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The 95 Best Movies 3 Hours or Longer, Ranked by Tomatometer

Suddenly finding yourself with lots of free time? In possession of a murder of minutes, a bounty of hours, a gaggle of extra days, wondering how to fill them all up? Sounds like you could go for a movie – a really loooong movie. Well, we’ve sifted through the backend of cinema history, from the silent era all the way up to the present, and collected and ranked the 95 best-reviewed movies that run three hours or longer (and have a Tomatometer score) to vanquish those pesky waking moments.

The director who takes the most advantage of your attention span? No surprise: It’s Martin Scorsese, with six films on this list, including 2019’s The Irishman. Other directors with multiple entries are legends known for their predilection for epic storytelling: Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai, Red Beard); David Lean (Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago); Oliver Stone (JFK, Malcom X); and Stanley Kubrick (Spartacus, Barry Lyndon). Of course, Francis Ford Coppola gets a couple in there: There’s The Godfather, Part II (though not The Godfather, which is three minutes shy of three hours), and Apocalypse Now Redux over regular ol’ vanilla Apocalypse Now, which runs a swift 2.5 hours.

Now Redux underscores an interesting point. It’s included because the film had a national theatrical release, and got its own separate Tomatometer score from the original movie. Other director’s cuts that clear the 3-hour mark, like Watchmen or Kingdom of Heaven, or extended editions like Lord of the Rings, are excluded because they don’t have their own Tomatometers, and never saw major release.

Meanwhile, Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2 were cut from the list: You had to buy two tickets, meaning two separate movies. (But Grindhouse is in because one ticket at the box office got you the whole sleazy shebang.) This Kill Bill rule applies in excluding other potential candidates like the Nymphomaniac volumes, or Steven Soderbergh’s Che: Though it screened at Cannes as a single release, in America it was split in two, requiring two purchases, making them two movies.

Then we arrive at European films like Scenes From a Marriage or The Best of Youth, which were originally presented as TV miniseries before being edited into singular entities. Those count. Again, it’s all about how the movie was packaged and exhibited for consumption in North America. And finally, we put in a minimum requirement of 10 Tomatometer-approved critic reviews and ratings for each movie to keep this guide from trending too obscure.

Are longer movies better? We wrote an article exploring the notion. Something must be keeping these filmmakers in the edit bay, piling on the celluloid. With a movie like Avengers: Endgame, the appeal of a long runtime is apparent: It’s got dozens and dozens of colorful characters eager to pummel each other, and had to wrap up a 22-movie story arc. Titanic‘s got a sinking boat. King Kong has a big ape.

But some of the other movies’ hooks aren’t as obvious. Films like Andrei Tarkovsky’s Andrei Rublev or Bela Tarr’s Satantango use their generous runtimes to explore new dimensions in cinema, to build something mystical and mysterious within viewers, culminating close to a rapturous experience. And a few of the documentaries, such as Shoah or O.J.: Made in America (which had an awards-qualifying theatrical run), need the space to do right by their topics.

With all that said, it’s time to get real comfy on that couch: Check out the 95 best movies 3 hours or longer!

#95

Exodus (1960)
63%

#95
Adjusted Score: 64.278%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Fictional but fact-based account of the struggle for the emergence of modern Israel as an independent country and home for... [More]
Directed By: Otto Preminger

#94
Adjusted Score: 67.613%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Originally titled Ningen No Joken, No Greater Love is the first of Japanese filmmaker Masaki Kobayashi's Human Condition trilogy. Drawing... [More]
Directed By: Masaki Kobayashi

#93

Inland Empire (2006)
72%

#93
Adjusted Score: 75.254%
Critics Consensus: Typical David Lynch fare: fans of the director will find Inland Empire seductive and deep. All others will consider the heady surrealism impenetrable and pointless.
Synopsis: A blonde actress is preparing for her biggest role yet, but when she finds herself falling for her co-star, she... [More]
Directed By: David Lynch

#92

Red Beard (1965)
73%

#92
Adjusted Score: 74.183%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In 1820, young Noboru Yasumoto (Yuzo Kayama) completes his medical education in Nagasaki and returns to his native Edo hoping... [More]
Directed By: Akira Kurosawa

#91

Nixon (1995)
74%

#91
Adjusted Score: 77.748%
Critics Consensus: Much like its subject's time in office, Nixon might have ended sooner -- but what remains is an engrossing, well-acted look at the rise and fall of a fascinating political figure.
Synopsis: This big-budget, three-hour film chronicles the political life of one our country's most controversial presidents. Although Nixon disgraced himself with... [More]
Directed By: Oliver Stone

#90

Gettysburg (1993)
77%

#90
Adjusted Score: 78.019%
Critics Consensus: Gettysburg's reverent approach to history is balanced with the committed work of a talented cast - and the hard-hitting dramatization of a bloody turning point in the Civil War.
Synopsis: The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara becomes this sprawling historical epic. As in Shaara's novel, director... [More]
Directed By: Ronald F. Maxwell

#89

The Green Mile (1999)
78%

#89
Adjusted Score: 83.856%
Critics Consensus: Though The Green Mile is long, critics say it's an absorbing, emotionally powerful experience.
Synopsis: Director Frank Darabont, who made an acclaimed feature film debut with The Shawshank Redemption (1994), based on a Stephen King... [More]
Directed By: Frank Darabont

#88
#88
Adjusted Score: 91.295%
Critics Consensus: Funny, self-referential, and irreverent to a fault, The Wolf of Wall Street finds Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio at their most infectiously dynamic.
Synopsis: Martin Scorsese directs the story of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort. From the American dream to corporate greed, Belfort goes... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#87

Regular Lovers (2005)
81%

#87
Adjusted Score: 49.884%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Touted in many circles as a response to The Dreamers (2003) -- Bernardo Bertolucci's ode to Paris in May 1968... [More]
Directed By: Philippe Garrel

#86
#86
Adjusted Score: 81.382%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Scripted (but not directed) by Ingmar Bergman, Best Intentions is a multilayered backwards glance at the courtship of Bergman's own... [More]
Directed By: Bille August

#85
#85
Adjusted Score: 87.066%
Critics Consensus: A bird may love a fish -- and musical fans will love this adaptation of Fiddler on the Roof, even if it isn't quite as transcendent as the long-running stage version.
Synopsis: Norman Jewison's adaptation of the long-running Broadway musical is set in the Ukranian ghetto village of Anatevka (the film was... [More]
Directed By: Norman Jewison

#84

Doctor Zhivago (1965)
84%

#84
Adjusted Score: 90.131%
Critics Consensus: It may not be the best of David Lean's epics, but Dr. Zhivago is still brilliantly photographed and sweepingly romantic.
Synopsis: Based on the Nobel Prize-winning novel by Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago covers the years prior to, during, and after the... [More]
Directed By: David Lean

#83
#83
Adjusted Score: 88.348%
Critics Consensus: Dances with Wolves suffers from a simplistic view of the culture it attempts to honor, but the end result remains a stirring western whose noble intentions are often matched by its epic grandeur.
Synopsis: A historical drama about the relationship between a Civil War soldier and a band of Sioux Indians, Kevin Costner's directorial... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Costner

#82

Magnolia (1999)
83%

#82
Adjusted Score: 89.521%
Critics Consensus: Magnolia is an ambitious, lengthy work that ultimately succeeds due to interesting stories and excellent ensemble performances.
Synopsis: An intriguing and entertaining study in characters going through varying levels of crisis and introspection. This psychological drama leads you... [More]
Directed By: Paul Thomas Anderson

#81

JFK (1991)
84%

#81
Adjusted Score: 88.508%
Critics Consensus: As history, Oliver Stone's JFK is dubious, but as filmmaking it's electric, cramming a ton of information and excitement into its three-hour runtime and making great use of its outstanding cast.
Synopsis: The November 22, 1963, assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy shocked the nation and the world. The brisk investigation... [More]
Directed By: Oliver Stone

#80

Grindhouse (2007)
84%

#80
Adjusted Score: 90.491%
Critics Consensus: Grindhouse delivers exhilarating exploitation fare with wit and panache, improving upon its source material with feral intelligence.
Synopsis: Kill Bill director Quentin Tarantino and Sin City director Robert Rodriguez join forces to offer a cinematic tribute to the... [More]

#79

King Kong (2005)
84%

#79
Adjusted Score: 93.277%
Critics Consensus: Featuring state-of-the-art special effects, terrific performances, and a majestic sense of spectacle, Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong is a potent epic that's faithful to the spirit of the 1933 original.
Synopsis: One of the greatest adventure stories in Hollywood history gets a new interpretation in this action drama from Academy Award-winning... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

#78

Gandhi (1982)
85%

#78
Adjusted Score: 90.53%
Critics Consensus: Director Richard Attenborough is typically sympathetic and sure-handed, but it's Ben Kingsley's magnetic performance that acts as the linchpin for this sprawling, lengthy biopic.
Synopsis: It was Richard Attenborough's lifelong dream to bring the life story of Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi to... [More]
Directed By: Richard Attenborough

#77
Adjusted Score: 86.717%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In 1952 a travelling actor's troupe roams the countryside performing a popular Greek pastoral play, which soon becomes a thinly... [More]

#76
Adjusted Score: 86.324%
Critics Consensus: Clocking in at nearly three and a half hours, George Harrison: Living in the Material World is a moving portrait of the so-called Quiet Beatle's spirituality and troubled existence that highlights the best of Scorsese's sensibilities.
Synopsis: HBO and Martin Scorsese present GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD. The film focuses the imaginative and inspired eye... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#75

Ben-Hur (1959)
86%

#75
Adjusted Score: 91.72%
Critics Consensus: Uneven, but in terms of epic scope and grand spectacle, Ben-Hur still ranks among Hollywood's finest examples of pure entertainment.
Synopsis: Record-breaking winner of 11 Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actor, and Score, this epic masterpiece stars Charlton Heston... [More]
Directed By: William Wyler

#74
Adjusted Score: 90.917%
Critics Consensus: Sergio Leone's epic crime drama is visually stunning, stylistically bold, and emotionally haunting, and filled with great performances from the likes of Robert De Niro and James Woods.
Synopsis: Though some viewers might be put off by its length, graphic violence, and absence of likable characters, Sergio Leone's final... [More]
Directed By: Sergio Leone

#73
#73
Adjusted Score: 87.04%
Critics Consensus: Mysteries of Lisbon achieves an epic heft through an unhurried pace and lush photography, its beguiling episodes culminating in an impressive whole that justifies a lengthy runtime.
Synopsis: Raul Ruiz's masterful adaptation of the eponymous nineteenth-century Portuguese novel (by Camilo Castelo Branco) evokes the complex intertwined narratives of... [More]
Directed By: Raoul Ruiz

#72

Winter Sleep (2014)
87%

#72
Adjusted Score: 89.657%
Critics Consensus: Epic in length, thrilling to behold, and utterly absorbing, Winter Sleep demands -- and rewards -- viewers' patient attention.
Synopsis: Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal with whom he has... [More]
Directed By: Nuri Bilge Ceylan

#71

The Sand Pebbles (1966)
89%

#71
Adjusted Score: 90.541%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Steve McQueen received his only Academy Award nomination for his performance in this epic-scale war drama, based on the novel... [More]
Directed By: Robert Wise

#70
Adjusted Score: 57.582%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Renowned director Martin Scorsese's documentary No Direction Home: Bob Dylan chronicles the career of the singer and songwriter during the... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#69

Napoléon (1929)
88%

#69
Adjusted Score: 93.982%
Critics Consensus: Monumental in scale and distinguished by innovative technique, Napoléon is an expressive epic that maintains a singular intimacy with its subject.
Synopsis: Advertised as a remake of his landmark silent film Napoleon, Abel Gance's Napoleon Bonaparte is actually more of a re-edited... [More]
Directed By: Abel Gance

#68

Malcolm X (1992)
88%

#68
Adjusted Score: 92.096%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by a powerful performance from Denzel Washington, Spike Lee's biopic of legendary civil rights leader Malcolm X brings his autobiography to life with an epic sweep and a nuanced message.
Synopsis: Writer-director Spike Lee's epic portrayal of the life and times of the slain civil rights leader Malcolm X begins with... [More]
Directed By: Spike Lee

#67
#67
Adjusted Score: 93.626%
Critics Consensus: Bombastic and occasionally silly but extravagantly entertaining, Cecil B. DeMille's all-star spectacular is a muscular retelling of the great Bible story.
Synopsis: Based on the Holy Scriptures, with additional dialogue by several other hands, The Ten Commandments was the last film directed... [More]
Directed By: Cecil B. DeMille

#66

Reds (1981)
89%

#66
Adjusted Score: 92.08%
Critics Consensus: Brawny in both intellect and scope, Reds is an intimate epic that captures the tumult of revolutionary change and the passion of those navigating through it.
Synopsis: This epic film focuses on the life of famed American communist John Reed. The film begins in 1915, when Reed... [More]
Directed By: Warren Beatty

#65

Titanic (1997)
89%

#65
Adjusted Score: 101.768%
Critics Consensus: A mostly unqualified triumph for James Cameron, who offers a dizzying blend of spectacular visuals and old-fashioned melodrama.
Synopsis: This spectacular epic re-creates the ill-fated maiden voyage of the White Star Line's $7.5 million R.M.S Titanic and the tragic... [More]
Directed By: James Cameron

