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The Wilder Ride is a podcast where we look to explore and celebrate the films of Gene Wilder, using the ​movies by minutes format. Your hosts are Alan Sanders and Walt Murray, getting Wilder by the minute.

Jul 1, 2022

Today, Walt and Alan welcome guest, Barry King from B.K. on the Air to join them in a discussion about patriotism. They open with thoughts on celebrating Independence Day in America and what it means to them. After a brief discussion, they get into the heart of the discussion.

To prepare for the show, they each came up with a topic and those would be used to create a TOP 5 list. The topics were: Patriotic Music, Patriotic Figures (real) and Patriotic Films.

Top 5 Patriotic Songs


1. America the Beautiful by Ray Charles

2. Ragged Old Flag by Johnny Cash

3. American Soldier by Toby Keith

4. God Bless America by Kate Smith

5. America by Neil Diamond

Honorable Mentions: In America by Charlie Daniels Band and Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue by Toby Keith


1. The Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa

2. Back in the USA by Chuck Berry

3. America the Beautiful by Katherine Lee Bates / Samuel A. Ward

4. This is My Country by Don Ray and Al Jacobs

5. America by Neil Diamond

Honorable Mentions: Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key, God Bless America by Kate Smith and Livin’ in America by James Brown


1. America by Neil Diamond

2. Proud to be an American by Lee Greenwood

3. Pink Houses by John Mellencamp

4. Ballad of the Green Beret by SSGT. Barry Sadler

5. Battle of New Orleans by Johnny Horton

Honorable Mentions: America the Beautiful by Ray Charles, Take me Home, Country Roads by John Denver, and This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie

Top 5 Patriotic Figures


1. George Washington

2. Chuck Yeager

3. Paul Revere

4. General Douglas MacArthur

5. Normal Rockwell

Honorable Mentions: Audie Murphy, Neil Armstrong, Bob Hope, Gary Sinise


1. Abraham Lincoln

2. George Washington

3. Thomas Jefferson

4. Ronald Reagan

5. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Honorable Mentions: George S. Patton, James Madison, Jackie Robinson


1. George Washington

2. General George S. Patton

3. Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain

4. Henry Ford

5. Daniel Boone

Honorable Mentions: General Jimmy Doolittle, General Douglas MacArthur, Paul Revere, Ronald Reagan, Ed DiGilio

Top 5 Patriotic Movies


1. Patton

2. Saving Private Ryan

3. The Patriot

4. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

5. Apollo 13

Honorable Mentions: Miracle, Captain America: The First Avenger, 13 Hours


1. The Longest Day

2. Patton

3. Miracle

4. Top Gun (1986)

5. Flags of Our Fathers

Honorable Mentions: Midway (1976), Midway (2019), Sergeant York and Saving Private Ryan


1. The Patriot

2. The Right Stuff

3. Sergeant York

4. Yankee Doodle Dandy

5. Captain America: The First Avenger

Honorable Mentions: Patton, Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, MacArthur, The Longest Day and Red Dawn (1984)

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