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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    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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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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    Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Griffith

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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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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    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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    Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness

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    Charlton Heston, Vincent Price, Yul Brynner

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    Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis

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    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

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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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    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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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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    Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong

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    Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

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    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

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    Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel, Claudia Gerini

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    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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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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    Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson

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    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

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    Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

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

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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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    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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    Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman

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    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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    Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly, Timothy Spall

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    Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

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    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Kingsley, Martin Sheen

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    Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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    John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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