Top 100 Short Films

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1. La Jetée (1962)

Not Rated | 28 min | Short, Drama, Romance

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: 26,335

2. A Day in the Country (1946)

Not Rated | 40 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

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

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

Votes: 5,083

3. Un Chien Andalou (1929)

Not Rated | 16 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí present 17 minutes of bizarre, surreal imagery.

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

Votes: 41,913

4. The House Is Black (1963)

20 min | Documentary, Short

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: 3,500

5. The Red Balloon (1956)

Not Rated | 34 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

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: 14,898

6. Antoine and Colette (1962)

32 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Antoine Doinel is 17, lives in a hotel and works in a factory making records; he loves music. He falls in love with a woman he meets at a concert. She sees him as a friend, but her parents love him.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Marie-France Pisier, Patrick Auffay, Jean-François Adam

Votes: 3,061

7. Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)

Not Rated | 14 min | Short, Fantasy, Mystery

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: 9,461

8. The Bakery Girl of Monceau (1963)

Not Rated | 23 min | Short, Romance

A law student regularly visits a Paris bakery to flirt with a brunette employee.

Director: Éric Rohmer | Stars: Barbet Schroeder, Claudine Soubrier, Michèle Girardon, Fred Junck

Votes: 3,163

9. At Land (1944)

15 min | Short

Silently, a woman wakes on a beach as the tides go in reverse. Her dreamscape unfolds as she tries to locate a chess piece traveling from the beach to a party to a country road and then back.

Director: Maya Deren | Stars: John Cage, Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid, Hella Heyman

Votes: 2,354

10. La cabina (1972 TV Short)

35 min | Short, Drama, Horror

A man gets trapped inside a telephone box and nobody is able to free him.

Director: Antonio Mercero | Stars: José Luis López Vázquez, Agustín González, Goyo Lebrero, Tito García

Votes: 3,073

11. Un Chant D'Amour (1950)

Not Rated | 26 min | Short, Fantasy, Romance

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: 2,774

12. I'm Here (2010)

29 min | Short, Drama, Romance

A young man faces the abrupt loss of his friend.

Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Sienna Guillory, Annie Hardy, Daniel London

Votes: 7,098

13. Light Is Calling (2004)

8 min | Short

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: 363

14. La cabina (1973)

14 min | Short, Comedy

An amateur photographer watches a beautiful woman emerge from a beach hut and disappear into the sea.

Director: Bruno Bozzetto | Stars: Maurizio Nichetti, Pardo Kickhoeffel

Votes: 53

15. L.A. Bros (2011)

Not Rated | 9 min | Short, Adventure, Drama

Two friends, one city, one love. Two friends unite so that one isn't deported from the city that brought them together.

Director: Addison Sandoval | Stars: Robert Hunter, Roope Olenius

Votes: 40

16. ...No Lies (1973)

R | 16 min | Short, Drama

A young filmmaking student turns his camera on a female friend as she gets ready to go out for the night. His questions strip away the young woman's defenses, and soon she reveals her ... See full summary »

Director: Mitchell Block | Stars: Shelby Leverington, Alec Hirschfeld

Votes: 338

17. It's Not Just You, Murray! (1964)

15 min | Short, Comedy, Crime

Now middle-aged, mobster Murray looks back at his humble beginnings as a bootlegger and his rise to becoming wealthy and highly influential. Through it he talks about how much of his ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Ira Rubin, Sam DeFazio, Andrea Martin, Catherine Scorsese

Votes: 1,025

18. North Atlantic (2010)

15 min | Short, Drama

An isolated air traffic controller in a small island of the Azores archipelago is contacted by a lone pilot cut helplessly adrift over the North Atlantic.

Director: Bernardo Nascimento | Stars: Clive Russell, Baltazar, Grant Masters, Guilherme Mendonça

Votes: 302

19. Time Piece (1965)

Not Rated | 9 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

A surreal stream of consciousness montage about time and related bizarreness.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: Jim Henson, Enid Cafritz, Dennis Paget, Jim Hutchison

Votes: 615

20. Daybreak Express (1953)

5 min | Documentary, Short, Music

Set to a classic Duke Ellington recording "Daybreak Express", this is a five-minute short of the soon-to-be-demolished Third Avenue elevated subway station in New York City.

