Overall Rank: 18
Average Rating: 3.3/4
# of Ratings: 1530
Theatrical Release Date: 07/24/1998
Genre: War, Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Steven Spielberg
Actors: Tom Hanks, Barry Pepper, Adam Goldberg, Edward Burns, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore
Plot: 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.
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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/25/2019
Steven Spielberg's war masterpiece brings together a legendary cast and images of combat that on their own are enough to strike an emotional cord.
SteelCity99 - wrote on 04/22/2018
For Hollywood standards, Saving Private Ryan pushed the envelope concerning the creation of realistic environments of war violence, setting new invigorating standards and making unprepared popcorn eaters throw up back in 1998. I have always despised American patriotism and over-the-top melodramas with all of my guts, but a stellar leading role, a top-notch direction and excellence in technical effects make up for the film's principal flaws, including Spielberg's overabundant optimism that always made American audiences feel proud of their war achievements in the field, like if they were the saviors of the world. Oh, and no matter how much you dislike it, this film is still influential. 85/100
Matthew Brady - wrote on 06/08/2014
This is hands down the Best war movie ever made, I mean the beach scene was so shocking and so gory and it shows what war really is. Tom hanks is fantastic in the movie and the directing is brilliant.
Full Movie Reviews
memento_mori - wrote on 09/21/2013
There's not much to say about this movie that hasn't been said already.
I feel bad for saying this is a fascinating film, considering it is so horrifying to watch. But if you put all the bona fide moments of war aside, it is still a very realistic depiction of how soldiers and army men interacted.
I especially liked the scenes involving Matt Damon. In his breakout role, he delivered an Award-worthy performance. Fun fact: His backstory was improvised by him.
Steven Spielberg is the man. It would've come as a shock if he hadn't won for Best Director.
This movie is one of the few where I appreciate the shaky-cam. The first half hour is incredibly filmed, full of cringe-worthy moments.
It's one of the few Steven Spielberg films that I see as undergoing style over substance. But the …
Yojimbo - wrote on 04/19/2012
Spielberg's multi-Oscar winning story of a squad of men sent to recover a soldier who was the sole surviving member of his siblings set a new standard in realism where it comes to representing the battlefield. It gives a genuinely believable idea of what it must be like to be caught up in such a hellish environment where any hesitation or even the smallest act of mercy may cost you your life or the life of others, particularly during the visceral opening scenes. Unfortunately the rest of the film does not quite measure up to Spielberg's consummate skill behind the camera. The script does mainly manage to avoid sentiment but it also feels very sanitized. The other allied forces are glaring in their absence, as are soldiers of other ethnicities and more often than not, profanity: this …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 10/03/2011
On June 6, 1944 the Normandy invasion commences. Capt. John H. Miller (Tom Hanks) has been ordered by General George Marshall to save one of the Ryan brother’s killed during in dutye. He is accompanied by Horvath (Technical Sgt.), Mellish (Rifleman), Reiben (Automatic rifleman), Jackson (Sniper), Wade (Medic), Upham (speaks fluent French and German) and Caparzo (Rifleman). The company was able to locate Private First Class James Francis Ryan (Matt Damon) and should be sent home because of the Sole Survivor Policy. One of many memorable quotes: Capt. Miller – “Just know, every man I kill, the farther I feel from home I feel.” “James... earn this. Earn it.” Corporal Upham – “"If God is for us, who could be against us?"” Private James F. Ryan - “And I've tried to …
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