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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    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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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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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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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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    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

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    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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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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    Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

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    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

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    Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong

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    Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

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    Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Rose Byrne

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    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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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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    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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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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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Kingsley, Martin Sheen

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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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    Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly, Timothy Spall

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    Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman

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    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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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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    Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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    Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Alec Guinness

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    John Hurt, Annette Crosbie, Peter Woodthorpe

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    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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