12 Movies That Last Over Two Hours That Demand Your Full Attention

As movies get longer and longer, it seems like the attention spans of moviegoers shrink. In today’s fast-paced world, we seldom have the time to truly immerse ourselves in what we do. We desire quick and fast when it comes to anything!

While some people pine for the days of 90-minute movies, the reality is that films have seen lengthy runtimes for decades. While these films may be lengthy, they are worth every minute of your time.

1. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Image Credit: Columbia Pictures

This epic film takes you on a captivating journey through the Arabian desert. It has stunning visuals, brilliant performances, and a gripping storyline that keeps you on the edge. This movie is a cinematic masterpiece, from vast desert landscapes to complex character development. It clocks in at 218 minutes, so be sure to keep the popcorn coming!

2. DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990)

Dances With Wolves (1990)
Image Credit: Orion Pictures

This one highlights the delicate beauty of the Native American culture as it takes you along the journey of Lieutenant John Dubar. It is just over three hours long, but with its breathtaking cinematography, powerful performances, and heartfelt narrative, it’s a must-watch, and you won’t notice the time flying by.

3. BEN-HUR (1959)

Ben-Hur (1959)
Image Credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Brace yourself for a grand spectacle set in ancient Rome. This film portrays a man’s journey from betrayal to redemption against the backdrop of a beautiful chariot race. Its thrilling action sequences, emotional depth, and themes of forgiveness and strength make this an epic one to watch. Be prepared to be left in awe of its grandeur and timeless storytelling!

4. THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY (1966)

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)
Image Credit: United Artists

This 1966 three-hour film embarks on a wild adventure in the Old West, where the lines between good and evil become blurred. With the unexpected twists portrayed through incredible cinematography, unforgettable characters, and iconic dialogues, this thrilling cinematic experience demands your attention.

5. INTERSTELLAR (2014)

Interstellar (2014)
Image Credit: Paramount Pictures

This mind-bending sci-fi masterpiece transports you into the vastness of space. The film explores humanity’s quest for survival as a team of astronauts ventures into a wormhole looking for a habitable planet. Users share that this film challenges one’s perception of reality as you come to truly realize just how big the world you live in is.

6. BABYLON (2022)

Babylon (2022)
Image Credit: Paramount Pictures

This unique and polarizing drama-comedy movie offers an artistic vision that pushes boundaries. One user comments that while it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, those who appreciate unconventional storytelling will find it a fascinating experience. Written by Damien Chazelle, Babylon stars Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, and Jean Smart.

7. HEAT (1995)

Heat (1995)
Image Credit: Warner Bros.

This 1995 intense crime thriller pits two incredible actors, Robert De Niro and everyone’s favorite Al Pacino, against each other. Heat combines gripping action, complex characters, and a wonderfully crafted storyline that revolves around themes of obsession and loyalty. Jon Voight and Val Kilmer join a star-studded cast to create a masterpiece.

8. GONE WITHE WIND (1939)

Gone With the Wind (1939)
Image Credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Step back into the era of the American Civil War with this sweeping historical romantic movie. Most users share that its lavish production design and iconic performances by Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh make it worth watching. Still, a wonderful storyline involving themes of love and loss only adds to the magic.

9. A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY (1991)

A Brighter Summer Day (1991)
Image Credit: Cine Qua Non

This Taiwanese coming-of-age movie shares the story of a young boy as he experiences his first love. This film invites the audience to immerse themselves in the complexities of adolescence and the search for personal meaning and belonging in this unjust world. “The perfect slice-of-life film and flawlessly written and directed,” comments one fan.

10. PRINCE OF THE CITY (1981)

Prince of the City (1981)
Image Credit: Warner Bros.

Witness the underbelly of New York City’s criminal justice system with this gripping crime drama. This thought-provoking film follows an undercover detective caught between loyalty to his superior and pursuing justice. Many say realistic performances and moral dilemmas keep you engaged from start to finish.

11. SEVEN SAMURAI (1954)

Seven Samurai
Image Credit: Toho.

This timeless action-packed masterpiece takes place in feudal Japan. It follows the story of a group of seven samurai warriors tasked with protecting a village from 40 bandits. With its admirable character development and compelling storytelling, you will be completely engrossed in its rich narrative.

12. THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (2013)

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Image Credit: Paramount Pictures

Many believe it to be Leonardo Di Caprio’s best performance ever. Based on the memoir by Jordan Belfort, The Wolf of Wall Street follows the life of a stockbroker who, with his partner (played by Jonah Hill), tried to cheat his way to the top after a Wall Street crash. With its three-hour-long plot, every minute is worth it!

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