Top 5 Movies Longer than 3 Hours


While three hour runtimes may intimidate some movie goers, others like to be fully immersed in a long film that they can spend several hours with. Here are the top 5 best movies with runtimes longer than or equal to one hundred and eighty minutes.

1.The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (1966) (Western/Spaghetti Western)

While Italian westerns may not be popular anymore, there was a time when they were all the rage. The king of these westerns was without a doubt Sergio Leone’s, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Magnificent acting, spectacular landscapes, and an unmatched score by Ennio Morricone make The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly a phenomenal movie-going experience. Leone’s other westerns may be great, but there is no question as to which one is the best.

2. Apocalypse Now (1979) (War/Drama)

After directing the instant classic The Godfather, Francis Ford Coppola began work on his Vietnam War era passion project. The result? Arguably one of the best war films of all time. While the tone and subject matter of the film may make it off-putting to the average movie goer, Apocalypse Now is riveting, shocking, and truly one of a kind. The vibrant cinematography mixed with immaculate acting from Martin Sheen and Marlon Brando make Apocalypse Now truly unforgettable. 

3. Seven Samurai (1954) (Action/Drama)

Akira Kurosawa may have a long and legendary filmography, but his most famous film is without a doubt Seven Samurai. With it’s breathtaking visuals, extraordinary story, and some of the best battle sequences of all time, it’s no wonder that Seven Samurai has been adapted 6 other times. (All of them not as good, of course.)

4. Amarcord (1973) (Comedy/Drama)

Based on various experiences from the childhood of the director, Federico Fellini’s Amarcord is whimsical and charming one minute, and emotional and thought-provoking the next. While it may not be Fellini’s most well-known film, it certainly has the most heart. Every scene feels wholly original and unlike any other in the movie, making the film diverse and mesmerizing. It is without a doubt the most personal film Fellini made during his lifetime.

5. Barry Lyndon (1975) (Drama/War)

All thirteen of Stanley Kubrick’s films are completely different from each other, and Barry Lyndon is no exception. Usually regarded as one of the best period pieces of all time, every frame of Barry Lyndon is absolutely stunning. Many strings were pulled (literally) to make sure that every costume in the film was one hundred percent accurate to real eighteenth century attire, and it shows. With it’s beautiful cinematography, incredible acting, and a simplistic story following a young man as he ruins his life, there’s no doubt that Barry Lyndon is one of Kubrick’s best films.