#64
#64
Adjusted Score: 96.399%
Critics Consensus: Raw, honest, powerfully acted, and deliciously intense, Blue Is the Warmest Color offers some of modern cinema's most elegantly composed, emotionally absorbing drama.
Synopsis: BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR centers on a 15-year-old girl named Adèle (Exarchopoulos) who is climbing to adulthood and dreams... [More]
Directed By: Abdel Kechiche

#63
Adjusted Score: 67.633%
Critics Consensus: Driving aside the most polemical aspects of the director's biography, Woody Allen: A Documentary draws an interesting picture of the filmmaker's opus while allowing some glimpses of his intense personal life.
Synopsis: Robert Weide's profile of Woody Allen chronicles Allen's career from his days writing for Sid Caesar in the 1950s to... [More]
Directed By: Robert B. Weide

#62
Adjusted Score: 92.248%
Critics Consensus: Exquisitely designed and fastidiously ornate, Masaki Kobayashi's ambitious anthology operates less as a frightening example of horror and more as a meditative tribute to Japanese folklore.
Synopsis: Kwaidan is an impressively mounted anthology horror film based on four stories by Lafcadio Hearn, a Greek-born writer who began... [More]
Directed By: Masaki Kobayashi

#61

The Last Emperor (1987)
89%

#61
Adjusted Score: 94.751%
Critics Consensus: While decidedly imperfect, Bernardo Bertolucci's epic is still a feast for the eyes.
Synopsis: The Last Emperor is the true story of Aisin-Gioro Pu Yi, the last ruler of the Chinese Ching Dynasty. Told... [More]
Directed By: Bernardo Bertolucci

#60

Barry Lyndon (1975)
91%

#60
Adjusted Score: 99.058%
Critics Consensus: Cynical, ironic, and suffused with seductive natural lighting, Barry Lyndon is a complex character piece of a hapless man doomed by Georgian society.
Synopsis: Based on the Victorian novel by William Makepeace Thackeray, this film tells the complex story of a sensitive, intelligent, and... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Kubrick

#59
#59
Adjusted Score: 91.278%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This film, based on Eugene O'Neill's 1947 Broadway play, is set in 1912 at Harry Hope's waterfront saloon. On the... [More]
Directed By: John Frankenheimer

#58
#58
Adjusted Score: 92.692%
Critics Consensus: Judgment at Nuremberg dramatizes historical atrocity with thoughtfulness and vitality, interrogating complicity and genocide with an all-star cast at the peak of their respective powers.
Synopsis: After the end of World War II, the world gradually became aware of the full extent of the war crimes... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Kramer

#57

Love Exposure (2011)
91%

#57
Adjusted Score: 71.641%
Critics Consensus: An engagingly funny melodrama as well as an ambitious exploration of sexual behavior, Sion Sono's Love Exposure provides nearly four hours of extremely strange and entertaining cinema.
Synopsis: Tokyo teen Yu Honda (Takahiro Nishijima) is the traumatized son of a widower-cum-Catholic priest (Atsuro Watabe), who begins a sexual... [More]
Directed By: Sion Sono

#56

Eureka (2001)
91%

#56
Adjusted Score: 91.657%
Critics Consensus: With its subtitles and a running time nearing four hours, Eureka certainly places demands upon its viewers. For those with the patience, however, this visually lovely film builds to an emotionally resonant vision of transcendence.
Synopsis: One of the leading voices in the new Japanese cinema, Shinji Aoyama directs this spare, emotionally rich saga about memory,... [More]
Directed By: Shinji Aoyama

#55
#55
Adjusted Score: 106%
Critics Consensus: Gone with the Wind's epic grandeur and romantic allure encapsulate an era of Hollywood filmmaking -- but that can't excuse a blinkered perspective that stands on the wrong side of history.
Synopsis: Gone With the Wind boils down to a story about a spoiled Southern girl's hopeless love for a married man.... [More]
Directed By: Victor Fleming

#54

El Cid (1961)
92%

#54
Adjusted Score: 92.591%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This film version of Pierre Corneille's El Cid focuses on the life of 11th-century Spanish hero Rodrigo Diaz de Bivar.... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Mann

#53
#53
Adjusted Score: 93.475%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: TV mini-series- Rainer Werner Fassbinder directed this 16-hour film that follows Franz Biberkopf (Gunter Lamprecht) after his release from prison... [More]
Starring:
Directed By:

#52
#52
Adjusted Score: 94.183%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Alfons (Zbigniew Cybulski) is a young army captain who meets two women of Moorish ancestry at what appears to be... [More]
Directed By: Wojciech Has

