"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" Just Misses the Cut on This List of the 50 Longest Films

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Just Misses the Cut on This List of the 50 Longest Films

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | October 25, 2012 | Comments ()


Word is out, from Peter Jackson himself, who tells Empire magazine that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a ridiculous two hours and 40 minutes long, which is insane if it were only one movie devoted to the 310 Tolkien novel. But there will be THREE movies devoted to it, which means that the trilogy will have somewhere around a 480 minute runtime, which means that every page in the whole damn book will get about a minute and a half screen time.

How? One theory (mine), is that the third movie will only be end credits. Another theory is that the second two movies is just Gandalf reading The Hobbit really, really slowly. Or, the most likely theory, Peter Jackson is just making up a whole lot of sh*t to add bloat to the series. All I know is that eight hours is too goddamn long to devote to this universe on top of the 9 hours devoted to the same LOTR's movies.

Anyway, that two hours and 40 minutes does fall short of being one of the 50 longest movies of all time, but not by much.

1. Cleopatra (252 minutes)
2. Hamlet (1996) (242 mins.)
3. The Iceman Cometh (239 mins.)
4. Gods and Generals (231 mins.)
5. Once Upon a Time in America (229 mins.)
6. Lawrence of Arabia (227 mins.)
7. Gone With the Wind (226 mins.)
8. Ten Commandments (220 mins.)
9. Heaven's Gate (220 mins.)
10. Ben-Hur (212 mins.)
11. Exodus (208 mins.)
12. War and Peace (208 mins.)
13. Apocalypse Now Redux (202 mins.)
14. The Alamo (202 mins.)
15. Malcolm X (202 mins.)
16. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (201 mins.)
17. Giant (201 mins.)
18. The Godfather Part II (200 mins.)
19. Dr. Zhivago (197 mins.)
20. Intolerance (197 mins.)
21. Pepe (195 mins.)
22. Ryan's Daughter (195 mins.)
23. Schindler's List (195 mins.)
24. Titanic (194 mins.)
25. Reds (194 mins.)
26. The Right Stuff (193 mins.)
27. It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (192 mins.)
28. Nixon (192 mins.)
29. Tess (190 mins.)
30. At Play in the Fields of the Lord (189 mins.)
31. Hawaii (189 mins.)
32. JFK (189 mins.)
33. Magnolia (189 mins.)
34. Nicholas and Alexandra (189 mins.)
35. Gandhi (188 mins.)
36. The Fall of the Roman Empire (188 mins.)
37. The Green Mile (188 mins.)
38. King Kong (2005) (187 mins.)
39. The Birth of a Nation (187 mins.)
40. Short Cuts (187 mins.)
41. Judgement at Nuremberg (186 mins.)
42. The Deer Hunter (185 mins.)
43. Barry Lyndon (184 mins.)
44. Spartacus (184 mins.)
45. Woodstock (184 mins.)
46. Around the World in 80 Days (1956) (183 mins.)
47. O Lucky Man! (183 mins.)
48. Pearl Harbor (183 mins.)
49. El Cid (182 mins.)
50. Fiddler on the Roof (181 mins.)

(Sources: Listal, AMC)

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