Top 250 Short Films

by AssetsonFire | created - 29 Nov 2010 | updated - 20 Mar 2013 | Public

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1. Wavelength (1967)

45 min | Drama

5.8
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One of the most unconventional and experimental films ever made, Wavelength is a structural film of a 45-minute long zoom in on a window over a period of a week.

Director: Michael Snow | Stars: Hollis Frampton, Lyne Grossman, Naoto Nakazawa, Roswell Rudd

Votes: 1,768

2. Dream Work (2002)

10 min | Short

6.9
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A woman goes to bed, falls asleep, and begins to dream. This dream takes her to a landscape of light and shadow, evoked in a form only possible through classic cinematography. (From MUBI)

Director: Peter Tscherkassky

Votes: 568

3. Epilogue (2005 Video)

Not Rated | 12 min | Short

7.6
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Director: Jordan Belson

Votes: 52

4. Menq (1969)

27 min | Documentary, Short

7.7
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Monumental picture exploring the identity and fate of the Armenian nation.

Director: Artavazd Peleshian

Votes: 299

5. Moznosti dialogu (1983)

12 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

8.1
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A three-part depiction of various forms of communication. 'Factual Discussion' depicts three heads (made up of fruit, kitchen utensils and writing implements respectively) endlessly ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 3,074

6. Verj (1992)

10 min | Documentary, Short

7.1
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People's struggle through Soviet mechanisation period. The film starts with homage to Peleshian's Armenian roots.

Director: Artavazd Peleshian

Votes: 287

7. Un Chien Andalou (1929)

Not Rated | 16 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

7.8
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Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí present seventeen minutes of bizarre, surreal imagery.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Pierre Batcheff, Simone Mareuil, Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dalí

Votes: 38,625

8. Fountain of Dreams (1984)

12 min | Short

7.6
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Director: Jordan Belson

Votes: 67

9. Samadhi (1967)

6 min | Animation, Short

6.7
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An experimental short film by Jordan Belson which combines various colors and shapes.

Director: Jordan Belson

Votes: 193

10. Allures (1961)

8 min | Short

7.0
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An experimental short film by Jordan Belson which combines various colors and shapes.

Director: Jordan Belson

Votes: 288

11. Light Is Calling (2004)

8 min | Short

7.3
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A scene from The Bells (1926) is optically reprinted and edited to Michael Gordon¹s 7 minute composition. A meditation on the fleeting nature of life and love, as seen through the roiling emulsion of an film.

Director: Bill Morrison | Stars: Eddie Phillips, Lola Todd

Votes: 304

12. La femme qui se poudre (1972)

18 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

7.2
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Director: Patrick Bokanowski | Stars: Jean-Jacques Choul, Jacques Delbosc d'Auzon, Claus-Dieter Reents, Nadine Roussial

Votes: 224

13. Kyanq (1993)

7 min | Short, Documentary

7.0
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Poetic essay about the beginning of life from labor pains and birth and about its symbolic meaning.

Director: Artavazd Peleshian

Votes: 325

14. My Name Is Oona (1969)

10 min | Short

6.7
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Captures in haunting, intensely lyrical images fragments of the coming to consciousness of a child girl. A series of extremely brief flashes of her moving through night-lit space or woods ... See full summary »

Director: Gunvor Nelson | Star: Oona Nelson

Votes: 125

15. Instructions for a Light and Sound Machine (2005)

17 min | Short, Western

6.8
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An attempt to transform a Roman Western into a Greek tragedy.

Director: Peter Tscherkassky

Votes: 365

16. Prelude: Dog Star Man (1962)

25 min | Short, Drama

6.8
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A creation myth realized in light, patterns, images superimposed, rapid cutting, and silence. A black screen, then streaks of light, then an explosion of color and squiggles and ... See full summary »

Director: Stan Brakhage | Stars: Jane Brakhage, Stan Brakhage

Votes: 1,197

17. Dawn of an Evil Millennium (1988)

20 min | Short, Horror

6.6
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Director: Damon Packard | Stars: Ronald Lacey, Miles O'Keeffe, Damon Packard

Votes: 113

18. New York, N.Y. (1986)

10 min | Documentary, Short

7.1
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A contemplative look at New York's dazzling cityscape during the day and at night.

