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The Best Movies That Are Super Long

Updated June 23, 2020 37.8k votes 4.1k voters 81.3k 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.
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    Forrest Gump
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    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Running Time: 2 hr. 22 min.

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%
     

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    Saving Private Ryan
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    Saving Private Ryan

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon

    Released1998

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Running Time: 2 hr. 41 min. 

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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    The Green Mile
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    The Green Mile

    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise

    Released1999

    Directed byFrank Darabont

    Running Time: 3 hr. 9 min.

    Rotton Tomatoes Score: 80%

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    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
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    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach

    Released1966

    Directed bySergio Leone

    Running Time: 3 hr. 6 min.

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

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    Pulp Fiction
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    Pulp Fiction

    John Travolta, Bruce Willis

    Released1994

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    Running Time: 2 hr. 34 min. 

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

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    The Godfather Part II
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    The Godfather Part II

    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro

    Released1974

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Running Time: 3 hr. 20 min. 

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

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    Goodfellas
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    Goodfellas

    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1990

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Running Time: 2 hr. 26 min. 

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

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    The Great Escape
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    The Great Escape

    Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough

    Released1963

    Directed byJohn Sturges

    Running Time: 2 hr. 53 min.  

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
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    Released2003

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    Running Time: 3 hr. 21 min.  

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

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    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

    Released2003

    Directed byGore Verbinski

    Running Time: 2 hr. 23 min.

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
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    Released2001

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    Running Time: 3 hr. 48 min.  

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

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    Scarface
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    Scarface

    Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer

    Released1983

    Directed byBrian De Palma

    Running Time: 2 hr. 50 min.  

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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    Casino
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    Casino

    Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro

    Released1995

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Running Time: 3 hr. 2 min.  

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%
     

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    The Avengers
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    The Avengers

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans

    Released2012

    Directed byJoss Whedon

    Running Time: 2 hr. 23 min.  

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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    The Sound of Music
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    The Sound of Music

    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer

    Released1965

    Directed byRobert Wise

    Running Time: 2 hr. 54min.

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

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    The Departed
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    The Departed

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson

    Released2006

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Running Time: 2 hr. 32 min. 

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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    Schindler's List
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    Schindler's List

    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Running Time: 3 hr. 16 min. 

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

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    Ben Hur
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    Ben Hur

    Charlton Heston

    Released2003

    Directed byWilliam R. Kowalchuk Jr.

    Running Time: 3 hr. 42 min.

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

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    The Ten Commandments
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    The Ten Commandments

    Charlton Heston, Vincent Price

    Released1956

    Directed byCecil B. DeMille

    Running Time: 3 hr. 39 min.

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

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    Lawrence of Arabia
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    Lawrence of Arabia

    Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole

    Released1962

    Directed byDavid Lean

    Running Time: 3 hr. 36 min.  

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

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    Apocalypse Now
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    Apocalypse Now

    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford

    Released1979

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Running Time: 2 hr. 33 min. 

     Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

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    Gone with the Wind
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    Gone with the Wind

    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh

    Released1939

    Directed bySam Wood, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

    Running Time: 3 hr. 42 min.  

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%
     

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    Django Unchained
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    Django Unchained

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington

    Released2012

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    Running Time: 2 hr. 45 min.  

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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    Braveheart
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    Braveheart

    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau

    Released1995

    Directed byMel Gibson

    Running Time: 3 hr. 2 min.

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

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    The Bridge on the River Kwai
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    The Bridge on the River Kwai

    Alec Guinness, William Holden

    Released1957

    Directed byDavid Lean

    Running Time: 2 hr. 41 min.

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

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