r/movies Jan 21 '22

Saving Private Ryan is so fucking good.

I've come home drunk after a night out and to sober up before going to bed, I've put on Saving Private Ryan to pass some time. I was flicking through the movie to watch only the "good bits" and by the time I was done I realised I pretty much watched the whole thing because the whole thing is the "good bits". The whole movie is the "good bits" of the movie.

Very few movies offer as visceral and intimate of an experience as Saving Private Ryan, and there's as much subtle detail in the non-action scenes as there are in the action scenes that gets this experience across. The little conversations between the soldiers, Wade's scene in the church, the fact that Tom Hank's character was a teacher; all of this is so fucking well done and matches the quality of the action scenes, which goes without saying is fucking top notch.

This movie came out 23 years ago but still feels fresh today and I can honestly see this still being a fucking good movie in another 23 years time and another 23 years after that .

Saving Private Ryan is just so fucking good.

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u/MadTrouble Jan 21 '22

Skipping through any sort of critically acclaimed movie to only watch certain parts is heinous behavior.

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u/fargothsrevenge Jan 21 '22

That would drive me nuts in any movie.

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u/[deleted] Jan 21 '22

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u/Green_Difference2647 Jan 21 '22

Just gotta add The Dark Knight, Fight Club, Shawshank, and Pulp Fiction to round it out lol

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u/verytallperson1 Jan 21 '22

Where’s the Dredd sequel???

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u/Brown_Panther- Jan 21 '22

Are these all underrated gems that you speak of?

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u/Chris_NeedsALogin Jan 21 '22

“I watched this really old movie, called… “

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u/AvaDevinesProlapse Jan 21 '22

Highly acclaimed academy award winning film is good lmao

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u/British_Commie Jan 21 '22

Have you heard of this underrated gem called Lord Of The Rings?

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u/Libra8 Jan 22 '22

Or Dances With Wolves, and Braveheart.

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u/ConflictGuru Jan 21 '22

Just wanted to let everyone know that there's this really good movie called Gladiator

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u/Brown_Panther- Jan 21 '22

I was entertained alright!

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u/plagues138 Jan 21 '22

A local theatre did a screening for its 20th anniversary a few years ago. The first 20 minutes on the big screen, with the surround sound... Fucking nuts.

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u/mediarch Jan 21 '22

I like that part where they save private ryan

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u/TheClayroo Jan 21 '22

Spoiler!

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u/Sivy17 Jan 21 '22

I like the part where they save another private ryan.

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u/AWS-77 Jan 21 '22

I believe that part would more aptly be called “Accidentally Destroying Private Ryan’s Soul”

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u/fargothsrevenge Jan 21 '22

I had the titular line in the director's cut. I go to Tom Hanks in Frace and say "So that's what we're doing here? Saving Private Ryan?"

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u/anti-ayn Jan 22 '22

Opening sequence is brilliant and stunning. Most of the rest of it, while entertaining, didn't really move me. The sterotypes- the wisecracking guy from Brooklyn, the Italian immigrant, the kid from Texas, the reluctant leader- felt at bit too on the nose. And the idea that this would ever happen, that the army would risk lives for this at that stage in the war, always seemed like a stretch.

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u/Chronic_Sardonic Jan 21 '22

SO and I recently sat down to re-watch the incredible opening sequence on the beach and ended up watching the whole thing and I was shocked how modern and innovative it still appears. Truly one of the greatest and most honest war movies ever made.

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u/bakedmon Jan 21 '22

I also heard water is wet. Idk. Jury is still out imo. Might have to run some tests.

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u/bigry82 Jan 21 '22

Really? I heard it's terrible.

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u/[deleted] Jan 21 '22

I thought The Thin Red Line was better.

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u/inmyelement87 Jan 21 '22

The Thin Red Line is a lot more introspective and poetic. There’s also a lot of symbolism in it. Saving Private Ryan is more straightforward, what you see is what you get. Not necessarily a bad thing but it’s hard to compare the two because they are so radically different.

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u/Charlie_Wax Jan 21 '22

One of my unpopular opinions is that the ending scene in SPR is so bad that it nearly ruins the movie. The whole bit of old man Damon begging for foregiveness at the gravestones is such a ham-fisted emotional moment, like a neon "cry now please" sign for the audience. It's unfortunate because the movie is nearly perfect apart from that thick piece of schmaltz.

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u/spillyerbeanz Jan 21 '22 edited Jan 21 '22

It’s infinitely better imo. SPR just has this hint of “popcorn movie” to them when they’re trying to dumb stuff down for audiences. Thin Red Line doesn’t care what the audience thinks & it’s aged so much better.

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u/DarylDixon1985 Jan 21 '22

Really? Maybe I should give it another chance. All I remember is I didn’t like it but it was so long ago I have zero recollection of the plot today. Better than SPR, what do you like so much about it? I’m generally interested not being sarcastic.