#51
#51
Adjusted Score: 93.763%
Critics Consensus: Its four-hour length is undeniably imposing, but Norte, the End of History rewards patient viewers with an absorbing, visually expansive viewing experience.
Synopsis: In the northern Philippine province of Luzon, a law-school dropout commits a horrific double murder; a gentle family man takes... [More]
Directed By: Lav Diaz

#50
#50
Adjusted Score: 99.627%
Critics Consensus: A deeply flawed cinematic landmark, The Birth of a Nation undermines its groundbreaking technical achievements with repugnant racist imagery.
Synopsis: The Birth of a Nation (originally titled The Clansman) is an American silent film from 1915, and the first 12... [More]
Directed By: D.W. Griffith

#49

Spartacus (1960)
93%

#49
Adjusted Score: 100.684%
Critics Consensus: Featuring terrific performances and epic action, Kubrick's restored swords-and-sandals epic is a true classic.
Synopsis: Spartacus (Kirk Douglas) is a rebellious slave purchased by Lentulus Batiatus (Peter Ustinov), owner of a school for gladiators. For... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Kubrick

#48

Carlos (2010)
93%

#48
Adjusted Score: 94.379%
Critics Consensus: Despite its hefty running time, Carlos moves along briskly, thanks to an engaging story, exotic locales, and a breakout performance by Edgar Ramirez.
Synopsis: "Carlos" tells the story of Ilich Ramírez Sánchez who, for two decades, was one of the most wanted terrorists on... [More]
Directed By: Olivier Assayas

#47

The Deer Hunter (1978)
93%

#47
Adjusted Score: 101.14%
Critics Consensus: Its greatness is blunted by its length and one-sided point of view, but the film's weaknesses are overpowered by Michael Cimino's sympathetic direction and a series of heartbreaking performances from Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, and Christopher Walken.
Synopsis: The Deer Hunter moves from the steel mills outside of Pittsburgh to the mountains of Pennsylvania to the jungles of... [More]
Directed By: Michael Cimino

#46
#46
Adjusted Score: 95.198%
Critics Consensus: The additional footage slows down the movie somewhat (some say the new cut is inferior to the original), but Apocalypse Now Redux is still a great piece of cinema.
Synopsis: Loosely based on Joseph Conrad's novel, "The Heart of Darkness", the film transplants the tale to the Vietnam War. A... [More]
Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola

#45
Adjusted Score: 101.22%
Critics Consensus: Visually breathtaking and emotionally powerful, The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King is a moving and satisfying conclusion to a great trilogy.
Synopsis: The final battle for Middle-earth begins. Frodo and Sam, led by Gollum, continue their dangerous mission toward the fires of... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

#44
#44
Adjusted Score: 70.438%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A feature-length retrospective documentary exploring the impact of the 80s Horror Film genre.... [More]
Directed By: David A. Weiner

#43
Adjusted Score: 94.727%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Italian filmmaker Ermanno Olmi's Tree of the Wooden Clogs covers a period of twelve months, dividing its time between three... [More]
Directed By: Ermanno Olmi

#42
Adjusted Score: 95.112%
Critics Consensus: Earns its 6 hours running time by telling an engrossing story with compelling characters.
Synopsis: Directed by Marco Tullio Giordana and La Meglio Gioventu, this film chronicles the youth, emotional development, and milestone events in... [More]
Directed By: Marco Tullio Giordana

#41
#41
Adjusted Score: 117.869%
Critics Consensus: Exciting, entertaining, and emotionally impactful, Avengers: Endgame does whatever it takes to deliver a satisfying finale to Marvel's epic Infinity Saga.
Synopsis: The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Russo

#40
#40
Adjusted Score: 88.984%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A decade in the making, Mariano Llinás's La Flor is an unrepeatable labor of love and madness that redefines the... [More]
Directed By: Mariano Llinás

#39

Andrei Rublev (1973)
95%

#39
Adjusted Score: 98.878%
Critics Consensus: Andrei Rublev is a cerebral epic that filters challenging ideas through a grand scope -- forming a moving thesis on art, faith, and the sweep of history.
Synopsis: In this film, set in the 15th century, Anatoly Solonitsin plays the title character, a legendary icon painter/political activist. Rublev... [More]
Directed By: Andrei Tarkovsky

#38

Giant (1956)
95%

#38
Adjusted Score: 100.69%
Critics Consensus: Giant earns its imposing name with a towering narrative supported by striking cinematography, big ideas, and powerful work from a trio of legendary Hollywood leads.
Synopsis: George Stevens' sprawling adaptation of Edna Ferber's best-selling novel successfully walks a fine line between potboiler and serious drama for... [More]
Directed By: George Stevens

#37

Hamlet (1996)
95%

#37
Adjusted Score: 97.767%
Critics Consensus: Kenneth Branagh's sprawling, finely textured adaptation of Shakespeare's masterpiece lives up to its source material, using strong performances and a sharp cinematic focus to create a powerfully resonant film that wastes none of its 246 minutes.
Synopsis: Kenneth Branagh ("Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," "The Road to El Dorado") writes, directs and stars in this... [More]
Directed By: Kenneth Branagh

#36

Short Cuts (1993)
95%

#36
Adjusted Score: 99.322%
Critics Consensus: Robert Altman's ensemble drama deftly integrates its disparate characters and episodes into a funny, poignant, emotionally satisfying whole.
Synopsis: Robert Altman stunningly interweaves 22 characters and nine Raymond Carver short stories -- relocating the settings from Carver's Northwest to... [More]
Directed By: Robert Altman

#35
Adjusted Score: 96.312%
Critics Consensus: Lagaan is lavish, rousing entertainment in the old-fashioned tradition of Hollywood musicals.
Synopsis: Lagaan is the story of a battle without bloodshed fought by a group of unlikely heroes led by Bhuvan (Aamir... [More]

#34

Les Vampires (1915)
96%

#34
Adjusted Score: 98.987%
Critics Consensus: Energetically paced and visually wondrous, Les Vampires is a raucous epic that depicts criminal mayhem with pioneering style.
Synopsis: Louis Feuillade's pioneering silent serial -- whose ten episodes weigh in at nearly eight hours -- concerns Guèrande (Edouard Mathé),... [More]
Directed By: Louis Feuillade

#33
Adjusted Score: 98.182%
Critics Consensus: Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles offers a lingering, unvarnished, and ultimately mesmerizing look at one woman's existence.
Synopsis: In this experimental film about a middle-aged widow driven to desperation by the crushing boredom of making beds, cleaning bathtubs,... [More]
Directed By: Chantal Akerman

#32
Adjusted Score: 97.111%
Critics Consensus: Leni Riefenstahl reflects on her own Wonderful, Horrible Life in this absorbing documentary, which contends with the contradiction of the awful power that great art can hold.
Synopsis: In the 1930s, Leni Riefenstahl was arguably the most important and accomplished female filmmaker of her generation; however, since her... [More]
Directed By: Ray Muller

#31

A Touch of Zen (1969)
96%

#31
Adjusted Score: 98.442%
Critics Consensus: A brilliantly directed feast for the eyes with an epic story to match, A Touch of Zen marks a groundbreaking achievement in the wuxia genre.
Synopsis: According to this drama, set in 14th-century China, a state-run secret police organization made life a living hell for anyone... [More]
Directed By: King Hu

#30
Adjusted Score: 97.788%
Critics Consensus: The Mother and the Whore (La Maman et la putain) finds writer-director Jean Eustache working at peak form to deliver a gripping statement on late 1960s French society.
Synopsis: In this intense character study, irresponsible Parisian Leaud decides that he desperately needs a wife and so leaves his lover... [More]
Directed By: Jean Eustache

#29
#29
Adjusted Score: 97.115%
Critics Consensus: Documentarian Claude Lanzmann brings the ghosts of the Holocaust back to vivid life once again The Last of the Unjust, a dense and haunting investigation into complicity and moral quandary.
Synopsis: 1975. In Rome, Claude Lanzmann filmed a series of interviews with Benjamin Murmelstein, the last President of the Jewish Council... [More]
Starring: Claude Lanzmann
Directed By: Claude Lanzmann

#28
Adjusted Score: 97.295%
Critics Consensus: A remarkable debut that sadly serves as its creator's epitaph, An Elephant Sitting Still offers an uncompromisingly grim yet poignant portrait of life in modern China.
Synopsis: Under the gloomy sky of a small town in northern China, different protagonists' lives are intertwined in this furious tale... [More]
Directed By: Hu Bo (II)

#27

The Right Stuff (1983)
96%

#27
Adjusted Score: 100.185%
Critics Consensus: The Right Stuff packs a lot of movie into its hefty running time, spinning a colorful, fact-based story out of consistently engaging characters in the midst of epochal events.
Synopsis: Covering some 15 years, this film recounts the formation of America's space program, concentrating on the original Mercury astronauts. The... [More]
Directed By: Philip Kaufman

#26

The Irishman (2019)
96%

#26
Adjusted Score: 115.654%
Critics Consensus: An epic gangster drama that earns its extended runtime, The Irishman finds Martin Scorsese revisiting familiar themes to poignant, funny, and profound effect.
Synopsis: This biographical crime thriller follows Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) as he recalls his past years working for the Bufalino... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#25
#25
Adjusted Score: 97.278%
Critics Consensus: More than five hours go by in a blink in this frantic Indian crime epic that spans generations and encompasses hundreds of characters in a bloody spiral of brutality, all masterly filmed by Anurag Kashyap.
Synopsis: Towards the end of colonial India, Sahid Khan loots the British trains, impersonating the legendary Sultana Daku. Now outcast, Shahid... [More]
Directed By: Anurag Kashyap

#24

Schindler's List (1993)
97%

#24
Adjusted Score: 105.177%
Critics Consensus: Schindler's List blends the abject horror of the Holocaust with Steven Spielberg's signature tender humanism to create the director's dramatic masterpiece.
Synopsis: Based on a true story, Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List stars Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler, a German businessman in Poland... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#23
Adjusted Score: 103.253%
Critics Consensus: Strong performances abound, and Carne's wit and grace are evident in this masterful (if long) French epic.
Synopsis: Even in 1945, Marcel Carnà (C)'s Children of Paradise was regarded as an old-fashioned film. Set in the Parisian theatrical... [More]
Directed By: Marcel Carné

#22

The Leopard (1963)
98%

#22
Adjusted Score: 103.243%
Critics Consensus: Lavish and wistful, The Leopard features epic battles, sumptuous costumes, and a ballroom waltz that competes for most beautiful sequence committed to film.
Synopsis: Arguably Luchino Visconti's best film and certainly the most personal of his historical epics, The Leopard chronicles the fortunes of... [More]
Directed By: Luchino Visconti

#21
#21
Adjusted Score: 107.583%
Critics Consensus: Drawing on strong performances by Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, Francis Ford Coppola's continuation of Mario Puzo's Mafia saga set new standards for sequels that have yet to be matched or broken.
Synopsis: Francis Ford Coppola's legendary continuation and sequel to his landmark 1972 film, The Godfather, parallels the young Vito Corleone's rise... [More]
Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 106.516%
Critics Consensus: The epic of all epics, Lawrence of Arabia cements director David Lean's status in the filmmaking pantheon with nearly four hours of grand scope, brilliant performances, and beautiful cinematography.
Synopsis: This sweeping, highly literate historical epic covers the Allies' mideastern campaign during World War I as seen through the eyes... [More]
Directed By: David Lean

#19

Marketa Lazarová (1967)
100%

#19
Adjusted Score: 100.499%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Vladislav Vancura's novel Marketa Lazarova was based on a centuries-old Czechoslovakian legend. The film version concerns itself with a group... [More]
Directed By: Frantisek Vlácil

#18
Adjusted Score: 100.232%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Though Fall of the Roman Empire is now infamous as the epic which destroyed the cinematic "empire" of producer Samuel... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Mann

#17
Adjusted Score: 99.555%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In 1994, the British Film Institute commissioned a set of films to mark the centenary of the movies. They would... [More]
Starring: Martin Scorsese

#16
#16
Adjusted Score: 59.355%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Directed By: Ryusuke Hamaguchi

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 101.258%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Russian director Sergei Bondarchuk's epic version of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace (Voyna i Mir) was the most expensive European... [More]
Directed By: Sergey Bondarchuk

#14
Adjusted Score: 100.602%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This seven-hour European epic takes place in an abandoned Hungarian farm machinery plant. There live a small band of hobos... [More]
Directed By: Bela Tarr

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 100.749%
Critics Consensus: A fantastic cinematic and artistic achievement, Edward Yang's A Brighter Summer Day depicts youth, ideals, violence and politics in a melancholic, tender light, culminating in a complex portrait of Taiwanese identity.
Synopsis: Set in Taiwan during the year 1960, a talented but self-centered student refuses to compromise his moral standards with anyone... [More]
Directed By: Edward Yang

#12

My Voyage to Italy (2001)
100%

#12
Adjusted Score: 77.067%
Critics Consensus: Martin Scorsese invites audiences to follow him through the movies that shaped him, offering both a highly informative dissertation on Italian cinema history and an intimate glimpse into the director's upbringing.
Synopsis: Martin Scorsese talks about the movies and directors that most influenced his career in this survey of Italian cinema. Included:... [More]
Starring: Martin Scorsese
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#11

