List of longest films

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This is a list of films whose running time exceeds 300 minutes (five hours).

While most cinematic films have a broad theatrical release in multiple locations through normal distribution channels, some of the world's longest films are experimental or art films that were never simultaneously released to multiple screens or intended for mainstream audiences. They may have been shown in art galleries where audiences were intended to walk in and out. By the end of 2011, the longest film screened was the Danish experimental film Modern Times Forever (Stora Enso Building, Helsinki)[1] made by Superflex. It has a runtime of 240 hours and a one-off screening began on March 23, 2011 at the IHME Contemporary Art Festival in Helsinki.[2][3]

On July 4th 2014, Swedish director Anders Weberg released 72 minutes of Ambiancé, a project in which he intends to have run for 720 hours (30 days). He will be gradually releasing more footage from the film every other year until the main product's release in 2020.[4]

Experimental films[edit]

Experimental films
Title Running time Year released Notes
Ambiancé 43200 min (720 hours / 30 days). 2014–2020 [5]
Modern Times Forever (Stora Enso Building, Helsinki) 14400 min (240 hr / 10 days). 2011 [1]
Cinématon 11400 min (190 hr / 7 days, 22 hours). 1978–2014 [citation needed]
Beijing 2003 9000 min (150 hr / 6 days, 6 hours). 2004 [6]
Untitled #125 (Hickory) 7200 min (120 hr / 5 days). 2011 [7]
Matrjoschka 5700 min (95 hr / 3 days, 23 hours). 2006 [8]
Cure for Insomnia, TheThe Cure for Insomnia 5220 min (87 hr / 3 days, 15 hours). 1987 [9]
Longest Most Meaningless Movie in the World, TheThe Longest Most Meaningless Movie in the World 2880 min (48 hr). 1968 [10]
**** (Four Stars) 1500 min (25 hr / 1 day, 1 hour). 1967 [11]
24 Hour Psycho 1440 min (24 hr / 1 day). 1993 [12]
Clock, TheThe Clock 1440 min (24 hr / 1 day). 2010 [13]
Happy 1440 min (24 hr / 1 day). 2013 [14][15]
Crude Oil 840 min (14 hr). 2008 [16]
Bordeaux Piece 823 min (13 hr, 43 min). 2004 [17]
White House, TheThe White House 690 min (11 hr, 30 min). 2006 [18]
Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks 551 min (9 hr, 11 min). 2003 [a]
Empire 485 min (8 hr, 5 min). 1964 [19]
Imitation of Christ 480 min (8 hr). 1967 [20]
The Wake 462 min (7 hr, 42 min). 2000 [21]
Lamentations: A Monument to the Dead World 435 min (7 hr, 7 min). 1985 [22]
Movie Orgy, TheThe Movie Orgy 420 min (7 hr). 1968 [23]
Star Spangled to Death 402 min (6 hr, 42 min). 2004 [24]
River of Fundament 350 min (5 hr, 50 min). 2014
Sleep 321 min (5 hr, 21 min). 1963 [19]
As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty 320 min (5 hr, 20 min). 2000

Cinematic films[edit]

Note: Some releases are extended cuts or director's cuts, and are ranked according to the longest verified running time.

Cinematic films
Title Running time Year released Notes
Resan (The Journey) 873 min (14 hr, 33 min). 1987 [25]
Out 1, noli me tangere 773 min (12 hr, 53 min). 1971 [b]
How Yukong Moved the Mountains 763 min (12 hr, 43 min). 1977 [c]
Evolution of a Filipino Family 647 min (10 hr, 47 min). 2004 [d]
Shoah 544 min (9 hr, 4 min). 1985 [e]
Death in the Land of Encantos 540 min (9 hr). 2007 [f]
Heremias 540 min (9 hr). 2006
Taiga 501 min (8 hr, 21 min). 1992 [g]
Photo-Drama of Creation, TheThe Photo-Drama of Creation 480 min (8 hr). 1914 [h]
Protegido de Satán, ElEl Protegido de Satán 480 min (8 hr). 1917 [i]
Mefisto 460 min (7 hr, 40 min). 1917 [j]
Melancholia 450 min (7 hr, 30 min). 2008 [26]
Hitler: A Film from Germany 442 min (7 hr, 22 min). 1977 [k]
Sátántangó 423 min (7 hr, 12 min). 1994 [l]
Arshin Mal-Alan 420 min (7 hr). 1916 [m]
Satin Slipper, TheThe Satin Slipper 410 min (6 hr, 50 min). 1985 [n]
Bábolna 400 min (6 hr, 40 min). 1985 [o]
Best of Youth, TheThe Best of Youth 400 min (6 hr, 40 min). 2003 [p]
Vampires, LesLes Vampires 399 min (6 hr, 39 min). 1915 [q]
I, Paisan 392 min (6 hr, 32 min). 1967
Parisette 380 min (6 hr, 20 min). 1921
Babel - A Letter to My Friends Left Behind in Belgium 380 min (6 hr, 20 min). 1991
Révolution française, LaLa Révolution française 360 min (6 hr). 1989
Little Dorrit 360 min (6 hr). 1988
Century of Birthing 360 min (6 hr). 2011 [r]
Florentina Hubaldo, CTE 360 min (6 hr). 2012 [s]
Bevezetés a filmkészítés rejtelmeibe 360 min (6 hr). 1996
Misérables, LesLes Misérables 359 min (5 hr, 59 min). 1925
Battle of Moscow 358 min (5 hr, 58 min). 1985
Near Death 358 min (5 hr, 58 min). 1989
Fragments: Jerusalem 358 min (5 hr, 58 min). 1997
Karamay 356 min (5 hr, 56 min). 2010
Commune (Paris, 1871), LaLa Commune (Paris, 1871) 345 min (5 hr, 45 min). 2000
Perón, sinfonía del sentimiento 340 min (5 hr, 40 min). 1999
Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon 338 min (5 hr, 38 min). 2014
idole des jeunes, L'L'idole des jeunes 338 min (5 hr, 38 min). 1976
Vkus khleba 336 min (5 hr, 36 min). 1979
Napoléon 330 min (5 hr, 30 min). 1927
Yoman 330 min (5 hr, 30 min). 1983
Mahatma: Life of Gandhi, 1869–1948 330 min (5 hr, 30 min). 1968
Spiritual Voices 328 min (5 hr, 28 min). 1995
Vindicta 320 min (5 hr, 20 min). 1923
Cleopatra 320 min (5 hr, 20 min). 1963
1900 317 min (5 hr, 17 min). 1976
Tsahal 316 min (5 hr, 16 min). 1994
Deluge, TheThe Deluge 316 min (5 hr, 16 min). 1974
Batang West Side 315 min (5 hr, 15 min). 2002
Fanny and Alexander 312 min (5 hr, 12 min). 1982
Nightmare 312 min (5 hr, 12 min). 1972
Legend About Thiel 311 min (5 hr, 11 min). 1976
Misérables, LesLes Misérables 305 min (5 hr, 5 min). 1934
Confessions of Winifred Wagner, TheThe Confessions of Winifred Wagner 302 min (5 hr, 2 min). 1975

The original version of Erich von Stroheim's Greed reportedly ran at about 10 hours. However, it was only ever shown once at this length, and no such copy currently exists. The length of the final release (edited against von Stroheim's wishes) was approximately 2 hours 20 minutes. Subsequently rediscovered footage has let researchers reconstruct something closer to four hours. Similarly, Sion Sono's Love Exposure ran approximately 6 hours before being edited down to four at the behest of the producers. A 2-hour version was attempted but ultimately deemed "impossible", according to Sono. Sono currently has no plans to publicly release the 6-hour cut.[27]

Films released in separate parts[edit]

This section lists films conceived as an artistic unity and produced simultaneously, or consecutively with no significant interruption or change of production team, even though they were released with separate premières.

Films released in separate parts
Title Running time Year released Notes
The Children of Golzow 2570 min (42 hr, 50 min / 1 day, 18 hours, 50 min). 1961–2007
Burning of the Red Lotus Temple, TheThe Burning of the Red Lotus Temple 1620 min (27 hr / 1 day, 3 hours). 1928–1931 [28]
The Lord of the Rings 681 min (11 hr, 21 min). 2001–2003
War and Peace 431 min (7 hr, 53 min). 1966–1967
Nymphomaniac 325 min (5 hr, 25 min). 2013
Gangs of Wasseypur 319 min (5 hr, 19 min). 2012

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "The Longest Film Ever Made". IHME Project 2011. superflex.net. Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ "The IHME Project starts". ihmeproductions. Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
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  5. ^ "Watch the 72-minute trailer for a month-long film". The Verge. 2014-07-07. Retrieved 2014-07-08. 
  6. ^ "Beijing 2003 (2004)". Internet Movie Database. 
  7. ^ "Pulse Contemporary Art Fair". Pulse-art.com. Retrieved June 10, 2012. 
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  12. ^ Lee, Nathan (June 11, 2006). "Film". The Week Ahead (The New York Times). 
  13. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (April 7, 2011). "Christian Marclay's The Clock: A masterpiece of our times". The Guardian (London). 
  14. ^ Schilling, Mary Kaye (November 22, 2013). "How Pharrell and a Cast of Hundreds Got Happy for a 24-Hour Interactive Video". Co.Create. 
  15. ^ (Spanish) "24 horas de Happy". BAFICI. Government of Buenos Aires. 
  16. ^ Jones, Doug (February 3, 2008). "Adventures at the IFFR: "Oil," "Right One," "Jamil," and CineMart". Dispatch from Rotterdam. Indiewire. Archived from the original on February 7, 2008. 
  17. ^ "David Claerbout: the time that remains". Photomonitor. 
  18. ^ "The White House". International Film Festival Rotterdam. 
  19. ^ a b Angell, Callie (1994). The Films of Andy Warhol Part II. p. 16. ASIN B0006P70ZM. 
  20. ^ "Imitation of Christ (Andy Warhol)". Smironne.free.fr. September 7, 2000. Retrieved June 10, 2012. 
  21. ^ "The Wake". Michaelkvium.com. Retrieved June 10, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Lamentations: A Monument to the Dead World". cfmdc.org. Retrieved June 10, 2012. 
  23. ^ Quinlan, David. Quinlan's Film Directors. Sterling Publishing, 1999, ISBN 0-7134-8698-8
  24. ^ Star Spangled to Death (DVD). Ken Jacobs. 2004 [2004]. 
  25. ^ Ash, Russell (September 23, 2003). The Top 10 of Film. Dorling Kindersley. p. 21. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  26. ^ Scheib, Ronnie (September 29, 2008). "Melancholia". Variety. 
  27. ^ "Sion Sono NYAFF Q&A". 
  28. ^ "The Burning of the Red Lotus Temple (1928)". Kaleidoscope.cultural-china.com. Retrieved June 10, 2012. 

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