For When You Have No Plans: Super Long Movies (4+ hrs)

I recently wrote an article about long films, so here is a list of every film over 4* hours in length that I could think of.

To the best of my knowledge, these were released theatrically around the time of original release (even if at film festivals or just one screening) or had a theatrical release and then later released an extended cut on home media. Basically: all of these were shown in theatres in some form when first released and all of these exist in a version over 4 hours in length.

I'm excluding films that played only at art galleries. I'm also excluding TV series that were later released in film form on home media.

Suggestions and corrections welcome.




* - technically the shortest film here is 3hr54m, to give some leeway to the not-always-accurate Letterboxd listed runtimes

  • As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty
  • Shoah
  • A Brighter Summer Day
  • O.J.: Made in America
  • Satantango
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks
  • Fanny and Alexander
  • Heimat
  • Berlin Alexanderplatz
  • Love Exposure
  • War and Peace
  • The Best of Youth
  • Human
  • Near Death
  • Napoleon
  • Once Upon a Time in America
  • An Elephant Sitting Still
  • La Commune (Paris, 1871)
  • Evolution of a Filipino Family
  • Extraordinary Stories
  • La Belle Noiseuse
  • La Flor
  • Happy Hour
  • Heimat 2: A Chronicle of a Generation
  • Out 1
  • Dead Souls
  • The Sorrow and the Pity
  • From What Is Before
  • Belfast, Maine
  • Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy
  • West Side Avenue
  • Mysteries of Lisbon
  • The Hour of the Furnaces
  • The Movie Orgy
  • My Voyage to Italy
  • Les Misérables
  • Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th
  • Shoah: Four Sisters
  • Siberiade
  • Death in the Land of Encantos
  • Norte, the End of History
  • City Hall
  • How Yukong Moved the Mountains
  • Karamay
  • Route One/USA
  • The Journey
  • Alexander the Great
  • Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler
  • Melancholia
  • Tamas
  • Crude Oil
  • Hitler: A Film from Germany
  • Century of Birthing
  • L'Amour fou
  • At Berkeley
  • A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery
  • Florentina Hubaldo, CTE
  • Ludwig
  • 1900
  • 16 Days of Glory
  • La Roue
  • Until the End of the World
  • Time of Violence
  • Heremias: Book One - The Legend of the Lizard Princess
  • Carlos
  • DAU. Degeneration
  • Star Spangled to Death
  • Inmates
  • Intimacies
  • River of Fundament
  • Wormwood
  • Hamlet
  • Out 1: Spectre
  • The Family
  • Amsterdam Global Village
  • Dances with Wolves
  • Heimat 3: A Chronicle of Endings and Beginnings
  • CzechMate: In Search of Jiří Menzel
  • The Iceman Cometh
  • Season of the Devil
  • Sangam
  • Elsewhere
  • The Deluge
  • Jesus of Nazareth
  • Wake (Subic)
  • The Freethinker
  • 15 Hours
  • The Halt
  • The Confessions of Winifred Wagner
  • Baa Baa Land
  • Gettysburg
  • Tsahal
  • Nights and Days
  • Beauty Lives in Freedom
  • Exile Shanghai
  • Tokyo Trial
  • City Life
  • Little Dorrit
  • The Somali Dervish