Director: Raymond Depardon | Star: Raymond Depardon

Votes: 73

19. Truth or Dare (1994)

Not Rated | 4 min | Short

6.5
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Innocence gives way to experience. Two girls and two boys, probably about 14 or 15 years old, play a game of truth or dare. The questions and the challenges deal with sex; it's innocent and... See full summary »

Director: François Ozon | Stars: Farida Rahmatoullah, Aylin Argun, Fabien Billet, Adrien Pastor

Votes: 559

20. Sherlock Jr. (1924)

Not Rated | 45 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

8.3
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A film projectionist longs to be a detective, and puts his meagre skills to work when he is framed by a rival for stealing his girlfriend's father's pocketwatch.

Director: Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Joe Keaton, Erwin Connelly

Votes: 24,628

21. Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988 TV Short)

43 min | Short, Comedy, History

8.0
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After a genial spirit shows the benevolent Ebenezer Blackadder visions of his unscrupulous ancestors, he resolves to mend his generous ways.

Director: Richard Boden | Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Miranda Richardson, Stephen Fry

Votes: 9,871

22. Atraksion (2001)

10 min | Animation, Short

6.6
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A group of convicts slowly drag their balls and chains through a desolate landscape. One of them discovers a strange structure and decides to climb it.

Director: Raoul Servais | Star: Marq Rawls

Votes: 153

23. The Revenge of a Kinematograph Cameraman (1912)

Not Rated | 12 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.8
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A jilted husband takes his revenge by filming his wife and her lover and showing the result at the local cinema. This was one of Starewicz' first animated films, and stars very realistic ... See full summary »

Director: Wladyslaw Starewicz

Votes: 2,036

24. Migration (for Jack Nelson) (1976)

7 min | Short

5.6
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Director: Bill Viola

Votes: 39

25. A Movie (1958)

12 min | Short

7.1
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Clips of atomic explosions, pornography, and B-movies are spliced together to evoke certain emotions.

Director: Bruce Conner | Star: Theodore Roosevelt

Votes: 1,066

26. Atama-yama (2002)

10 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

7.0
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A sad rakugo of a stingy old man experiencing the unforeseen consequences of eating a few cherries whole, without throwing the pits away.

Director: Koji Yamamura | Stars: Takeharu Kunimoto, Bruno Metzger

Votes: 1,167

27. N.Y., N.Y. (1957)

15 min | Short

7.1
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A day in the life of the city and citizens of New York as seen through the fantastic eye, and the incredibly distorted optic lenses, of filmmaker Francis Thompson.

Director: Francis Thompson

Votes: 235

28. Elephant (1989 TV Short)

Not Rated | 39 min | Short, Crime, Drama

7.2
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A depiction of a series of violent killings in Northern Ireland with no clue as to exactly who is responsible.

Director: Alan Clarke | Stars: Gary Walker, Bill Hamilton, Michael Foyle, Danny Small

Votes: 1,630

29. La femme 100 têtes (1968)

21 min | Short

7.2
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Director: Éric Duvivier | Star: Jean Servais

Votes: 49

30. Poslední lup (1987)

21 min | Animation, Short, Crime

7.6
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A sarcastic story about a thief who becomes the victim of his own victims. His victims come from the other world and take his most precious possession - his blood. The phantasmal atmosphere... See full summary »

Director: Jirí Barta | Stars: Frantisek Husák, Zdenek Martínek, Ivan Vojtek

Votes: 320

31. Obitateli (1970)

9 min | Documentary, Short

7.6
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A reflection on the relationship between wildlife and humans.

