10 Amazing Movies Over Three Hours Long

9. The Green Mile

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Warner Bros.

Runtime: 3 hours 9 minutes

The late Michael Clarke Duncan's finest onscreen performance (and an Oscar-nominated one), 1999's The Green Mile is a curious beast in that the majority of its three-hour runtime takes place inside a dinghy prison.

You'd expect this singular location would cause the movie to grow mundane, but with a sprinkling of supernatural drama and some truly magnetic characters, there's an almost magical feeling permeating the movie that helps keep things moving at a relatively brisk pace.

It's not director Frank Darabont's best prison movie (that honour goes to The Shawshank Redemption, which sits at a much tighter 142 minutes) and it does sag at times, but The Green Mile is a touching examination of prejudicial stereotypes that'll stay with you long after the credits have rolled.


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