Top 250 Most-Acclaimed Short Films of All Time

by mjf314 | created - 22 Apr 2011 | updated - 31 Dec 2011 | Public

I compiled this list from many different polls, lists, and awards, using a weighted point system to rank the shorts (the most acclaimed shorts are on the top). I'm defining short as any film with a runtime of 45 minutes or less.

This list includes many acclaimed animated shorts which are missing from the Brief Encounters list, most notably The Man Who Planted Trees and Ruka.

Missing from IMDb: The Magic Fox (1982) (it would've been ranked #132)

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1. Sherlock Jr. (1924)

Unrated | 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: 24,450

2. 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: 23,684

3. 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: 38,413

4. A Day in the Country (1936)

Not Rated | 40 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

7.8
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The family of a Parisian shop-owner spends a day in the country. The daughter falls in love to a man at the inn, where they spend the day.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Sylvia Bataille, Jane Marken, Georges D'Arnoux, André Gabriello

Votes: 4,574

5. 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: 8,059

6. 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: 6,201

7. 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: 14,226

8. Skazka skazok (1979)

29 min | Animation, Short

8.0
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Distant, well-worn memories of childhood are inhabited by a little gray wolf. Through astonishing imagery, the memory of all of Russia is depicted.

Director: Yuriy Norshteyn | Star: Aleksandr Kalyagin

Votes: 2,600

9. Duck Amuck (1953)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

8.6
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The short-tempered Daffy Duck must improvise madly as the backgrounds, his costumes, the soundtrack, even his physical form, shifts and changes at the whim of the animator.

Director: Chuck Jones | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 6,930

10. Listen to Britain (1942)

Not Rated | 20 min | Documentary, Short

6.8
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A depiction of life in wartime England during the Second World War. Director Humphrey Jennings visits many aspects of civilian life and of the turmoil and privation caused by the war, all without narration.

Directors: Humphrey Jennings, Stewart McAllister | Stars: Leonard Brockington, Joseph Macleod, Bud Flanagan, Chesney Allen

Votes: 1,243

11. Scorpio Rising (1963)

28 min | Short, Music

7.0
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An army of gay/nazi bikers make their engines roar and ride the way to pain/pleasure as sexual and sadistic symbols are intercut into the dazing chaos and rhythmic experiences of this ... See full summary »

Director: Kenneth Anger | Stars: Ernie Allo, Bruce Byron, Frank Carifi, Steve Crandell

Votes: 3,559

12. The Man Who Planted Trees (1987)

30 min | Animation, Short, Drama

8.6
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The story of a shepherd's single handed quest to re-forest a barren valley.

Director: Frédéric Back | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 4,836

13. Wavelength (1967)

45 min | Drama

5.7
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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: 1,751

14. 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: 34,091

15. 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: 3,052

16. The Wrong Trousers (1993)

Unrated | 30 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

8.4
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Wallace is used by a criminal penguin in a robbery involving mechanical trousers.

Director: Nick Park | Stars: Peter Sallis, Peter Hawkins

Votes: 44,093

17. Street of Crocodiles (1986)

20 min | Animation, Short

7.8
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A man closes up a lecture hall; he reaches into a box and snips the string holding a gaunt puppet. Released, the puppet warily explores the darkened rooms about him. Screws twist out of ... See full summary »

Directors: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay | Star: Feliks Stawinski

Votes: 2,011

18. 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: 2,472

19. 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: 4,124

20. What's Opera, Doc? (1957)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

8.3
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Elmer Fudd is again hunting rabbits - only this time it's an opera. Wagner's Siegfried with Elmer as the titular hero and Bugs as Brunnhilde. They sing, they dance, they eat the scenery.

Director: Chuck Jones | Stars: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

Votes: 8,367

21. Flaming Creatures (1963)

45 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

5.0
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With full disturbing and weirdo graphic plus sexual scenes, Flaming Creatures is one of most daring and controversial film of all time, According to Jack Smith's Flaming Creatures is a comedy in a haunted music studio.