Director: Artavazd Peleshian

Votes: 263

32. Le sang des bêtes (1949)

22 min | Documentary, Short

7.9
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An early example of ultra-realism, this movie contrasts the quiet, bucolic life in the outskirts of Paris with the harsh, gory conditions inside the nearby slaughterhouses. Describes the ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Franju | Stars: Georges Hubert, Nicole Ladmiral, Alfred Macquart, Maurice Griselle

Votes: 1,844

33. Entr'acte (1924)

22 min | Short

7.5
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An absolute dada movie. Somebody gets killed, his coffin gets out of control and after a chase it stops. The person gets out of it and let everybody who followed the coffin dissapear.

Director: René Clair | Stars: Jean Börlin, Inge Frïss, Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp

Votes: 2,824

34. Destino (2003)

PG | 7 min | Animation, Short

7.9
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To a song of love lost and rediscovered, a woman sees and undergoes surreal transformations. Her lover's face melts off, she dons a dress from the shadow of a bell and becomes a dandelion, ... See full summary »

Director: Dominique Monfery | Stars: Jennifer Esposito, Dora Luz

Votes: 3,373

35. Night and Fog (1956)

Not Rated | 32 min | Documentary, Short, History

8.6
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The history of Nazi Germany's death camps of the Final Solution and the hellish world of dehumanization and death contained inside.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Michel Bouquet, Reinhard Heydrich, Heinrich Himmler, Adolf Hitler

Votes: 14,294

36. Härlig är jorden (1992)

14 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

7.7
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A plain, ordinary man tells us about his work as a real-estate broker, his dead father, his ordinary home and so on in a naturalistic voice, lacking any emotions, looking straight into the ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Andersson | Stars: Klas-Gösta Olsson, Lennart Björklund, Christer Christensen, Bernard Eiger

Votes: 1,882

37. Fallen Art (2004)

6 min | Comedy, Animation, Short

7.8
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A volunteer soldier plummets to his death. A photograph is taken and sent by courier to a huge man, who adds it to his macabre collection.

Director: Tomasz Baginski | Stars: Arkadiusz Jakubik, Marcin Kudelka, Dariusz Toczek

Votes: 3,308

38. Still Life (III) (2005)

9 min | Short, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.5
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A pill-popping, over-caffeinated driver accidentally hits something. Panic-stricken, he searches for help in a strange and desolate town that offers very little in the form of human kindness.

Director: Jon Knautz | Stars: Trevor Matthews, Kyle Brydges, Joe Newton, Sam Pollack

Votes: 920

39. Carne (1991)

40 min | Short, Crime, Drama

7.4
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After a dreadful incident coupled with an ungovernable paroxysm of violence, a butcher will fall into a downward spiral that will burn to the ground whatever dignity still remained in him.

Director: Gaspar Noé | Stars: Philippe Nahon, Blandine Lenoir, Frankie Pain, Marie Berto

Votes: 4,767

40. Bluebeard (1901)

12 min | Short, Horror

7.1
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A young woman becomes the eighth wife of the wealthy Bluebeard, whose first seven wives have died under mysterious circumstances.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Georges Méliès, Jeanne d'Alcy, Bleuette Bernon

Votes: 1,146

41. Pas de deux (1968)

G | 13 min | Animation, Short, Musical

7.9
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Two ballet dancers perform a dance enhanced with surreal multi and after-image effect visuals.

Director: Norman McLaren | Stars: Margaret Mercier, Vincent Warren

Votes: 1,154

42. The Heart of the World (2000)

6 min | Short

7.7
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Nikolai, a mortician, and Osip, an actor playing Christ in a play, are brothers in love with the same woman. Anna, a state scientist and said woman, is in love with both brothers and ... See full summary »

Director: Guy Maddin | Stars: Leslie Bais, Caelum Vatnsdal, Shaun Balbar, Greg Klymkiw

Votes: 2,838

43. Asparagus (1979)

20 min | Animation, Short

7.0
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An an animated candy colored nightmare from indie artist Suzan Pitt.

