Genre Movies X: The Epic Conclusion

An epic, as defined by the AFI, is a large-scale film “set in a cinematic interpretation of the past” whose “scope defies and demands–either in the mode in which they are presented or their range across time.”  Like some of the AFI’s other definitions, this one doesn’t really narrow things down much–there are historic epics, epic westerns, war epics, “sword and sandal” flicks.

It’s been a long and perilous journey, kids, but I now present to you my final Genre Movie Top 10…Top 10 Epics:

1. Braveheart

2. Once Upon a Time in the West

3. Excalibur

4. Gladiator

5. Tora! Tora! Tora!

6. Apocalypse Now

7. Seven Samurai

8. Bridge Over the River Kwai

9. Saving Private Ryan

10. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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3 responses to “Genre Movies X: The Epic Conclusion

  1. Definitely Braveheart, The good, the bad and the Ugly, and Saving Private Ryan. Bridge Over the River Kwai has an amazing musical themes so I’ll give it extra points and agree.

    The Star Wars Trilogy (Come to the Dark Side, Luke)

    The Lord of the Rings trilogy especially the last (Gabillions of fighters and Legolas and Gimli)

  2. Holden Caulfield

    Once Upon a Time in the West wasn’t that good the music was but it can’t be ranked higher than the Good, Bad and the Ugly.

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