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The 16 Greatest Epic Movies of All Time

Epic movies have always been Hollywood's big-budget and Oscar-nominated movies. Epic movies' producers have generated very large box office revenues worldwide. Epic movies have also given an unbelievable reputation to its actors and directors.

Saturday, May 2, 2020
 updated by Birsen Oray
Ben-Hur (1959) - The Greatest Epic Movies of All Time

Ben-Hur (1959) - The Greatest Epic Movies of All Time

It was so difficult to place the unique movies of this cinematic history together within the same list. Those which are forgotten or those which are out of sight will always be much more than those listed. Nevertheless, we tried to make a list for you and thank them for the work of all Hollywood producers as they have brought us these exclusive productions.

The 16 Greatest Epic Movies of All Time

1
Ben-Hur (1959)
Ben-Hur
Release Date : 1959
Stars : Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd
Based on the novel written by Lew Wallace, directed by William Wyler and starring Charlton Heston and Jack Hawkins, the legendary production Ben-Hur was nominated for 12 Academy Awards in 1960 and won 11 Oscar statues. The movie Ben-Hur tells the story of a Jewish prince who was betrayed by his Roman friend. You can watch the detailed story of Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) in this great 192-minute movie. Ben-Hur, one of the two most Oscar-winning movies in history, ranks first in our greatest epic movies list.
2
Spartacus (1960)
Spartacus
Release Date : 1960
Stars : Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons
Spartacus is a masterpiece directed by legendary director Stanley Kubrick. Spartacus, starring Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Peter Ustinov, and Tony Curtis, was released in 1960, making a greater impact than the four Oscars it won. The slave Spartacus (Kirk Douglas) leads the uprising against the Roman Republic and fights for freedom until his last breath.
3
Troy (2004)
Troy
Release Date : 2004
Stars : Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom
Troy, directed by Wolfgang Petersen, is a masterpiece adapted from Homer's epic. While the united Greek forces prepare for the invasion of Troy under the leadership of Agamemnon (Brian Cox), love between Paris (Orlando Bloom) and Helen (Diane Kruger) and their departure to Troy give Agamemnon the reason he wants. The Trojan war is a legendary battle between Achilles (Brad Pitt) and Hector of Troy (Eric Bana), who are considered to be among the greatest warriors in history. Troy movie has taken its place in the list of the greatest epic movies of all time as a movie that has succeeded in reflecting the Trojan war from both sides' perspectives.
4
The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King (2003)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Release Date : 2003
Stars : Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is the last chapter of the legendary trilogy directed by Peter Jackson. After the first two episodes of The Lord of the Rings, based on J.R.R. Tolkien's novel, all eyes turned to the final chapter and then headed for the Academy Awards ceremony. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won Oscars in all 11 categories. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King tells the epic story of Gandalf and Aragorn's struggle against Sauron's armies, and Frodo and Sam's extraordinary efforts to reach Mount Doom and destroy the ring. This wonderful production is in fourth place on our list of greatest epic movies.
5
Gladiator (2000)
Gladiator
Release Date : 2000
Stars : Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen
Directed by Ridley Scott and released in 2000, Gladiator made its mark on the Academy Awards with five Oscars. Gladiator has been remembering with the memorable performances of Russell Crowe (Roman General Maximus), who won an Oscar with his role, and Joaquin Phoenix (Emperor Commodus), who has been the subject of controversy over the years for not having won an Oscar with the role he performed. This legendary production tells the story of the Roman General Maximus' struggle to survive to take his revenge on Emperor Commodus, who ordered the killing of his family and ordered his execution. With battle scenes, gladiatorial fights, and catchy dialogues, Gladiator takes its place on the list of the greatest epic movies of all time.
6
Braveheart (1995)
Braveheart
Release Date : 1995
Stars : Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan
