List of the Most Epic Movies Films

List of the Most Epic Movies

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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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  1. 1
    Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #2 on the original list
    Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

  2. 2
    Glory is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

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

  3. 3
    Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #3 on the original list
    Gladiator Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

  4. 4
    300 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

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

  5. 5
    Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #24 on the original list
    Apocalypse Now Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

  6. 6
    Scarface is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #32 on the original list
    Scarface Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

  7. 7
    The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #22 on the original list
    The Dark Knight Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

  8. 8
    Titanic is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #21 on the original list
    Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

  9. 9
    Ben-Hur is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #9 on the original list
    Ben-Hur Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Griffith

  10. 10
    Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #13 on the original list
    Schindler's List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

  11. 11
    Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #35 on the original list
    Full Metal Jacket Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

  12. 12
    Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #48 on the original list
    Pulp Fiction John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

  13. 13
    Kill Bill Volume 1 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #95 on the original list
    Kill Bill Volume 1 Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino

  14. 14
    Battle Royale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    Battle Royale Beat Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama, Kou Shibasaki

  15. 15
    Inception is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #60 on the original list
    Inception Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

  16. 16
    The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #12 on the original list
    The Godfather Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

  17. 17
    Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #36 on the original list
    Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

  18. 18
    Kill Bill Volume 2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #166 on the original list
    Kill Bill Volume 2 Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Samuel L. Jackson

  19. 19
    Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #34 on the original list
    Die Hard Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

  20. 20
    Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #20 on the original list
    Gone with the Wind Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

  21. 21
    The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #23 on the original list
    The Godfather Part II Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

  22. 22
    The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #39 on the original list
    The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

  23. 23
    Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #10 on the original list
    Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

  24. 24
    The Lord of the Rings: The Ret... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #1 on the original list
    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

  25. 25
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #6 on the original list
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

  26. 26
    Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

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

  27. 27
    Master and Commander: The Far ... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #106 on the original list
    Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Joseph Morgan

  28. 28
    The Lord of the Rings: The Fel... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #5 on the original list
    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

  29. 29
    Return of the Jedi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

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

  30. 30
    Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #11 on the original list
    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

  31. 31
    Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

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

  32. 32
    The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #42 on the original list
    The Dark Knight Rises Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

  33. 33
    Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #54 on the original list
    Batman Begins Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

  34. 34
    Memento is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #157 on the original list
    Memento Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

  35. 35
    The Last Samurai is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #43 on the original list
    The Last Samurai Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly, Timothy Spall

  36. 36
    Spartacus is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

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

  37. 37
    Casino is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #99 on the original list
    Casino Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro, James Woods

  38. 38
    Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

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

  39. 39
    Platoon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #53 on the original list
    Platoon Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe

  40. 40
    True Grit is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #340 on the original list
    True Grit Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin

  41. 41
    Django Unchained is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #128 on the original list
    Django Unchained Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson

  42. 42
    Memoirs of a Geisha is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #117 on the original list
    Memoirs of a Geisha Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Gong Li

  43. 43
    Requiem for a Dream is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #402 on the original list
    Requiem for a Dream Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn

  44. 44
    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, ... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #151 on the original list
    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore

  45. 45
    The Hunt for Red October is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #131 on the original list
    The Hunt for Red October Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Tim Curry

  46. 46
    The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #46 on the original list
    The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

  47. 47
    Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

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

  48. 48
    Avatar is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

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

  49. 49
    Das Boot is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #103 on the original list
    Das Boot Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Uwe Ochsenknecht

  50. 50
    Gangs of New York is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of the Most Epic Movies

    #37 on the original list
    Gangs of New York Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson

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