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Like determining the list of longest novels, figuring the list of longest films yields different results depending on what criteria are used.

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.

Experimental filmsEdit

Title Running Time Year Released
Cinématon 9120 min (152 hr / 6 days, 8 hours). 1978-2010
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
24 Hour Psycho 1440 min (24 hr). 1993
Crude Oil 840 min (14 hr). 2008
The White House 690 min (11 hr). 2006
Empire 485 min (8 hr). 1964
The Wake 462 min (8 hr). 2000
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

Cinematic filmsEdit

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
Berlin Alexanderplatz 931 min (15 hr). 1980
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
Evolution of a Filipino Family 643 min (11 hr). 2004
Shoah 566 min (9 hr). 1985
Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks 556 min (9 hr). 2003
Death in the Land of the Encantos 540 min (9 hr). 2007
Heremias Book One: The Legend of the Lizard Princess 540 min (9 hr). 2006
Taiga 501 min (8 hr). 1992
Liberation 487 min (8 hr). 1969
War and Peace 484 min (8 hr). 1968
Melancholia 480 min (8 hr). 2008
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
Futari wa Pretty Cure 3D 450 min (8 hr) 2007
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
Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash Star 3D 384 min (6 hr). 2009
Futari wa Pretty Cure Max Heart 3D 380 min (6 hr). 2008
Parisette 380 min (6 hr). 1921
Babel - A Letter to My Friends Left Behind in Belgium 380 min (6 hr). 1991
The Stand 366 min (6 hr). 1994
La Révolution française 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). 1957-1958
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
Cleopatra 320 min (5 hr). 1963
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
Angel Beats! 300 min (5 hr) 2011
Ultra Maniac 300 min (5 hr) 2008

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.

Films released in separate partsEdit

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
Heimat - Eine Deutsche Chronik 924 min (15 hr). 1984

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