The Thin Red Line (1998)
It may be due to Saving Private Ryan's overwhelming success that Terrence Malick's meditation on the madness of war didn't resonate with audiences at the time. It may also be that the two films were so different in style and tone. Steven Spielberg is a technical master and an earnest storyteller. Malick brought his often dream-like approach to storytelling to this tale of a recaptured deserter's slog through the Pacific Theater of World War II. The juxtapositions of beauty and violence create an underlying feeling of how the cosmic insanity of war highlights how utterly alone and, well, let's just say there's a lot going on here. Detweiler thinks the film "will endure as sort of a poetic version" of a war movie.