Brief Encounters: 4000 Short Films

by MortalKombatFan1 | created - 16 Mar 2013 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

I have amassed a list of 4000 short films, spanning from the very beginning of cinema (Sallie Gardner at a Gallop/Roundhay Garden Scene) to 2015.

No film is over 49 minutes (with the exceptions of David Lynch's "Rabbits", "My Childhood" & "My Ein Folk", and "The Smiling Madame Beudet").

Also, no feature length anthology films were included. I began making this list in early 2009. I now finished it in 2015 adding the short oscar nominations for this year. Enjoy and discuss! ---- P.S. I really like these short film lists here: [link]http://www.imdb.com/list/bCsd0-DTUv4/[/link] [link]http://www.imdb.com/list/6e6x6r_kXKE/[/link] [link]http://www.imdb.com/list/-3JHOu65Aq8/[/link] [link]http://www.imdb.com/list/J-Pb12XD-As/[/link] [link]http://www.imdb.com/list/bDt6cQhgFus/[/link] [link]http://www.imdb.com/list/mYyBXbOXh6Y/[/link] [link]http://www.imdb.com/list/dDGV4VgYLzA/[/link] [link]http://www.imdb.com/list/1ihjrAh-MF0/[/link] [link]http://www.imdb.com/list/zrOngfdYPI4/[/link] [link]http://www.imdb.com/list/TftcqepYvYI/[/link]

Also check out this website - 100 Important Directors of Animated Short Films: [link]http://alsolikelife.com/shooting/2009/08/100-important-directors-of-animated-short-films/[/link]

And don't forget about this list about 16mm Experimental films: [link]http://www.prattlibrary.org/locations/sightsandsounds/index.aspx?id=33290[/link]

Those lists are bound to have films not on my list, maybe even ones not on IMDB.

Edit: Removed 3 titles: La coiffeuse (1905), Eveready Harton in Buried Treasure (1929), and Transfer of Modulation (1969) for being in the adult category, causing this list to be filtered. This version is otheriwise the same, just republished.

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1. Kung Fury (2015)

Not Rated | 31 min | Short, Action, Comedy

In 1985, Kung Fury, the toughest martial artist cop in Miami, goes back in time to kill the worst criminal of all time - kung fuhrer Hitler.

Director: David Sandberg | Stars: David Sandberg, Jorma Taccone, Steven Chew, Leopold Nilsson

Votes: 49,406

2. Creature Comforts (1989)

5 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

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: 5,517

3. Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer's Llamas (2015 TV Short)

TV-G | 28 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Shaun the Sheep gets the Farmer to bring home a llama from the County Fair.

Director: Jay Grace | Stars: Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Sean Connolly, Chris Grimes

Votes: 408

4. Offon (1967)

Unrated | 9 min | Short

The human eye, the human form, the human face: these are the three central images of this avant-garde collage and kaleidoscope of shifting and fractured images, changing colors, and pulsing... See full summary »

Director: Scott Bartlett

Votes: 392

5. Feed the Kitty (1952)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A bulldog, charmed by a kitten, tries to keep her hidden from his human guardian.

Director: Chuck Jones | Stars: Bea Benaderet, Mel Blanc

Votes: 2,560

6. Draftee Daffy (1945)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Daffy Duck is desperate to elude the draft board respresentative bearing his conscription order.

Director: Robert Clampett | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 575

7. Zero for Conduct (1933)

Not Rated | 44 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

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: 6,414

8. The Hearts of Age (1934)

8 min | Short

A colonial scene in the U.S. An old lady sits astride a bell while a man in blackface, wig, and livery pulls the bell rope. From an upper door emerges an old man, dressed as a dandy, who ... See full summary »

Directors: William Vance, Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Virginia Nicolson, William Vance, Edgerton Paul

Votes: 975

9. The Dirk Diggler Story (1988)

Not Rated | 32 min | Short, Biography, Drama

The rise and fall of Dirk Diggler.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Michael Stein, Robert Ridgely, Eddie Delcore, Rusty Schwimmer

Votes: 758

10. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932)

10 min | Short

Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself.

Director: William Vance | Star: William Vance

Votes: 51

11. 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: 4,857

12. Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB (1967)

15 min | Sci-Fi, Short

While monitored and pursued, a man races to escape through a futuristic labyrinth.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Dan Nachtsheim, Joy Carmichael, David Munson, Marvin Bennett

Votes: 2,055

13. Puce Moment (1949)

6 min | Short

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: 1,328

14. The Alphabet (1968)

4 min | Animation, Short, Horror

A woman's dark and absurdist nightmare vision comprising a continuous recitation of the alphabet and bizarre living representations of each letter.

Director: David Lynch | Star: Peggy Lynch

Votes: 6,037

15. The Grandmother (1970)

Not Rated | 34 min | Short, Horror

A young boy plants some strange seeds and they grow into a grandmother.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Dorothy McGinnis, Richard White, Virginia Maitland, Robert Chadwick

Votes: 5,410

16. Vincent (1982)

G | 6 min | Short, Animation, Family

Young Vincent Malloy dreams of being just like Vincent Price and loses himself in macabre daydreams which annoys his mother.

Director: Tim Burton | Star: Vincent Price

Votes: 19,676

17. Bottle Rocket (1994)

13 min | Short, Comedy, Crime

Dysfunctional friends Dignan and Anthony plan and execute a robbery with their pot-growing friend, Bob.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Robert Musgrave, Elissa Sommerfield

Votes: 4,530

18. Le gros et le maigre (1961)

15 min | Short, Comedy, Music

A small and thin barefoot slave (played by Polanski) plays a flute and beats a drum to entertain his large master who rocks in a rocking chair in front of his mansion. The slave jumps and ... See full summary »

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: André Katelbach, Roman Polanski

Votes: 1,023

19. Xenogenesis (1978)

12 min | Short, Sci-Fi

A woman and an engineered man are sent in a gigantic sentient starship to search space for a place to start a new life cycle. Raj decides to take a look around the ship. He comes across a gigantic robotic cleaner. Combat ensues.

Directors: James Cameron, Randall Frakes | Stars: William Wisher, Margaret Umbel

Votes: 899

20. Fireworks (1947)

20 min | Short, Drama, Horror

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: 1,870

21. All This and Rabbit Stew (1941)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

Bugs heckles a black hunter and escapes from a bear.

Director: Tex Avery | Stars: Mel Blanc, Danny Webb

Votes: 548

22. Chage & Aska: On Your Mark (1995 Video)

7 min | Animation, Short, Music

Set in the future: Two men learn that a mysterious winged girl has been taken prisoner, and then decide that they must free her at any cost.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Votes: 3,222

23. A Trip to the Moon (1902)

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

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

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

Votes: 35,838

24. The Immigrant (1917)

Unrated | 30 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

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: 6,144

25. La cravate (1957)

20 min | Short

A short mime adaptation of a Thomas Mann story about a Parisian urchin who makes her living selling human heads.

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky | Stars: Denise Brossot, Rolande Polya, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Saul Gilbert

Votes: 1,484

26. Lanton Mills (1969)

12 min | Short

Tilman and Lanton Mills, two cowboys who set off on horseback to rob a bank. On the way, they stop to see their boss, the "Old Man", only to discover he has been murdered by another cowboy,... See full summary »

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Harry Dean Stanton, Terrence Malick, Warren Oates, Tony Bill

Votes: 93

27. Prelude: Dog Star Man (1962)

25 min | Short, Drama

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: 1,221