Leadership Movies: Saving Private Ryan

This feature on Saving Private Ryan is a section under Leadership Movies, a series of films with leadership themes. Learn about how you can become a better leader by watching leadership in action.


What is the Movie About?

Saving Private Ryan
Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan is an academy award winning war movie set during the invasion of Normandy during World War II.

The movie starts with the recollection of a World War II veteran on the beaches of Omaha. After the successful capture of Omaha beach, the men from Easy Company were given a mission to find and evacuate Private Ryan from deep inside enemy lines.

This is a wonderful movie about heroism, brotherhood and sacrifice.

Leadership Takeaways

1. Heroism and Sacrifice
This is a touching story about men who gave their lives for a mission. We can learn so much about sacrificing our own lives for the sake of others from this movie.

2. Brotherhood
The movie also illustrates the value of brotherhood. It shows us the value of watching out for one another and to work out each other’s issues together. All of us have our differences but we are united in a common goal.

3. Earn the sacrifice
Many people have sacrificed their time, money and effort so that you can get to where you are today. Never take what you have for granted, and make the sacrifice of others worth it.

Best Movie Quotes

“James… earn this. Earn it.” – Captain John H. Miller’s dying words to Private James Ryan

“I don’t gripe to you, Reiben. I’m a Captain. We have a chain of command. Gripes go up, not down. Always up. You gripe to me, I gripe to my superior officer, and so on and so forth. I don’t gripe to you. I don’t gripe in front of you. You should know that, as a Ranger.” – Captain John H. Miller’s response to Private Reiben

“Ours is not to reason why, ours is but to do and die.”- Corporal Upham

“You can tell her that when you found me, I was here, and I was with the only brothers I have left. And that there was no way I was deserting them. I think she’d understand that.” – Private Ryan

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Other Leadership Movies

You can find out more about other leadership movies from the list below.

  1. The Pursuit of Happy-ness
  2. Braveheart
  3. Kingdom of Heaven
  4. The Thin Red Line
  5. Saving Private Ryan
  6. Forrest Gump
  7. The Star Wars Trilogy
  8. The Million Dollar Baby
  9. Twelve Angry Men
  10. The Last Samurai
  11. Coach Carter
  12. Ip Man
  13. Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  14. 300
  15. Lion King
  16. Facing the Giants
  17. The Blind Side
  18. Remember the Titans

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