★★★★★ USA. 2h49m. War / Drama. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Written by Robert Rodat. Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski. Edited by Michael Kahn. Music by John Williams. Starring Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Jeremy Davies, Vin Dielsel, Adam Goldberg, Barry Pepper, Giovanni Ribisi, Ted Danson, Paul Giamatti, Dennis Farina.
Set during the Invasion of Normandy in World War II, the film is known for its graphic portrayal of war and for the intensity of its second scene of 23 minutes, a depiction of the Omaha Beach assault during the Normandy landings. The film follows United States Army Rangers Captain John H. Miller and his squad as they search for a paratrooper, Private First Class James Francis Ryan, the last surviving brother of a family of four, with his three other brothers having been killed in action.