Top 11 epic movies you must see before you die.

You started to watch a movie. You lose the sense of time only to realize later it has been quite long and the movie still has a long way to go. Some stories need more time to be told and once you're sucked into them you're left with a gratified feeling in the end, feeling glad that you came so far with something that did deserve your attention. Below is a list of such movies, as some call them, epic movies.

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Lawrence of Arabia is a movie that the likes of Spielberg and Lucas grew up watching hoping to create the same magic on the screen one day. Based on the life of T. E. Lawrence played brilliantly by Peter O'Toole, Lawrence of Arabia talks about an enigmatic British army officer who becomes the most popular figure in the Arab war. The film is a three-and-a-half hour long journey into the life of this historical figure, the end of which leaves behind a mystical trail of a personality that nobody could decode completely.

The Lord of the Rings: Trilogy

The Lord of the Rings is not everyone's favorite but it certainly is one of the most complete fantasy movies that need not be realistic. The film is an epic that starts with the happy-go-lucky life of the countryside, which is threatened by the rise of evil and how forces around the world unite to fight against it. Based on the third bestselling novel of all time, the movie  combines myth, fantasy and visual splendor to deliver one of the most important works of our times that many might not have the courage to pursue in near future.

Schindler's List (1993)

Based on the Holocaust, Schindler's List is an account of the life of Oskar Schindler, played by Liam Neeson. It's quite amazing how Spielberg shot this in black-and-white, which initially makes you feel as if you're watching some 1930s movie, but you soon realize that this was deliberate and actually helps in making the viewing experience more immersive and timeless. Spielberg won the Oscar for best director and could hardly hide his emotions regarding the film during his acceptance speech.

Apocalypse Now (1979)

Apocalypse Now works like a drug. It starts casually but is soon inside your skin. It is a movie that talks at length about the madness and confusion of war and you're mystified by the narration of Captain Willard and the insanity of Colonel Kurtz. It is a journey into the unknown by Captain Willard and you would feel that apocalypse is somewhere near throughout the movie with "This is the end" humming as the background song. 

Amadeus (1984)

A period drama on the life of Mozart, Amadeus is a rare creation. Lyrical and full of colors, the movie captures the times of Mozart brilliantly and successfully transports you to those times. It has some brilliant performances by some lesser known actors and if you're a period movie fan, it would be a sin to miss this one.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

I was going through a critic's review which stated 2001 as "Now, seen in the actual 2001, it's less a visionary masterpiece than a crackpot Looney Tune, pretentious, abysmally slow, amateurishly acted and, above all, wrong." Well! it's been about four decades and it still devastates people as Kubrick doesn't care about it's audience. While people are used to firsthand answers there are only questions and questions in this one. Quite rightly it's going to put off the ones who are not used to such experience, but the movie is arguably the best Sci-Fi film of all time, a creation that needs to be pondered over and meditated upon.

Braveheart (1995)

Braveheart is a historical drama based on the life of William Wallace, a Scottish commoner who stands against aristocracy of England. Braveheart has action, romance, beautiful landscape of Scotland and emotions to make a great epic movie. The overall experience of the movie is enchanting as well as transcending.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

One of the most important war films in recent times, Saving Private Ryan is as close as it gets to actual war. The film explores the emotional side of war, the fear, madness and its effect on the psyche of those who have to now deal with it. The movie takes it time to let you understand each character played by a brilliant cast.

Dances with Wolves (1990)

Kevin Costner's most important work is also one of the most under-rated movies of all time. The only reason I see is people are often unable to relate to such themes and the use of native language also hinders the popularity of such films, but then, there is no other way to do them. Based on the life and struggles of American Indians the movie takes you to a journey into the unknown to which you're bound to get attached and wouldn't want it to end soon enough.

There Will Be Blood (2007)

I remember Daniel Day Lewis said something like "sprang like a golden sapling out of the mad, beautiful brain of Paul Thomas Anderson", in his Oscar acceptance speech and rightly so. Only Paul Thomas Anderson could have pulled it off along with brilliant performances by Daniel and Paul Dano. There will be Blood is a story about ruthless quest for wealth by Daniel Plainnview, a greedy, vicious character who is ready to go to any length to get what he wants, but in a subtle and intelligent way.

The English Patient (1996)

One of the most important love stories, The English Patient talks about infatuation, love, pain and suffering in a way not many have been able to portray. The movie revolves around the lives of Count Almasy, who has been completely burnt by a plane crash and a compassionate nurse Hana, played by Juliette Binoche, who is now looking after him in a abandoned Italian church. The two characters develop a liking for each other with Almasy recounting his life to Hana. Unable to bear the pain of his burns and death of his love, Almasy requests her to grant him death with a humble "Thank You" in the end.