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Poll: Epic Movies With Most Extras

Before computer-generated imagery could create massive crowds, Hollywood relied on extras, real people who laboriously had to be controlled, clothed, fed and paid. A "cast of thousands" that assemble the huge armies in great land battles.

Note: some movies that were filmed after computer-generated imagery became available, eventually still make use of massive human crowds.

Which is your favorite biblical or historical epic movie?

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    Metropolis (1927)

    37,000 extras
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

    The Trilogy: 20,602 extras
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    Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

    1,000 extras + 750 horses + 159 camels
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    Gone with the Wind (1939)

    2,400 extras
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    Gandhi (1982)

    300,000 extras
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    Ben-Hur (1959)

    15,000 extras
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    War and Peace (1965)

    12,000 extras
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    Cleopatra (1963)

    6,000 extras
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    Quo Vadis (1951)

    30,000 extras
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    The Ten Commandments (1956)

    14,000 extras & 15,000 animals
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    Spartacus (1960)

    50,000 extras
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    Waterloo (1970)

    15,000 extras
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    The Last Emperor (1987)

    19,000 extras
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    Around the World in 80 Days (1956)

    60,000 extras & 8,552 animals
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    Troy (2004)

    4,000 extras
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    Gettysburg (1993)

    5,000 extras
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    Titanic (1997)

    18,000 extras
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    Intolerance (1916)

    3,000 extras
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    Cimarron (1931)

    5,000 extras
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    Burning Hearts (1945)

    15,000 to 20,000 actual German troops in the battle scenes
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    Empire of the Sun (1987)

    5,000 local extras
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    The Longest Day (1962)

    2,000 serving soldiers as extras
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    Kagemusha (1980)

    5,000 extras for the final battle sequence
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    Ran (1985)

    1,400 extras
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    Gunga Din (1939)

    Over 600 extras were employed in the Mt. Whitney scenes

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