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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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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau Brendan Gleeson

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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon Vin Diesel

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fel... is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Gladiator Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix Michael Sheen

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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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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher Mark Hamill

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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell Sally Field

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Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Ben-Hur is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Ben-Hur Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins Hugh Griffith

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Return of the Jedi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Return of the Jedi Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher Mark Hamill

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The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Green Mile Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise Sam Rockwell

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The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Godfather Al Pacino, Marlon Brando Robert Duvall

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Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Lawrence of Arabia Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole Alec Guinness

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The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth Tim Robbins

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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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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Schindler's List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes Ben Kingsley

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Dances with Wolves is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Dances with Wolves Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell Charles Rocket

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Spartacus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Spartacus Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier Tony Curtis

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Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Gone with the Wind Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh Olivia de Havilland

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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Dark Knight Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman Gary Oldman

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet Kathy Bates

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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Godfather Part II Al Pacino, Robert De Niro Robert Duvall

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Indiana Jones and the Raiders ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina Karen Allen

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen Mark Strong

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Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Apocalypse Now Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford Robert Duvall

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300 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Epic Movies
300 Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender Lena Headey

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong Linda Hamilton

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Troy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Troy Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger Rose Byrne

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Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Die Hard Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman Bonnie Bedelia

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Avatar is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Avatar Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver Michelle Rodriguez

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Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Full Metal Jacket Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio R. Lee Ermey

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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving Carrie-Anne Moss

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The Passion of the Christ is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Passion of the Christ Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel Claudia Gerini

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Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Apollo 13 Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard Ed Harris

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The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton Linda Hamilton

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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Back to the Future Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd Lea Thompson

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Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Gandhi Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Kingsley Martin Sheen

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Scarface is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Scarface Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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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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The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Dark Knight Rises Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale Morgan Freeman

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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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Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Independence Day Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum Vivica A. Fox

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The Patriot is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Patriot Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger Logan Lerman

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Cast Away is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Cast Away Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt Chris Noth

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2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Epic Movies
2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter Ed Bishop

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Gangs of New York is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Gangs of New York Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio Liam Neeson

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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Avengers Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow Robert Downey Jr.

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The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Lord of the Rings John Hurt, Annette Crosbie Peter Woodthorpe

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Doctor Zhivago is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Doctor Zhivago Omar Sharif, Julie Christie Alec Guinness