Braveheart, directed and starred by Mel Gibson, is one of the masterpieces that left a mark on film history. Braveheart tells the story of William Wallace, who is one of the leaders of the revolt against King Edward I of England. With legendary performances of Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, and Patrick McGoohan, Braveheart takes away audiences to the end of the 13th century, for about three hours. Braveheart, an Oscar nominee in 10 categories, won 5 Oscars. More than Oscar nominations, Braveheart was on the agenda with the question " Why wasn't Mel Gibson nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role?". Braveheart is also part of the list of the must-watch movies.
7
King Arthur Legend of the Sword (2017)
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Release Date : 2017
Stars : Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Jude Law
Guy Ritchie decided to project the legend of King Arthur to the big white screen in a completely different way, and in 2017 he directed "King Arthur Legend of the Sword." Starring Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Jude Law, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou, Eric Bana, and Aidan Gillen, the movie reflects the legendary aspect of King Arthur from Guy Ritchie's unique perspective. Arthur's (Charlie Hunnam) removal of the sword stuck in the rock makes him the biggest threat to Vortigern (Jude Law). And of course, those who stand by the legitimate heir to the throne are ready to give their lives to protect Arthur. Everyone knows the necessity of Arthur's existence in order to live the day when justice will rule the throne, and equality will be achieved around the round table.
8
The 13th Warrior (1999)
The 13th Warrior
Release Date : 1999
Stars : Antonio Banderas, Diane Venora, Dennis Storhoi
A man who falls in love with the wrong woman is sent to the northern lands by his sultan as ambassador. During his journey, he sees the land he never knew and meets people. When he arrives at a Viking village in the north, he witnesses the diversity of life and culture of the people he meets there. The seer in this Viking village says they need a 13th warrior to get rid of the suppression of the supernatural forces from the north. The Arab man who comes to the village helps the villagers to defend their village and to win the war against the supernatural enemy.
9
Solomon Kane (2009)
Solomon Kane
Release Date : 2009
Stars : James Purefoy, Max von Sydow, Rachel Hurd-Wood
Solomon Kane is a ruthless mercenary. Solomon, who runs from victory to victory and fulfills every order given to him, learns that after a victory, the demon is seized and cursed by his spirit. Solomon Kane, who has escaped from violence, now avoids war. One day, Kane runs to the aid of a family he meets, and when the daughter of the family is kidnapped and the rest killed by the brutal demon's men, he is forced to return to his old life and cruelty. The goal is to save the girl now and destroy that demon forever.
10
Robin Hood Prince of Thieves (1991)
Robin Hood Prince of Thieves
Release Date : 1991
Stars : Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Robin of Locksley was taken prisoner by the Turks in the war. Robin and Muslim friend Azeem escape from the Turks and return to England. Robin's father is a royal lord and is killed by the evil lord of the region, Nottingham Sheriff, and his property is usurped. When Robin returns, he sees that nothing remains from his house and his friends. In order to avenge his father from the Nottingham Sheriff and save the public from his captivity, he escapes into the Sherwood forest where he meets Little John and his team. As their leader, he battles Nottingham and fights for justice.
11
Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
Kingdom of Heaven
Release Date : 2005
Stars : Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Liam Neeson
Centuries of religious wars between the Christians and Muslims and the Crusades are always the center of Jerusalem. It is very important for every commander to occupy and hold the city of Jerusalem, where it is sacred according to every religion. Thousands of young people gathered from Europe are included in the Crusades and die to either occupy or protect the city of Jerusalem. Our story tells that the young man, who is the son of a blacksmith, left his home and came to Jerusalem. Is it possible to prevent the occupation of the city by the Ayyubid army, while the young man who uses his features that he has not noticed so far to defend the city against Muslim armies alternates between love and victory?
12
300 (2006)
300
Release Date : 2006
Stars : Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham
13
The Eagle (2011)
The Eagle
Release Date : 2011
Stars : Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland
14
300 Rise of an Empire (2014)
300: Rise of an Empire
Release Date : 2014
Stars : Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey
15
Seven Samurai (1954)
Seven Samurai
Release Date : 1954
Stars : ToshirĂ´ Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima
16
King Arthur (2004)
King Arthur
Release Date : 2004
Stars : Clive Owen, Stephen Dillane, Keira Knightley