film The Best Movies That Are Super Long  

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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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845 145
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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510 350
The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 3 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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505 365
Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 4 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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426 51
The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
slaft added The Green Mile Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

Running Time: 3 hr. 9 min.

Rotton Tomatoes Score: 80%

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361 249
The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 6 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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501 333
Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 7 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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433 255
Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 8 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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670 398
The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 9 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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355 292
The Departed is listed (or ranked) 10 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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432 230
Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 11 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 Good, the Bad and the Ugly Vidal Parker-Caldera

Running Time: 3 hr. 6 min.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

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566 392
Titanic is listed (or ranked) 13 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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573 347
The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 14 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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277 229
Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 15 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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576 333
The Lord of the Rings: The Ret... is listed (or ranked) 16 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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355 225
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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349 268
Inception is listed (or ranked) 18 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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473 279
The Lord of the Rings: The Fel... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
bojanthebest added 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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531 324
The Lord of the Rings: The Two... is listed (or ranked) 20 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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339 206
Scarface is listed (or ranked) 21 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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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
Mia W (SweetLilMzMia) added Django Unchained Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson

Running Time: 2 hr. 45 min.  

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
fabien-jedisofreddit-oriantal added The Avengers Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

Running Time: 2 hr 23 min.  

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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sofie-johnson added Dances with Wolves Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

Running Time: 3 hr. 1 min.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%
 

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The Ten Commandments is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
slaft added The Ten Commandments Charlton Heston, Vincent Price, Yul Brynner

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Ben Hur is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
slaft added Ben Hur Charlton Heston

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The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
slaft added The Sound of Music Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

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Pirates of the Caribbean: The ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
slaft added Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana

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JFK is listed (or ranked) 31 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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There Will Be Blood is listed (or ranked) 32 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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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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Tom Islava added Amadeus Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole

Running Time: 2hrs. 41min. 

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

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Boogie Nights is listed (or ranked) 35 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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162 185
The Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 36 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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57 42
The Bridge on the River Kwai is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
slaft added The Bridge on the River Kwai Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins

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Once Upon a Time in America is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Once Upon a Time in America Jennifer Connelly, Robert De Niro, James Woods

Running Time: 2 hr. 24 min.  

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
kgimport added Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
slaft added Lawrence of Arabia Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness

Running Time: 3 hr. 36 min.  

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

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Tom Islava added Mary Poppins Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester

Running Time: 2 hr. 19 min. 

Rotten Tomatoes Score:100%

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25 4
The Wolf of Wall Street is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
Tom Islava added The Wolf of Wall Street Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie

Running Time: 2 hr. 59 min.  

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

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Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
slaft added Watchmen Malin Åkerman, Carla Gugino, Billy Crudup

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Legends of the Fall is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
slaft added Legends of the Fall Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Julia Ormond

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tim-kautzman added Pearl Harbor Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck

Running Time: 3 hr. 4 min.  

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

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Doctor Zhivago is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
slaft added Doctor Zhivago Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Alec Guinness

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

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kgimport added Rambo Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz, Graham McTavish

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RobLein added West Side Story Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin