Top 10 Best Epic Movies 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 Best Epic Movies of All Time

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 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

So epic it makes Ben Hur look like Bridesmaids. - jezza0

Best movie ever made.

Best film ever! Duh

3rd best movie ever

3 2001: A Space Odyssey
4 Gone with the Wind
5 Seven Samurai

Kurosawa. 'enough said.

6 Apocalypse Now
7 King Kong (2005)

Truly epic, soaring, with great performances and jaw-dropping action sequences.

8 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
9 Andrei Rublev
10 Ben-Hur

The epic of epics, period.

Hands down champion!

The Newcomers

? Fitzcarraldo
? Intolerance (1916)

The Contenders

11 Schindler's List
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 Red Cliff
14 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.

15 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

16 Titanic

Greatest romantic movie ever

17 Gladiator
18 Doctor Zhivago
19 Braveheart

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

20 Giant (1956)
21 Gandhi
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.

23 300
24 All Quiet on the Western Front
25 How the West Was Won
26 The Last Emperor (1987)
27 War and Peace
28 The Golden Compass
29 The English Patient
30 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
31 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
32 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
33 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe
34 Avatar
35 The Deer Hunter
36 The Tree of Life
37 The Birth of a Nation
38 Cleopatra
39 Kingdom of Heaven
40 Ran
41 Hero
42 Troy
43 The Last Samurai
44 The Last of the Mohicans
45 Forrest Gump
46 Reds
47 Malcolm X
48 Anna Karenina
49 300: Rise of an Empire
50 Enemy at the Gates
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