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The Best Movies That Are Super Long 

Ann Casano
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Updated January 22, 2020 37.3k votes 3.1k voters 76.6k views 68 items

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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The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

Released: 1972

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

Running Time: 2 hr. 55 min. 

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

Released: 1998

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Running Time: 2 hr. 41 min. 

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Robin Wright

Released: 1994

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Running Time: 2 hr. 22 min.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%
 

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The Lord of the Rings: T... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

Released: 2003

Directed by: Peter Jackson

Running Time: 3 hr. 21 min.  

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

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The Lord of the Rings: T... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
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Released: 2001

Directed by: Peter Jackson

Running Time: 3 hr. 48 min.  

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

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The Good, the Bad and th... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef

Released: 1966

Directed by: Sergio Leone

Running Time: 3 hr. 6 min.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

Released: 1974

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

Running Time: 3 hr. 20 min. 

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

Released: 1997

Directed by: James Cameron

Running Time: 3 hr. 14 min. 

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

Released: 1939

Directed by: Sam Wood, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

Running Time: 3 hr. 42 min.  

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%
 

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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

Released: 1993

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Running Time: 3 hr. 16 min. 

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

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The Lord of the Rings: T... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

Released: 2002

Directed by: Peter Jackson

Running Time: 3 hr.  

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

 

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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

Released: 1995

Directed by: Mel Gibson

Running Time: 3 hr. 2 min.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

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Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

Released: 1994

Directed by: Frank Darabont

Running Time: 2 hr. 22 min. 

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
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Released: 1999

Directed by: Frank Darabont

Running Time: 3 hr. 9 min.

Rotton Tomatoes Score: 80%

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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

Released: 1990

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Running Time: 2 hr. 26 min. 

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

Released: 1994

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Running Time: 2 hr. 34 min. 

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger

Released: 2008

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Running Time: 2 hr. 32 min. 

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%
 

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Directed by: Joss Whedon

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Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

Released: 1979

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

Running Time: 2 hr. 33 min. 

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Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

Released: 2009

Directed by: James Cameron

Running Time: 2 hr. 42 min.  

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The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
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Released: 1965

Directed by: Robert Wise

Running Time: 2 hr. 54min.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

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Released: 2003

Directed by: William R. Kowalchuk Jr.

Running Time: 3 hr. 42 min.

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23
The Ten Commandments is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
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Released: 1956

Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille

Running Time: 3 hr. 39 min.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

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Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
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Released: 1962

Directed by: David Lean

Running Time: 3 hr. 36 min.  

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The Departed is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

Released: 2006

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Running Time: 2 hr. 32 min. 

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