Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.
Saving Private Ryan is a war drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, released in 1998. The movie is set during World War II and follows a group of US soldiers led by Captain John Miller (played by Tom Hanks) on a mission to find and retrieve Private James Francis Ryan (played by Matt Damon), whose three brothers have all been killed in action.
The movie opens with a graphic depiction of the D-Day landings on Omaha Beach in 1944, as Miller and his team are part of the Allied invasion force. After surviving the beach landing, Miller receives his new mission to find Ryan and bring him back to safety. Along the way, the group encounters various obstacles and enemies, and many members of the team are killed in action.
Throughout the movie, the characters grapple with the moral implications of their mission, and Miller in particular struggles with the question of whether the life of one man is worth risking the lives of many. The film culminates in a climactic battle in a small French village, as the team fights to defend a strategically important bridge against overwhelming German forces.
Saving Private Ryan was widely praised for its realistic portrayal of war and its powerful performances, especially by Tom Hanks. The movie won five Academy Awards, including Best Director for Steven Spielberg, and was a commercial and critical success.