Director: Suzan Pitt

Votes: 386

44. The God (2003)

4 min | Animation, Short

6.3
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An Indian deity is disturbed by a mere fly.

Director: Konstantin Bronzit

Votes: 515

45. A Trip to the Moon (1902)

TV-G | 13 min | Short, Adventure, Fantasy

8.2
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A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Georges Méliès, Victor André, Bleuette Bernon, Brunnet

Votes: 34,437

46. The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon (2008)

10 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

7.8
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The epic story of one man's encounter with what could be the most relentless murderer of all time.

Director: Richard Gale | Stars: Paul Clemens, Brian Rohan, Melissa Paladino, Michael James Kacey

Votes: 5,519

47. Mindscape (1976)

8 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

7.6
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An artist creates a painting of the landscape he sees, then finds he can literally climb into the picture to see the fantastic world inside.

Director: Jacques Drouin

Votes: 602

48. Berlin Horse (1970)

7 min | Short

6.5
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Director: Malcolm le Grice

Votes: 94

49. La Jetée (1962)

Not Rated | 28 min | Short, Drama, Romance

8.3
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The story of a man forced to explore his memories in the wake of World War III's devastation, told through still images.

Director: Chris Marker | Stars: Étienne Becker, Jean Négroni, Hélène Chatelain, Davos Hanich

Votes: 23,850

50. 21-87 (1964)

10 min | Documentary, Short

7.1
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Snippets from discarded footage, and with footage shot on the streets of Montreal and New York City, combined to a collage with the underlying argument as to whether man is a complex machine or a creature with a soul.

Director: Arthur Lipsett

Votes: 433

51. Bridges-Go-Round (1958)

4 min | Short

6.9
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Essential, integral experimental work from the late 1950s is an incredible dance of montage and super-imposition starring none other than New York City's various bridges, transforming them ... See full summary »

Director: Shirley Clarke

Votes: 218

52. Small Deaths (1996)

11 min | Short, Drama

6.9
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Captures three occurrences in a young girl's life that leave her with a heavy heart.

Director: Lynne Ramsay | Stars: Anne McLean, James Ramsay, Lynne Ramsay Jr., Genna Gillan

Votes: 496

53. Meikyû-tan (1975)

16 min | Short

6.7
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Two men carry a portal door which leads to different realms.

Director: Shûji Terayama | Stars: Keiko Niitaka, Yoko Ran, Sueshi Sasada, Shigeru Meguro

Votes: 119

54. Light (1974)

8 min | Short

7.5
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Director: Jordan Belson

Votes: 65

55. Ambition (II) (1991)

9 min | Comedy, Drama, Short

6.7
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A day in the life of a young artist who longs for professional success and the attention of beautiful women, but who encounters only frustration and violence.

Director: Hal Hartley | Stars: George Feaster, Hannah Sullivan, Rick Groel, James McCauley

Votes: 383

56. Kiwi! (2006)

3 min | Animation, Short, Action

8.2
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The story of a Kiwi who spends his whole life working towards achieving his dream.

Director: Dony Permedi

Votes: 7,209

57. Hamsarayan (1982)

17 min | Drama, Short

7.4
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A deaf old man wearing a hearing aid is walking in the streets of Rasht. When the surroundings get too noisy, he turns off his sound. Unfortunately, when he returns home, he can't hear his granddaughter ringing the doorbell.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Star: Yoosef Moghaddam

Votes: 340

58. Plastic Bag (2009)

18 min | Short, Drama

7.7
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A plastic bag, thrown out in the trash, attempts to find his way back to his owner and along the way discovers the world.

Director: Ramin Bahrani | Stars: Werner Herzog, Barbara Weetman

Votes: 996

59. Zero for Conduct (1933)

Not Rated | 44 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

7.5
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In a repressive boarding school with rigid rules of behavior, four boys decide to rebel against the direction on a celebration day.

Director: Jean Vigo | Stars: Jean Dasté, Robert le Flon, Louis Lefebvre, Du Verron

Votes: 6,238

60. La Soufrière - Warten auf eine unausweichliche Katastrophe (1977)

30 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

7.7
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Herzog takes a film crew to the island of Guadeloupe when he hears that the volcano on the island is going to erupt. Everyone has left, except for one old man who refuses to leave. Herzog ... See full summary »

Director: Werner Herzog | Star: Werner Herzog

Votes: 1,541

61. Black Ice (1994)

3 min | Short

6.5
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A lateral descent through the midnight blues and blacks of ice and the refracted colors from absorbed oils.

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 814

62. The Big Shave (1967)

Not Rated | 6 min | Short, Drama, Horror

7.0
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In the process of shaving, a young man cuts himself. A lot.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Star: Peter Bernuth

Votes: 4,734

63. Odilon Redon or The Eye Like a Strange Balloon Mounts Toward Infinity (1995)

5 min | Short

7.0
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A father and son ride the rails in their powerful locomotive. Witnessing a crash between two other engines, they rescue the lone survivor, Berenice, and make her a part of their family. All... See full summary »

Director: Guy Maddin | Stars: Jim Keller, Brandy Bayes, Caelum Vatnsdal, Evan Richards

Votes: 430

64. Diary of a Male Whore (2001)

15 min | Drama, Short

6.5
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The painfully brutal tale of the sexual awakening of a young Palestinian man as influenced by the his libido and the violence around him. His encounter with an elderly Jewish man in Tel ... See full summary »

Director: Tawfik Abu Wael

Votes: 15

65. Altair (1995)

10 min | Animation, Short

7.0
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Director: Lewis Klahr

Votes: 76

66. Passage (I) (2002)

11 min | Short

7.8
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Director: Shirin Neshat

Votes: 64

67. Las Hurdes (1933)

30 min | Documentary, Short

7.5
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A surrealistic documentary portrait of the region of Las Hurdes, a remote region of Spain where civilisation has barely developed, showing how the local peasants try to survive without even the most basic utilities and skills.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Abel Jacquin, Alexandre O'Neill

Votes: 4,151

68. Tusalava (1929)

9 min | Short, Animation

6.6
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With the screen split asymmetrically, one part in positive, the other negative, the film documents the evolution of simple celled organic forms into chains of cells then more complex images... See full summary »

Director: Len Lye

Votes: 194

69. Cheopcheopsanjung (2009)

31 min | Short, Drama

7.0
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Director: Sang-soo Hong | Star: Yu-mi Jung

Votes: 112

70. The Games of Angels (1964)

13 min | Animation, Short

5.6
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A bizarre, semi-abstract animated film, based around the theme of angels being processed by a nightmarish factory. It has been interpreted as an allegory of the concentration camp ... See full summary »

Director: Walerian Borowczyk

Votes: 503

71. Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)

14 min | Short

8.0
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A woman returning home falls asleep and has vivid dreams that may or may not be happening in reality. Through repetitive images and complete mismatching of the objective view of time and space, her dark inner desires play out on-screen.

Directors: Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid | Stars: Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid

Votes: 8,142

72. Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1962)

TV-PG | 28 min | Short, Adventure, Drama

8.2
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In 1862, during the American Civil War, a Southern civilian is about to be hanged for attempting to sabotage a railway bridge. When the execution takes place from the bridge, the rope breaks and he begins his escape toward home.

Director: Robert Enrico | Stars: Roger Jacquet, Anne Cornaly, Anker Larsen, Stéphane Fey

Votes: 3,248

73. Rejected (2000)

Unrated | 9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

8.1
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A hilarious collection of animated television commercials that were rejected because of their creator's failing grip on sanity.

