Sex/Nudity: Reiben tells a prewar story about seeing an extremely large breasted woman trying on some clothes (that were too small) in his mother's store. He then comments that she noticed that he had a "hard on," and that the woman told him to calm down, and that if he ever got scared during the war, that he should close his eyes "and think of these" (as Reiben gestures holding up some large breasts).
Private Ryan tells a story about his brother being with a woman before heading off to the war. He says that he had her shirt off and was trying to undo her bra when his brothers shouted out for him not to do it (and the story ends there). 2/10.
Violence: As the American troops storm the beaches at Normandy, they're met by mortar and machine gun fire that instantly injures and kills many of them in extremely graphic, gory, and bloody ways (in a sequence that lasts more than twenty minutes and is much more realistic than ever portrayed on film before). Several other men during this catch on fire and are completely engulfed in flames. As the sequence progresses, more and more men are shot or blown up.
Eventually some of the Americans make their way up the beach where they shoot some Germans, as well as use hand grenades and flamethrowers on them (and consequently see more people on fire).
Later, a man is shot by a sniper, who in turn is shot by another sniper.
Machine gun fire mows down a roomful of German soldiers.
We learn that twenty-two men died in a plane crash (not seen).
German soldiers fire at Miller and his team as they race up a hill. Grenades are thrown back and forth and several people are killed and the Americans repeatedly strike a surviving German soldier.
An armored vehicle is hit and blows up and Miller's men shoot the Germans who try to escape from it.
In another very long fighting sequence, many people are shot and killed, while others are blown up by varying explosives. Some are also hit by Molotov cocktails that catch several German soldiers on fire, while another has a knife slowly driven into his chest, killing him. Tanks fire at other people, planes fire at them, a man is decapitated (graphic but brief), many buildings are blown up, and a sniper shoots many people. In the end, not many people are left alive. 10/10.
Blood/Gore: We see (and hear) some soldiers vomiting from fear as they prepare to storm the beaches at Normandy.
As the American troops storm the beaches at Normandy, they're met by mortar and machine gun fire that instantly kills and injures many of them. Most of the wounds are extremely bloody and gory. During this twenty some minute scene, we see bullets realistically hitting bodies (along with squishy-sounding effects), including some hit underwater where blood then quickly floats from their bodies. We also see people's limbs blown off (with lots of blood), a man picking up his dismembered arm from the ground, the surf that rolls onto the shores is tainted red, and Miller has some blood on his face.
We also fully see a man's intestines that have been blown out and onto his body (along with the man screaming in agony), another man whose entire lower half of his body is missing, and another who has a hole where his face use to be.
We see blood squirting out of a man's wound, and another man gets hit in the head with a bullet, and many, many other instances of graphic wounds.
After the skirmish, the surf is again tainted red and we see many bodies on the beach.
A man is shot by a sniper and his blood spills out onto the ground around him.
A sniper is shot in the eye by another sniper and we see the bloody bullet hole in his eye.
More people who are shot are bloody.
Miller and his team come across some bodies that are discolored from having been dead for a while.
One of Miller's team is shot and we see him lying on the ground with several bullet holes in his torso. While others attempt to wipe away the blood, it quickly oozes out from the holes and there's blood in his mouth. We see this for several minutes, along with the dead and bloody Germans.
We briefly see a man get decapitated in another long battle sequence that shows many more bloody wounds including a man being blown up by an explosive. During one, an unseen man is shot and blood spills out over a floor. Another is then shot in the neck and we see even more blood. We also see a knife slowly pushed into another man's chest, killing him. 10/10.
Profanity: At least 20 "f" words, 12 "s" words, 3 slang terms for male genitals (2 "pr*ck," 1 "c*cks*cker"), 17 hells, 10 S.O.B.'s, 8 asses (2 used with "hole"), 5 damns, 3 bitches, 1 crap, and 12 uses of "G-damn," 3 of "Jesus," and 2 each of "Oh my God" and "Jesus Christ" as exclamations. 8/10.
Alcohol/Drugs: A great deal of morphine is given to a wounded soldier in the field. 1/10.
Smoking: A soldier puts chewing tobacco in his mouth.
Several soldiers occasionally smoke during the movie, such as Reiben who smokes a few cigars and Upham who shares a smoke with a captured German soldier. 3/10.
Saving Private Ryan is one of the best war movies ever made. It has outstanding performances and really shows you what war actually is; hell. I give it 9/10.