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Historical, legendary or other dramatic films usually involving heroic characters or events

Epic films are a style of filmmaking with large scale, sweeping scope and spectacle. The usage of the term has shifted over time, sometimes designating a film genre and at other times simply synonymous with big budget filmmaking. Like epics in the classical literary sense it is often focused on a heroic character. An epic's ambitious nature helps to set it apart from other types of film such as the period piece or adventure film.

  • All Quiet on the Western Front - 1930 Oscar-winning movie about what was then called the Great War
  • Braveheart - 1995 movie that recounts the story of William Wallace
  • Doctor Zhivago - 1965 Oscar-winning movie about life around the time of the 1917 Russian Revolution
  • Gone With the Wind - 1939 Oscar-winning movie about romance during the U.S. Civil War
  • Schindler's List - 1993 Oscar-winning movie about a German businessman who saved Polish Jews from Auschwitz
  • Spartacus - 1960 Stanley Kubrick film recounting the story of a gladiator who led a slave revolt
  • Ten Commandments, The - 1956 movie recounting the biblical story of Moses freeing the Hebrews from Egypt

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Epic film" as of 28 Sep 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.