Director: Don Hertzfeldt | Stars: Robert May, Jennifer Nyholm, Don Hertzfeldt

Votes: 6,905

74. A Kiss in the Tunnel (I) (1899)

1 min | Short, Comedy, Romance

5.9
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A humorous subject intended to be run as a part of a railroad scene during the period in which the train is passing through a tunnel.

Director: George Albert Smith | Stars: Laura Bayley, George Albert Smith

Votes: 974

75. Swing You Sinners! (1930)

8 min | Animation, Short, Horror

7.7
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Bimbo is seen late at night, trying to steal a chicken. He runs away from a policeman and enters a haunted cemetery. Various ghosts and monsters tell him that he will be punished for his sin.

Director: Dave Fleischer | Star: Billy Murray

Votes: 272

76. An shab ke barun amad (1967)

35 min | Documentary, Short

7.5
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A documentary which explores what did or did not happen on a rainy night a young boy allegedly saved a train from crashing.

Director: Kamran Shirdel

Votes: 206

77. Déjeuner du matin (1974)

12 min | Short, Animation

6.8
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Director: Patrick Bokanowski | Stars: Daniel Bard, Thierry Doublet, Jacques Faure, Josette Lassaque

Votes: 82

78. Ghost (1984)

5 min | Short, Horror

7.1
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Haunting light and haunted spaces, otherworldly movement and abstracted time. A ghost visits an apartment complex.

Director: Takashi Ito

Votes: 268

79. A Song of Love (1950)

Not Rated | 26 min | Short, Fantasy, Romance

7.6
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Two prisoners in complete isolation, separated by the thick brick walls, and desperately in need of human contact, devise a most unusual kind of communication.

Director: Jean Genet | Stars: Bravo, Jean Genet, Java, Coco Le Martiniquais

Votes: 2,485

80. The Cat with Hands (2001)

4 min | Animation, Horror, Short

7.5
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The dark, surreal story of a cat who wants to be human.

Director: Robert Morgan | Stars: Livy Armstrong, Daniel Hogwood-Kane, Victoria Hayes

Votes: 1,395

81. Zaniklý svet rukavic (1982)

16 min | Animation, Short

7.5
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Using an array of gloves in different styles and from different historical periods, the film is a short history of the cinema - from silent movies via pastiches of Buñuel and Fellini and ... See full summary »

Director: Jirí Barta

Votes: 227

82. Ménilmontant (1926)

38 min | Short, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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A couple is brutally murdered in the working-class district of Paris. Later on, the narrative follows the lives of their two daughters, both in love with a Parisian thug and leading them to separate ways.

Director: Dimitri Kirsanoff | Stars: Nadia Sibirskaïa, Yolande Beaulieu, Guy Belmont, Jean Pasquier

Votes: 1,736

83. H2O (1929)

13 min | Documentary, Short

6.9
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A study on water, the reflections and motions of the liquid that accentuates its ethereality and metallic beauty.

Director: Ralph Steiner

Votes: 557

84. Aramaki (2010)

26 min | Short, Drama

7.0
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A man carries out his "last rites" as he becomes one with nature

Director: Isamu Hirabayashi | Star: Keisuke Horibe

Votes: 22

85. Copy Shop (2001)

12 min | Drama, Short, Comedy

7.6
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Unknowingly, a copy shop employee sets off a bizarre series of events with utterly unforeseen consequences.

