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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.

List Criteria: Expansive genre movies only.

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  1. 1
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    2000 More
    100
  2. 2
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    most listed
    Braveheart

    1995 More
    98
  3. 3
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Saving Private Ryan

    1998 More
    97
  4. 4
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    2003 More
    96
  5. 5
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    2002 More
    92
  6. 6
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    2001 More
    91
  7. 7
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ben-Hur

    1959 More
    89
  8. 8
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    1993 More
    88
  9. 9
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Godfather

    1972 More
    88
  10. 10
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    the people's #1 &often listed
    Forrest Gump

    1994 More
    88
  11. 11
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Godfather Part II

    1974 More
    83
  12. 12
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    1960 More
    83
  13. 13
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    1980 More
    82
  14. 14
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    1983 More
    81
  15. 15
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    often listed
    Gone with the Wind

    1939 More
    81
  16. 16
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    1977 More
    80
  17. 17
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    often listed
    The Ten Commandments

    1956 More
    77
  18. 18
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    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    Full Metal Jacket

    1987 More
    76
  19. 19
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    often listed
    Avatar

    2009 More
    76
  20. 20
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    1962 More
    76
  21. 21
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    often listed
    Scarface

    1983 More
    75
  22. 22
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    2006 More
    75
  23. 23
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Titanic

    1997 More
    75
  24. 24
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    ranked low on reranks
    Apocalypse Now

    1979 More
    74
  25. 25
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    often listed
    Troy

    2004 More
    74
  26. 26
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    ranked low on reranks
    Pulp Fiction

    1994 More
    71
  27. 27
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    ranked high on reranks
    Dances with Wolves

    1990 More
    71
  28. 28
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    often listed
    Back to the Future

    1985 More
    70
  29. 29
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    2008 More
    70
  30. 30
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    often listed
    Gangs of New York

    2002 More
    70
  31. 31
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    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    1966 More
    69
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  32. 32
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    2003 More
    68
  33. 33
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    often listed &controversial
    The Passion of the Christ

    2004 More
    67
  34. 34
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Glory

    1989 More
    67
  35. 35
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    67
  36. 36
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    ranked low on reranks
    Platoon

    1986 More
    67
  37. 37
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Apocalypto

    2006 More
    67
  38. 38
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    often listed
    Die Hard

    1988 More
    66
  39. 39
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    1992 More
    66
  40. 40
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    2012 More
    66
  41. 41
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    2012 More
    64
  42. 42
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    1954 More
    63
  43. 43
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    often listed
    The Patriot

    2000 More
    62
  44. 44
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    Down 18
    1984 More
    62
  45. 45
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    Down 83
    1968 More
    62
  46. 46
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    Down 10

    ranked low on reranks
    Goodfellas

    1990 More
    61
  47. 47
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    Down 24

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Citizen Kane

    1941 More
    60
  48. 48
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    often listed
    Independence Day

    1996 More
    60
  49. 49
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    often listed
    Mutiny on the Bounty

    1935 More
    59
  50. 50
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    2005 More
    59
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