Director: Jack Smith | Stars: Francis Francine, Sheila Bick, Joel Markman, Mario Montez

Votes: 989

22. Crac (1980)

15 min | Animation, Short, Drama

7.4
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The industrialization of Montreal, as seen from the point of view of a rocking-chair.

Director: Frédéric Back

Votes: 1,242

23. King-Size Canary (1947)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.7
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A mangy cat on the verge of starvation finds a tiny canary and a bottle of 'Jumbo-Gro' fertilizer, which gives him an idea that leads to giant cats, dogs, mice and canaries chasing each other round Lilliputian towns and cities...

Director: Tex Avery | Stars: Pinto Colvig, Frank Graham

Votes: 1,375

24. Ruka (1965)

18 min | Animation, Short, Horror

8.0
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A happy little potter is approached by a huge hand which wants him to sculpt its statue. The potter refuses, wanting nothing more than to be left alone with his only friend, a potted plant.... See full summary »

Director: Jirí Trnka

Votes: 1,189

25. Les maîtres fous (1955)

36 min | Documentary, Short, Horror

6.9
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In one of the first mockumentaries ever created, director Jean Rouch takes his viewers to the city of Accra (West Africa) where he follows the Hauka movement and their religious and ritual ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Rouch | Star: Jean Rouch

Votes: 1,059

26. Le sang des bêtes (1949)

22 min | Documentary, Short, Horror

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: 1,832

27. Gertie the Dinosaur (1914)

12 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.2
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The cartoonist, Winsor McCay, brings the Dinosaurus back to life in the figure of his latest creation, Gertie the Dinosaur.

Director: Winsor McCay | Stars: Winsor McCay, George McManus, Roy L. McCardell, Thomas A. 'Tad' Dorgan

Votes: 2,333

28. Yozhik v tumane (1975)

11 min | Animation, Short

8.3
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A little hedgehog, on the way to visit his friend the bear, gets lost in thick fog, where horses, dogs and even falling leaves take on a terrifying new aspect...

Director: Yuriy Norshteyn | Stars: Vyacheslav Nevinnyy, Mariya Vinogradova, Aleksey Batalov

Votes: 5,096

29. The Street (1976)

10 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

6.7
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This film deals with a Jewish family in Montreal, Canada as they care for a dying grandmother and the young boy who is impatient to get the room he was promised as soon as she kicks the ... See full summary »

Director: Caroline Leaf | Stars: Mort Ransen, Sarah Dwight, John Hood, Vera Leitman

Votes: 553

30. Father and Daughter (2000)

8 min | Animation, Short, Drama

7.9
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A father says goodbye to his young daughter. Time passes and the daughter moves through life age by age, but within her there is always a deep longing for her father.

Director: Michael Dudok de Wit

Votes: 4,614

31. Tango (1981)

8 min | Animation, Short

7.8
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Subsequent characters appear in a poorly-decorated room, intertwining but never colliding, all possessed by never-ending rituals.

Director: Zbigniew Rybczynski

Votes: 1,913

32. Une nuit sur le mont chauve (1933)

8 min | Animation, Short

7.0
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Mussorgsky's composition is the soundtrack for this pin-screen animated take on night and wild things. A scarecrow blows down, clouds move by quickly. Beings take shape; a town appears, ... See full summary »

Directors: Alexander Alexeieff, Claire Parker

Votes: 589

33. 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: 1,143

34. Neighbours (1952)

8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.9
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A surreal story of two neighbours' destructive feud over a flower.

Director: Norman McLaren | Stars: Grant Munro, Jean Paul Ladouceur

Votes: 2,406

35. Bad Luck Blackie (1949)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Comedy

7.8
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A cute and very tormented kitten is bullied by an incomparably evil bulldog, who lives to know better after a black cat crosses his path.

Director: Tex Avery | Stars: Tex Avery, Dick Nelson

Votes: 1,126

36. Harpya (1979)

9 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

7.0
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An unknowing man rescues a rather aggressive and demanding harpy.

