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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    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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    most listed
    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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

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

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    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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    Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis

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    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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    Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness

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    Charlton Heston, Vincent Price, Yul Brynner

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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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    Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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

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    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

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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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    added by PeteBoyle
    Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong

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    Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Rose Byrne

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    Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel, Claudia Gerini

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    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

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

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth

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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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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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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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    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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    Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman

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    John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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

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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Pete Postlethwaite

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    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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