The Thin Red Line
Overshadowed by Saving Private Ryan (released in the same year), The Thin Red Line confronts the spiritual effects of war instead of focusing solely on its violence. In addition, director Terrence Malik (as can be expected) explores how our personal experiences come to shape us as humans.
Saving Private Ryan
After surviving the initial landing of Normandy, John H. Miller (Tom Hanks) is tasked with finding Private Ryan (Matt Damon), after all three of his brothers are killed in action. Saving Private Ryan displays Spielberg at his best: creating a thrilling ride, with an engaging narrative, that doesn’t get hung up on gags or tricks. And of course, the first thirty minutes or so might be one of the most riveting battle sequences ever filmed.