In case you’ve missed the news lately, Scotland is poised to cast a historical vote essentially ending their 307-year union with England and Wales, a move that would no longer make them part of Great Britain. Obviously we’re no news network, but it got us thinking about some of the most badass freedom fighters ever to be immortalized on film. Here are 7 examples of people who fought for independence.
7. William Wallace, Braveheart
Scotland’s means for gaining independence was slightly different during medieval times. William Wallace led the Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence.
6. Michael Collins
The Irish revolutionary is credited by many for being instrumental in the foundation of the modern Irish state.
5. Rob Roy
Another legendary Scot, Rob Roy McGregor and his father fought in the Jacobite risings. The rebellions took part in the Jacobites’ attempts to restore the Stuarts to the thrones in Scotland and England.
4. Shoshanna Dreyfus, Inglorious Basterds
As a child, Shoshanna fled the Nazis after they slaughtered her family while in hiding. She died her hair and changed her name, assuming the identity of a French national that ran a cinema that she later used to get her revenge on Hitler.
3. Nathaniel Hawkeye, The Last of The Mohicans
Possibly one of the most famous characters in American literature, Hawkeye was a true freedom fighter that fought for colonists and Native Americans rights to exist freely and without interference from American or French governments.
2. Joan of Arc
The French heroine was a key military leader in the Hundred Years War, responsible for outlining military strategies and proposing diplomatic solutions to the English.
1. The Rebel Alliance, Star Wars
The Rebel Alliance faced off against the evil Empire numerous times for the freedom of the galaxy. Last we heard they had succeeded. But we get to find out what the status of the future of the galaxy is in 2015.