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:
2. Once Upon a Time in the West
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