How to define an “epic movie” is a matter of some debate. The Bear used the Wikipedia site in creating this list.


Characteristics include large scale, sweeping scope, and spectacle. Most are historical films, but some are science fiction films.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
The (original) Star Wars Trilogy
The Hobbit Trilogy
The Godfather (1972)
Seven Samurai (1954)
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)…
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Gone with the Wind (1939)
Spartacus (1960)
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Ben Hur (1956)
El Cid (1961)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
The Ten Commandments (1956)
From Here to Eternity (1953)
Schindler’s List (1993)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Braveheart (1995)
Avatar (2009)

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