FORREST GUMP (1994)

Tom Hanks bumbles through the greatest hits of Baby Boomer history, with nothing to say about any of it.

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.

SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998)

Few fictional movies are now considered definitive documents of historical events, but this is one of them. This is what happened now.

SPARTACUS (1960)

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

THE DEER HUNTER (1978)

Called a “nightmare” and “endless” by its own studio, it ended up winning Best Picture and being the first big hit movie about the Vietnam War.

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)

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