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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    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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    + 1966
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    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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  3. 3
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    - 658


    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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  4. 4
    + 1653
    - 501


    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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  5. 5
    + 1650
    - 510


    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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    - 402

    most listed & ranked high on reranks
    Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Griffith

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  7. 7
    + 1247
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    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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  8. 8
    + 793
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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    + 858
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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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  10. 10
    + 962
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    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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    + 674
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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Charlton Heston, Vincent Price, Yul Brynner

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    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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    + 729
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    the people's #1
    Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness

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    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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  16. 16
    + 615
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    Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis

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    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

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    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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    - 213

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    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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    - 216

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    Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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    + 629
    - 250


    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

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    - 263


    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

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    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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    + 575
    - 281


    Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

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    Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong

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    + 430
    - 216


    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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    - 296


    Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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    + 455
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel, Claudia Gerini

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    Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

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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
    Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson

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    + 409
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    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

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    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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    + 587
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    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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    - 432


    Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Rose Byrne

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    + 880
    - 498


    Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

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    + 376
    - 183


    Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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    + 386
    - 154


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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    + 233
    - 143

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Kingsley, Martin Sheen

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    + 392
    - 174


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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    + 444
    - 210


    Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman

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    + 491
    - 249


    John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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    + 381
    - 236

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

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    + 248
    - 61

    ranked low on reranks
    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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  46. 46
    + 629
    - 328


    Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly, Timothy Spall

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    + 276
    - 170

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

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    + 272
    - 223

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

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    + 401
    - 206


    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe

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    - 205

    ranked low on reranks
    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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