A WWII veteran recalls a time during the Normandy invasion. Three of brothers have been killed during the war. Private 1st Class James Francis Ryan is missing in Normandy. Captain John H. Miller receives an order to find Ryan. His team encounters several challenges to find the Private. Millers team consisted of Technical Sgt. Mike Horvath (Time Sizemore), Private 1st class Richard Reiban (Edward Burns), Private Daniel Jackson (Barry pepper), Private Stanley Mellish (Adam Goldberg), a medic Irwin Wade (Giovanni Ribisi) and Vin Diesel as Private 1st class Adrian Caparzo. The sacrifice of the team to save one life is immeasurable. In the end, one question is asked: was it all worth it?
World War II soldier's risk all to send home James Francis Ryan, whose brothers were all killed during war. The soldiers know it's their mission, but they have mixed feelings about the missions and the plausibility.
Once soldiers cross the line from the beach to land, they are assigned to find Private Ryan, who none of them know, nor do they know if he is alive, but they must follow the commanding officer.