Today's standard running time for movies is between 80 minutes to 120 minutes. Movies more than 2 hours long may seem monotonous for the average person. However, film industries across the globe have previously released some movies that are said to be too long to watch in one sitting. So, what is the longest movie ever made?
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The longest movie ever made may not be your favourite because of the graphics and other elements, but it is worth watching if you are exploratory, or like trying new things. Before watching the longest movie, keep in mind that the plot or theme may not be artistic or even entertaining. There is nonetheless a lot to learn from the filmmakers and movie industry.
What is the longest movie ever made?
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is the longest movie ever made. It is considered the longest since it ran for more than three hours yet a typical one lasts between 90 minutes and two hours. However, it is not the only longest as they are several others as follows:
1. Cinématon – 156h
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- Running time: 156h
- Release date: 2011
- IMDb rating: 6.2/10
- Director: Gérard Courant
Want to sit through a 150+ hour-long experimental movie? Try Cinématon, one of the world's longest movies. The 2011 film is by French director Gérard Courant and has been one of the longest films in a long time. Cinématon cast include Julie Delpy, Blanca Li, Roberto Benigni, Raúl Ruiz, and Lou Castel.
2. Matrjoschka – 95h
- Running time: 95 h
- Year of release: 2006
- IMDb rating: 5/10
- Director: Karin Hoerle
What is the longest movie ever to exist? Matrjoschka has checked that box for the longest time. A movie that is 95 hours long has to be watched like a TV series.
The 2006 experimental film is by German artist and producer Karin Hoerler. Matrjoschka consists of images and sequences based on a single photo of a boy engaging in various activities.
3. The Cure for Insomnia – 87h
- Running time: 87h
- Year of release: 1987
- IMDb rating: 5/10
- Director: John Henry Timmis IV
This 1987 experimental film was directed by John Henry Timmis IV. For a movie to be that long, one needs the patience to see it through.
The Cure for Insomnia does not categorically follow any standard plot structure like most films. The creators made the film to help insomniacs sleep again, thus its length and unorthodox structure.
4. Amra Ekta Cinema Banabo – 21h 5m
- Running time: 21h 5m
- Year of release: 2019
- IMDb rating: 7.4/10
- Director: Ashraf Shishir
You wouldn't expect a 2019 film to be in black and white, right? Well, you're mistaken. Some filmmakers still insist on having black and white movies to complement the theme of the film, or for whatever reasons.
Amra Ekta Cinema Banabo is a 2019 black and white Bangladeshi film. Amra Ekta Cinema Banabo is one of the longest non-experimental films and features Raisul Islam Asad, Masum Aziz, Pran Roy, and Sumona Soma, among other talented actors.
5. Shoah – 9h 26m
- Running time: 9h 26m
- Year of release: 1985
- IMDb rating: 8.7/10
- Director: Claude Lanzmann
Shoah is one of the longest movies. The documentary film by Claude Lanzmann follows the holocaust. Shoah gives the audience the perspective and story of the witnesses, victims, perpetrators and bystanders.
Some of the biggest actors that made the film a success include Pan Filipowicz, Itzhak Dugin, Henrik Gawkowski, Paula Biren, Ruth Elias, and Jan Karski.
6. Sátántangó – 7h 30m
- Running time: 7h 30m
- Year of release: 1994
- IMDb rating: 8.3/10
- Director: Béla Tarr
The 1994 movie is set in a small village in Hungary. Inhabitants of the village have to cope with the effects of the fall of communism, as the town's sources of revenue close down, making survival difficult.
The drama film is shot in black and white and is one of the longest films in history. Stars in Sátántangó were Mihály Víg, Erika Bók, László feLugossy, and Putyi Horváth.
7. The Irishman – 3h 29m
- Running time: 3h 29m
- Year of release: 2019
- IMDb rating: 7.8/10
- Director: Martin Scorsese
Anyone that enjoys a good movie knows that there is no going wrong with a Martin Scorsese film. The Irishman, one of the movies with the longest running time in recent times, was a delight for many.
The film is a fictionalized true crime story about the vanishing of Jimmy Hoffa, a case that is yet to be solved. The top cast of The Irishman was Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel, Stephen Raham, and Anna Paquin.
8. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – 3h 21m
- Running time: 3h 21m
- Year of release: 2003
- IMDb rating: 9/10
- Director: Peter Jackson
The Lord of The Rings film is among fans' most loved adventure films in recent times. The three epic fantasy movies rake in massive numbers every time they are released. One of the movies; The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King has one of the highest ratings on IMDb, and is also among the longest movies.
The joy about watching such fantasy films is that you can never get bored of the plot, no matter how long the movies are. Stars in this great movie include Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Andy Serkis, Ian McKellen, and Karl Urban.
9. Cleopatra – 3h 12m
- Running time: 3h 12m
- Year of release: 1963
- IMDb rating: 7/10
- Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Classic films will always be treasured. Movies like Cleopatra are still enjoyed even with more than half the cast passing on. The epic historical drama film follows the life of Cleopatra, the queen of Egypt, who becomes the mistress of Julius Caesar of Rome to save her kingdom.
Some of the celebrated stars of the film include Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Cesare Danova, Roddy McDowall, Isabel Cooley, and Francesca Annis.
10. The Green Mile – 3h 9m
- Running time: 3h 9m
- Year of release: 1999
- IMDb rating: 8.6/10
- Director: Frank Darabont
The Green Mile is based on Stephen King's 1996 novel of the same name. In the movie, Paul, a correctional officer, meets John, an inmate convicted of murder. Things take an interesting turn after Paul learns of John's special gift.
The movie's principal cast was Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, Tom Hanks, Sam Rockwell, and Barry Pepper. Looking for 3-hour movies? Watch The Green Mile.
What is the longest movie ever made? The Cure for Insomnia, directed by John Henry Timmis IV. You may not find a majority of the longest movies ever made on your favourite streaming platform, as most of them were created for art gallery installations.
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