Director: Virgil Widrich | Stars: Johannes Silberschneider, Elisabeth Ebner-Haid

Votes: 1,536

86. Shikasha (2010)

10 min | Short, Drama

6.1
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Director: Isamu Hirabayashi | Stars: Machiko Ono, Keisuke Horibe, Kanato Tanihata, Naoto Nojima

Votes: 13

87. Darkness Light Darkness (1989)

6 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.9
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A human body gradually reconstructs itself as its various component parts crowd themselves into a small room and eventually, after much experimentation, sort out which part goes where.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 3,575

88. Rabbit's Moon (1950)

7 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

6.9
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Pierrot waxes romantic, entranced by the moon. Harlequin appears and bullies him, then uses a magic lantern to project an image of Columbine. Pierrot tries to court the illusory Columbine ... See full summary »

Director: Kenneth Anger | Stars: Claude Revenant, André Soubeyran, Nadine Valence

Votes: 1,407

89. Flood (2003)

15 min | Drama, Short

7.3
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In a remote village in the country, Polly, her dad and her brother and sister live together without their mother, who has been gone for almost ten years. Polly struggles to get out of the ... See full summary »

Director: Clio Barnard | Stars: Sam Grey, Dermot Keaney, Rebecca Palmer, Alby Daniels

Votes: 23

90. Emak-Bakia (1927)

18 min | Short

7.1
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A long series of unrelated images, revolving, often distorted: lights, flowers, nails. A lightboard appears from time to time carrying the news of the day. Then, an eye. A woman in a car ... See full summary »

Director: Man Ray | Stars: Kiki of Montparnasse, Jacques Rigaut

Votes: 986

91. Powers of Ten (1977)

9 min | Documentary, Short

8.1
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A scientific film essay, narrated by Phil Morrison. A set of pictures of two picnickers in a park, with the area of each frame one-tenth the size of the one before. Starting from a view of ... See full summary »

Directors: Charles Eames, Ray Eames | Star: Philip Morrison

Votes: 1,770

92. Alaska (1969)

18 min | Short

7.1
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Director: Dore O.

Votes: 32

93. Tisza-öszi vázlatok (1963)

17 min | Short

7.5
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The first signs of autumn are seen in a landscape along a river. Some villagers are stacking a bed of stone blocks on the river-bank to avoid more eroding. Others are occupied by plowing, ... See full summary »

Director: István Gaál

Votes: 24

94. Skizbe (1967)

10 min | Short, Documentary

7.7
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Philosophical essay about the October Revolution of 1917 in Russia, its influence on the destiny of the world in the 20th century.

Director: Artavazd Peleshian | Stars: Feliks Dzierzynski, V.I. Lenin, Sergo Ordzhonikidze, Joseph Stalin

Votes: 241

95. Pixillation (1970)

4 min | Animation, Short

6.6
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Directors: Ken Knowlton, Lillian Schwartz

Votes: 40

96. Fireworks (1947)

20 min | Short, Drama, Horror

7.1
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Depicts a dream sequence about the brutal rape and torture of Anger himself (as a teenager) by a group of sailors on the street (after trying to pick one of them up).

Director: Kenneth Anger | Stars: Kenneth Anger, Gordon Gray, Bill Seltzer

Votes: 1,814

97. Flesh (2005)

10 min | Animation, Short

4.7
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The Empire unveils everything but sees nothing. Its enemies idealize everything but tolerate nothing. For some the earthly orgasm of virtual whores. For others the eternal orgasm of seventy virgins. What if it all came down to flesh?

Director: Edouard Salier

Votes: 132

98. Vertical Features Remake (1978)

44 min | Short, Comedy

7.2
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Tongue-in-cheek, early Greenaway short reflects the incredibly meticulous encyclopedic nature of his early films. An attempt is made to "reconstruct" a proposed, but never made, film ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Greenaway | Star: Colin Cantlie

Votes: 497

99. Jojo in the Stars (2003)

TV-PG | 13 min | Animation, Short

7.2
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In a bleak and desolate world, a small creature seeks out the woman of his dreams: a high-flying circus performer with a cruel and possessive ringmaster.

Director: Marc Craste | Stars: Oliver Miceli, Andrew Stirk

Votes: 487

100. A Study in Choreography for Camera (1946)

4 min | Short

6.4
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A man dances in several locations, edited to have a fluent effect.

Director: Maya Deren | Star: Talley Beatty

Votes: 1,149