ByJek Porkins, writer at
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A trip to a national monument as a child was something to dread. With the long and boring car rides that confine you to a small space next to your most hated enemy, your sibling. Now as adults the pain has lessened. But if directors would have it their way, their inner child would retaliate and then the national monuments are in danger. National monuments being destroyed in movies is a symbol of how bad the situation is getting, or it is a set piece to a big action scene. And with the new Independence Day coming out, let's take a look at some of the best films that wish to destroy these centers of boring family trips.


5. Monsters vs. Aliens - Golden Gate Bridge

Monsters vs. Aliens was an animated movie from Dreamworks Animation, and it followed an alien invasion that the government couldn't handle so they take a collection of "monsters" and pit them against the aliens. In one of these fights, a giant alien robot is fighting the giant monster, Insectosaurus, and during the battle they end up knocking into the Golden Gate Bridge and causing considerable damage to it. The movie itself is very good as it has good humor, action, and kid friendly moments. It also promotes the idea of embracing who you are.

4. White House Down - The White House

White House Down is a movie from Sony pictures about a capitol police officer (Channing Tatum) who, after a job interview to join the Secret Service, goes on a White House tour with his daughter and ends up in the middle of a terrorist attack upon the White House. The movie follows the young officer trying to save the President and his own daughter. The attack on the White House is the start of the siege, in which one of the attackers leaves a bomb in the middle of the White House and allows it to go off in the building, effectively damaging the White House. The movie is a fun, action, buddy cop type of film. The humor works, the villains are threatening, and the lead is enjoyable to watch.

3. Godzilla (2014) - Golden Gate Bridge

Godzilla, the 2014 version and not the abysmal 1998 version, is your typical monster movie. The humans not knowing what they are dealing with, and the monsters causing destruction, but it does it well. The fight between Godzilla and the M.U.T.O.s was something great with Godzilla creating great damage to the city, and just absolutely wrecking the M.U.T.O.s and finally delivering an Atomic Breath finisher on the last M.U.T.O.s. On the way to this fight Godzilla literally runs into the bridge. Godzilla is awesome, with the hiding of Godzilla til it is necessary to show him, as well as the awesome fight between them both. The icing on the cake is the fact that they call Godzilla by his original name Gojira. But they seemed to do a great job with the Godzilla license, and I'm excited to see what they do in the sequel.

2. Independence Day - The White House

Independence Day, is the film most notable for the White House destruction scene present at the top in GIF form. The film is about an alien invasion and the human heroes that are tasked with defending it. The film has good jokes, as well as a creepy possession scene. And let's be honest, the White House gets messed up in the scene to the point where no insurance in the world will cover this damage. The movie is one piece of awesome after another, from the President's amazing speech to Will Smith being the awesome man that he is. Independence Day is a kick-ass movie that will make you want to wave the American flag when the aliens get blown to hell, and hear that fat lady sing.

1. Planet of the Apes (1968) - The Statue of Liberty

Planet of the Apes, was a revolutionary science fiction movie. With its makeup being very convincing and realistic for the time, as well as delivering a truly great story. The film spawned multiple sequels, reboots, and varying other forms of media, though not all are good. In the movie, there is a scene in which Charlton Heston and Linda Harrison are riding a horse along a beach after escaping the apes when they come across a disheveled Statue of Liberty. Planet of the Apes is a historic piece of filmmaking with its state-of-the-art effects for the time and its amazing adaption from the book. The movie is cemented into AFI's top lists for a reason, and it is a movie that will live in cinematic history for many years to come.

What movies do like like that had a national monument damaged/destroyed? Sound off in the comments your opinions.


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