Saving Private Ryan
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Best Movie Soundtracks -1990s
11. Saving Private Ryan
When John Williams and Steven Spielberg get together the results are only ever stirring, sweep and epic, and Saving Private Ryan was no exception. This second world-war based film followed Tom Hanks as Captain John H. Miller who leads his men on a mission to find the only surviving Ryan brother, James Francis played by Matt Damon. Williams’ score, played by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, actually took a bit more of a backseat in Saving Private Ryan than in his previous collaborations with Spielberg, with the director allowing the sounds of war to provide the soundtrack for a lot of the film. But Williams’ is there for the big moments; his “Hymn to the Fallen” is a typical Williams stirring accompaniment to the closing credits. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television and was nominated for an Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe.