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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%
 

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

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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%

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

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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%

The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy from a screenplay by Mario Puzo and Coppola. Starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as ...more

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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%

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

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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 5 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%

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

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The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 6 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%

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

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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%

Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American black comedy crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, from a story by Tarantino and Roger Avary. The film is known for its eclectic dialogue, ironic ...more

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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%
 

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

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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%

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

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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%

The Departed is a 2006 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by William Monahan. It is a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs. The film stars Leonardo ...more

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 11 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%

Titanic is a 1997 American epic romantic disaster drama film directed, written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron. A fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, it stars ...more

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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 12 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%

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

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 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 in the title roles respectively. ...more

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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%
 

The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed, produced, and co-written by Christopher Nolan. Based on the DC Comics character Batman, the film is the second part of Nolan's Batman film ...more

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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%

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

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Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 16 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%
 

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

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The Lord of the Rings: The Ret... is listed (or ranked) 17 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%

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

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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%

Inception is a 2010 science fiction heist thriller film written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars a large ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, ...more

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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%

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

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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%

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

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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%

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

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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%
 

Avatar is a 2009 American epic science fiction film written and directed by James Cameron, and starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Joel David Moore, Giovanni ...more

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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%
 

Casino is a 1995 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Nicholas Pileggi, who also co-wrote the screenplay for the film ...more

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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%

Django Unchained is a 2012 American revisionist Western film directed by Quentin Tarantino. With the help of a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz), a freed slave (Jamie Foxx) sets out to ...more

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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%
 

Dances with Wolves is a 1990 American epic western film directed, produced by, and starring Kevin Costner. It is a film adaptation of the 1988 book of the same name by Michael Blake and tells ...more

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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
fabien-jedisofreddit-oriantal added The Avengers 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

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The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
slaft added The Sound of Music Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker 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

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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 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

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The Ten Commandments is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
slaft added The Ten Commandments Charlton Heston, Vincent Price, Yul Brynner 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

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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 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a 2003 American fantasy swashbuckler film based on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney theme parks. It was directed by Gore ...more

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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%

JFK is a 1991 American historical legal-conspiracy thriller film directed by Oliver Stone. It examines the events leading to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and subsequent ...more

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Tom Islava added Amadeus Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole

Running Time: 2hrs. 41min. 

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Amadeus - Directors Cut is a 1984 biography drama film written by Peter Shaffer and directed by Milos Forman.

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There Will Be Blood is listed (or ranked) 33 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%

There Will Be Blood is a 2007 American epic drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano. The film was inspired by Upton Sinclair's novel ...more

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The Wolf of Wall Street is listed (or ranked) 34 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%

The Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 American biographical black comedy film directed by Martin Scorsese. The screenplay by Terence Winter is adapted from the eponymous memoir by Jordan Belfort and ...more

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The Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 35 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%
 

The Deer Hunter is a 1978 American epic war drama film co-written and directed by Michael Cimino about a trio of Russian American steelworkers and their service in the Vietnam War. The film ...more

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Heat is listed (or ranked) 36 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%

Heat is a 1995 American crime thriller film written, produced and directed by Michael Mann, and starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Val Kilmer. The film was released in the United States on ...more

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Boogie Nights is listed (or ranked) 37 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%

Boogie Nights is a 1997 American drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. It is set in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley and focuses on a young nightclub dishwasher, Eddie Adams, ...more

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Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 38 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%

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 through his British company, Horizon ...more

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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%

Once Upon a Time in America is a 1984 Italian epic crime drama film co-written and directed by Sergio Leone and starring Robert De Niro and James Woods. It chronicles the lives of Jewish ghetto ...more

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kgimport added The Patriot Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Patriot is a 2000 film directed by Roland Emmerich.

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
kgimport added Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a 1991 American science fiction action thriller film written, produced and directed by James Cameron. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert ...more

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The Bridge on the River Kwai is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
slaft added The Bridge on the River Kwai Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins The Bridge on the River Kwai is a 1957 World War II 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 ...more

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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%

Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Walt Disney, with songs written and composed by the Sherman Brothers. The screenplay is by Bill ...more

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Doctor Zhivago is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
slaft added Doctor Zhivago Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Alec Guinness 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 World War I and ...more

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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 Legends of the Fall is a 1994 American epic drama film directed by Edward Zwick and starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn, Julia Ormond, and Henry Thomas. Based on the 1979 novella of ...more

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2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop 2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 epic science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay was written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, and was partially inspired by ...more

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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%

Pearl Harbor is a 2001 American war film with romance and action elements directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and written by Randall Wallace. It features an ensemble cast, ...more

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Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Long
slaft added Watchmen Malin Åkerman, Carla Gugino, Billy Crudup Watchmen is a 2009 American neo-noir superhero film directed by Zack Snyder and starring Malin Åkerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Patrick ...more

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RobLein added West Side Story Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin West Side Story is a 1961 American romantic musical drama film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. The film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn ...more

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kgimport added Rambo Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz, Graham McTavish Rambo is a 2008 American-German independent action film directed, co-written by and starring Sylvester Stallone reprising his famous role as Cold War/Vietnam veteran John Rambo. It is the fourth ...more