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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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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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Glory is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
Glory Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
Gladiator Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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300 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
300 Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

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Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
Apocalypse Now Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

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Scarface is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
Scarface Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
The Dark Knight Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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Ben-Hur is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
Ben-Hur Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Griffith

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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
Schindler's List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
Full Metal Jacket Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
Pulp Fiction John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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Kill Bill Volume 1 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
Kill Bill Volume 1 Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino

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Battle Royale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
Battle Royale Beat Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama, Kou Shibasaki

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Inception is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
Inception Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
The Godfather Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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Kill Bill Volume 2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
Kill Bill Volume 2 Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Samuel L. Jackson

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Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
Die Hard Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
Gone with the Wind Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
The Godfather Part II Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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The Lord of the Rings: The Ret... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
Independence Day Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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Master and Commander: The Far ... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Joseph Morgan

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fel... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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Return of the Jedi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
Return of the Jedi Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
The Dark Knight Rises Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
Batman Begins Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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Memento is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
Memento Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

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The Last Samurai is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
The Last Samurai Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly, Timothy Spall

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Spartacus is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
Spartacus Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis

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Casino is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
Casino Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro, James Woods

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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
Goodfellas Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

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Platoon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
Platoon Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe

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True Grit is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
True Grit Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin

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Django Unchained is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
Django Unchained Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson

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Memoirs of a Geisha is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
Memoirs of a Geisha Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Gong Li

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Requiem for a Dream is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
Requiem for a Dream Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, ... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore

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The Hunt for Red October is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
The Hunt for Red October Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Tim Curry

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The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
Armageddon Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler

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Avatar is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
Avatar Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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Das Boot is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
Das Boot Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Uwe Ochsenknecht

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Gangs of New York is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies
Gangs of New York Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson