The 50 best movies lasting 3 hours or more according to Rotten Tomatoes

For some people, 3 hours of work is an automatic sign against a movie, especially if they are sitting in a movie theater without the ability to press “pause” for a break in the bathroom. For other people, especially long working hours can help justify the time and money needed for a trip to the cinema. And, as CNN explains, it is the massive franchise shows and superhero movies – the types of movies that go well in the box office – that seem to be becoming more and more popular today.

However, feature films are not new. In the list of the best Rotten Tomatoes films, which last 3 hours and longer, 33 of the 50 best were released before 2000. The first place was taken by Akira Kurosawa’s 207-minute epic Seven samuraiwhich premiered in 1954. Among other classic epics that were included in the list Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Spartacus (1960), Ben-Gur (1959), and Gone With the Wind (1939).

Kurosawa is not the only world-famous director known for his long cuts. In third place – a dramatic drama by Ingmar Bergman in 1982 Fanny and Alexander, which lasts 188 minutes (and the 512-minute version was broadcast as a mini-series in Sweden). Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Stanley Kubrick and David Lynn each have two films in the top 50.

The climaxes of several favorite movie franchises have received enough praise to also engage in high ratings, namely, 2019 Avengers: Final and 2003 The Lord of the Rings: Return of the king. And it wouldn’t be a big list of long movies if Titanic was not on it somewhere: the phenomenon of pop culture in 1997 was in 35th place.

See if your favorite movie is in the top 50 below, and check out all 100 Rotten Tomatoes here.

  1. Seven samurai (1954) // 100 percent
  2. OJ: Made in America (2016) // 100 percent
  3. Fanny and Alexander (1982) // 100 percent
  4. Schindler’s list (1993) // 98 percent
  5. Leopard (1963) // 98 percent
  6. Children of paradise (1945) // 98 percent
  7. Godfather, part II (1974) // 96 percent
  8. The elephant is sitting still (2018) // 96 percent
  9. The right things (1983) // 96 percent
  10. The last of the unjust (2013) // 96 percent
  11. Irishman (2019) // 95 percent
  12. Lagaan: Once in India (2001) // 95 percent
  13. Short cuts (1993) // 95 percent
  14. Hamlet (1996) // 95 percent
  15. Andrey Rublev (1966) // 95 percent
  16. Avengers: Final (2019) // 94 percent
  17. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) // 94 percent
  18. The best of young people (2002) // 94 percent
  19. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) // 93 percent
  20. Apocalypse Now Redux (1979) // 93 percent
  21. Carlos (2010) // 93 percent
  22. Spartacus (1960) // 93 percent
  23. Norte, The End of History (2013) // 93 percent
  24. Quidan (1964) // 91 percent
  25. Eureka (2000) // 91 percent
  26. Gone With the Wind (1939) // 90 percent
  27. red (1981) // 90 percent
  28. Blue is the warmest color (2013) // 89 percent
  29. Deer hunter (1978) // 89 percent
  30. The last emperor (1987) // 89 percent
  31. Malcolm X. (1992) // 89 percent
  32. Barry Lyndon (1975) // 88 percent
  33. Giant (1956) // 88 percent
  34. Napoleon (1927) // 88 percent
  35. Titanic (1997) // 87 percent
  36. Winter sleep (2014) // 87 percent
  37. Once in America (1984) // 87 percent
  38. Mysteries of Lisbon (2010) // 86 percent
  39. Decalogue (1956) // 86 percent
  40. JFK (1991) // 85 percent
  41. Gandhi (1982) // 85 percent
  42. Ben-Gur (1959) // 85 percent
  43. King Kong (2005) // 84 percent
  44. Grindhouse (2007) // 84 percent
  45. Dr. Zhivago (1965) // 84 percent
  46. Magnolia (1999) // 83 percent
  47. Dancing with wolves (1990) // 83 percent
  48. Violinist on the roof (1971) // 83 percent
  49. Wolf from Wall Street (2013) // 79 percent
  50. Green mile (1999) // 79 percent

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