‘The Irishman’ and Other Long Movies to Stream on Netflix Over Thanksgiving

The Irishman is available to watch on Netflix today, right on time for the long Thanksgiving weekend. While you have the weekend off, you’ll have time to watch Martin Scorsese’s three and a half hour epic. You’ll have time to watch it twice! Or, you can watch The Irishman and some of the other epic movies you’ve been meaning to get to but just never had the time. 

Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci in The Irishman
Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci in The Irishman | Netflix

If you find yourself in a turkey coma this weekend or just want to leave Netflix on without being asked if you’re still watching, here are a few of the longest movies streaming this month. And hey, they’re all great so you’ll discover some quality cinema too.

‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ will break more hearts than ‘The Irishman’ breaks heads

Blue is the Warmest Color won the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. The French title is La Vie d’Adele Chapters 1 and 2 so it technically fits two movies into three hours. It is based on a comic book by Julie Maroh so there’s even more story if they ever want to do a sequel. 

Blue is the Warmest Color at Cannes
(L-R) Actresses Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux | Dominique Charriau/WireImage

Adele Exarchopoulos plays Adele, a woman who discovers love with Emma (Lea Seydoux). The intimate look at their love life is subtle and captivating. It’s also graphic, so fair warning if explicit love scenes are offensive. This frank and honest look at young love is universal, even though the movie is in French with English subtitles.

‘Cloud Atlas’ covers more eras than The Irishman

The Irishman had to de-age its cast so they could cover the entire story. Cloud Atlas just cast the same actors in different roles throughout history and into the future. To encompass David Mitchell’s novel, Cloud Atlas takes nearly three hours of screen time but it is packed with action, romance and philosophical themes.

Halle Berry filming Cloud Atlas
Halle Berry on set of the film Cloud Atlas | Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwers were ambitious in directing six segments of period pieces, modern action and both technological and primitive sci-fi all in one movie. The all star cast includes Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, Keith David, Susan Sarandon and James D’Arcy as you’ve never seen them before or since.

‘The Hateful Eight’ had to become a series for Netflix

Quentin Tarantino released The Hateful Eight as a roadshow with an intermission. Eventually, there was a consolidated version that ran just under three hours for regular release but the 187 minute cut had an intermission in the middle. Now, Netflix offers the 168 minute theatrical cut, or a four part series version that totals three and a half hours, on par with The Irishman

Quentin Tarantino | Primo Barol/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

These eight may be hateful, but they sure are entertaining to spend a whole afternoon or evening with them. John Ruth (Kurt Russell) is claiming the bounty on Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) when he picks up Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson) and Sheiff Mannix (Walton Goggins) on the road. They end up at Minnie’s Haberdashery with four more haters (Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Tim Roth and Demian Bichir) spewing Tarantino’s dialogue and bloody violence all over the place. 

‘Zodiac’ remains unsolved but captivating

They never caught the Zodiac Killer, so it would be hard to wrap up a film about the pursuit in under two hours. David Fincher took over two and a half. Even though the ending is as open ended as it was in the ‘70s, the attempt to solve the case is captivating. 

Jake Gyllenhaal (left) and Mark Ruffalo | Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images

Cartoonist Robert Graysmith (Jake Gyllenhaal), Inspector David Toschi (Mark Ruffalo) and journalist Paul Avery (Robert Downey, Jr.) tried to crack the code the Zodiac killer left for them. Their obsession might just make the viewer obsessed with solving this cold case.