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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    the people's #1
    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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  2. 2
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    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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    most listed
    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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  5. 5
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    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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  8. 8
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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Griffith

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness

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    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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    Charlton Heston, Vincent Price, Yul Brynner

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    Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis

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    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

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    Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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    Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

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    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

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    Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

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    Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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

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    Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Rose Byrne

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    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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    Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel, Claudia Gerini

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    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

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    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Kingsley, Martin Sheen

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    Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly, Timothy Spall

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    Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth

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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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    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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    Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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    Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana

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    John Hurt, Annette Crosbie, Peter Woodthorpe

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