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21 Ridiculously Long Movies That Should Have Been An Hour Shorter And 8 That Are Actually Worth Your Time

"It was the closest I've ever come to bursting my bladder."

How long is the perfect movie length? It's an age-old debate that filmmakers and audiences can never agree on. Some people will say 90 minutes, others cap it at two hours — but regardless of what you prefer, I think we can all agree that there's been an upward trend of offensively long movie runtimes.

Now, as someone who is Indian and was raised with Bollywood movies, I'm no stranger to long films. If the pacing is right, the storyline is interesting enough and the acting is on point, then by all means, I'll happily enjoy having those hours deducted from my day.

But more often than not, filmmakers are becoming greedy and bloating up their runtimes because they can't bloody decide if that subplot — that really doesn't matter and has no bearing on the storyline — should be cut or not.

So, when u/fire-lord-momo asked the good people of Reddit, "What film made you say: 'Holy shit, there are still 50 minutes left?'", I quickly ran to the comments to see what was said and boy, oh boy, they didn't disappoint. Some obvious films were called out (cough, Babylon, cough), but there was also an interesting discussion about movies that were made better with a longer runtime.

Without further ado, here are 21 movies with runtimes that should have been put on the chopping block and 8 movies which were long, but the length was justified.

1. DIDN'T WORK: The Batman (2 hours, 56 minutes).

2. DIDN'T WORK: Titanic (3 hours, 16 minutes).

3. DIDN'T WORK: Blonde (2 hours, 46 minutes).

4. DID WORK: Everything Everywhere All At Once (2 hours, 20 minutes).

5. DIDN'T WORK: King Kong (3 hours, 21 minutes).

6. DIDN'T WORK: The Eternals (2 hours, 37 minutes).

7. DIDN'T WORK: Babylon (3 hours, 9 minutes).

8. DID WORK: RRR (3 hours, 7 minutes).

9. DIDN'T WORK: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2 hours, 41 minutes).

10. DID WORK: The Lord Of The Rings Extended Edition (run time varies per film, but the longest is Return Of The King which clocks in at 4 hours, 11 minutes).

11. DIDN'T WORK: Elvis (2 hours, 39 minutes).

12. DIDN'T WORK: Black Adam (2 hours, 5 minutes).

13. DID WORK: Gladiator (2 hours, 35 minutes).

14. DIDN'T WORK: A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2 hours, 26 minutes).

15. DIDN'T WORK: Cats (1 hour, 50 minutes).

16. DIDN'T WORK: Avatar: The Way Of The Water (3 hours, 12 minutes).

17. DID WORK: The Dark Knight (2 hours, 32 minutes).

18. DIDN'T WORK: The Sound of Music (2 hours, 54 minutes).

19. DIDN'T WORK: Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker (2 hours, 22 minutes).

20. DID WORK: Full Metal Jacket (1 hour, 56 minutes)

21. DIDN'T WORK: You People (1 hour, 58 minutes).

22. DID WORK: Top Gun: Maverick (2 hours, 11 minutes).

23. DIDN'T WORK: Wonder Woman 1984 (2 hours, 31 minutes).

24. DID WORK: Barbarian (1 hour, 42 minutes).

25. DIDN'T WORK: Australia (2 hours, 45 minutes).

26. DIDN'T WORK: Transformers: Age Of Extinction (2 hours, 45 minutes).

27. SORT OF WORKED: The Irishman (3 hours, 29 minutes).

28. DIDN'T WORK: Pearl Harbor (3 hours, 3 minutes).

29. DIDN'T WORK: Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End (2 hours, 48 minutes).

Some Reddit submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

What are some other ridiculously long movies that had you checking your watch halfway through? Or perhaps you've got an example of a film that was actually worth its runtime. Let us know in the comments!