List of the Most Epic Movies Films
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List of the Most Epic Movies

Rattling off the first 10-15 movies on this list was easy (big, showy movies with considerable explosions, panoramas, and destruction both physical and emotional), but once you get past the Apocalypse Now's and Scarface's of the list, it gets a little trickier to define what an epic movie actually is. So I looked up a definition of "epic movie".

Epic (movie): 1. on a grand scale; 2. occurring over a long period and characterized by a lot of difficulties; (n.) a poem, story, or artistic expression that describes heroic deeds

So it really came down to thinking about stories that needed to be told (Schindler's List), movies that shone a light on the good and the bad sides of a character (The Dark Knight Trilogy), and movies whose scenery was as grand as its actors (Master and Commander). And I'll probably come back to add more later, but for now, these are what I consider to be the most epic movies of all time.

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    #5 on the original list
    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    #50 on the original list
    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

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    #1 on the original list
    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Richard Harris

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    #32 on the original list
    Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

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    #20 on the original list
    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

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    #24 on the original list
    Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Brett Ratner

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    #26 on the original list
    Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale, Gary Oldman

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    #23 on the original list
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, James Cameron

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    #4 on the original list
    Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd

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    #13 on the original list
    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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    #21 on the original list
    Stanley Kubrick, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio

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    #37 on the original list
    John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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    #75 on the original list
    Lucy Liu, Uma Thurman, Quentin Tarantino

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    Takeshi Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama, Kou Shibasaki

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    #56 on the original list
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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    #16 on the original list
    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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    #43 on the original list
    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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    #113 on the original list
    Lucy Liu, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson

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    #33 on the original list
    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Robert Davi

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    #10 on the original list
    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

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    #19 on the original list
    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

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    #44 on the original list
    Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    #14 on the original list
    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    #6 on the original list
    Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen

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    #40 on the original list
    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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    #17 on the original list
    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    #2 on the original list
    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    #41 on the original list
    Anne Hathaway, Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale

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    #45 on the original list
    Katie Holmes, Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale

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    #159 on the original list
    Carrie-Anne Moss, Guy Pearce, Jorja Fox

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    #46 on the original list
    Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly, Timothy Spall

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    #8 on the original list
    Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis

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    #80 on the original list
    Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci

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    #31 on the original list
    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

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    #39 on the original list
    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger

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    #301 on the original list
    Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin

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    #106 on the original list
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson

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    #103 on the original list
    Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Gong Li

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    #352 on the original list
    Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn

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    #134 on the original list
    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz

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    #114 on the original list
    Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Jeffrey Jones

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    #36 on the original list
    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Bill Paxton

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    #61 on the original list
    Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler

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    #25 on the original list
    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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    #86 on the original list
    Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Uwe Ochsenknecht

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    #30 on the original list
    Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson

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