The Best Epic Movies Films
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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. Whichever you choose as your favorite, these epics are definitely worth adding to your must-watch list.

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    Brian Cox, Ian Bannen, Brendan Gleeson

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    Michael Sheen, Al Hunter Ashton, Russell Crowe

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    Elijah Wood, Bernard Hill, Hugo Weaving

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    Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Ian Holm

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    Elijah Wood, Bernard Hill, Hugo Weaving

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    Stephen Boyd, Hugh Griffith, Charlton Heston

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    Matt Damon, Ted Danson, Tom Sizemore

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    Peter Ustinov, Richard Farnsworth, Jean Simmons

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    Arthur Kennedy, Anthony Quayle, Anthony Quinn

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    Richard Farnsworth, Cliff Edwards, Butterfly McQueen

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    Vincent Price, Edward G. Robinson, Anne Baxter

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    Carrie Fisher, Frank Oz, Billy Dee Williams

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    Haley Joel Osment, Gary Sinise, Bobby Richardson

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    Carrie Fisher, Denis Lawson, Harrison Ford

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    Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Maria Peszek

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    Carrie Fisher, Frank Oz, Billy Dee Williams

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    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Maury Chaykin

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    Robert Duvall, Sofia Coppola, Diane Keaton

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    Robert Duvall, Sofia Coppola, Diane Keaton

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    Laurence Fishburne, Robert Duvall, Jim Gaines

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    Vincent D'Onofrio, Dorian Harewood, Kenneth Head

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    Bernard Hill, Bill Paxton, Billy Zane

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    Brett Ratner, Abraham Murphy, Robert Loggia

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    Maia Morgenstern, Jim Caviezel, Luciano Federico

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    Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore

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    Viggo Mortensen, Jason Isaacs, Steven Mackintosh

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    Gary Oldman, Anthony Michael Hall, Heath Ledger

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    Keir Dullea, Margaret Tyzack, Leonard Rossiter

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    Eric Bana, Brian Cox, Diane Kruger

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    Patricia Clarkson, Gary Sinise, Michael Clarke Duncan

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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Jim Broadbent, John C. Reilly

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    David Wenham, Gerard Butler, Stephen McHattie

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    Clarence Gilyard, Alan Rickman, Kym Malin

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    Al Jolson, Ray Liotta, Lorraine Bracco

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    James Whitmore, Paul McCrane, Bob Gunton

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    Billy Zane, Lea Thompson, Charles L. Campbell

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    Paul Winfield, Bill Paxton, William Wisher

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    Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, Kathy Griffin

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    Heath Ledger, Jason Isaacs, Rene Auberjonois

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    Will Smith, Harvey Fierstein, Jeff Goldblum

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    Tom Conti, Gary Oldman, Linus Roache

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    Tom Berenger, Forest Whitaker, Keith David

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    John Rhys-Davies, Alfred Molina, Frank Marshall

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    Claudia Cardinale, Lionel Stander, Henry Fonda

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    Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving, Gloria Foster

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    Edward Furlong, S. Epatha Merkerson, Diane Rodriguez

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    Ken Watanabe, Billy Connolly, Seiz┼Ź Fukumoto

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    Ken Watanabe, Gary Oldman, Linus Roache

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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Jodhi May

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    Israel Contreras, Mayra Sérbulo, Raoul Trujillo

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