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List of longest films by running time

This is a list of some of the longest films ever released. The longest film, according to the Guinness World Records, is The Cure for Insomnia at 5220 minutes (87 hours or 3 days & 15 hours).

Films over five hours long

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

Title Running Time Year Released
The Burning of the Red Lotus Temple 1620 min (27 hr). 1928–1931
Die Zweite Heimat - Chronik Einer Jugend 1532 min (25 hr). 1992
Grandmother Martha 1452 min (24 hr). 1996
Berlin Alexanderplatz 931 min (15 hr). 1980
Heimat - Eine Deutsche Chronik 924 min (15 hr). 1984
Resan (The Journey) 873 min (14 hr). 1987
Out 1 (Noli me tangere) 773 min (13 hr). 1971
How Yukong Moved the Mountains 763 min (13 hr). 1977
Heimat 3 - Chronik Einer Zeitenwende 679 min (11 hr). 2004
Evolution of a Filipino Family 643 min (11 hr). 2004
Shoah 566 min (9 hr). 1985
Taiga 501 min (8 hr). 1992
Liberation 487 min (8 hr). 1969
War and Peace 484 min (8 hr). 1968
The Photo-Drama of Creation 480 min (8 hr). 1914
Imitation of Christ 480 min (8 hr). 1967
El Protegido de Satán 480 min (8 hr). 1917
Mefisto 460 min (8 hr). 1917
Satantango 450 min (8 hr). 1994
Hitler: A Film from Germany 442 min (7 hr). 1978
Arshin Mal Alan 420 min (7 hr). 1916
The Satin Slipper 410 min (7 hr). 1985
The Best of Youth 400 min (7 hr). 2003
Bábolna 400 min (7 hr). 1985
I, Paisan 392 min (7 hr). 1967
Parisette 380 min (6 hr). 1921
Babel - A Letter to My Friends Left Behind in Belgium 380 min (6 hr). 1991
The French Revolution 360 min (6 hr). 1989
Little Dorrit 360 min (6 hr). 1988
Bevezetés a filmkészítés rejtelmeibe 360 min (6 hr). 1996
Les Miserables 359 min (6 hr). 1925
The Fight for Moscow 358 min (6 hr). 1985
Near Death 358 min (6 hr). 1989
Fragments: Jerusalem 358 min (6 hr). 1997
La Commune (Paris, 1871) 345 min (6 hr). 2000
And Quiet Flows the Don 340 min (6 hr). 1957
Perón, sinfonía del sentimiento 340 min (6 hr). 1999
L'idole des jeunes 338 min (6 hr). 1976
Vkus khleba 336 min (6 hr). 1979
Napoléon 330 min (6 hr). 1927
Yoman 330 min (6 hr). 1983
Mahatma: Life of Gandhi, 1869-1948 330 min (6 hr). 1968
Spiritual Voices 328 min (5 hr). 1995
Vindicta 320 min (5 hr). 1923
As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty 320 min (5 hr). 2000
1900 318 min (5 hr). 1976
Tsahal 316 min (5 hr). 1994
The Deluge 316 min (5 hr). 1974
Batang West Side 315 min (5 hr). 2002
Fanny and Alexander 312 min (5 hr). 1983
Nightmare 312 min (5 hr). 1972
Legend About Thiel 311 min (5 hr). 1976
Les Misérables 305 min (5 hr). 1934
The Confessions of Winifred Wagner 302 min (5 hr). 1975

The original version of Erich von Stroheim's Greed reportedly ran at over 8 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. Subsequently rediscovered footage has let researchers reconstruct something closer to four hours.

Experimental films

Title Running Time Year Released
Matrjoschka 5700 min (95 hr). 2006
The Cure for Insomnia 5220 min (87 hr). 1987
The Longest Most Meaningless Movie in the World 2880 min (48 hr). 1970
**** (Four Stars) 1500 min (25 hr). 1967
Crude Oil 840 min (14 hr). 2008
Empire 485 min (8 hr). 1964
Lamentations a Monument for the Dead World 427 min (7 hr). 1985
The Movie Orgy 420 min (7 hr). 1968
Star Spangled to Death 402 min (6 hr.) 2004
Sleep 321 min (5 hr). 1963

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