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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 Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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2,566 992
Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

3
2,910 1,363
The Lord of the Rings: The Fel... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

4
2,641 1,633
Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

5
2,868 1,342
The Lord of the Rings: The Two... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

6
3,082 1,540
Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
Gladiator Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

7
1,801 1,099
Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

8
2,327 958
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

9
1,671 1,040
Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

10
1,225 1,108
Ben-Hur is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
Ben-Hur Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Griffith

11
1,329 955
Return of the Jedi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
Return of the Jedi Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

12
1,375 599
The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
The Green Mile Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

13
926 886
The Ten Commandments is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
The Ten Commandments Charlton Heston, Vincent Price, Yul Brynner

14
1,768 1,039
The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
The Godfather Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

15
1,512 716
The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
The Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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1,180 943
Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
Lawrence of Arabia Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness

17
1,455 1,009
Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
Schindler's List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

18
883 768
Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
Gone with the Wind Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

19
1,350 748
The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
The Dark Knight Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

20
879 490
Indiana Jones and the Raiders ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

21
1,021 853
Dances with Wolves is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
Dances with Wolves Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

22
900 852
Spartacus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
Spartacus Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis

23
1,213 1,090
Titanic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

24
1,347 1,091
300 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
300 Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

25
1,020 726
The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
The Godfather Part II Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

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969 707
Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
Back to the Future Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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780 584
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
PeteBoyle added The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong

28
939 740
Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
Apocalypse Now Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

29
584 311
Indiana Jones and the Last Cru... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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750 704
Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
Die Hard Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

31
749 698
Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

32
689 543
The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

33
1,160 945
Troy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
Troy Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Rose Byrne

34
1,047 689
The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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712 219
Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
Apollo 13 Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

36
722 940
The Passion of the Christ is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
The Passion of the Christ Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel, Claudia Gerini

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726 561
The Patriot is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
The Patriot Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman

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801 469
The Last of the Mohicans is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
The Last of the Mohicans Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Pete Postlethwaite

39
941 732
The Last Samurai is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
The Last Samurai Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly, Timothy Spall

40
766 273
Cast Away is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
Cast Away Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth

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592 162
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
The Lord of the Rings John Hurt, Annette Crosbie, Peter Woodthorpe

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543 340
Pirates of the Caribbean: The ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana

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1,248 1,170
Avatar is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
Avatar Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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598 533
The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
The Avengers Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

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708 577
The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
The Dark Knight Rises Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

46
865 733
Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
Full Metal Jacket Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

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863 566
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Jour... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom

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365 251
Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
Iron Man Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson

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640 634
Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
Independence Day Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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396 475
Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made
Gandhi Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Kingsley, Martin Sheen