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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.
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  1. 1
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    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Richard Harris

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    most listed Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen

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    Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen

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    Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd

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    Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis

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    Tom Hanks, Haley Joel Osment, Kurt Russell

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  10. 10
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    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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

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    Charlton Heston, Vincent Price, Yul Brynner

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    ranked low on reranks Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, James Cameron

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    Stanley Kubrick, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio

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

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    Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Brett Ratner

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel, Rosalinda Celentano

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

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    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene

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    Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

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    ranked low on reranks & added by PeteBoyle Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef

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    John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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    ranked low on reranks Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale, Gary Oldman

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson

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    Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Orlando Bloom

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    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Robert Davi

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    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger

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    ranked low on reranks Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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    Tom Hanks, Sam Rockwell, Michael Clarke Duncan

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    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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    Anne Hathaway, Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale

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

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Bill Paxton

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    Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Jason Isaacs

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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    Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson, Jason Hervey

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    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

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    Raoul Trujillo, Gerardo Taracena, Israel Contreras

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    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Pete Postlethwaite

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    Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly, Timothy Spall

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    ranked low on reranks Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss

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

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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