Length of a film certainly matters a lot. There are films that are glacially paced and run for over 3 hours but their narratives often demand such languid pacing. Some of the longest films ever made are also among the greatest of all time. Most of the films made by Andrei Tarkovsky, Bela Tarr, Sergio Leone have an average run time of about 150 minutes. Films with long run times can be generally great experiences as they often help in more profound, deeper character explorations and chronicling epic stories covering a wide range of time periods. With all that said now, let’s take a look at the list of longest movies in the world. We made sure that the list consist of only good long movies. If you always had questions like what is the longest movie ever made or how long is the longest movie, this article is for you.
15. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
Francis Ford Coppola’s Shakespearean tragedy of an idealistic war hero who gets caught up in the family business and turns into a cold blooded mafia don is probably the most devastating character transformation ever depicted in cinema. Headed by an electrifying Al Pacino, the film’s smooth, fluid pace gradually sinks in as the film’s twin narrative format explores both sides of the story; the rise of Vito Corleone as a gangster and the fall of Michael as a human being. While some people prefer the much shorter original, it’s only in the more sophisticated sequel where the characters are thoroughly explored on a more profound level.
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14. Andrei Rublev (1966)
Among the many masterpieces Andrei Tarkovsky made in his career, ‘Andrei Rublev’ probably stands out as his most personal and emotional work. The film chronicles the life of a 15th century Russian icon painter who struggles with his own faith and identity in his home country, devastated by its complex political and cultural conflicts. With a run time of over 205 minutes, the film takes its time to build the story but like most Tarkovsky films, the pay off is incredible and the overall experience is way too profound to put into words. It’s the most painfully honest depiction of a time and society caught up in all its frailties and inner turmoils.