“Saving Private Ryan” (1998)

This is often considered the quintessential war film, and that reputation is definitely not unwarranted. The film’s opening 25-minute reenactment of the D-Day invasion remains one of the greatest scenes ever committed to film, period. Even though the film never quite reaches that level cinematic perfection again, the rest of the film does come very close, with a collection of likable, realistic characters, incredibly written dialogue, genuine human drama, memorable set pieces, and a haunting ending. There’s really nothing else I have to say. This film is brilliant, and most of you reading this have already seen it and most likely agree with me. But if for some reason you still haven’t seen this film yet, here’s your reminder; see this film.

Rating: 5/5

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