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 people's #1
    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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  2. 2
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    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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  3. 3
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    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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  4. 4
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    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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  5. 5
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    - 1,050


    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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    most listed
    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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  7. 7
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    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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  9. 9
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    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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  10. 10
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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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    Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness

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    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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    Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis

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    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

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    Charlton Heston, Vincent Price, Yul Brynner

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

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    Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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    ranked low on reranks
    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

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

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    Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

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    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

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    Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

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    Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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

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    Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Rose Byrne

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    Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel, Claudia Gerini

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    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

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    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

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    Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly, Timothy Spall

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    Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth

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

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    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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

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    Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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    Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman

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    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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    ranked low on reranks
    John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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

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

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    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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