The Best Epic Movies Films
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The Best Epic Movies

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A list of the best epic films of all time, which encompasses some of the best movies of all time. These are movies with incredible stories and characters, and whose mere existence have enriched the world of cinema in some way. Take James Cameron's Avatar whose imagined planet and humanity are now the stuff of Oscar legend and whose cast was catapulted to fame. Or Batman Begins which simultaneously reinvented the superhero movie and the Batman franchise. These are some of the biggest, most important movies ever.

What are the best epic movies of all time? What makes a great epic movie? By definition, epic movies have a larger than life storyline, take place over a span of time, and has a plot that carries out some kind of heroic deed. Every epic movie listed can be sorted by actor, director, and title and every epic film on this list is more epic than the last. What's the best epic movie? That's for you to decide! Enjoy this list of the greatest epic movies and use it as a starting point for your own epic movie list. Whichever you choose as your favorite, these epics are definitely worth adding to your must-watch list.

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    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Richard Harris

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    most listed
    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen

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    Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd

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    Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen

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    Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen

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    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    the people's #1
    Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness

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    Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis

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    Charlton Heston, Vincent Price, Yul Brynner

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  11. 11
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    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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  13. 13
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    Tom Hanks, Haley Joel Osment, Kurt Russell

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene

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    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

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    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

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    Stanley Kubrick, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, James Cameron

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    Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel, Rosalinda Celentano

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    Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Brett Ratner

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    Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef

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    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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    Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale, Gary Oldman

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    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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    Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Orlando Bloom

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    Tom Hanks, Sam Rockwell, Michael Clarke Duncan

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    Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson

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    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

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    Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

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    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Robert Davi

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    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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    Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson, Jason Hervey

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Bill Paxton

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    John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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    Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Jason Isaacs

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    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger

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    Anne Hathaway, Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale

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    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson

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    Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Frank Welker

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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    Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    Katie Holmes, Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale

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    Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly, Timothy Spall

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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Pete Postlethwaite

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    Raoul Trujillo, Gerardo Taracena, Israel Contreras

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