Best Epic Movies

From sweeping romantic sagas like Gone with the Wind 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.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1977)
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Gone with the Wind Movie Poster Image
Still one of Hollywood's best sweeping epics.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1939)
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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.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1981)
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2001: A Space Odyssey Movie Poster Image
Kubrick's sci-fi masterpiece is still relevant.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1968)
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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Movie Poster Image
Fabulous, but also violent and scary.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2001)
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Avatar Movie Poster Image
Action-heavy epic has dazzling effects, familiar story.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2009)
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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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Forrest Gump Movie Poster Image
Moving and wonderful, but parent preview a good idea.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1994)
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Lawrence of Arabia Movie Poster Image
Mature teens will appreciate this gripping epic.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1962)
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Titanic Movie Poster Image
Great movie, but too intense, racy for younger kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1997)
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Dances with Wolves Movie Poster Image
A grand, sweeping journey with graphic violence.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1990)
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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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Gladiator Movie Poster Image
Masterful but really violent Oscar winner.
On DVD/Streaming
(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.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1972)
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The Patriot Movie Poster Image
Rousing Revolutionary War tale has graphic battle scenes.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2000)
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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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My Family (Mi Familia) Movie Poster Image
Epic, dramatic tale of a Mexican-American family.
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(Release Year: 1997)
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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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