i watched the extended cut of Gladiator over the weekend and i thoughly enjoyed it (the jury is still out on if its better than the cinema cut.) however, this got me to thinking - can Gladiator be called a "classic" only 5 years after its release? The word "classic" is banded about far too much these days IMO. what makes a classic anyway? its got a great score, an emotive story, its well played, directed and produced and it saw the birth of a superstar in Mr Crowe (although i would argue he was a star after LA Confidential) and its production values are second to none. but all that could be said of Titanic too but i doubt many members will call it a classic?* so what makes a classic? and is Gladiator one? Will it stand the test of time like Spatacus or Cleopatra?** Gary *and this is not meant to degenarate into a Gladiator Vs Titanic thread Titanic is used for illustration purposes only. ** nor is it meant to be discussion of purely historical epics.