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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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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 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
2
The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 2 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
3
Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 3 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
4
Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 4 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
5
The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 5 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
6
Titanic is listed (or ranked) 6 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
7
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong

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
8
Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 8 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
9
Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 9 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
10
Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 10 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
11
The Lord of the Rings: The Ret... is listed (or ranked) 11 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
12
Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 12 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
13
The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 13 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
14
Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 14 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
15
The Lord of the Rings: The Fel... is listed (or ranked) 15 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
16
The Lord of the Rings: The Two... is listed (or ranked) 16 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
17
The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 17 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
18
The Departed is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

Running Time: 2 hr. 32 min. 

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

The Departed is a 2006 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, and a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs. Irish Mob boss Francis "Frank" Costello (Jack ...more
19
The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger

Running Time: 2 hr. 32 min. 

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%
 

The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character, Batman. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), Police Lieutenant James Gordon (Gary Oldman) and ...more
20
The Ten Commandments is listed (or ranked) 20 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
21
Inception is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

Running Time: 2 hr. 28 min.  

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Inception is a 2010 science fiction thriller film written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars a large ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph ...more
22
The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 22 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
23
The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 23 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
24
Ben Hur is listed (or ranked) 24 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
25
Scarface is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Running Time: 2 hr. 50 min.  

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Scarface is a 1983 American crime drama film directed by Brian De Palma and written by Oliver Stone. A remake of the 1932 film of the same name, Scarface tells the story of Cuban refugee Tony ...more