17 Must-Watch Epic Movies Most People Haven’t Seen

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Watching movies is the best way to refresh and rewind. Although you may have watched several popular movies, have you ever thought of watching the lesser-known epics? If not, then this is your sign to shuffle through those movies that will entertain you, leaving behind a long-lasting impression. Here are 15 such movies you need to see once in your lifetime.

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The Triplets of Belleville (2003)

If you love a touch of whimsy and movies about family bonding, watch ‘The Triplets of Belleville’. The animated movie, directed by Sylvain Chomet, follows the story of an aged woman trying to rescue her kidnapped grandson. She has the support of a trip of aging jazz singers and a dog, Bruno, with which she tries to track down Champion, her grandson. The movie celebrates the power of perseverance in a realistic world.

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Memories of Murder (2003)

If you have a passion for strong performance and careful direction, watch this crime drama by Bong Joon-ho. This epic movie revolves around South Korea, where two detectives are building strings of awful killings during 1980. This underappreciated gem will captivate you with the passion and social sketch in the movie.

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The Fountain (2006)

Directed by Darren Aronofsky, the movie explores life beyond love and death, and touches on the theme of immortality. The storyline follows a narrative connecting three time periods in history: a space traveler, the current period, and 16th century Spain. The narratives intertwine to reveal a connection between the characters residing in these separate timelines.

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Oldboy (2003)

Oldboy is an epic movie, and if you have not seen it yet, wait no longer. This South Korean drama is extremely intense, offering a thought-provoking experience. The director, Park Chan-wook, has done an excellent job of creating suspense, emotions, and unexpected turns. It is a perfect watch for Saturday night, with a bowl of popcorn and coke.

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A Prophet (2009)

You are missing something great in life if you have not watched ‘A Prophet’ yet. This French movie has a unique storyline, a reality you need to know. The lead actor, Tahar Rahim, has excelled with his acting, and the direction of Jacques Audiard offers an amazing cinematic experience. Besides that, the compelling cast adds more drama and interest to the film.

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City of God (2002)

It is the perfect Friday night film if you are looking for something spectacular. This gripping criminal drama is sure to leave you wanting more. Watching it halfway will make you feel you are right there in the plot. This movie by Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund shows how organized crime has grown in the slums of Rio de Janeiro.

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Incendies (2010)

Do you like movies with emotional depth? Then, waste no time and watch Incendies by Denis Villeneuve. The movie features Lubna Azabal and explores family, war, and identity. Its plot revolves around twins who set out to learn about their mother’s turbulent Middle Eastern past. Besides its incredible storyline, the breathtaking photography is what makes it epic.

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Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

Are you into fantasy films? Well, then, Pan’s Labyrinth is for you. This Spanish movie by Guillermo del Toro is nothing but a cinematic masterpiece. The movie combines historical drama and dark fantasy and has a very engaging picturization. The thought-provoking topics and dynamic storytelling can make watchers stick to their couches.

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The Lives of Others (2006)

Some movies can shake you to the core, and ‘The Lives of Others’ is one such epic. Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, this thought-provoking film is set in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. The movie is compelling and emotional, which makes it impactful. If you have not seen it yet, do not waste time and join the tense and dramatic environment.

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A Separation (2011)

This Iranian drama features Leila Hatami and is directed by Asghar Farhadi. This epic, must-watch movie is known for its elaborate storyline and subtle acting. The film focuses on a couple attempting to resolve a complex legal and moral dilemma. Known for its examination of familial and cultural influences, the movie is engrossing, something you might not have seen before.

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The Hunt (2012)

Looking for a highly IMDb-rated movie that you have not seen yet? Watch The Hunt. This is not a long movie but a short Danish drama directed by Thomas Vinterberg. The plot starts with Mads Mikkelsen, who has done exceptional acting throughout. The storyline focuses on societal judgment and the frailty of innocence.

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The Fall (2006)

The Fall from 2006 is an incredible masterpiece directed by Tarsem Singh. This fantasy movie features Lee Pace, and the story revolves around a young man in a Los Angeles hospital. If you are someone who loves cinematic classics, do give this epic a watch. The movie will impress you with its excellent plot and gorgeous photography.

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A Bittersweet Life (2005)

What an incredible epic ‘A Bittersweet Life’ is! Revolving around a loyal enforcer, this South Korean movie features Lee Byung-hun as the lead. While it excels acting-wise, the director, Kim Jee-Woon, adds another magic touch to the film. Movie lovers are going to appreciate its intricate photography, potent action sequences, and compelling characters.

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The Man from Nowhere (2010)

Take your tub of popcorn because ‘The Man from Nowhere will not let you take a pause. The movie features Won Bin, who plays the role of a peculiar man now in some danger. The director, Lee Jeong-beam, gave this excellent South Korean thriller, but it still deserves more appreciation.

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The Great Beauty (2013)

Watch this epic cinematic gem, the Great Beauty, this weekend. This Italian thriller by Paolo Sorrentino features Toni Servillo. The movie combines eye-catching designs and an emotional impact on everyone who watches. It focuses on an aging writer and his life. You can also enjoy the excesses of Roman society. The movie plot is quite engaging.

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A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

A Matter of Life and Death is a British fantasy film and an epic must-watch for movie lovers. This masterpiece is directed by Emeric Pressburger and Michael Powell. The movie covers life, death, and love around World War II. Although it is a theater watch, if you have missed it, watch it in your living room soon.

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The Raid: Redemption (2011)

Not to be overlooked is this iconic 2011 Indonesian action thriller. The Raid is a movie directed by Gareth Evans. Movie lovers who are looking for an option that can make their heart race should add it to their list. The film has excellent action sequences and heart-pounding intensity. Action is shot in a martial arts style.


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