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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.

List Criteria: Expansive genre movies only.

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  1. 1
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    2000 More
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    most listed
    Braveheart

    1995 More
    99
  3. 3
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    1998 More
    97
  4. 4
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    2003 More
    96
  5. 5
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    2002 More
    92
  6. 6
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    2001 More
    92
  7. 7
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    1959 More
    89
  8. 8
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    1993 More
    88
  9. 9
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    the people's #1
    Forrest Gump

    1994 More
    88
  10. 10
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    The Godfather

    1972 More
    88
  11. 11
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    1974 More
    83
  12. 12
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    1960 More
    83
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    1980 More
    83
  14. 14
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    1983 More
    82
  15. 15
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    1939 More
    81
  16. 16
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    1977 More
    81
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    1956 More
    78
  18. 18
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    1987 More
    77
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    1962 More
    76
  20. 20
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    often listed
    Avatar

    2009 More
    76
  21. 21
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    2006 More
    76
  22. 22
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    1983 More
    75
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Titanic

    1997 More
    75
  24. 24
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    1979 More
    75
  25. 25
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    2004 More
    74
  26. 26
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    1994 More
    72
  27. 27
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    2008 More
    71
  28. 28
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    1990 More
    71
  29. 29
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    1985 More
    71
  30. 30
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    Gangs of New York

    2002 More
    70
  31. 31
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    1966 More
    70
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    2003 More
    68
  33. 33
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    68
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    The Passion of the Christ

    2004 More
    68
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    1988 More
    68
  36. 36
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    1989 More
    67
  37. 37
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    1986 More
    67
  38. 38
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    2006 More
    67
  39. 39
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    1992 More
    67
  40. 40
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    2012 More
    66
  41. 41
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    2012 More
    65
  42. 42
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    1954 More
    64
  43. 43
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    2000 More
    63
  44. 44
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    1984 More
    63
  45. 45
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    1968 More
    62
  46. 46
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    1990 More
    61
  47. 47
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    Down 24
    1941 More
    61
  48. 48
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    1996 More
    60
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    often listed
    Mutiny on the Bounty

    1935 More
    60
  50. 50
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    2005 More
    59
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