Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed, written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron. Incorporating both historical and fictionalized aspects, it is based on accounts of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, and stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as members of different social classes who fall in love aboard the ship during its ill-fated maiden voyage.

Upon its release on December 19, 1997, Titanic achieved significant critical and commercial success. Nominated for 14 Academy Awards, and won 11, including the awards for Best Picture and Best Director, tying Ben-Hur (1959) for the most Oscars won by a single film. With an initial worldwide gross of over $1.84 billion, Titanic was the first film to reach the billion-dollar mark. It remained the highest-grossing film of all time until Cameron’s Avatar surpassed it in 2010. A 3D version of Titanic, released on April 4, 2012, to commemorate the centennial of the sinking, earned it an additional $343.6 million worldwide, pushing the film’s worldwide total to $2.18 billion and making it the second film to gross more than $2 billion worldwide (after Avatar). In 2017, the film was re-released for its 20th anniversary and was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.


Ridley Scott’s movie Gladiator produced in 2000 is reminiscent of the great epic movies of the 1960s, such as Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago. It is monumental movie-making: visually thrilling, technically astonishing, and emotionally engaging. The film won multiple awards, including five Academy Awards at the 73rd Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor for Crowe, Best Costume Design, Best Sound and Best Visual Effects. It also received four BAFTA Awards at the 54th British Academy Film Awards for Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design and Best Editing. Since its release, Gladiator has also been credited with reinventing the swords and sandals genre and rekindling interest in entertainment centered around ancient Greek and ancient Roman culture, such as the TV series Rome.

The Mission

The Mission produced in 1986 and directed by Roland Joffe is a powerful action epic about a man of the sword (Robert DeNiro) and a man of the cloth (Jeremy Irons) who unite to shield a South American Indian tribe from brutal subjugation by 18th-century Portuguese colonial empire. The film is based on true accounts of Jesuit missionaries who died defending the Guarani Indians from slavery. The movie won acclaim for using Native Guarani Indians as actors and actresses. The Mission won the “Best Picture Award” at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival, and earned seven Academy Awards nominations, including “Best Picture.” The soundtrack composed by Ennio Morricone won the Golden Globe for Original Score . It was used as a soundtrack to the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.