lncNRON was downregulated in HCC tumour tissues; low lncNRON expression was associated with poor tumour differentiation and the presence of vascular tumour thrombus, which tended to result in poor clinical outcomes, as demonstrated by the recurrence rate and survival curves. Functional analysis showed that lncNRON overexpression impaired colony formation and cell viability and inhibited cell migration and invasion. A study using tumour-bearing mice showed that lncNRON markedly limited tumour growth and lung metastasis in vivo. Importantly, western blot analysis revealed that the expression of the EMT-related epithelial marker, E-cadherin, increased, whereas the expression of mesenchymal markers N-cadherin, snail, and vimentin was attenuated by lncNRON overexpression in HCC cells. Therefore, lower lncNRON expression indicates a poorer clinical outcome in HCC. LncNRON overexpression can suppress HCC growth and metastasis via inhibiting the EMT, and lncNRON may function as a new HCC prognostic marker.