Director: D.A. Pennebaker

Votes: 737

21. The Big Shave (1967)

Not Rated | 6 min | Short, Drama, Horror

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

Director: Martin Scorsese | Star: Peter Bernuth

Votes: 5,122

22. Curfew (I) (2012)

PG-13 | 19 min | Short, Drama

Having reached the lowest point in his life, a self-destructive man on the brink of demise receives an unexpected call from his estranged sister to look after her young daughter for the night. Could this be the beginning of a new reality?

Director: Shawn Christensen | Stars: Shawn Christensen, Fatima Ptacek, Kim Allen, Dana Segal

Votes: 5,626

23. Patriotism (1966)

Not Rated | 30 min | Drama, Short

A Noh dramatization of the suicides of Lt. Shinji Takeyama and his wife Reiko. After participating in a failed 1936 coup and being ordered to execute his friends, he bids his wife an intimate farewell and commits harakiri.

Directors: Masaki Dômoto, Yukio Mishima | Stars: Yukio Mishima, Yoshiko Tsuruoka

Votes: 1,321

24. Mujo no kaze: The wind of impermanence (2008)

12 min | Short, Drama

Kaz, a Japanese college student, is thrown into a world of depression after his best friend is murdered in America. Elsewhere, a girl named Michi stands in front of a grave high in the ... See full summary »

Director: Dean Yamada | Stars: Yasuko Fleming, Miho Hattori, Yukiko Ikeda, Tsubasa Kamata

Votes: 17

25. All the Boys Are Called Patrick (1959)

21 min | Short, Comedy

Two French college girls each meet a boy named Patrick and quickly realize that it is less a coincidence then they think.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Jean-Claude Brialy, Anne Collette, Nicole Berger

Votes: 2,008

26. 10 Minutes (2002)

10 min | Short, Drama, War

It's 1994. How different can ten minutes of a tourist in Rome and a family in the besieged Sarajevo be?

Director: Ahmed Imamovic | Stars: Almedin Leleta, Satoshi Yahata, Milan Pavlovic, Jasna Zalica

Votes: 1,082

27. The Killers (1956)

19 min | Short, Drama

Two men besiege a lunch bar looking for a third man they must kill.

Directors: Marika Beiku, Aleksandr Gordon, Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Yuliy Fayt, Aleksandr Gordon, Valentin Vinogradov, Vadim Novikov

Votes: 2,476

28. Wasp (2003)

26 min | Short, Drama

Zoë is a single mother who lives with her four children in Dartford. She is poor and can't afford to buy food. One day her ex-boyfriend drives by and asks her to go on a date with him. ... See full summary »

Director: Andrea Arnold | Stars: Natalie Press, Danny Dyer, Jodie Mitchell, Molly Griffiths

Votes: 2,617

29. Things I Like, Things I Don't Like (1989)

8 min | Short, Comedy

A 9 minute comedy starring Dominique Pinon (Delicatessen). Featuring muted colors with a sepia black and white, Pinon takes the viewer through various examples of what he "likes and ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Dominique Pinon, Chick Ortega, Marie-Laure Dougnac, Diane Bertrand

Votes: 1,962

30. Beat the Devil (2002)

Not Rated | 9 min | Action, Short, Adventure

Decades ago, the legendary James Brown sold his soul to the devil for fame and fortune. Now he wishes to renegotiate. Hired to take Mr. Brown to a rendezvous with the devil (Gary Oldman), ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Clive Owen, Gary Oldman, James Brown, Marilyn Manson

Votes: 5,513

31. Hostage (2002)

Not Rated | 9 min | Short, Action, Adventure

The driver races to locate a kidnapped victim locked in the trunk of an abandoned car somewhere on the water's edge. Linked to her only by cell phone, the driver narrows in on her location in a desperate race against time and tide.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Clive Owen, Maury Chaykin, Kathryn Morris, Darius McCrary

Votes: 4,733

32. Ticker (2002)

Not Rated | 8 min | Short, Action, Adventure

The Driver finds himself in a dangerous, yet highly political situation; this time being pursued by a helicopter gunship while carrying a passenger with a suitcase, the contents of which will decide the fate of a nation.

Director: Joe Carnahan | Stars: Clive Owen, Don Cheadle, F. Murray Abraham, Clifton Powell

Votes: 4,259

33. Signs (I) (2008)

Not Rated | 12 min | Short, Romance

Where do you find love? Sometimes all you need is a sign.

Director: Patrick Hughes | Stars: Nick Russell, Kestie Morassi

Votes: 4,208

34. Validation (2007)

16 min | Short, Comedy, Romance

A fable about a parking attendant who gives his customers REAL validation -- dispensing both free parking and free compliments.

