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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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  1. 1
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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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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen

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    ranked low on reranks Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen

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  7. 7
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    Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd

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  8. 8
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    Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis

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  9. 9
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    Tom Hanks, Haley Joel Osment, Kurt Russell

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    often listed Charlton Heston, Vincent Price, Yul Brynner

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  11. 11
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    ranked low on reranks Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

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  14. 14
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    ranked low on reranks Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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  15. 15
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    ranked low on reranks Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

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    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, James Cameron

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    Stanley Kubrick, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel, Rosalinda Celentano

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Brett Ratner

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson

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  27. 27
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    ranked low on reranks Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale, Gary Oldman

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    ranked low on reranks & added by PeteBoyle Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef

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    ranked low on reranks Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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    Tom Hanks, Sam Rockwell, Michael Clarke Duncan

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    Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Orlando Bloom

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    Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

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    John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Robert Davi

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    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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    Anne Hathaway, Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale

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    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Bill Paxton

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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    Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Jason Isaacs

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

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    Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson, Jason Hervey

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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    Katie Holmes, Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale

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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Pete Postlethwaite

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    ranked low on reranks Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    Raoul Trujillo, Gerardo Taracena, Israel Contreras

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    Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly, Timothy Spall

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

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