Director: Raoul Servais | Stars: Will Spoor, Fran Waller Zeper, Sjoert Schwibethus

Votes: 665

37. The Arrival of a Train (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

7.4
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A train arrives at La Ciotat station.

Directors: Auguste Lumière, Louis Lumière

Votes: 7,865

38. The Old Mill (1937)

Approved | 9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

8.0
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We see the various birds, mice, and bats that have moved into an old windmill, followed by the frogs, crickets, and fireflies making their music in an adjacent pond. Then a storm comes, ... See full summary »

Director: Wilfred Jackson | Stars: Marie Arbuckle, Jean MacMurray, Louise Myers, Clarence Nash

Votes: 2,734

39. Red Hot Riding Hood (1943)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

7.7
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The characters of the traditional fairy tale demand a new approach to the story as a sexy urban comedy with Red as an adult nightclub dancer.

Director: Tex Avery | Stars: Sara Berner, Daws Butler, June Foray, Frank Graham

Votes: 1,936

40. Blinkity Blank (1955)

5 min | Animation, Short

6.9
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The surreal story of a bird and its cage with both their conflict and union.

Director: Norman McLaren

Votes: 796

41. The Band Concert (1935)

9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

8.0
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Mickey and his band are determined to perform their music despite the interferance of Donald Duck and a powerful storm.

Director: Wilfred Jackson | Star: Clarence Nash

Votes: 2,124

42. Dôjôji (1976)

19 min | Animation, Short

6.8
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A man who is on a pilgrimage spends the night with a woman. After they share a moment of passion, he runs away and she chases him.

Director: Kihachiro Kawamoto

Votes: 181

43. The Cat Concerto (1947)

Passed | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

8.2
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Jerry is determined to disrupt Tom's concert while Tom fights him with the piano without missing a single note.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 3,190

44. When the Day Breaks (1999)

10 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

6.9
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A chance encounter, a juicy yellow lemon and an unfortunate twist of fate will reveal that the symbiotic relationship between people is inextricable.

Directors: Amanda Forbis, Wendy Tilby

Votes: 852

45. Rose Hobart (1936)

Unrated | 19 min | Short

5.8
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Footage selected from 'East of Borneo' and other films is arranged and edited so as to highlight actress Rose Hobart.

Director: Joseph Cornell | Stars: Charles Bickford, Rose Hobart, Noble Johnson, Georges Renavent

Votes: 739

46. Le château de sable (1977)

13 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.0
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On a sandy desert, a man made of sand constructs other sand creatures to help make a beautiful sand castle for themselves.

Director: Co Hoedeman

Votes: 787

47. The Red Balloon (1956)

Approved | 34 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

8.2
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A red balloon with a life of its own follows a little boy around the streets of Paris.

Director: Albert Lamorisse | Stars: Pascal Lamorisse, Sabine Lamorisse, Georges Sellier, Vladimir Popov

Votes: 13,763

48. Hold Me While I'm Naked (1966)

17 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

5.7
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A independent director is faced with artistic difficulty when he asks his actresses to show nudity.

Director: George Kuchar | Stars: Donna Kerness, George Kuchar, Stella Kuchar, Andrea Lunin

Votes: 1,098

49. One Froggy Evening (1955)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

8.5
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A man futilely struggles to make his fortune with a frog that sings and dances, but only when it is alone with the owner.

Director: Chuck Jones | Star: William Roberts

Votes: 4,537

50. Steamboat Willie (1928)

8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.7
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Mickey Mouse, piloting a steamboat, delights his passenger, Minnie, by making musical instruments out of the menagerie on deck.

Directors: Ub Iwerks, Walt Disney | Star: Walt Disney

Votes: 5,404

51. The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes (1971)

32 min | Documentary, Short, Horror

7.2
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At a morgue, forensic pathologists conduct autopsies of the corpses assigned.

