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 Movie Poster Image
Sci-fi action classic perfect for sharing with kids.
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(Release Year: 1977)
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The Great Escape Movie Poster Image
An exceptional story about teamwork.
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(Release Year: 1963)
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Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Movie Poster Image
The best of the original series, but the most intense, too.
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(Release Year: 1980)
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Star Wars: Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi Movie Poster Image
Ewok-filled finale less Force-ful than previous.
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(Release Year: 1983)
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The Ten Commandments Movie Poster Image
Stirring, even if it's as much showbiz as Bible.
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(Release Year: 1956)
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The Bridge on the River Kwai Movie Poster Image
Epic of WWII honor and sacrifice gone haywire.
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(Release Year: 1957)
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Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark Movie Poster Image
Indy's first adventure is a rip-roaring action masterpiece.
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(Release Year: 1981)
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Mulan (2020) Movie Poster Image
Martial arts epic is more intense, violent than original.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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2001: A Space Odyssey Movie Poster Image
Kubrick's sci-fi masterpiece is still relevant.
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(Release Year: 1968)
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Apollo 13 Movie Poster Image
Thrilling, heartwarming, scary, and superb.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Movie Poster Image
Magical, award-winning martial-arts fairy tale.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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Gandhi Movie Poster Image
Brilliant biopic engages, educates, and inspires.
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(Release Year: 1982)
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The Longest Day Movie Poster Image
Authentic 3-hour WWII D-Day drama; no graphic violence.
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(Release Year: 1962)
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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Movie Poster Image
Fabulous, but also violent and scary.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Movie Poster Image
Outstanding adventure, but very violent battle scenes.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Movie Poster Image
Outstanding, but much violence and scariness.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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Avatar Movie Poster Image
Action-heavy epic has dazzling effects, familiar story.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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Avengers: Endgame Movie Poster Image
Intense but satisfying finale is an epic gift to MCU fans.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Ben-Hur Movie Poster Image
1959 biblical epic has fierce blood-spilling, cruelty.
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(Release Year: 1959)
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The Best Years of Our Lives Movie Poster Image
Fine movie for families with older kids.
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(Release Year: 1946)
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Cleopatra (1963) Movie Poster Image
Four-hour visual stunner requires patience, maturity.
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(Release Year: 1963)
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Doctor Zhivago Movie Poster Image
Epic drama combines romance, politics, mature themes.
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(Release Year: 1965)
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Forrest Gump Movie Poster Image
Moving and wonderful, but parent preview a good idea.
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(Release Year: 1994)
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Lawrence of Arabia Movie Poster Image
Mature teens will appreciate this gripping epic.
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(Release Year: 1962)
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Malcolm X Movie Poster Image
Insightful and well-rounded portrait of Malcolm X.
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(Release Year: 1992)
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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Movie Poster Image
Intense battle scenes and a strong story of friendship.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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Out of Africa Movie Poster Image
Enthralling epic about 1900s Africa tackles mature subjects.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Seven Samurai Movie Poster Image
Famous epic with stylish violence and subtitles.
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(Release Year: 1956)
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Titanic Movie Poster Image
Great movie, but too intense, racy for younger kids.
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(Release Year: 1997)
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The Color Purple Movie Poster Image
Powerful tale of survival with wrenching scenes of abuse.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Dances with Wolves Movie Poster Image
A grand, sweeping journey with graphic violence.
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(Release Year: 1990)
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Empire of the Sun Movie Poster Image
Beautiful but grim WWII saga through a boy's eyes.
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(Release Year: 1987)
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Inception Movie Poster Image
Intense, complex, brilliant sci-fi thriller; violent scenes.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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Once Upon a Time in the West Movie Poster Image
Leone's violent epic Western is an essential masterpiece.
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(Release Year: 1969)
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Patton Movie Poster Image
Oscar-winning biographical war epic is complex, violent.
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(Release Year: 1970)
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Spartacus Movie Poster Image
Thrilling epic is too intense for the youngest.
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(Release Year: 1960)
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Tenet Movie Poster Image
Nolan's violent, elaborate epic is best for deep thinkers.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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The Tree of Life Movie Poster Image
Unique, difficult, poetic masterpiece about life and death.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Movie Poster Image
Potent Italian-Western shoot-'em up/war drama.
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(Release Year: 1967)
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The Last Emperor Movie Poster Image
Beautiful Chinese biography is too long, mature for tweens.
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(Release Year: 1987)
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Mudbound Movie Poster Image
Masterful drama set in 1940s South has brutality, racism.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Schindler's List Movie Poster Image
Accurate, heartbreaking masterpiece about the Holocaust.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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1917 Movie Poster Image
Unique WWI epic has brutal war violence, smoking.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Ali Movie Poster Image
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Brutal fight scenes and frank racial issues.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Movie Poster Image
Pitt stars in beautiful -- but brutal -- Western.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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The English Patient Movie Poster Image
Stunning, complex mature emotional drama.
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(Release Year: 1996)
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Gladiator Movie Poster Image
Masterful but really violent Oscar winner.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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Glory Movie Poster Image
Excellent Civil War movie has graphic violence, profanity.
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(Release Year: 1989)
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The Godfather Movie Poster Image
The classic tale of a Mafia family, violence and all.
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(Release Year: 1972)
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The Last Temptation of Christ Movie Poster Image
Controversial epic with brutality, sex. Mature teens only.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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The Patriot Movie Poster Image
Exciting Revolutionary War tale has graphic battle scenes.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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Roma Movie Poster Image
Cuaron's personal meditation on family is masterful, mature.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Saving Private Ryan Movie Poster Image
Bloody, tragic war epic doesn't hold back.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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Silence Movie Poster Image
Scorsese's difficult, gory, but magnificent religious epic.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Apocalypse Now Movie Poster Image
Disturbing tale of war horrors isn't for kids.
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(Release Year: 1979)
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Braveheart Movie Poster Image
Mel Gibson's Oscared, bloody Scottish spectacle.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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Gangs of New York Movie Poster Image
Brilliant but intense Scorsese drama has graphic violence.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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The Irishman Movie Poster Image
Scorsese's reflective, masterful, violent crime epic.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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The Last of the Mohicans Movie Poster Image
Violent historical drama. Not for young kids.
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(Release Year: 1992)
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The Deer Hunter Movie Poster Image
Epic war drama is extremely intense and graphically violent.
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(Release Year: 1978)
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Once Upon a Time in America Movie Poster Image
Complex gangster epic has strong violence, sex.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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