It's not just your imagination: Movies have been getting longer. The average runtime for theatrical movies in North America is now around 131 minutes, 11 minutes above two hours. That's about 15 minutes longer than the average movie time in 2000 and 20 minutes longer than in 1990. Nevertheless, Hollywood still features a wide spread of run times, usually between 90 and 150 minutes.
A few mainstream releases have even crossed four hours. The majority of these have been based on real people or periods in human history. Take a look at our list of the longest film releases in Hollywood history, along with what makes them so epic. As the countdown rolls on, the movies get longer. Running times exclude intermission time, which was often part of movies made before the 1970s.