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The Best Movies That Are Super Long  

Ann Casano
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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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Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

Running Time: 3 hr. 42 min.  

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%
 

Gone with the Wind is a 1939 American epic historical romance film adapted from Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer-winning 1936 novel. It was produced by David O. Selznick of Selznick International ...more
2
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

Running Time: 2 hr. 22 min.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%
 

Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic-comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Tom Hanks, Robin ...more
3
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef

Running Time: 3 hr. 6 min.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a 1966 Italian epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone, starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach. The screenplay was written by Age ...more
4
The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

Running Time: 2 hr. 55 min. 

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel by Mario Puzo. The aging patriarch (Marlon Brando) of an organized crime dynasty transfers ...more
5
Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

Running Time: 2 hr. 41 min. 

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic drama war film set during the Invasion of Normandy in World War II. Directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Robert Rodat, the film is notable for ...more
6
The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

Running Time: 3 hr. 20 min. 

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

The Godfather Part II is a 1974 American epic crime film produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a screenplay co-written with Mario Puzo, starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. ...more
7
Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

Running Time: 3 hr. 16 min. 

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%
 

Schindler's List is a 1993 American epic historical period drama, directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg and scripted by Steven Zaillian. It is based on the novel Schindler's Ark by Thomas ...more
8
Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
slaft added Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness

Running Time: 3 hr. 36 min.  

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

Lawrence of Arabia is a 1962 British epic adventure drama film based on the life of T. E. Lawrence. It was directed by David Lean and produced by Sam Spiegel. The film stars Peter O'Toole in the ...more
9
The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
slaft added Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

Running Time: 2 hr. 54min.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The film is an adaptation of the 1959 Broadway ...more
10
Ben Hur is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
slaft added Charlton Heston

Running Time: 3 hr. 42 min.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Ben Hur is a 2003 animated film based on the novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, by Lew Wallace. It is the fourth film adaptation of the novel. Charlton Heston's production company, Agamemnon ...more
11
Titanic is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

Running Time: 3 hr. 14 min. 

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed by James Cameron. A seventeen-year-old aristocrat (Kate Winslet) falls in love with a kind but poor artist (Leonardo DiCaprio) ...more
12
The Bridge on the River Kwai is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
slaft added Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins

Running Time: 2 hr. 41 min.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

The Bridge on the River Kwai is a 1957 WWII epic film directed by David Lean, based on the novel Le Pont de la Rivière Kwai by Pierre Boulle. The film is a work of fiction but borrows the ...more
13
The Ten Commandments is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
slaft added Charlton Heston, Vincent Price, Yul Brynner

Running Time: 3 hr. 39 min.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

The Ten Commandments is a 1956 American religious epic film produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille, shot in VistaVision, and released by Paramount Pictures. It dramatizes the biblical story ...more
14
Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

Running Time: 2 hr. 33 min. 

 Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic adventure war film set during the Vietnam War. Produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, and Robert Duvall. ...more
15
The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
slaft added Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

Running Time: 3 hr. 9 min.

Rotton Tomatoes Score: 80%

The Green Mile is a 1999 American fantasy drama film directed by Frank Darabont and adapted from the 1996 Stephen King novel of the same name. The film is told in a flashback format and stars ...more
16
The Great Escape is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner

Running Time: 2 hr. 53 min.  

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

The Great Escape is a 1963 American WWII epic film based on an escape by British and Commonwealth POW from a German POW camp during WWII, starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, and Richard ...more
17
Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

Running Time: 2 hr. 26 min. 

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Goodfellas is a 1990 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is a film adaptation of the 1986 non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scorsese. ...more
18
The Lord of the Rings: The Ret... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

Running Time: 3 hr. 21 min.  

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a 2003 epic fantasy drama film directed by Peter Jackson based on the second and third volumes of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is ...more
19
Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

Running Time: 3 hr. 2 min.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Braveheart is a 1995 epic historical medieval war drama film directed by and starring Mel Gibson. Gibson portrays William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish warrior who led the Scots in the First ...more
20
The Lord of the Rings: The Fel... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
bojanthebest added Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

Running Time: 3 hr. 48 min.  

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson based on the first volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is the first ...more
21
Doctor Zhivago is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
slaft added Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Alec Guinness

Running Time: 3 hr. 13 min.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Doctor Zhivago is a British-American 1965 epic drama–romance film directed by David Lean, starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie. It is set in Russia between the years prior to WWI, and is ...more
22
The Lord of the Rings: The Two... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

Running Time: 3 hr.  

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a 2002 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson and based on the second volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's novel The Lord of the Rings. It is the second ...more
23
Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

Running Time: 2 hr. 34 min. 

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American crime film directed by Quentin Tarantino. The lives of two mob hitmen (Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta), a boxer (Bruce Willis), a gangster's wife (Uma ...more
24
The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

Running Time: 2 hr. 22 min. 

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont and starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. Adapted from the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and ...more
25
The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
fabien-jedisofreddit-oriantal added Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo

Running Time: 2 hr. 23 min.  

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Marvel's The Avengers is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a ...more