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

1 Lawrence of Arabia Lawrence of Arabia Product Image

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.

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 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Product Image

So epic it makes Ben Hur look like Bridesmaids.

Best movie ever made.

Best film ever! Duh

3rd best movie ever

3 2001: A Space Odyssey 2001: A Space Odyssey Product Image
4 Seven Samurai Seven Samurai Product Image

Kurosawa. 'enough said.

5 Gone with the Wind Gone with the Wind Product Image
6 King Kong (2005) King Kong (2005) Product Image

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

7 Intolerance (1916) Intolerance (1916) Product Image
8 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Product Image
9 Apocalypse Now Apocalypse Now Product Image
10 Fitzcarraldo Fitzcarraldo Product Image

The Contenders

11 Andrei Rublev Andrei Rublev Product Image
12 Avengers: Endgame Avengers: Endgame Product Image
13 The Golden Compass The Golden Compass Product Image
14 Avengers: Infinity War Avengers: Infinity War Product Image
15 Ben-Hur Ben-Hur Product Image

The epic of epics, period.

Hands down champion!

16 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe Product Image
17 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Product Image
18 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Product Image
19 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Product Image
20 The Ten Commandments The Ten Commandments Product Image

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! "
Dr. H. James Birx
716 888-2745
birxh@canisius.edu

21 Red Cliff Red Cliff Product Image
22 Gladiator Gladiator Product Image
23 Schindler's List Schindler's List Product Image
24 The Bridge on the River Kwai The Bridge on the River Kwai Product Image

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

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