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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    #7 on the original list
    Matt Damon, Ted Danson, Tom Sizemore

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    #52 on the original list
    Jay O. Sanders, Bob Gunton, Raymond St. Jacques

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    #2 on the original list
    Michael Sheen, Al Hunter Ashton, Russell Crowe

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    #33 on the original list
    David Wenham, Gerard Butler, Stephen McHattie

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    #20 on the original list
    Laurence Fishburne, Robert Duvall, Jim Gaines

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    #23 on the original list
    Brett Ratner, Abraham Murphy, Robert Loggia

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    #27 on the original list
    Gary Oldman, Anthony Michael Hall, Heath Ledger

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    #22 on the original list
    Bernard Hill, Bill Paxton, Billy Zane

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    #6 on the original list
    Stephen Boyd, Hugh Griffith, Charlton Heston

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    #15 on the original list
    Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Maria Peszek

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    #21 on the original list
    Vincent D'Onofrio, Dorian Harewood, Kenneth Head

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    #39 on the original list
    Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, Kathy Griffin

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    #83 on the original list
    Lucy Liu, David Carradine, Vivica A. Fox

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    Chiaki Kuriyama, Aki Maeda, Tatsuya Fujiwara

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    #58 on the original list
    Ken Watanabe, Tom Berenger, Ellen Page

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    #18 on the original list
    Robert Duvall, Sofia Coppola, Diane Keaton

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    #46 on the original list
    Edward Furlong, S. Epatha Merkerson, Diane Rodriguez

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    #130 on the original list
    Lucy Liu, David Carradine, Vivica A. Fox

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    #35 on the original list
    Clarence Gilyard, Alan Rickman, Kym Malin

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    #10 on the original list
    Richard Farnsworth, Cliff Edwards, Butterfly McQueen

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    #19 on the original list
    Robert Duvall, Sofia Coppola, Diane Keaton

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    #45 on the original list
    Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving, Gloria Foster

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    #13 on the original list
    Carrie Fisher, Denis Lawson, Harrison Ford

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    #41 on the original list
    Will Smith, Harvey Fierstein, Jeff Goldblum

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    #16 on the original list
    Carrie Fisher, Frank Oz, Billy Dee Williams

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    #1 on the original list
    Brian Cox, Ian Bannen, Brendan Gleeson

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    #42 on the original list
    Tom Conti, Gary Oldman, Linus Roache

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    #48 on the original list
    Ken Watanabe, Gary Oldman, Linus Roache

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    #176 on the original list
    Joe Pantoliano, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jorja Fox

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    #47 on the original list
    Ken Watanabe, Billy Connolly, Seizō Fukumoto

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    #8 on the original list
    Peter Ustinov, Richard Farnsworth, Jean Simmons

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    #85 on the original list
    Steve Allen, Don Rickles, James Woods

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    #32 on the original list
    Al Jolson, Ray Liotta, Lorraine Bracco

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    #43 on the original list
    Tom Berenger, Forest Whitaker, Keith David

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    #339 on the original list
    Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Dakin Matthews

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    #120 on the original list
    Franco Nero, Don Johnson, Bruce Dern

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    #118 on the original list
    Michelle Yeoh, Ken Watanabe, Kōji Yakusho

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    #374 on the original list
    Ellen Burstyn, Marlon Wayans, Jared Leto

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    #153 on the original list
    Lenny Kravitz, Julianne Moore, Jena Malone

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    #110 on the original list
    Alec Baldwin, Sam Neill, Stellan Skarsgård

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    #37 on the original list
    Paul Winfield, Bill Paxton, William Wisher

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    #60 on the original list
    Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler

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    #26 on the original list
    Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore

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    #74 on the original list
    Bernd Tauber, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Heinz Hoenig

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    #31 on the original list
    Daniel Day-Lewis, Jim Broadbent, John C. Reilly

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