Ridley Scott's intense depiction of the 1993 raid of Mogadishu by U.S. Rangers is an absolute masterpiece, giving us the best look at the horrors of ground warfare since "Saving Private Ryan".
In 1993, a vicious Somalian warlord known as Mohammed Farah Aidid is stealing food brought by American relief aid, resulting in a mass famine that claims the lives of at least three hundred thousand Somalis. U.S. Rangers and Delta Force are sent in to capture Aidid. During an October mission to capture Aidid's top assistants that was only supposed to take half an hour, two Black Hawk helicopters were shot down, resulting in a 16-hour battle in which the ground soldiers fought for their lives while defending the downed choppers against thousands of angry Somalis in the city of Mogadishu.
As well as giving us a realistic, graphic look at the movie, which is based on an actual event, "Black Hawk Down" also allows time for delving into the relationships in between the ground soldiers and how those relationships saved lives.
This movie has to be among the ranks of the best war films ever made. And if I was leaving Earth for the rest of my life and I could only take two movies with me, this would be one of them.