10 Movie Marathons Everyone Should Try

Mar 10

Beginner, advanced and expert level options that can challenge even the most experienced movie Cinephile.

1. The Matrix

Level: Beginner.

Length: 7 hours.

Themes: Earth domination, robots, future, dystopia.

Movies: The Matrix (1999), The Matrix Reloaded (2003), The Matrix Revolutions (2003).

The only right way to do The Matrix is to marathon the whole trilogy in one go. Luckily, it’s not going to take more than 7 hours of your time to do so, making it a perfect weekend watch.

2. Mad Max

Level: Beginner.

Length: 7 hours.

Main themes: Future, dystopia, war, societal breakdown, apocalypse.

Movies: Mad Max (1979), Mad Max 2 (1981), Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985), Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).

An excellent watch for the lovers of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, as well as fans of action movies. Both Mad Max 2 and Fury Road have been named in the list of best action films of all time.

3. Jurassic Park

Level: Beginner.

Length: 8 hours.

Main themes: Evolution, dinosaurs, artificial intelligence, the connection between past, present, and future.

Movies: Jurassic Park (1993), The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), Jurassic Park III (2001), Jurassic World (2015).

A theme park of cloned dinosaurs that fails disastrously. Four times! There’s so much more to these award-winning movies. After all, both Jurassic Park and Jurassic World make it onto the list of the highest-grossing films of all time.

4. The Dark Knight

Level: Beginner.

Length: 8 hours.

Themes: Superheroes, chaos vs. order, good vs. evil, anarchy vs. law.

Movies: Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), The Dark Knight Rises (2012).

Just under eight hours in length, this trilogy makes another good entry into the world of binge-watching.

All of the movies became a success, so you’re hardly setting yourself up for a disappointment when choosing The Dark Knight trilogy as your weekend entertainment.

5. The Lord of the Rings

Level: Advanced.

Length: 9 hours (Theatrical) / 11 hours (Extended) / 20 hours (if you include The Hobbit trilogy).

Themes: Magic, courage, the corruption of power, immortality, journey, friendship.

Movies: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002), The Return of the King (2003).

This movie marathon takes you from beginner to advanced level binge-watching. The light version takes just over 9 hours. However, the ultimate hardcore LOTR marathon of all the movies’ extended versions and The Hobbit trilogy will take you almost 20 hours.

6. Planet of the Apes

Level: Advanced.

Length: 14 hours.

Themes: Civilization and technology, social constructs, politics, humanity.

Movies: Planet of the Apes (1968), Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970), Escape From the Planet of the Apes (1971), Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972), Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973), Planet of the Apes (Remake) (2001), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014).

Celebrate the epic marathon of all eight Planet of the Apes movies. Especially recommended to those whose exposure to the series so far has been the original movie of 1968 or the Tim Burton remake of 2001.

7. Star Wars

Level: Advanced.

Length: 18 hours.

Themes: Nature vs. technology, good vs. evil, the power of the Force, destiny.

Movies: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999), Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002), Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005), Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977), Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story(2016).

Naturally, our list wouldn’t be complete without the Star Wars series.

8. Harry Potter

Level: Expert.

Length: 20 hours.

Themes: Magic, good vs. evil, choice, friendship, love.

Movies: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1 (2010), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 (2011).

9. Star Trek

Level: Expert.

Length: 25 hours.

Themes: Space exploration, technology, humans and aliens, politics, equal society.

Movies: Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), Star Trek Generations (1994), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998), Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), Star Trek Beyond (2016).

With the series clocking in at over 25 hours, Star Trek is the second longest movie marathon presented in the list.

Watching it all in one go could result in serious health issues and a major disappointment in yourself if you don’t manage to finish it.

Luckily, the series can be divided into three convenient blocks: The Original Series (the first six films), The Next Generation (Generations to Nemesis), and the J.J. Abrams era (from 2009 on).

10. James Bond

Level: Expert.

Length: 50 hours.

Themes: Espionage, action, politics, power struggle.

Movies: Dr. No (1962), From Russia With Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Live and Let Die (1973), The Man With the Golden Gun (1974), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983), Never Say Never Again (1983), A View to a Kill (1985), The Living Daylights (1987), Licence to Kill (1989), GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999), Die Another Day (2002), Casino Royale (2006), Quantum Of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012), Spectre (2015).

The most unbelievably geeky movie marathon of all time: The James Bond franchise. The idea of sitting through all 25 of the James Bond movies, seems painful, if not insane. So, for the sake of your health we recommend being a little more relaxed with the viewing schedule for this one.