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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    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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    most listed
    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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    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Griffith

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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

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    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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    Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis

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    Charlton Heston, Vincent Price, Yul Brynner

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    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

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    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

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    Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

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    Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong

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    Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel, Claudia Gerini

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    Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

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    Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Rose Byrne

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    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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    Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

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    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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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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    Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson

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    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

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    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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    Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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    Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly, Timothy Spall

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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    Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman

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

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    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

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    John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

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    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Kingsley, Martin Sheen

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