AGUIRRE, DER ZORN GOTTES (1972)

A descent into madness with conquistadors searching fruitlessly for El Dorado, that Werner Herzog dragged a full movie crew down the Amazon to shoot.

APOCALYPSE NOW (1979)

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

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.

THE SEARCHERS (1956)

John Wayne drags a handsome guy around the American West because he is so racist. It’s kind of like the Odyssey.

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.