Some movies are perfect for a quick watch after dinner on a weeknight. These are not those movies. Save these three-hour-plus films for a rainy weekend when you have nothing else to do! These are the 10 longest movies ever made.
10. “Giant” (1956)
Featuring legendary actors such as Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean, “Giant” debuted at three hours and 21 minutes long — losing to “The Godfather Part II” by only one minute. The film tells the story of a Texas cattle rancher, his family, and an intense rivalry with a neighboring cowboy. “Giant” was nominated for nine Oscars and won one.
9. “The Godfather Part II” (1974)
Clocking in at three hours and 22 minutes, “The Godfather Part II” is the second installment of the legendary “Godfather” trilogy and is considered to be one of the greatest films of all time. The film won six Oscars the year it was released.
8. “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003)
As the final installment of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” depicts the final confrontation between good and evil and the end of the quest to destroy the One Ring. Since it’s the last movie in the series, it’s full of epic battles, which take up a lot of time. The final running time for the movie is three hours and 22 minutes.
7. “The Irishman” (2019)
“The Irishman” is the latest movie by legendary director, Martin Scorsese. This epic tale of organized crime features popular actors Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci. The film was released with much acclaim from critics and viewers. If you want to watch this Netflix smash-hit, make sure you have plenty of snacks ready. It’s going to take three hours and 29 minutes to reach the end credits.
6. “Ben-Hur” (1959)
This historical epic tells the tale of a Jewish prince who finds himself enslaved by the Roman Empire. “Ben-Hur” was the first film to win 11 Oscars and although it's over 50 years old, it's still tied for the second-most wins in Oscar history. It takes three hours and 22 minutes for the story of “Ben-Hur” to unfold.
5. “The Ten Commandments” (1956)
Charlton Heston is no stranger to making long movies. Not only did he star in the sixth-longest movie of all time, “Ben-Hur,” but he was also the star of the fifth-longest movie of all time, “The Ten Commandments.” “The Ten Commandments” tells the biblical story of Moses as he leads the Jews out of Egypt. The movie clocks in at an impressive three hours and 40 minutes.
4. “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962)
Pushing the four-hour mark, “Lawrence of Arabia” comes in at three hours and 48 minutes long. It tells the tale of an English military officer who helps the Arabs fight the Turks in World War I. The film earned 10 Oscar nominations and won seven.
3. “Gone With the Wind” (1939)
Clark Gable plays the lead role in this dramatic historical romance set during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods. At the Academy Awards in 1940, “Gone With the Wind” won eight Oscars. When it comes to brevity, “Gone With the Wind” says, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” The total runtime for this epic story is three hours and 58 minutes.
2. “Hamlet” (1996)
This film adaptation of the Shakespearean classic breaks the four-hour mark with a total runtime of four hours and two minutes. It’s a true adaptation of the original play, which typically takes about four hours to perform live from start to finish. It is actually Shakespeare’s longest play.
1. “Cleopatra” (1963)
“Cleopatra” was the most expensive movie ever made at the time of its release. It featured massive sets, elaborate costumes, and high-end talent. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton played the lead roles in this historical epic that went on for a whopping four hours and six minutes. It is considered to be the longest Hollywood movie ever made.
Although “Cleopatra” is considered the longest mainstream movie ever made, there are dozens of experimental art movies that make “Cleopatra” seem like a 30-second commercial.
“Logistics” (2012) is officially the longest movie ever made. It’s an experimental documentary about the production cycle of a pedometer that’s played in reverse chronological order. The total runtime is 857 hours! Yes, you have to set aside more than one full month to watch this movie in its entirety. Other extreme experimental films include:
- “Modern Times Forever” (2011) – 240 hours
- “Cinématon” (2009) – 150 hours
- “Beijing 2003” (2004) – 150 hours
- “Untitled #125 (Hickory)” (2011) – 120 hours
- “Matrjoschka” (2006) – 95 hours
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