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 Gone with the Wind
2 Lawrence of Arabia

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?

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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 Ben-Hur

The epic of epics, period.

Hands down champion!

7 Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Best film ever! Duh

8 Giant (1956)
9 Apocalypse Now
10 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

Better than Deathly Hallows Part 2 in my opinion

The Contenders

11 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
12 Seven Samurai

Kurosawa. 'enough said.

13 Titanic

Greatest romantic movie ever

14 Gladiator
15 How the West Was Won
16 The Ten Commandments

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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17 The Dark Knight
18 King Kong (2005)
19 Iron Man

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

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20 Braveheart

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

21 Spartacus
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

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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?

25 300
26 Doctor Zhivago
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 Matrix Revolutions
36 Avatar
37 The Deer Hunter
38 The Tree of Life
39 Hero
40 Troy
41 The Last Emperor (1987)
42 Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
43 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.

44 Captain America: The First Avenger
45 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
46 The Avengers
47 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
48 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
49 The Dark Knight Rises
50 The Golden Compass
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