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 Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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

LOVE IT! - Tolkienite

Best film ever! Duh

2 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

3 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.

4 The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

With an opening sequence featuring people ice-skating across the River Thames, sweeping shots across the rooftops of London itself from an owl's perspective and a very creative mousetrap, this fantasy epic is everything you could want in a Nutcracker adaptation and more.

Epic films by definition are other-worldly adventures by another name and this incarnation of the Nutcracker fits that description.

A fantasy epic version of the famous Nutcracker fairytale - jezza0

This movie features an all-star cast including Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman, Mackenzie Foy, Helen Mirren, Jayden Fowora Knight, Ellie Bamber, Matthew Macfadyen, Jack Whitehall Omid Dijali and Misty Copeland. It has wintery imagery, an other-worldly music score and is sure to be a Christmas favourite for years to come.

5 Gone with the Wind
6 Iron Man

Who needs Vivian Leigh wearing over-sized hats when you can have Robert Downey Jr saving the world in an iron suit?

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

7 Ben-Hur

Hands down champion!

The epic of epics, period.

8 Andrei Rublev

What the Hell is this garbage?

9 Braveheart

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

10 King Kong (2005)

The Contenders

11 Iron Man 2
12 Iron Man 3
13 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
14 Avengers: Infinity War
15 Schindler's List
16 Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
17 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
18 The Avengers
19 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?

20 Apocalypse Now
21 Gladiator
22 Giant (1956)
23 The Dark Knight

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

24 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

Better than Deathly Hallows Part 2 in my opinion

25 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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26 Avatar
27 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

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

28 Seven Samurai

Kurosawa. 'enough said.

29 How the West Was Won
30 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

31 Titanic

Greatest romantic movie ever

32 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.

33 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
34 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
35 Gandhi
36 Platoon
37 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.

38 All Quiet on the Western Front
39 300
40 Black Hawk Down
41 Aquaman
42 The Matrix Revolutions
43 The Golden Compass
44 The Deer Hunter
45 The Tree of Life
46 Black Panther
47 Red Cliff
48 Captain America: The First Avenger
49 The Last Emperor (1987)
50 Doctor Zhivago
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