The Best Epic Movies Films
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The Best Epic Movies

List Criteria: Expansive genre movies only.

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.
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  1. 1
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    most listed
    Braveheart

    1995 More
    100
  2. 2
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    2000 More
    99
  3. 3
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    1998 More
    96
  4. 4
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    2003 More
    94
  5. 5
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    2002 More
    90
  6. 6
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    2001 More
    90
  7. 7
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    1959 More
    89
  8. 8
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    1994 More
    85
  9. 9
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    1960 More
    85
  10. 10
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    1993 More
    83
  11. 11
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    1972 More
    81
  12. 12
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    1980 More
    79
  13. 13
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    often listed
    The Ten Commandments

    1956 More
    78
  14. 14
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    1977 More
    77
  15. 15
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    often listed
    Gone with the Wind

    1939 More
    77
  16. 16
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Godfather Part II

    1974 More
    76
  17. 17
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    the people's #1
    Lawrence of Arabia

    1962 More
    75
  18. 18
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    1983 More
    75
  19. 19
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    1983 More
    75
  20. 20
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    1987 More
    74
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    1979 More
    74
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    2006 More
    74
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Titanic

    1997 More
    73
  24. 24
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    often listed
    Avatar

    2009 More
    72
  25. 25
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    1990 More
    72
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Passion of the Christ

    2004 More
    70
  27. 27
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    Pulp Fiction

    1994 More
    70
  28. 28
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    2004 More
    69
  29. 29
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    1966 More
    68
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    Gangs of New York

    2002 More
    68
  31. 31
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    2008 More
    66
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    1986 More
    66
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    66
  34. 34
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    often listed
    Die Hard

    1988 More
    65
  35. 35
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    1999 More
    65
  36. 36
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    1985 More
    65
  37. 37
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Shawshank Redemption

    1994 More
    64
  38. 38
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Glory

    1989 More
    64
  39. 39
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    2006 More
    64
  40. 40
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    1992 More
    63
  41. 41
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    1990 More
    63
  42. 42
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    2003 More
    62
  43. 43
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    2000 More
    62
  44. 44
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    often listed
    Independence Day

    1996 More
    62
  45. 45
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    1984 More
    62
  46. 46
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    1968 More
    61
  47. 47
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    2012 More
    61
  48. 48
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    1991 More
    61
  49. 49
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    2012 More
    61
  50. 50
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    1954 More
    59
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