (Tom Guiry) and his teammates see the glow from the towns 4th of July fireworks celebration they know it can mean only one thing...the chance to play their very first night game of the season! In this fanciful scene from The Sandlot we quickly see why baseball and the 4th of July go hand in hand.
O.K., while there aren't technically any fireworks in the scene, we think this spectacular in the sky clearly deserves its spot on our list. In this final scene from The Natural we undoubtedly see why Roy Hobbs (Robert Redford) and this "fireworks" scene are simply the best that ever was.