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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.

The Best Epic Movies Films
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    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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    Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Griffith

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    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Charlton Heston, Vincent Price, Yul Brynner

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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    Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis

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    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

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    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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

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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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    Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel, Claudia Gerini

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    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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    Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong

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    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, Bonnie Bedelia

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    Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Rose Byrne

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    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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    Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson

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    Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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    Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

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    John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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    Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe

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    Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Pete Postlethwaite Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly, Timothy Spall

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    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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