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 1,190

52. Creature Comforts (1989)

5 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

7.8
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A humourous and thought provoking view of what animals in zoos might be thinking about their captivity and surroundings.

Director: Nick Park | Star: Julie Sedgewick

Votes: 5,357

53. Begone Dull Care (1949)

8 min | Animation, Short, Music

7.4
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Abstract images drawn directly onto the film are accompanied by three pieces of jazz performed by the Oscar Peterson trio.

Directors: Evelyn Lambart, Norman McLaren

Votes: 1,178

54. The Music Box (1932)

Approved | 29 min | Comedy, Short

8.1
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Like the legendary Sisyphus, deliverymen Laurel and Hardy struggle to push a large crated piano up a seemingly insurmountable flight of stairs.

Director: James Parrott | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Dinah, Billy Gilbert

Votes: 5,425

55. Satiemania (1978)

14 min | Animation, Short

6.9
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A short film which documents the animator's satirical outlook on life using only music and images to convey the message.

Director: Zdenko Gasparovic

Votes: 273

56. Méditerranée (1963)

44 min | Documentary, Short

6.4
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A short film documenting the seas and shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

Directors: Jean-Daniel Pollet, Volker Schlöndorff

Votes: 436

57. The House Is Black (1963)

20 min | Documentary, Short

8.0
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Set in a leper colony in the north of Iran, The House is Black juxtaposes "ugliness", of which there is much in the world as stated in the opening scenes, with religion and gratitude.

Director: Forugh Farrokhzad | Stars: Forugh Farrokhzad, Ebrahim Golestan, Hossein Mansouri

Votes: 3,100

58. A Girl's Own Story (1986)

27 min | Short

6.7
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A look at three girls, young teens, in the era of the Beatles. Pam lives with parents who haven't spoken directly to each other in two years, using their daughters to talk across the table ... See full summary »

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Gabrielle Shornegg, Geraldine Haywood, Marina Knight, John Godden

Votes: 525

59. The Big Snit (1985)

10 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.2
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A couple have a fight over a scrabble game unaware that a full scale nuclear war has started.

Director: Richard Condie | Stars: Jay Brazeau, Ida Osler, Randy Woods, Bill Guest

Votes: 1,472

60. Snow-White (1933)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.4
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Trouble starts when the queen's magic mirror says Betty Boop is fairest. Cab Calloway sings "St. James Infirmary Blues."

Director: Dave Fleischer | Stars: Cab Calloway, Billy Murray, Mae Questel

Votes: 1,409

61. Porky in Wackyland (1938)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.8
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Porky Pig goes on a hunt to catch the surreally elusive last Do-Do bird.

Director: Robert Clampett | Stars: Mel Blanc, Billy Bletcher

Votes: 1,615

62. Gerald McBoing-Boing (1950)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.1
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The story of a little boy who would only talk in sound effects. With story by Dr. Seuss (and Bill Scott of Rocky and Bullwinkle fame) this cartoon won the Oscar for best short subject (animated) for 1950.

Director: Robert Cannon | Star: Marvin Miller

Votes: 1,448

63. Easy Street (1917)

Unrated | 24 min | Short, Comedy

7.6
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A reformed tramp becomes a police constable who must fight a huge thug who dominates an inner city street.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell, Albert Austin

Votes: 3,835

64. Cops (1922)

Unrated | 18 min | Short, Comedy, Family

7.7
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A series of mishaps manages to make a young man get chased by a big city's entire police force.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline, Virginia Fox, Steve Murphy

Votes: 4,525

65. The Great Train Robbery (1903)

TV-G | 11 min | Short, Action, Western

7.3
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A group of bandits stage a brazen train hold-up, only to find a determined posse hot on their heels.

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Stars: Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson, A.C. Abadie, George Barnes, Justus D. Barnes

Votes: 13,443

66. The Song of Ceylon (1934)

38 min | Short, Documentary

6.3
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A short film which documents the lives of the Sinhalese people.

