This is director Steven Spielberg at his finest in an Academy Award-winning tour-de-force of a war film. The premise is simple, Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) is sent with a squad of men to find Private Ryan (Matt Damon). The army just delivered telegrams to the private's mother informing her that three of her four sons were killed in battle and they want to send her one remaining son home safely. The problem is that the mission takes place just days after Miller and his men land on the Normandy Beachesfor D-Day. That opening scene is among the most realistic depictions of this harrowing battle. Along the way, thesquad makesincredible sacrifices to save this one young man, prompting Miller to admonish Ryan to make his life matter.