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The Best Movies That Are Super Long

Updated January 7, 2021 37.3k votes 4.3k voters 83.4k views69 items

List RulesVote 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.
  • Forrest Gump1

    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field


    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Running Time: 2 hr. 22 min.

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

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  • Saving Private Ryan2

    Saving Private Ryan

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Running Time: 2 hr. 41 min. 

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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  • The Green Mile3

    The Green Mile

    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise


    Directed byFrank Darabont

    Running Time: 3 hr. 9 min.

    Rotton Tomatoes Score: 80%

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  • Gone with the Wind4

    Gone with the Wind

    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh


    Directed bySam Wood, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

    Running Time: 3 hr. 42 min.  

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

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  • The Godfather Part II5

    The Godfather Part II

    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro


    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Running Time: 3 hr. 20 min. 

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

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  • Pulp Fiction6

    Pulp Fiction

    John Travolta, Bruce Willis


    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    Running Time: 2 hr. 34 min. 

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

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  • Goodfellas7


    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson


    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Running Time: 2 hr. 26 min. 

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

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  • Scarface8


    Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer


    Directed byBrian De Palma

    Running Time: 2 hr. 50 min.  

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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  • The Departed9

    The Departed

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson


    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Running Time: 2 hr. 32 min. 

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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  • Braveheart10


    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau


    Directed byMel Gibson

    Running Time: 3 hr. 2 min.

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

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  • The Bridge on the River Kwai11

    The Bridge on the River Kwai

    Alec Guinness, William Holden


    Directed byDavid Lean

    Running Time: 2 hr. 41 min.

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl12


    Directed byGore Verbinski

    Running Time: 2 hr. 23 min.

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

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  • Casino13


    Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro


    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Running Time: 3 hr. 2 min.  

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

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  • Lawrence of Arabia14

    Lawrence of Arabia

    Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole


    Directed byDavid Lean

    Running Time: 3 hr. 36 min.  

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

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  • The Godfather15

    The Godfather

    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando


    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Running Time: 2 hr. 55 min. 

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

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  • The Avengers16

    The Avengers

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans


    Directed byJoss Whedon

    Running Time: 2 hr. 23 min.  

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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  • Avengers: Infinity War17

    Avengers: Infinity War

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth


    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

    Running Time: 2 hr. 36 min.

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

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  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly18

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach


    Directed bySergio Leone

    Running Time: 3 hr. 6 min.

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

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  • Apocalypse Now19

    Apocalypse Now

    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford


    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Running Time: 2 hr. 33 min. 

     Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring20


    Directed byPeter Jackson

    Running Time: 3 hr. 48 min.  

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

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    Django Unchained

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington


    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    Running Time: 2 hr. 45 min.  

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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  • Schindler's List22

    Schindler's List

    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Running Time: 3 hr. 16 min. 

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

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  • The Sound of Music23

    The Sound of Music

    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer


    Directed byRobert Wise

    Running Time: 2 hr. 54min.

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

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  • Ben Hur24

    Ben Hur

    William Wyler, Charlton Heston


    Directed byWilliam R. Kowalchuk Jr.

    Running Time: 3 hr. 42 min.

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

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  • Heat25


    Natalie Portman, Al Pacino


    Directed byMichael Mann

    Running Time: 2 hr. 51 min.  

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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