Brief Encounters: 4000 Short Films

by MortalKombatFan1 | created - 16 Mar 2013 | updated - 3 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: 48,873

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: 5,484

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: 402

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: 389

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: 2,535

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: 570

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: 6,345

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: 966

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: 760

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: 52

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: 4,812

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: 2,039

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: 1,312

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: 5,979

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: 5,366

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: 19,586

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: 4,470

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: 1,014

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: 887

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: 1,848

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: 542

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

7 min | Animation, Short, Sci-Fi

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: 3,203

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: 35,317

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: 6,067

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: 1,470

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: 92

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: 1,212

28. Report (1967)

13 min | Short

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: 922

29. Blonde Cobra (1963)

33 min | Short

A man fondles objects, looks at himself in the mirror, poses in different clothes, smiles and makes faces at the camera while his voice on the soundtrack speaks of his despair, makes ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Jacobs | Stars: Ken Jacobs, Jack Smith

Votes: 556

30. Steamboat Willie (1928)

8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

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: 5,576

31. Roundhay Garden Scene (1888)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

In the garden, a man asks his friends to do something silly for him to record on film.

Director: Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince | Stars: Annie Hartley, Adolphe Le Prince, Joseph Whitley, Sarah Whitley

Votes: 4,492

Funny spoof that actually runs longer than the real movie: [link]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlMCVFInY8g&feature=related[/link]

32. Jumping (1984)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

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

Director: Osamu Tezuka

Votes: 984

33. The Kiss (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Romance

In a medium close-up shot of the first kiss ever recorded on screen, two fervent lovers cuddle and talk passionately at hair's breadth, just before the love-smitten gentleman decides to give his chosen one an innocent peck.

Director: William Heise | Stars: May Irwin, John C. Rice

Votes: 2,450

34. Luxo Jr. (1986)

G | 2 min | Animation, Short, Family

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: 10,637

35. Amblin' (1968)

R | 26 min | Short, Drama, Romance

They were both wanderers but to be more specific...Hippies.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Richard Levin, Pamela McMyler, Henry Axelrod

Votes: 867

36. Towers Open Fire (1963)

Not Rated | 10 min | Short

Dramatizations, cut ups, and psychological experimentation based on the works of William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin.

Director: Antony Balch | Stars: Antony Balch, William S. Burroughs, David Jacobs, Bachoo Sen

Votes: 262

37. M Is for Man, Music, Mozart (1991 TV Short)

29 min | Short

A commissioned project, made for TV in honor the the 200th anniversary of Mozart's death, this is a highly avant-garde piece of music, theater and dance, set to an original score by the ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Greenaway | Stars: Astrid Seriese, Ben Craft, Kate Gowar, Karin Potisk

Votes: 196

38. From the Drain (1967)

14 min | Short, Sci-Fi

Some time in the near future two veterans from some conflict engage in a conversation while sitting in a bath.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Mort Ritts, Stefan Nosko

Votes: 414

39. Dnevnik Glumova (1923)

Not Rated | 5 min | Short

Filmic insert to Eisenstein's modernized, free adaptation of Ostrovskiy's 19th-century Russian stage play, "The Wise Man" ("Na vsyakogo mudretsa dovolno prostoty"). The anti-hero Glumov ... See full summary »

Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein | Stars: Grigoriy Aleksandrov, Aleksandr Antonov, Sergei M. Eisenstein, Mikhail Gomorov

Votes: 586

42. Rubber Johnny (2005)

6 min | Animation, Short, Horror

An experimental music video about a wheelchair-bound boy and morphs and moves to an Aphex Twin song. The experience gets weirder when he takes cocaine and everything gets out of control.

Director: Chris Cunningham | Stars: Elvis, Percy Rutterford, Chris Cunningham

Votes: 2,666

43. Monkey Drummer (2000)

3 min | Short, Music

A 2 minute piece of a robotic drumming machine with a monkey's head drumming to the music of A Aphex Twin.

Director: Chris Cunningham | Star: Sigtryggur Baldursson

Votes: 387

44. Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)

Not Rated | 14 min | Short

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: 8,472

45. Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1988)

Not Rated | 43 min | Short, Biography, Drama

Karen Carpenter's battle with anorexia nervosa and the cultural influence of the Carpenters in the 70s.

Director: Todd Haynes | Stars: Merrill Gruver, Michael Edwards, Melissa Brown, Rob LaBelle

Votes: 2,269

46. Dottie Gets Spanked (1993 TV Short)

30 min | Short

Another dazzling suburban phantasm from writer-director Todd Haynes, Dottie Gets Spanked (made post-Poison and pre-Safe) is a stylized, bittersweet nod to his childhood fascination with I ... See full summary »

Director: Todd Haynes | Stars: J. Evan Bonifant, Barbara Garrick, Julie Halston, Robert Pall

Votes: 507

47. The Seafarers (1953)

Not Rated | 29 min | Documentary, Short

Stanley Kubrick's first film made in color, lost for over forty years. The documentary extols the benefits of membership to the Seafarers International Union.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Don Hollenbeck, Paul Hall

Votes: 1,957

48. Little Stabs at Happiness (1960)

15 min | Short

A film in four parts. In "In the Room", a man and a woman in outlandish garb are sitting in a claw-foot bathtub smoking, while the man abuses a doll in various ways. In "They Stopped to ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Jacobs

Votes: 324

49. 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: 24,305

50. Oh Dem Watermelons (1965)

12 min | Short

An short film which captures various activities with a watermelon while set to a catchy tune.

Director: Robert Nelson | Stars: R.G. Davis, Saul Landau

Votes: 182

51. Porklips Now (1980)

Not Rated | 16 min | Comedy, Short