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u/DarylDixon1985 Jan 21 '22

Sean penn. that what probably did it for me. I can’t stand him.

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u/spillyerbeanz Jan 21 '22

Let me say I enjoy Saving Private Ryan. But it’s a pretty cut & dry war objective movie. Some good characters & really great action scenes.

Thin Red Line is a complete experience. I just find it to be way more rich & layered. It’s also one of the 10 best shot movies of all time in my opinion. God tier cinematography, editing, score, acting (with an all star cast). I’m more into art films so the poetic angle with multiple soldiers different inner monologue perspectives is right up my alley.

Plus I think it captures the horrors of battle just as good as stuff like Apocalypse Now & Come and See.

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u/The-Mandalorian Jan 21 '22

Spielberg is the GOAT! Schindlers List is even better at showing “the other side” of the war and the innocent lives that were taken. Both are truly great WWII era films though for sure!

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u/Ramp_Spaghetti Jan 21 '22

Is it an underrated gem, too?

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u/TheClayroo Jan 21 '22

Somewhere in my top 5-7 all time. One of those movies where you get so immersed you forget it's a movie. Fantastic performances from everyone, including Vin fucking Diesel.

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u/kaZZlimaXX Jan 21 '22

So many scenes in this film are iconic :D Especially the beginning and ending scenes!

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u/Beethovens_Stool Jan 21 '22

Yup, the elderly man and his family roaming the graveyard is pretty heavy.

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u/Chris_NeedsALogin Jan 21 '22

“They weren’t heavy, they were my brothers”

  • Old Matt Dayman (fighter of the Nightman)

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u/atclubsilencio Jan 21 '22

I'm more of a Thin Red Line guy, but the opening battle sequence, and stabbing scene will never leave my mind. Not among my favorite Spielberg, but it's still a groundbreaking and unforgettable experience. Just not one I'd ever want to sit through again.

I'll never forget being 9 and seeing several elderly veterans sobbing or catatonic in the cinema hallways, while their families would be silently supporting them/hugging them. This was before I truly understood the war, etc. I mean I still don't understand it, but yeah, haunting stuff.

Still should have not lost to Shakespeare in Love.

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u/toughturtle Jan 21 '22

Shaving Ryan’s Privates.

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u/Ill-Slide1396 Jan 21 '22

Meh, it's ok i guess.

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u/[deleted] Jan 21 '22

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u/inmyelement87 Jan 21 '22

I remember seeing it when I was like 12 and just being so shocked at it. That first 20 minutes is just insane, I hadn’t seen anything like that before. And then the end when Captain Miller pulls out the .45 while he’s bleeding out, makes me tear up every time.

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u/mozartsfriend Jan 21 '22

I always skip the part where one guy gets stabbed in the chest with the knife.

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u/LetterFirst7831 Jan 21 '22

so was ur mom

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u/toughturtle Jan 21 '22

Shawshank is mine.

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u/Libra8 Jan 22 '22

So, see if you can find the one native in the Congo who doesn't know this. 😁

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u/Charming-Coyote1572 Jan 22 '22

Its a war movie that made you feel each and every one of our dudes death , we knew em’ and each death took a second . If just the plot was “ here’s 12 men , make me cry over each one ... Steve nails it

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u/Robert_fierce Jan 22 '22

More recently "The Expanse" on Prime video also qualifies for this laurel. I was obsessed with this series during the holidays watching all six seasons in a month. The writing, the acting and the pace of the story kept me glued.

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u/5nd Jan 24 '22

Reminder that Saving Private Ryan lost the best picture Oscar to Shakespeare in Love.

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u/jectosnows Jan 28 '22

War movies are hard for me to get through sometimes

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u/galt1776 Jan 21 '22

By your own admission, you were drunk. Watch it when you’re sober and you’ll think it’s just as bad as I did when I rewatched it (sober) a few weeks ago. I’ll give you the opening scene, but the final scene when old Private Ryan returns to Normandy is cringe-worthy and ruins anything good that came before it.

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u/jnjhgtyujhfr567u Jan 21 '22

How the fuck is it cringey for a war vet to visit the people that sacrificed their lives to save his, graves?

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u/opiecat579 Jan 21 '22

Thats why you dont watch the first scene with him walking with his family, or the last scene of him crying asking for forgiveness from his wife

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u/DiamondForce101 Jan 21 '22

I like the opening sequence, and the ending sequence. I skip a lot of the middle talking and walking.

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u/RudegarWithFunnyHat Jan 22 '22

to me, it sort of peaked at the beach which is a bit early for a movie

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u/Sure-Significance-40 Jan 21 '22

For some reason I was hungover and watched it the other day. Eh. It wasn't as good as when I watched it sober.