Violence & Gore: 10/10
In the beginning battle sequences, soldiers are shown arriving on the beaches on Normandy, and when their boat door opens, a machine gun is used to kill most of the soldiers.
Soldiers are shown being shot in both the foreground and background throughout the entire movie.
Frequently in the beginning battle scenes, soldiers have explosions go off next to them, blowing them to pieces. Some soldiers lose body parts and continue to fight.
Soldiers that have wounds are shown with blood pouring out of the wounds, very graphic. The ocean water is a blood red after the beginning fight scene, showing how many people were killed.
Near the end of the beginning battle scenes, enemy soldiers plead not to be killed but are killed anyway.
An enemy soldier is shot from a distance through the scope of his sniper rifle, killing him graphically.
A man is shot and many graphic camera angles show him dying and in pain, with lots of blood around him on the ground and on the lens of the camera. His fellow soldiers cannot help him for about 2 minutes while he is in agony.
An enemy soldier is shown essentially digging his own grave, while being hit by soldiers. He is then later let go without being killed.
In the end battle scenes, two men are sitting in a church tower when an enemy tank explodes the church tower, killing both men. The camera angle is from inside the tower and shows very graphically the soldiers last minutes.
In the end battle scenes, a tank aims for one of the soldiers and hits the front of a house, which collapses almost killing the men in front of it.
Two men are hiding in a room shooting at the enemy soldiers, when a bullet comes through the wall and kills one of them. Then as someone is coming up the stairs, one of the soldiers shoots through the wall and kills the him. He is not shown, but you can hear him collapse and see his blood.
The man who was not killed in this room gets in an extremely graphic fight with an enemy who eventually kills him by means of pushing a knife through his chest. Blood is shown and this is very graphic.
A man is shot in the chest at the end of the movie, and in his last stand tries to disable a tank with a pistol. The tank is then exploded by airplane bombers.
These scenes listed are only the major scenes in Saving Private Ryan. There are many more scenes that show men dying that are not listed here.
The film contains prolonged sequences of war violence not suitable for young children. The opening and closing sequences feature prolonged violence with dismemberment, excessive blood splatter, exposed entrails, soldiers engulfed in flames and other disturbing images. The depiction of war violence remains consistent throughout the film, with hand-to-hand combat, sniper fire, and other inherently brutal depictions of war fighting. The film also features a scene in which a soldier succumbs to his battlefield wounds. This scene, as with many of the other scenes in the film, could be unsettling to young viewers or those with a sensitivity to battlefield violence.