The Best Epic Movies Films
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The Best Epic Movies

List Criteria: Expansive genre movies only.

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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    most listed
    Braveheart

    1995 More
    100
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    2000 More
    99
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    1998 More
    96
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    2003 More
    95
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    2002 More
    89
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    1959 More
    89
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    2001 More
    89
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    1960 More
    85
  9. 9
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    1994 More
    84
  10. 10
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    1993 More
    81
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    The Ten Commandments

    1956 More
    77
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    Gone with the Wind

    1939 More
    76
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    The Godfather

    1972 More
    76
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    1980 More
    75
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    1977 More
    75
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    The Godfather Part II

    1974 More
    72
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    1983 More
    72
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    1983 More
    72
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    1987 More
    71
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    Titanic

    1997 More
    71
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    the people's #1
    Lawrence of Arabia

    1962 More
    71
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    Avatar

    2009 More
    70
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    The Passion of the Christ

    2004 More
    69
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    Apocalypse Now

    1979 More
    69
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    2006 More
    68
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    1990 More
    67
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    1994 More
    65
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    2002 More
    63
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    2004 More
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    1966 More
    62
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    1988 More
    60
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    1986 More
    59
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    1999 More
    59
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    Glory

    1989 More
    58
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    The Dark Knight

    2008 More
    58
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    2006 More
    57
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    1985 More
    57
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    Independence Day

    1996 More
    57
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    2000 More
    57
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    1984 More
    56
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    1990 More
    56
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    The Shawshank Redemption

    1994 More
    55
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    2003 More
    55
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    1992 More
    55
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    1968 More
    55
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    2012 More
    54
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    1991 More
    53
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    2012 More
    52
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    1954 More
    51
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Mutiny on the Bounty

    1935 More
    51
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