APOCALYPSE NOW (1979)

A movie that looks deep into its own soul and finds only horror.

GLADIATOR (2000)

A big old sword and sandals epic that revived the genre and became a personal favorite of mine.

BEN-HUR (1959)

The biggest hit of its day has a supreme technical achievement slung over a story that feels to me like middling Bible fanfic.

OUR 100th MOVIE: SEVEN SAMURAI (1954)

Akira Kurosawa invented many of the tropes of the modern action movie in this great Japanese epic.

BRAVEHEART (1995)

This epic basically invented modern Scottish nationalism despite a total lack of both subtlety and interest in actual history.

TITANIC (1997)

This epic disaster movie slash romance became the highest grossing movie all time and won all the Oscars. But what do we think 23 years later?

THE LEOPARD (1963)

I was floored by this Italian epic about the fall of the aristocracy, written by a prince and directed by a Marxist, starring, of all people, Burt Lancaster.

GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)

It’s well over three hours, is super racist, and features a very unlikable heroine. It’s also maybe the single biggest hit of all time.

SPARTACUS (1960)

As epics of Roman battles go, Spartacus is the thinking-man’s version. It also helped break the Hollywood Blacklist.

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)

Maybe the most epic epic ever made, about a weird guy in the desert.