Dead Souls (2018)
100%

#11
Adjusted Score: 100.019%
Critics Consensus: Dead Souls excavates a government's sins with personal accounts that preserve the past while illuminating the problems of the present.
Synopsis: In Gansu Province, northwest China, lie the remains of countless prisoners abandoned in the Gobi Desert sixty years ago. Deemed... [More]
Starring: Bing Wang
Directed By: Bing Wang

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 101.842%
Critics Consensus: Time is an essential character in Jacques Rivette's Out 1, Noli Me Tangere, a brilliant 13-hour study of human relationships and an exploration of how a generation's dreams and ideals slowly fade as life goes ruthlessly by.
Synopsis: Jacques Rivette's epic-scale meditation on art, politics and relationships is an eight-part, 740 minute drama that begins as an examination... [More]

#9
Adjusted Score: 102.419%
Critics Consensus: By documenting arguably the most renowned music festival in history, Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music achieves the rare feat of capturing the unique spirit of its time.
Synopsis: This iconic musical documentary covers the three-day 1969 music festival on the property of Max Yasger's farm that symbolized the... [More]
Directed By: Michael Wadleigh

#8

World on a Wire (1973)
100%

#8
Adjusted Score: 102.136%
Critics Consensus: With World on a Wire, Fassbinder imprints his unmistakable mark on a science fiction mystery that, through fascinating philosophical discussions and deep psychological questions, presents a timely reflection on humanity.
Synopsis: A dystopic science-fiction epic, World on a Wire is German wunderkind Rainer Werner Fassbinder's gloriously cracked, boundlessly inventive take on... [More]
Starring:
Directed By:

#7
Adjusted Score: 103.091%
Critics Consensus: The Sorrow and the Pity narrates a painful chapter in France's history through an impressively rich mosaic of testimonies and historical archives, giving a complex texture to the struggles of a people amid tragedy.
Synopsis: Made for French television, Marcel Ophüls' four-hour-plus documentary explores the average French citizen's memories of the Nazi occupation. Just how... [More]
Directed By: Marcel Ophüls

#6

La Belle Noiseuse (1991)
100%

#6
Adjusted Score: 101.536%
Critics Consensus: A sensual and hypnotic masterpiece, La Belle Noiseuse luxuriates in its four-hour run time while holding audience attention.
Synopsis: In 1991, the master French director Jacques Rivette released one of his most acclaimed works- the four-hour La Belle noiseuse.... [More]
Directed By: Jacques Rivette

#5
Adjusted Score: 100.47%
Critics Consensus: Like the Grateful Dead's best music, this documentary justifies its expansive running time -- and offers audiences a Long Strange Trip that's well worth taking.
Synopsis: The 30-year odyssey of the Grateful Dead was the most unlikely success story in rock 'n' roll history. Famously averse... [More]
Directed By: Amir Bar-Lev

#4

Shoah (1985)
100%

#4
Adjusted Score: 102.158%
Critics Consensus: Expansive in its beauty as well as its mind-numbing horror, Shoah is a towering -- and utterly singular -- achievement in cinema.
Synopsis: The creators of the brilliant French documentary Shoah courageously assume that their audience is willing to sit through 570 minutes'... [More]
Directed By: Claude Lanzmann

#3

Fanny & Alexander (1982)
100%

#3
Adjusted Score: 102.897%
Critics Consensus: Ingmar Bergman conveys the sweep of childhood with a fastidious attention to detail and sumptuous insight into human frailty in Fanny & Alexander, a masterwork that crystalizes many of the directors' preoccupations into a familial epic.
Synopsis: In 1982, Ingmar Bergman emerged with one of his most singularly acclaimed films - a work that dramatically broke away... [More]
Directed By: Ingmar Bergman

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 101.276%
Critics Consensus: O.J.: Made in America paints a balanced and thorough portrait of the American dream juxtaposed with tragedy and executed with power and skill.
Synopsis: A look at the rise and fall of sports icon-turned-accused murderer O.J. Simpson. This riveting documentary examines Simpson's 1995 trial... [More]
Starring: O.J. Simpson
Directed By: Ezra Edelman

#1
Adjusted Score: 108.883%
Critics Consensus: Arguably Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece, The Seven Samurai is an epic adventure classic with an engrossing story, memorable characters, and stunning action sequences that make it one of the most influential films ever made.
Synopsis: Akira Kurosawa's epic tale concerns honor and duty during a time when the old traditional order is breaking down. The... [More]
Directed By: Akira Kurosawa

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