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List Rules Vote up the best movies that run 2 hr 20 min (140 minutes) or longer

Hollywood movies typically run about 1.5 to 2 hours. The patented three act structure unfolds onscreen and the credits roll before backs begin to ache and minds begin to wonder. But sometimes two hours is not enough and this list has them all. These are the best movies that are super long.

All the films on this list run at least 2 hours and 20 minutes. Most of them are even longer than that and some of them are twice as long as the average movie. Why would a filmmaker keep someone glued to the screen for over three hours with a really long movie? Not every great movie is packaged with a simple beginning, middle, and an end. Epic stories need to percolate and their characters need more room to develop.

Imagine The Godfather without the legendary opening wedding scene. That sequence alone lasts over thirty minutes, and it has very little to do with moving the story forward. Instead, it’s basically thirty minutes of director Francis Ford Coppola introducing the audience to the Corleone family.

Several films on this list run over three hours. Think that’s too long? Check out their Rotten Tomatoes scores - every single one of them received an outstanding rating. When a person sees Schindler’s List or Lawrence of Arabia for the first time, they do not walk away from the experience worried that they’ve spent too long looking at a movie screen. Sure, some movies with long running times could afford a clip or two in the editing room. But you won’t find any of those movies on this list.

These good films warrant and demand your full attention, no matter how long they are. Be sure to upvote for your favorite long movies to watch, those with an epic runtime.

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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell Sally Field - Running Time: 2 hr. 22 min. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72% 

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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon Vin Diesel - Running Time: 2 hr. 41 min. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
The Green Mile Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise Sam Rockwell

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The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
The Godfather Al Pacino, Marlon Brando Robert Duvall - Running Time: 2 hr. 55 min. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Goodfellas Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson Joe Pesci - Running Time: 2 hr. 26 min. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

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The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
The Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth Tim Robbins - Running Time: 2 hr. 22 min. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Schindler's List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes Ben Kingsley - Running Time: 3 hr. 16 min. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96% 

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Pulp Fiction John Travolta, Bruce Willis Uma Thurman - Running Time: 2 hr. 34 min. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau Brendan Gleeson - Running TIme: 3 hr. 2 min. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
The Dark Knight Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman Gary Oldman - Running Time: 2 hr. 32 min. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94% 

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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
The Godfather Part II Al Pacino, Robert De Niro Robert Duvall - Running Time: 3 hr. 20 min. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet Kathy Bates - Running Time: 3 hr. 14 min. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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The Lord of the Rings: The Ret... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen Liv Tyler - Running Time: 3 hr. 21 min. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fel... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen Liv Tyler - Running Time: 3 hr. 48 min. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen Liv Tyler - Running Time: 3 hr. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Vidal Parker-Caldera - Running Time: 3 hr. 6 min. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

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Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Gone with the Wind Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh Olivia de Havilland - Running Time: 3 hr. 42 min. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94% 

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The Departed is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
The Departed Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson Alec Baldwin - Running Time: 2 hr. 32 min. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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Scarface is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Scarface Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio - Running Time: 2 hr. 50 min. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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Inception is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Inception Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy Marion Cotillard - Running Time: 2 hr. 28 min. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
The Avengers Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow Robert Downey Jr. - Running Time: 2 Hours 23 Minutes  Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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Avatar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Avatar Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver Michelle Rodriguez - Running Time: 2 hr. 42 min. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83% 

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Casino is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Casino Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro James Woods - Running Time: 3 hr. 2 min. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80% 

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Django Unchained is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Django Unchained Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington Samuel L. Jackson - Running Time: 2 hr. 45 min. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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Dances with Wolves Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell Charles Rocket - Dances with Wolves (1990)Running Time: 3 hr. 1 min.Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82% 

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Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Apocalypse Now Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford Robert Duvall - Running Time: 2 hr. 33 min. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

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Pirates of the Caribbean: The ... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley Zoe Saldana

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The Ten Commandments is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
The Ten Commandments Charlton Heston, Vincent Price Yul Brynner

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JFK is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
JFK Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman Kevin Bacon - Running Time: 3 hr. 9 min. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

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Ben Hur is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Ben Hur Charlton Heston

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The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
The Sound of Music Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer Eleanor Parker

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The Patriot Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger Logan Lerman - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Heat is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Heat Natalie Portman, Al Pacino Robert De Niro - Running Time: 2 hr. 51 min. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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Boogie Nights is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Boogie Nights Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg Heather Graham - Running Time: 2 hr. 35 min. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong Linda Hamilton

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There Will Be Blood is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
There Will Be Blood Daniel Day-Lewis, Ciarán Hinds Paul Dano - Running Time: 2 hr. 38 min. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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Amadeus Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon Christine Ebersole - Running Time: 2hrs. 41min., Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

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Pearl Harbor Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner Ben Affleck - Running Time: 3 hr. 4 min. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

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The Bridge on the River Kwai is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
The Bridge on the River Kwai Alec Guinness, William Holden Jack Hawkins

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Legends of the Fall is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Legends of the Fall Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins Julia Ormond

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Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Watchmen Malin Åkerman, Carla Gugino Billy Crudup

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The Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
The Deer Hunter Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro Christopher Walken - Running Time: 3 hr. 3 min. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93% 

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2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter Ed Bishop

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Rambo Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz Graham McTavish

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Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Lawrence of Arabia Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole Alec Guinness - Running Time: 3 hr. 36 min. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

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The Great Escape is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
The Great Escape Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough James Garner - Running Time: 2 hr. 53 min. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

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West Side Story Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno John Astin

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Mary Poppins Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke Elsa Lanchester - Running Time: 2hrs. 19min., Rotten Tomatoes Score:100%

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The Wolf of Wall Street is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
The Wolf of Wall Street Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey Margot Robbie - Running Time:2 hours, 59 minutes, Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

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Doctor Zhivago is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Doctor Zhivago Omar Sharif, Julie Christie Alec Guinness