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


Epic film - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"An epic is a genre of film that emphasizes human drama on a grand scale. Epics are more ambitious in scope than other film genres, and their ambitious nature helps to differentiate them from similar genres such as the period piece or adventure film. They typically entail high production values, a sweeping musical score (often by an acclaimed film composer), and an ensemble cast of bankable stars, placing them among the most expensive of films to produce. The term 'epic' comes from the poetic genre exemplified by such works as the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Ramayana. ..."