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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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The Lord of the Rings: The Ret... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fel... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Gladiator Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Green Mile Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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Ben-Hur is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Ben-Hur Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Griffith

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Return of the Jedi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Return of the Jedi Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Godfather Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Lawrence of Arabia Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness

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The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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The Ten Commandments is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Ten Commandments Charlton Heston, Vincent Price, Yul Brynner

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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Schindler's List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Gone with the Wind Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

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Spartacus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Spartacus Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis

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Dances with Wolves is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Dances with Wolves Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Dark Knight Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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Indiana Jones and the Raiders ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Godfather Part II Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

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Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Apollo 13 Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

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Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Apocalypse Now Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong

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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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300 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Epic Movies
300 Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

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Cast Away is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Cast Away Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth

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Troy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Troy Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Rose Byrne

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Back to the Future Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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Avatar is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Avatar Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Die Hard Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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The Passion of the Christ is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Passion of the Christ Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel, Claudia Gerini

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The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Dark Knight Rises Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Full Metal Jacket Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

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The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Lord of the Rings John Hurt, Annette Crosbie, Peter Woodthorpe

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2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Epic Movies
2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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Pirates of the Caribbean: The ... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana

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Indiana Jones and the Last Cru... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Goodfellas Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Avengers Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

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Scarface is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Scarface Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Jour... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom

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The Patriot is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Patriot Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman

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Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Gandhi Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Kingsley, Martin Sheen

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Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Batman Begins Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman