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100 best long movies for when you're stuck inside

  • 100 best long movies for when you're stuck inside

    Millions of people are stuck inside and that makes now the perfect time to catch up on the best long movies ever made. Indeed, what was once considered a hurdle is now a proverbial lifesaver, or at the very least a boredom cure. Viewers will soon discover that they’ve been putting off a treasure trove of quality titles, some of which go all the way back to the silent era. Plus, is there ever really a wrong time to rewatch perennial favorites like “The Godfather” or “Titanic” or the “Kill Bill” saga?

    Of course, for every one well-known classic there’s a film that remains relatively obscure among modern audiences. Many hail from overseas and take their sweet time while exploring a range of dramatic themes. One example is 1995’s “Underground,” a black comedy from Romania that’s as visually rhapsodic as it is philosophically complex. Another is 2012’s “Gangs of Wasseypur,” a more than five-hour long Hindi crime saga that whizzes by in a whirlwind of style and substance.

    Then there are the familiar titles that some viewers avoid due to daunting run times, which are no longer an inhibiting factor. Everything from “Short Cuts” to “Malcolm X” to “Patton” is overflowing with talent and usually just a quick purchase or stream away. Feel free to digest them in one sitting or parse them into segments the way one might do with a novel. Some of these films even break down into chapters, perhaps for that very reason. To phrase it more dramatically: Behold the power of the pause button!

    At the end of the day, movies fill time and folks have time to fill. As such, long movies crank up the functionality factor while still making for quality entertainment. To separate the best from the rest, Stacker collected the top 100 narrative fiction films over 165 minutes, according to IMDb. To qualify, the film had to have at least 3,500 user votes. Without further delay, here are the 100 best long movies for when you’re stuck inside.

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  • #100. ‘Laurence Anyways’ (2012)

    - Director: Xavier Dolan
    - IMDb user rating: 7.7
    - Run time: 168 minutes
    - Metascore: 73

    This Canadian drama tracks the struggles of a transgender woman, played by Melvil Poupaud, over the course of 10 years. Director Xavier Dolan made it in memory of real-life transgender woman Luce Baillargé. The film won two awards at the 2012 Canne Film Festival, including the Queer Palm.

  • #99. ‘1900’ (1976)

    - Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
    - IMDb user rating: 7.7
    - Run time: 317 minutes
    - Metascore: 70

    The uncut version of this historical drama runs for more than five hours and breaks down into two parts. Spanning four decades in Italy, it chronicles the rise of fascism through the eyes of two central protagonists portrayed by Robert De Niro and Gérard Depardieu. Director Bernardo Bertolucci went well over schedule and budget during production.

  • #98. ‘Hamlet’ (1996)

    - Director: Kenneth Branagh
    - IMDb user rating: 7.7
    - Run time: 242 minutes
    - Metascore: Data not available

    Shakespeare’s iconic play gets all the breathing room it deserves in this Oscar-nominated adaptation. Director and star Kenneth Branagh changes the century while leaving the bard’s original prose intact. Richard Attenborough, Julie Christie, Kate Winslet, Judi Dench, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, and Gérard Depardieu all make appearances.

  • #97. ‘Short Cuts’ (1993)

    - Director: Robert Altman
    - IMDb user rating: 7.7
    - Run time: 188 minutes
    - Metascore: 79

    Robert Altman followed 1992’s “The Player” with this Los Angeles-based dramedy, which alternates between various storylines. Ever the economic director, he completed filming in a little over two months. Featured in the ensemble cast are Julianne Moore, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Robert Downey Jr., Madeleine Stowe, Matthew Modine, Jack Lemmon, Frances McDormand, Andie MacDowell, Lily Tomlin, Huey Lewis, Lyle Lovett, and Tom Waits.

  • #96. ‘Malcolm X’ (1992)

    - Director: Spike Lee
    - IMDb user rating: 7.7
    - Run time: 202 minutes
    - Metascore: 72

    Featuring a peak performance from Denzel Washington, Spike Lee’s biopic tells the story of civil rights activist Malcolm X. It follows him from his early days as a small-time hustler to his rise as one of the nation’s most important orators. Belabored by various clashes and a ballooning budget, the film’s production was nearly as controversial as its subject matter.

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  • #95. ‘Blue Is the Warmest Colour’ (2013)

    - Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
    - IMDb user rating: 7.7
    - Run time: 180 minutes
    - Metascore: 88

    The making of this French drama was an exhausting process that involved hundreds of hours of shooting and countless takes. It centers on the exploratory romance between two young women, played by Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos, which has life-changing repercussions. Both the film’s explicit content and its director have been the subject of controversy ever since its release.

  • #94. ‘Man of Marble’ (1977)

    - Director: Andrzej Wajda
    - IMDb user rating: 7.8
    - Run time: 160 minutes
    - Metascore: Data not available

    For her thesis project, a young Polish filmmaker finds a subject in a fictional 1950s propaganda hero Mateusz Birkut. What begins as the search for a lost bricklayer becomes a sweeping examination of political corruption. Director Andrzej Wajda released a follow-up called “Man of Iron” in 1981.

  • #93. ‘An Elephant Sitting Still’ (2018)

    - Director: Hu Bo
    - IMDb user rating: 7.8
    - Run time: 230 minutes
    - Metascore: 86

    The debut feature film from director Hu Bo provides a dire glimpse of life in modern China. Set in the city of Manzhouli, it follows different residents as their lives and stories intertwine. Tragically, Bo committed suicide shortly after finishing his first cut.

  • #92. ‘America America’ (1963)

    - Director: Elia Kazan
    - IMDb user rating: 7.8
    - Run time: 174 minutes
    - Metascore: Data not available

    Filmmaker Elia Kazan depicts the harrowing journey of his own uncle with this timely drama. Set in the 1890s, it confronts a Turkish immigrant with various obstacles on his path to America. Stunning cinematography and a largely unknown cast bring the story to life.

  • #91. ‘Kings of the Road’ (1976)

    - Director: Wim Wenders
    - IMDb user rating: 7.8
    - Run time: 175 minutes
    - Metascore: Data not available

    This black-and-white drama from Wim Winders concluded his informal “Road Movie Trilogy.” It follows two men as they travel along the East German border, encountering people and places in disrepair. A prime example of New German Cinema, it strikes a unique balance between the literal and the metaphorical.

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