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Allanah Faherty

We all like to think we have it in us to be a hero if the opportunity presented itself. But if push came to shove, could you find it in yourself to follow the 'leave no man behind' philosophy? Could you risk it all to save another, or would you bow out, and save yourself?

Check out these five inspirational movies when ordinary people became extraordinary heroes who followed the belief that you never leave a man behind:

1. Black Hawk Down

Black Hawk Down told the story of the rescue of chief warrant officer Michael Durant who was rescued from Somali militants a crazy 11 days after capture. Even the music to this scene was called "Leave No Man Behind."

2. Toy Story

While on their mission to report on Andy's birthday presents to the other toys upstairs, Andy's mom accidentally steps on one of the army men. Despite the injured soldier telling the others to go on without him, his fellow soldier tells the injured man, "A good soldier never leaves a man behind!" And, thankfully, the soldier helps his injured friend to safety - narrowly escaping a rouge ball and excited children.

3. Forrest Gump

After his platoon is ambushed in Vietnam, Forrest tries to look for his "best good friend" Bubba, however, as he looks for Bubba he can't bear to leave his other injured platoon members in the jungle, either. So he carries them all to safety as well. Ultimately Bubba dies of his injuries, though he saved several other lives, including Lieutenant Dan's.

4. The Martian

Upcoming Ridley Scott film The Martian looks set to be the latest film to demonstrate the 'leave no man behind' philosophy. After astronaut Mark Watney was mistakenly left behind on Mars, his crew go against NASA's wishes and stage a mutiny when they learn he's still alive and awaiting rescue.

5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Warning, this one might bring back the emotions! Despite Cedric Diggory being killed by Voldemort in the Goblet of Fire, Cedric's ghost implores Harry to take his body back to his father, Amos. Harry, using all the energy he has after his duel with the Dark Lord, manages to grab Cedric's body before being transported via Portkey back to Hogwarts, allowing his father at the very least, to have his son's body to grieve over.


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