Best Epic Movies

From sweeping romantic sagas to unforgettable adventures like Lawrence of Arabia, some movies were just made for the big screen. But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy them at home, too. These memorable titles have defined eras of filmmaking and inspired many movie lovers (and movie makers). And who knows? Some might even lead to some great family discussions. For more exciting movies, try our favorite Sci-Fi Movies or our list of the Best Action Movies for Kids.

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Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope

age 7+

Sci-fi action classic perfect for sharing with kids.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1977)
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The Great Escape

age 8+

An exceptional story about teamwork.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1963)
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Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

age 8+

The best of the original series, but the most intense, too.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1980)
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Star Wars: Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi

age 8+

Ewok-filled finale less Force-ful than previous.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1983)
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The Ten Commandments

age 9+

Stirring, even if it's as much showbiz as Bible.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1956)
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The Bridge on the River Kwai

age 11+

Epic of WWII honor and sacrifice gone haywire.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1957)
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The Duellists

age 11+

19th-century period drama has swordplay, guns, blood.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1978)
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Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

age 11+

Indy's first raucous adventure has peril, stereotypes.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1981)
Jodhaa Akbar movie poster: Headshots of the two lead characters, the Mughal emperor Akbar and the Rajput princess Jodhaa, hovering over a battleground with people on horses.
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Jodhaa Akbar

age 11+

Bollywood epic promotes religious harmony; violent battles.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2008)
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Mulan (2020)

age 11+

Martial arts epic is more intense, violent than original.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
Samson and Delilah movie poster: a woman with dark hair holds a dagger to a sleeping man's head to cut off his hair
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Samson and Delilah

age 11+

1940s biblical epic has violence toward humans and animals.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1949)
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2001: A Space Odyssey

age 12+

Kubrick's sci-fi masterpiece is still relevant.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1968)
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Apollo 13

age 12+

Thrilling, heartwarming, scary, and superb.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1995)
An image of the bottom half of a person wearing black trousers and boots, with a hand holding a gun pointed towards the floor against a white background on the poster for Barry Lyndon.
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Barry Lyndon

age 12+

Kubrick's epic adaptation has violence, nudity, drinking.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1975)
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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

age 12+

Magical, award-winning martial arts fairy tale.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2000)
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Gandhi

age 12+

Brilliant biopic engages, educates, and inspires.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1982)
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The Longest Day

age 12+

Authentic 3-hour WWII D-Day drama; no graphic violence.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1962)
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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

age 12+

Fabulous, but also violent and scary.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2001)
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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

age 12+

Outstanding adventure, but very violent battle scenes.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2002)
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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

age 12+

Outstanding, but much violence and scariness.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2003)