Today we bring to you the longest Hollywood movies in movie history. It is a growing risk to make movies that are very long, over 200 minutes for example. Mostly due to the conditioning of all the action-packed movies we get to see recently. This makes it hard to sit down and concentrate for more than 3 hours, and it makes it hard for a film to keep the audience entertained for that long.
With that being said, their movies, most of which are old classics, have managed to get it right. This list however only includes mainstream movies as shown on the big screens. So all independent movies, extended versions and directors cuts have been left out.
Let’s take a look at the longest Hollywood movies in movie history.
1. Cleopatra (1963) – 248 minutes
This 60s film tells the old story of Cleopatra and the last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt. It does so with a lot of drama which received its fair share of mixed reviews. Mixed reviews or not, the movie won 4 Academy Awards making it not only the longest mainstream Hollywood movie but also one of the most successful.
Cleopatra was done with a big budget and thus ended up being one of the highest-grossing films of 1963. It’s hard to think that a movie with a 4-hour run time will make it in the world today.
2. Hamlet (1996) – 242 minutes
Hamlet comes in second place with only 6 minutes shorter than the number one spot. The much more recent classic tells the story of Hamlet, an old Shakespeare favourite. The 4-hour drama included every single scene from the Shakespeare writings which makes sense that is would come up to that run time. By showing that dedication it managed to become one of the best, if not the best, Shakespeare adaptation ever did.
3. Gone with the Wind (1939) – 221 minutes
We go back in time again, this time to the 30s for this old school movie Gone with the Wind. The movie was made with the best actors and actresses of the time. With that cast and good production, the movie was a huge success. It managed to win 10 Oscars.
The movie included a musical pause, exit music as well as an intermission, this added the actual run time to over 230 minutes.
Some other good ones to mention are Ben-Hur (1959) with 212 minutes, The Irishman (2019) with 209 minutes as well as The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) with 201 minutes.
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