Saving Private Ryan

1998 | War | 169 minutes | English


On June 6, 1944, D-Day, the 2nd Ranger Battalion, led by Captain John Miller, lands on the beaches of Normandy. Back in Washington, D.C., General George C. Marshall, Army Chief of Staff, is informed that three out of four sons of the Ryan family have been killed in different war zones. General Marshall is also told the fourth brother, Private Ryan, a member of the 101st Airborne Division, was part of the invading forces on D-Day. Driven with compassion, General Marshall orders the Second Ranger Battalion to find Private Ryan and bring him home. The job is assigned to Captain Miller and his squad of seven men. During the search, squad members express bitterness as they question the necessity and the risks of this dangerous mission. But honor and loyalty to Captain Miller motivate them to keep going–they are going to find and save Private Ryan.   

Tom Hanks (Captain John Miller) / Matt Damon (Private James Ryan) / Harve Presnell (General George C. Marshall)
Why Stream This Film?
 Unlike most war films, Saving Private Ryan is about ethics, morality, and the need in the  bloody battles of World War II, to also have some compassion.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 93%
  • Metacritic Score: 91
  • Academy Awards: Winner, Best Director (Steven Spielberg); Best Cinematography (Janusz Kaminski)
  • Golden Globe Awards: Winner, Best Motion Picture, Drama; Best Director (Steven Spielberg) 
  • National Board of Review: Listed, Top Ten Films of the Year
  • The film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
SAVING PRIVATE RYAN is arguably second to none as a vivid, realistic and bloody portrait of armed conflict.
Todd McCarthy


SAVING PRIVATE RYAN is the finest war movie of our time.
Janet Maslin

The New York Times

The visual masterwork finds Spielberg atop his craft, weaving heart-pounding action and gut-wrenching emotion that will leave viewers silently shaken.
Michael Rechtshaffen

The Hollywood Reporter

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