Sometimes we have a whole long weekend ahead of us with no plans at all and we just want to play a long, long movie in the background while we move ahead with daily chores. Long movies can get really boring sometimes, but then there are other times when they are life savers because we need something that’ll kill our time. While there are some movies that may just have a runtime of 90 minutes but they’re so slow they make you feel like they’ll last till eternity, and then there are some movies that are actually that long. These are films that are so long it’ll take you days to finish them even if you watch them without any breaks. One of them is ‘Modern Times Forever‘ which is 240 hours wrong. Imagine movies lasting for 10 days straight, pretty close to eternity!
The norm is usually to make movies that are close to two hours long. Two hours does hit the sweet spot because it is enough to build a good storyline without bugging the viewers. But a few movies defy the usual 2-hour norm with an expectation that an average movie watcher will be able to get through it. So we thought of making a list of a few movies that may be a little longer than usual but are surely worth watching. Here’s the list of the longest movies on Netflix that are available to stream right now.
6. Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2018)
‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch‘ has an actual runtime of 1 hour 30 minutes but that’s only if you choose the most ideal adventure in this “choose your own adventure” Netflix release. But on an average, if you put yourself through almost all the choices presented in the film to try all the alternate adventures, it can take you up to 5 hours and 2 minutes to complete the entire film. That’s a really long runtime for any film and goes way beyond the 2-hour norm. But is this “choose your own adventure” film really worth the time it consumes? You’ll have to watch it to find that out.
The film is about a young boy who starts designing a game based on a book known as Bandersnatch. The book presents the reader with various choices and each choice the reader makes, the book leads him/her to a new alternate reality. The boy aims to do the same with his game and even gets the approval of a famous gaming company, but as the ball starts to roll a little further, we as viewers are allowed to make decisions for the boy while the he acts confused about how all of his decisions are being controlled by a third party just like Bandersnatch.
5. Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
With a runtime of 3 hours 49 minutes, ‘Once Upon a Time in America’ is far from boring. The film tells the story of a gangster named David “Noodles” Aaronson who returns to the city of New York after a long time to come into acceptance with his disturbing past and fix the mistakes he had previously made. Starring Robert De Niro, this movie has the second highest runtime on this list but still is no less than impressive. It’s so good that people even compare it with ‘The Godfather‘. It took 12 years to write down the script of this film and this hard work put into the script can clearly be seen in the film because it does not miss out on even the tiniest of details. It may be really long but it could be one of the best films you’ll ever see. So spare some time for this one. Maybe a little more than “some”, but we assure you that it’ll be worth it.
4. Schindler’s List (1993)
‘Schindler’s List’ comes third on this list with a runtime of 3 hours 17 minutes. Again, this one is not even close to what you would call boring, in fact, it’s absolutely amazing and is one of the most touching movies ever made. Set during World War II, this one is a biopic about Oskar Schindler’s life who was a self-centered businessman and all he cared about was the profits he could make out of his business. When he started witnessing the persecution of Jews in Poland, he decides to protect his Jew employees just to keep his industry going. But what started as a selfish motivated soon turns into a selfless act of kindness as Oskar begins to feel the pain of those around him. He eventually saves more than 1100 Jews from getting gassed at the concentration camps. ‘Schindler’s List’ is one of the best World War II movies ever made and is totally worth your time.
3. Blue is the Warmest Color (2013)
Ranked 4 in this list, ‘Blue is the Warmest Color‘ missed the 3rd position only by a few minutes and has a total runtime of 3 minutes 7 seconds. The film revolves around the life of a young girl named Adele whose life completely starts to change after she meets a blue-haired girl named Emma at a bar. Emma takes Adele on a path of self-discovery through desire, passion, and love and after all of this Adele finds her true self. This film caught a lot of attention because of its bold, intimate scenes but proved to be much more than that. The film does push a lot of boundaries with its extremely graphic sex scenes but in the end, leaves you with a heartwarming story about love and relationships. It does not matter what your sexual orientation is because this film has some relationship and life advice for you by the end.
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2. Dangal (2016)
Starring Aamir Khan, ‘Dangal’ is a biopic that revolves around the lives of two sensational Indian female wrestlers, Geets and Babita Phogat, and how their father’s influence led them to succeed at the sport. With a runtime of 2 hours 49 minutes, this Bollywood film is far more than engaging. The film will keep you interested throughout and the intense training scenes of this one will surely inspire. ‘Dangal’ is one of the best sports films made in Bollywood and will remain with you long after you’re done watching it. More than just the sport, the film also sheds light on empowering women in sports and gives an insight into the bond that family holds. This biopic proves that it does not matter who you are or where you come from, if you work hard enough under the guidance of a great mentor, anything is possible.
1. Boyhood (2014)
With a runtime of 2 hours and 46 minutes, ‘Boyhood’ is not just a movie but a journey through time that reflects the life of a boy who goes through various phases of life and ultimately becomes who he wants to be. It took 12 years to develop the characters of this film and there is no single scene in this movie one can do without. The film has no fancy storyline or characters; all of it is just a simple journey that shows us real life and nothing more than that. It’s the simplest things in life that truly makes us who we are and it’s the simplest things that make this movie so incredible. A must watch for everyone, because this is Richard Linklater’s greatest gift to cinema.
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