Longest Movies of 2012, from ‘The Hobbit’ to ‘Lincoln’ (PHOTOS)

A look back at ‘The Hobbit,’ ‘Lincoln,’ ‘Django Unchained,’ and other most drawn-out movies of the year.

By The Daily Beast


Many of the films regarded as 2012 Oscar hopefuls seem endless. Here’s a look back at ‘Les Miserables,’ ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ ‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ and other most drawn-out movies of the year.

Warner Bros. Pictures

‘Cloud Atlas’

Running time: 172 minutes

Directed by: Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski, and Tom Tykwer

Previous films: Run Lola Run (81 minutes), Bound (108 minutes), The Matrix (136 minutes), The Matrix Reloaded (138 minutes), The Matrix Revolutions (129 minutes), Speed Racer (135 minutes).

James Fisher via Warner Bros.

‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’

Running time: 169 minutes


Directed by: Peter Jackson


Previous films: Heavenly Creatures (99 minutes), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (178 minutes), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (179 minutes), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (201 minutes), King Kong (187 minutes), The Lovely Bones (135 minutes).

Andrew Cooper

‘Django Unchained’

Running time: 165 minutes


Directed by: Quentin Tarantino


Previous films: Reservoir Dogs (99 minutes), Pulp Fiction (154 minutes), Jackie Brown (154 minutes), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (111 minutes), Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (136 minutes), Inglourious Basterds (153 minutes).

Ron Phillips

‘The Dark Knight Rises’

Running time: 165 minutes

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Previous films: Memento (113 minutes), Insomnia (118 minutes), Batman Begins (140 minutes), The Prestige (130 minutes), The Dark Knight (152 minutes), Inception (148 minutes).

Jonathan Olley

‘Zero Dark Thirty’

Running time: 157 minutes


Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow


Previous films: The Loveless (82 minutes), Near Dark (94 minutes), Blue Steel (102 minutes), Point Break (120 minutes), Strange Days (145 minutes), K-19: The Widowmaker (138 minutes), The Hurt Locker (131 minutes).

Universal Pictures

‘Les Miserables’

Running time: 157 minutes


Directed by: Tom Hooper


Previous films: The Damned United (98 minutes), The King’s Speech (118 minutes).

20th Century Fox


Running time: 150 minutes

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Previous films: Jaws (124 minutes), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (132 minutes), Raiders of the Lost Ark (115 minutes), E.T. (115 minutes), The Color Purple (154 minutes), Hook (144 minutes), Jurassic Park (127 minutes), Schindler’s List (195 minutes), Saving Private Ryan (169 minutes), Minority Report (145 minutes), Catch Me If You Can (141 minutes), War of the Worlds (116 minutes), War Horse (146 minutes).

Zade Rosenthal

‘The Avengers’

Running time: 143 minutes


Directed by: Joss Whedon


Previous film: Serenity (119 minutes).

Sony Pictures Releasing


Running time: 143 minutes


Directed by: Sam Mendes


Previous films: American Beauty (122 minutes), Road to Perdition (117 minutes), Jarhead (125 minutes), Revolutionary Road (119 minutes), Away We Go (98 minutes).

Murray Close

‘The Hunger Games’

Running time: 142 minutes


Directed by: Gary Ross


Previous films: Pleasantville (124 minutes), Seabiscuit (140 minutes).