The Best Epic Movies Films

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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    The Lord of the Rings: The Ret... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Epic Movies


    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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    Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Epic Movies


    Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Epic Movies


    Gladiator Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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    Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Epic Movies

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    Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Fel... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Epic Movies


    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Epic Movies


    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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    Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Epic Movies


    Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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    Ben-Hur is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Epic Movies

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    Ben-Hur Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Griffith

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    Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Epic Movies


    Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Epic Movies


    The Godfather Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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    Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Epic Movies


    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Epic Movies


    Schindler's List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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    Return of the Jedi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Epic Movies


    Return of the Jedi Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Epic Movies

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    Lawrence of Arabia Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness

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    The Ten Commandments is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Epic Movies


    The Ten Commandments Charlton Heston, Vincent Price, Yul Brynner

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    The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Epic Movies

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    The Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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    Spartacus is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Epic Movies


    Spartacus Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis

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    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

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    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

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    Titanic is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Epic Movies

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    Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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    Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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    The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Epic Movies

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    The Godfather Part II Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

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    Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Epic Movies


    Apocalypse Now Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

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    Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong

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    Troy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Epic Movies


    Troy Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Rose Byrne

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    Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Epic Movies

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    Apollo 13 Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

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    Avatar is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Epic Movies

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    Avatar Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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    300 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Epic Movies


    300 Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

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    The Passion of the Christ is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Epic Movies

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    The Passion of the Christ Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel, Claudia Gerini

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    Indiana Jones and the Raiders ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Epic Movies

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    Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

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    Scarface is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Epic Movies


    Scarface Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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    Cast Away is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Epic Movies

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    Cast Away Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth

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    Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Epic Movies


    Die Hard Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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    Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Epic Movies


    Full Metal Jacket Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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    Gangs of New York is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Epic Movies

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    Gangs of New York Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson

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    Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Epic Movies


    Back to the Future Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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    The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Epic Movies


    The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Epic Movies


    Goodfellas Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

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    Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Epic Movies

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    Independence Day Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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    The Last Samurai is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Epic Movies


    The Last Samurai Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly, Timothy Spall

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    2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Epic Movies


    2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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    The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Epic Movies


    The Dark Knight Rises Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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    The Patriot is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Epic Movies


    The Patriot Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman

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    The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Epic Movies


    The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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    The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Epic Movies

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    The Avengers Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

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    John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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    The Last of the Mohicans is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Epic Movies


    The Last of the Mohicans Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Pete Postlethwaite

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    Indiana Jones and the Last Cru... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Epic Movies


    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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