Director: Kurt Kuenne | Stars: T.J. Thyne, Vicki Davis, Dave Kuhr, Pam Cook

Votes: 3,987

35. Cold Tropics (2009)

24 min | Short

In tropical Recife, in northeastern Brazil, temperatures drop to impossible lows and the inhabitants have to adapt. This 'mockumentary' gradually turns critical, looking at the climate, ... See full summary »

Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho | Stars: Rodrigo Riszla, Andrés Schaffer

Votes: 407

36. Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1961)

Not Rated | 28 min | Short, Adventure, Drama

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: 3,472

37. Chronos (1985)

Not Rated | 43 min | Documentary

Carefully picked scenes of nature and civilization are viewed at high speed using time-lapse cinematography in an effort to demonstrate the history of various regions.

Director: Ron Fricke

Votes: 2,901

38. Confession (I) (2006)

10 min | Short, Action, Drama

Two hit men make startling realizations when they come face to face in a church confessional.

Director: Elle Schneider | Stars: Jeffrey Caudle, Robert Debuck, Miguel Martinez

Votes: 12

39. Smile Pinki (2008)

39 min | Documentary, Short

A destitute Indian child meets a social worker who makes it possible for her to obtain free surgery to cure her cleft lip.

Director: Megan Mylan | Stars: Anti Chauhan, Ghutaru Chauhan, Virendra Kumar Das, Ravi Anand Manya

Votes: 386

40. The Key to Reserva (2007)

10 min | Short

Finding an unfinished script written by Alfred Hitchcock himself, Martin Scorsese attempts to recreate it himself as Hitchcock would have.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Simon Baker, Kelli O'Hara, Michael Stuhlbarg, Christopher Denham

Votes: 2,712

41. I Am So Proud of You (2008)

22 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Dark shadows are cast over Bill's recovery, in this second chapter to "Everything Will Be OK".

Director: Don Hertzfeldt | Star: Don Hertzfeldt

Votes: 1,432

42. Powder Keg (2001)

Not Rated | 8 min | Action, Short

January 13, 2001. Times war photographer Harvey Jacobs is wounded while witnessing a massacre at Nuevo Colon by terrorists. In a desperate effort, the United Nations sends a vehicle to get ... See full summary »

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Clive Owen, Stellan Skarsgård, Lois Smith, Javier Zaragoza

Votes: 4,749

43. Ambush (2001)

Not Rated | 6 min | Action, Short

A mysterious BMW driver must protect an eccentric old foreigner from criminals.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Clive Owen, Tomas Milian, Franklin Dennis Jones

Votes: 4,313

44. Star (I) (2001)

Not Rated | 7 min | Action, Short, Comedy

The Driver now carries an arrogant rock star who is visiting a major city (not Pittsburgh as earlier believed). Played by Madonna, this title character wants to get away from her bodyguards... See full summary »

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Clive Owen, Michael Beattie, Toru Tanaka Jr., DTeflon

Votes: 6,818

45. Chosen (2001)

Not Rated | 6 min | Action, Short

The Driver is carrying an East Asian child who has been chosen for a strange rite. He must drive him through a dark night in the city to get to a monk's house, while eluding several U.S. ... See full summary »

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Clive Owen, Mason Lee, Sonom Gualson, Brian Smyj

Votes: 4,439

46. Six Shooter (2004)

Not Rated | 27 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

A black and bloody Irish comedy about a sad train journey where an older man, whose wife has died that morning, encounters a strange and possibly psychotic young oddball....

Director: Martin McDonagh | Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Rúaidhrí Conroy, David Wilmot, Aisling O'Sullivan

Votes: 9,727

47. The Follow (2001)

Not Rated | 8 min | Action, Short, Mystery

The Driver is now spying on a celebrity's wife suspected of adultery.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Adriana Lima, Forest Whitaker

Votes: 4,721

48. The Day We Disappear (2001)

24 min | Short

TDWD is a dark surreal nightmare dealing with the themes of desire, jealousy, and ultimately pursuing something that cannot be obtained. The story follows a man who wanders into a reality ... See full summary »

Director: Carl Savillo | Stars: Derrick Damions, Stayc Smith, Kryztov Lindquist, Kenji Akiho

Votes: 1,374

49. A Curtain Raiser (2006)

TV-PG | 30 min | Short, Drama, Romance