Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic war film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Robert Rodat. The film is set during the Invasion of Normandy in World War II and follows a group of American soldiers who are sent on a mission to find and bring home a soldier named Private James Francis Ryan, whose three brothers have been killed in action. The film features an ensemble cast, including Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, and Edward Burns.
The film received critical acclaim upon its release and is widely considered to be one of the greatest war films of all time. It was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won five, including Best Director for Spielberg. The film's graphic depiction of war violence and its emotional intensity have made it a classic and a benchmark in the war film genre.