There’s no greater statement of a director’s prowess than a long shot in a single take. And these are 12 of the most masterful.
What do you think? What do you think we left out? Any guesses as to which of these 12 movies cheated, and pieced together multiple shots for their “long takes?”

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The Protector – Restaurant Fight Scene
Director: Prachya Pinkaew
Synopsis: A young fighter named Kham must go to Australia to retrieve his stolen elephant. With the help of a Thai-born Australian detective, Kham must take on all comers, including a gang led by an evil woman and her two deadly bodyguards.
Running time: 4 minutes

The Mirror – Burning Barn Scene
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Synopsis: A dying man in his forties remembers his past. His childhood, his mother, the war, personal moments and things that tell of the recent history of all the Russian nation.
Running time: Roughly 1 minute

Atonement – The Beach Sequence
Director: Joe Wright
Synopsis: Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a 13-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister’s lover of a crime he did not commit. Based on the British romance novel by Ian McEwan.
Running Time: 5 1/2 minutes

Weekend – Traffic Jam Scene
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Synopsis:A supposedly idyllic weekend trip to the countryside turns into a never-ending nightmare of traffic jams, revolution, cannibalism and murder as French bourgeois society starts to collapse under the weight of its own consumer preoccupations
Running time: 7 Minutes

Hard Boiled – Hospital Shootout
John Woo
Synopsis: A tough-as-nails cop teams up with an undercover agent to shut down a sinister mobster and his crew.
Running Time: 2 minutes, 40 seconds

The Player – Opening Shot
Director: Robert Altman
Synopsis: A Hollywood studio executive is being sent death threats by a writer whose script he rejected – but which one?
Running Time: 7 minutes, 47 seconds

Touch of Evil – Bomb Sequence
Director: Orson Welles
Synopsis: A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town.
Running Time: 3 1/2 minutes

Boogie Nights – Little Bill Sequence
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Synopsis: The story of a young man’s adventures in the Californian pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Running Time: 3 minutes

Gravity – Opening Shot
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Synopsis: A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after a catastrophe destroys their shuttle and leaves them adrift in orbit.
Running Time: 12 1/2 minutes

Goodfellas – Copacabana Lounge
Director: Martin Scorsese
Synopsis: Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy.
Running Time: 3 minutes, 13 seconds

Snake Eyes – Boxing Match
Director: Brian De Palma
Synopsis: A shady police detective finds himself in the middle of a murder conspiracy at an important boxing match in an Atlantic City casino.
Running Time: 12 minutes

Children of Men – Car Scene
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Synopsis: In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.
Running Time: 4 minutes

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