Director: Basil Wright | Star: Lionel Wendt

Votes: 320

67. Hapax Legomena I: Nostalgia (1971)

36 min | Short

7.0
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Frampton burning slowly his an nostalgia black and white photograph who his taken on a hot plate.

Director: Hollis Frampton | Star: Michael Snow

Votes: 486

68. Lucifer Rising (1972)

29 min | Short, Fantasy

7.2
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Egyptian gods summons the angel Lucifer - in order to usher in a new occult age.

Director: Kenneth Anger | Stars: Kenneth Anger, Bobby Beausoleil, Donald Cammell, Haydn Couts

Votes: 2,134

69. A Diary for Timothy (1945)

40 min | Short, Documentary

7.1
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This brief documentary-style film presents the status of Great Britain near the end of the Second World War by means of a visual diary for a baby boy born in September, 1944. Narration ... See full summary »

Director: Humphrey Jennings | Stars: Michael Redgrave, Myra Hess, John Gielgud, Frederick Allen

Votes: 536

70. 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: 1,159

71. 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: 2,827

72. Eine murul (1987)

25 min | Animation, Short

7.2
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Several episodes, each focusing on a different figure. Towards the end they all come together to replicate the famous painting by Édouard Manet that provides the title.

Director: Priit Pärn

Votes: 192

73. A Colour Box (1935)

3 min | Animation, Short

6.2
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Animated shapes dance to Cuban music. This was one of the first animations to be painted directly onto the film.

Director: Len Lye

Votes: 618

74. Balance (1989)

7 min | Animation, Short, Drama

8.0
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A group of fishermen on a precariously balanced platform fight over a trunk.

Directors: Christoph Lauenstein, Wolfgang Lauenstein

Votes: 4,024

75. Ryan (2004)

TV-PG | 14 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

7.6
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The movie talks about the life of Ryan Larkin, a gifted Canadian animator of the late '60s and the early '70s.

Director: Chris Landreth | Stars: Ryan Larkin, Chris Landreth, Felicity Fanjoy, Derek Lamb

Votes: 2,475

76. Minnie the Moocher (1932)

Passed | 8 min | Animation, Short, Family

7.4
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Betty Boop and Bimbo run away from home, but that night they are scared by a chorus of ghosts singing the title song.

Director: Dave Fleischer | Stars: Cab Calloway and His Cotton Club Orchestra, Cab Calloway, Billy Murray, Mae Questel

Votes: 1,154

77. La traversée de l'Atlantique à la rame (1978)

24 min | Animation, Short

6.8
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A short film about a couple who leave their home in New York City and spend the rest of their lives in a boat in the Atlantic Ocean.

Director: Jean-François Laguionie | Stars: Charlotte Maury-Sentier, Jean-Pierre Sentier

Votes: 120

78. Luxo Jr. (1986)

G | 2 min | Animation, Short, Family

7.4
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A larger lamp watches while a smaller, younger lamp plays exuberantly with a ball but doesn't pick up the knack of correct handling.

Director: John Lasseter

Votes: 10,365

79. 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: 3,240

80. The Immigrant (1917)

Unrated | 30 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

7.8
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Charlie is an immigrant who endures a challenging voyage and gets into trouble as soon as he arrives in America.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell, Albert Austin

Votes: 5,927

81. 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: 1,058

82. Report (1967)

13 min | Short

6.6
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A compilation of selected bits of archival footage put to a narration of news reports describing the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

Director: Bruce Conner

Votes: 877

83. Hunger (1974)

12 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.0
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Animated film satire of self-indulgence in a hungry world. Rapidly dissolving, reshaping images, made with the aid of a computer, create a stark contrast between abundance and want. A man ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Foldes

Votes: 408

84. Le nez (1963)

11 min | Animation, Short

6.9
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A study in pins of a man who loses his nose which becomes a personality in its own right.

