Top Ten Modern Military Movies #10

    

Behind Enemy Lines -Released 2001

As you might be able to surmise from the title of the movie, Behind Enemy Lines is the story of an officer downed and trapped… behind enemy lines. Based on events of the Bosnian War, Owen Wilson stars as Chris Burnett, a flight officer shot down in Bosnia who discovers the horrific genocide that’s going on there in secret.

Though the movie is mostly an action flick, it does have some basis in real world events: in 1995, a US Air Force Captain named Scott O’Grady was shot down over Bosnia, where he survived for nearly a week before being rescued by Marines. Gene Hackman’s presence also helps give the film some gravitas as an Admiral trying to organize the rescue mission for Burnett.

 

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