With 'War Horse' and 'Tintin' in theaters, we rank the director's best
8. "Saving Private Ryan" (1998)
I took serious umbrage with "Saving Private Ryan" 13 years ago for overshadowing my beloved "The Thin Red Line." But while it has a number of flaws (namely a disingenuous framing device that nearly drowns the enterprise alive), I have always thought it to be a compelling collection of vignettes about men at war, what drives them, what scares them, the elemental insanity of it all. It works as that because of an impeccable ensemble, but the craft on display, from jaw-dropping art direction to potentially best-all-time sound editing is hard to just offer up as an after-thought. It's valid and vital anti-war cinema if I've ever seen it.