The first 30 minutes is an assault on your senses. The brutality of the Normandy landing is shown in all of it's gritty horror. Tom Hanks and brilliant as Capt. Miller, the leader of his small group of Rangers. The rest of the case is fantastic, including Matt Damon as Private Ryan. This is probably the best war movie ever made.
I first saw this movie in a packed theater. After it was over the crowd shuffled out the theater without a word. I had never seen that before. It wasn't because the movie was bad, it was because the people were moved to the point of silent contemplation. I know I was thinking about my relatives that served in WWII.