1990 · United Kingdom - Michael Caton-Jones
In May 1943, the crew of the Memphis Belle, a B-17 of the Army Air Force stationed in England, are grounded while their aircraft is being repaired and they wait for the return of their comrades from a daylight bombing mission over Europe. All of the aircraft arrive back at the airfield, but the last returning aircraft crashes on landing and explodes, killing all aboard. At a party that evening it is announced by Army publicist Lt. Colonel Bruce Derringer (John Lithgow) that the Belle's crew is about to complete its twenty-fifth and final mission. As they will be the first to accomplish this feat in the whole air force, Derringer intends to conduct an elaborate celebration upon their return. His plans are opposed by base commander Colonel Craig Harriman (David Strathairn), who wishes to avoid granting any special treatment to the crew.