BY JAMES SCOTT/ JULY 25, 2023

What Other War Movies Have Learned from 'Saving Private Ryan' Since Its Initial Release

When Steven Spielberg finally got around to directing Saving Private Ryan in 1998, he permanently raised the bar for the war picture genre.

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This came a full 12 years after Oliver Stone established a new benchmark for modern war cinema with his epic Vietnam War piece, Platoon, which was released in 1986.

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Its seamless integration of heart-pounding action moments, such as the opening scene in which American troops attack Omaha Beach in 1941, and the development of a cast of smart and multifaceted characters, lead by Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, and Edward Burns, made it the new gold standard almost immediately.

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It is the model around which nearly every subsequent war film produced in the past quarter century has been based.

Saving Private Ryan

There have been quite a few outstanding movies made over the years about the horrifying and brutal nature of war, such as Black Hawk Down, Dunkirk, 1917, and Hacksaw Ridge, and each of these films owes a debt of gratitude to Spielberg and his crew for providing what is undoubtedly the blueprint for cutting-edge wartime movies.

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What renowned director Steven Spielberg and Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (Schindler's List, Amistad) accomplished with the film Saving Private Ryan was remarkable.

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