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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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    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Richard Harris

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    most listed Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd

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    Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen

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  5. 5
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    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen

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    Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen

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    Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis

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    Charlton Heston, Vincent Price, Yul Brynner

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

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

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    Tom Hanks, Haley Joel Osment, Kurt Russell

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    ranked low on reranks Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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  14. 14
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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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  15. 15
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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    ranked low on reranks Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

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    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

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    Stanley Kubrick, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel, Rosalinda Celentano

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, James Cameron

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    Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Brett Ratner

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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    ranked low on reranks & added by PeteBoyle Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef

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    Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Orlando Bloom

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

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    ranked low on reranks Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale, Gary Oldman

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    Tom Hanks, Sam Rockwell, Michael Clarke Duncan

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    Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

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    ranked low on reranks Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

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    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Robert Davi

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    + 458
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    ranked low on reranks Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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    - 104

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Bill Paxton

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    Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Jason Isaacs

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    + 357
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    John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger

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

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    Anne Hathaway, Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale

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  42. 42
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    Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson, Jason Hervey

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    ranked low on reranks Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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  45. 45
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    Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly, Timothy Spall

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    + 140
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    Katie Holmes, Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale

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    + 375
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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Pete Postlethwaite

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    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

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    Raoul Trujillo, Gerardo Taracena, Israel Contreras

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    Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson

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