7 Greatest Epic Movies of All Time

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Ben-Hur (1959)

William Wyler orchestrated this massive studio effort to remake a 1925 silent film about revenge in 1st century Jerusalem for modern audiences, to tremendous response, including a record-creating 11 Oscars, the most wins by a single film. Ben-Hur still holds that distinction, albeit sharing space with two films now.

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

David Lean directed this epic on the life of explorer T.E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole) and his exploits in Arabia during the First World War.

The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)

Anthony Mann helmed this epic multi-starrer on what brought about the downfall of the Roman Empire in 180 AD.

War and Peace (1966)

Sergey Bondarchuk directed this mammoth adaptation of Lev Tolstoy's legendary novel. Funded by the Government of the USSR and enabled by the many thousands of state employees, this was the first Russian sound feature based on the book.

Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)

Werner Herzog directed this German epic about a Spanish expedition in the Amazon tasked with locating the lost city of El Dorado.

Titanic (1997)

James Cameron imagined an upstairs-downstairs romance as having occurred aboard RMS Titanic on its fateful maiden voyage, mixing the love story with grand-scale disaster filmmaking to produce a spectacle.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

Peter Jackson closed the book on J.R.R. Tolkien's epic saga with this adventurous adaptation that not just enthralled audiences but also swept the Oscars.

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