A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin. To the OP: I question your choice in judgement of labelling The Inheritance Cycle as awesome fantasy. Film or no film, it still feels like a rip off of Star Wars/Lord of the Rings and the plot has been done thousands and thousands of times before. And if you think that's complicated, read ASoIaF.
The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. Another strong epic fantasy trilogy. Sanderson can plot really well and create likeable lead characters. And you also have the benefit with unlike Martin, that the trilogy has already been completed.
Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. If you haven't read this then you're not a fantasy fan. Enough said. Same goes for ASoIaF.
The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. The Adventures of everybody's favourite Wizard Private Investigator, Harry Dresden. Fun, action packed and awesome even if I'm not caught up on the series.
Sharpe by Bernard Cornwell if you like historical fiction, then you can't really go wrong here. Cornwell is the King of Historical Fiction in the same way that Butcher is the king of Urban Fantasy.
The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks. Awesome, gripping fantasy trilogy that's already been completed. If you like Assassins in your fantasy then you should enjoy this.
The Culture by Iain M. Banks - Having noticed that my list so far is largely historical fiction/fantasy, you can't do any wrong with Banks, who is again, the best at Space Opera.
Gone by Michael Grant - Thought I'd throw in some YA in there given the OP's choices. Michael Grant's series has recently come to a conclusion and it's pretty epic all the way through.
His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman. The Northern Lights (We shall not mention that movie, The Golden Compass, nor the fact that they changed the book title with its release in the UK), currently has the title for my favourite YA book and was one of the few novels that got me into reading. Awesome, great characters and some awesome plot right the way through the trilogy. And the best part is, if you have seen the movie and not read the first book yet, then you'll be in for a treat as the Film seemed to end completely before the final showdown.
This is not a definitive list, and I'll probably update it as it goes along, and neither are they in any order, although A Song of Ice and Fire is most certainly top. I won't mention any Black Library novels in this thread, because I've done it so many times that I've lost count in the main Black Library Forum and this is technically for Non-GW books anyway.
Last edited by Bane_of_Kings; 05-15-13 at 05:31 PM.