Best Epic Films of All Time

An EPIC is a genre of film that emphasizes human drama on a grand scale. Epics are on a much larger scale throughout their entire production including numerous extras. The films are usually the most expensive films of the year due to an all star cast, a grand, sweeping musical score, and the thousands of costumes, sets, and crew members. This list is of the films with very little or no computer generated special effects, making them "true" epics.

The Top Ten

1 Lawrence of Arabia

Protect from the Sun and vast spaces in Arab regions. The wind and humidity are some of the features of the desert atmosphere. Sand, dunes and even cactus are also present. It is there and some know not why or how. A mystery that might boggle the imagination for good or not. In this opinion these make one epic of a film. - iliescu

How much more epic can you get than hundreds and hundreds of men riding through the Arabian Desert on camels, a full scale train wreck, and sweeping shots of Peter O'Toole with the entire desert behind him?

What in the **** are comic books doing on this list. this movie should be number 1

2 Gone with the Wind
3 Andrei Rublev

What the Hell is this garbage?

4 Schindler's List
5 The Bridge on the River Kwai

Hell yeah! All the way! This is one of my favorite films ever. Long live the oldies (but goodies)! - dureckl

6 Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Best film ever! Duh

LOVE IT! - Tolkienite

7 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
8 Ben-Hur

The epic of epics, period.

Hands down champion!

9 Apocalypse Now
10 Giant (1956)

The Contenders

11 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

Better than Deathly Hallows Part 2 in my opinion

12 The Ten Commandments

The length. The numerous scenes. The ridiculous number of actors and animals. The vivid color. Brynner vs Heston. Anne Baxter and Yyvonne De Carlo in their primes. And it's been shown every Easter weekend for who knows how long.

Coming after Quo Vadis (1951), DeMille's The Ten Commandments (1956)
remains the biblical epic film by which all others are judged. It was impressive
in every respect, from scope & spectacle to special effects & sheer grandeur.
Incredible color, film score, animation, and story-telling. Yul Brynner was great!
Every penny of its $13,500,000 budget may be seen on the silver screen. It
was DeMille's masterpiece & it's as remarkable a watch today as it was in 1951!
And it's the sixth most successful motion picture of all time. It may truly be said that: "They don't make them like they used to! "
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13 The Dark Knight

A compendium of terrifying beauty, the Dark Knight will shine on as the greatest Batman movie forever!

14 Gladiator
15 Seven Samurai

Kurosawa. 'enough said.

16 Titanic

Greatest romantic movie ever

17 How the West Was Won
18 Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr introduced us to one of the most charismatic superheroes we've witnessed on the big screen.

Iron Man is cool as is Robert Downey Jr

19 Spartacus

One of Stanley Kubrick's most unappreciated films. Kirk Douglas is awesome in it. The characters of Spartacus and Antoninus are amazing, the script by Dalton Trumbo is extremely clever:
"A slave awaits death as if it were their way to be free"
"I love you like the son I'll never see"
Damn. it's increidble.

20 Braveheart

The best film, is amazing, the end makes me cry, is the best film I ever seen

21 King Kong (2005)
22 Saving Private Ryan

Great movie with a graphic but honest depiction of WWII... another Speilberg work of genius. - everton96

Probably the best war movie. Very good movie. Well done Steven Spielberg. - grattz

Steven Spielbergs greatest film deserves the top spot.

23 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Rob Marshall's greatest film. Ironic considering he's most famous for musicals like Chicago.

24 Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl

One of the best films made in this century. Writing, acting, characters are just brilliant. Still doesn't get the artistic credit it deserves - tripleCfan

Who needs Rhett Butler when you can have Captain Jack Sparrow?

25 Doctor Zhivago
26 300
27 Gandhi
28 Platoon
29 Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
30 Ran
31 All Quiet on the Western Front
32 Red Cliff
33 Iron Man 2
34 Black Hawk Down
35 The Last Emperor (1987)
36 The Matrix Revolutions
37 The Golden Compass
38 Avatar
39 The Deer Hunter
40 The Tree of Life
41 Hero
42 Troy
43 Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
44 The Hunger Games

Happy Hunger Games, and may the odds be ever in your favour. Who else is anticipating Mocking Jay parts 1 and 2?

This is a modern day epic. Who needs old junk like Bridge on River Kwai, when you can have a modern day epic like Hunger Games. - mcvito

Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson make so much genuine chemistry it makes male audiences suprisingly moved by their "Star-Crossed Lovers from District 12" act.

Gary Ross' masterpiece is a head and shoulders above any other Y/A adaptation.

45 Captain America: The First Avenger
46 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
47 Black Panther
48 The Avengers
49 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
50 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
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2. Gone with the Wind
3. Lawrence of Arabia
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2. Lawrence of Arabia
3. The Bridge on the River Kwai
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