Directors: Alexander Alexeieff, Claire Parker

Votes: 357

85. Jumping (1984)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.5
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A small child takes small leaps, which progress into huge bounds over buildings, forests and continents.

Director: Osamu Tezuka

Votes: 969

86. Motion Painting No. 1 (1947)

11 min | Animation, Short

6.8
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A short painted film by Oskar Fishchinger which films images to the music of Johann Bach.

Director: Oskar Fischinger

Votes: 456

87. 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: 2,797

88. Frank Film (1973)

G | 9 min | Animation, Short, Biography

6.3
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This animated short features two soundtracks - in one, Frank narrates an autobiography,in the other, he reads off a list of words beginning with the letter "f." Tying the two soundtracks ... See full summary »

Directors: Caroline Mouris, Frank Mouris | Star: Frank Mouris

Votes: 520

89. Puce Moment (1949)

6 min | Short

6.4
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A soundtrack plays folk rock as a woman prepares, at noon, to take her Borzois for a walk. She goes through her dresses, all 1920s style flapper gowns, holding them one at a time, shaking ... See full summary »

Director: Kenneth Anger | Star: Yvonne Marquis

Votes: 1,280

90. Mothlight (1963)

4 min | Short

6.3
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A "found foliage" film composed of insects, leaves, and other detritus sandwiched between two strips of perforated tape.

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 1,973

91. San Pietro (1945)

Unrated | 32 min | Documentary, Short, War

6.9
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Director John Huston documents the Battle of San Pietro Infine in December 1943.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Mark W. Clark, John Huston

Votes: 1,408

92. Hôtel des Invalides (1952)

22 min | Documentary, Short

6.8
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A tour of the Hotel des Invalides, and more particularly of the Army Museum and the Saint Louis Chapel. From François I's armor to Guynemer's airplane, to Napoleon's and Marshall Foch's ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Franju | Star: Michel Simon

Votes: 270

93. The Old Man and the Sea (1999)

20 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

8.1
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An old fisherman goes out on his fishing trip and makes a huge catch, the biggest of his life.

Director: Aleksandr Petrov | Stars: Gordon Pinsent, Kevin Duhaney, Yôji Matsuda, Rentarô Mikuni

Votes: 3,146

94. My Childhood (1972)

46 min | Biography, Drama

7.5
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The second part (My ain folk) of Bill Douglas' influential trilogy harks back to his impoverished upbringing in early-'40s Scotland. Cinema was his only escape - he paid for it with the ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Douglas | Stars: Stephen Archibald, Hughie Restorick, Jean Taylor Smith, Karl Fieseler

Votes: 878

95. Invocation of My Demon Brother (1969)

12 min | Short, Horror

6.6
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Experimental short, featuring strobe-like erotic imagery with several shots of the Rolling Stones in performance and an original synthesizer score by Mick Jagger.

Director: Kenneth Anger | Stars: Kenneth Anger, Bobby Beausoleil, Bill Beutel, Harvey Bialy

Votes: 1,357

96. Repete (1995)

8 min | Animation, Short

6.3
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An animated short film in which life changing moments are repeated over and over.

Director: Michaela Pavlátová

Votes: 250

97. The Idea (1932)

30 min | Short, Animation

6.9
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When a liberal idea emerges in a tyranny ruled society, power and wealth unite to bring it down.

Director: Berthold Bartosch

Votes: 290

98. One A.M. (1916)

TV-G | 24 min | Comedy, Family, Short

7.2
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A drunken homeowner has a difficult time getting about in his home after arriving home late at night.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Albert Austin

Votes: 2,341

99. Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954)

38 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

7.1
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A Slavonic Mass by Leos Janácek plays as historical figures, biblical characters, and mythical creatures gather in the pleasure dome. Aphrodite, Lilith, Isis, Kali, Astarte, Nero, Pan, and ... See full summary »

Director: Kenneth Anger | Stars: Samson De Brier, Marjorie Cameron, Joan Whitney, Katy Kadell

Votes: 1,388

100. 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: 1,765