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Saving Private Ryan (1998)

1. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

dir. Steven Spielberg

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Universally praised as the most accurate depiction of ground warfare on film, Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan became an instant classic with a talented ensemble of its own: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Vin Diesel, Giovanni Ribisi, Ed Burns, Paul Giamatti, and Ted Danson.  The film follows a small group of American soldiers toward the end of the war under Hanks’ lead.  Their mission is to extract Pvt. Ryan (Damon) alive after his four other brothers die in combat so that he has a chance to carry on the family.  Despite a three hour run time, the opening sequence covering the Allied invasion of Normandy stays with the viewer throughout.

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