25 best war movies
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Worth watching for the intensely terrifying opening scene of the Normandy landings alone. Ex school teacher Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) sets off across France to find Private Ryan – whose three brothers were killed during D-Day – and y'know, save him.
Spielberg deliberately aped the look of vintage newsreels during the 20-minute opening sequence, fiddling with the shutter timing on the cameras and treating the film to desaturate the colours.