Greatest short stories

by jgcorrea | created - 06 Nov 2018 | updated - 9 months ago | Public

Some of them were plainly massacred by the cinema. Others were more or less well adapted to the screen. Many of the adaptations remain ignored or forgotten. Do read them, though.

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1. Le Horla (2009)

20 min | Short, Horror, Mystery

In the form of a video-journal, the narrator conveys his troubled thoughts and feelings of anguish. All around him, he senses the presence of a being that he calls the "Horla". The presence... See full summary »

Directors: Boris Labourguigne, Bastien Raynaud | Stars: Cyrille Andrieu-Lacu, Benedicte Charpentier, Jean-Pierre Denuit, Pierre Gillette

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: 6,158

3. The Lady with the Dog (1960)

89 min | Drama, Romance

A love story among the nobility of the Russian Empire: a man and a woman, both married, fall in love.

Director: Iosif Kheifits | Stars: Iya Savvina, Aleksey Batalov, Nina Alisova, Galina Barysheva

Votes: 1,007

4. Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1975)

Not Rated | 60 min | Adventure, Drama

How a ship having passed the line was driven by storms to the cold country towards the south pole.

Director: Raul daSilva | Stars: Roland Curram, Geoffrey Hutchings, Michael Johnson, Miriam Margolyes

Votes: 60

5. The Fall of the House of Usher (1950)

70 min | Horror

1950. Horror. A traveller arrives at Usher mansion to visit his friend Roderick (Kaye Tendeter) and discovers that Roderick and his sister (Gwen Watford) have been inflicted with a strange disease.

Director: Ivan Barnett | Stars: Gwen Watford, Kaye Tendeter, Irving Steen, Vernon Charles

Votes: 479

6. The Pit and the Pendulum (1991)

R | 97 min | Horror, Romance

Horror film set in 1492 Toledo, Spain, depicting the cruel deeds of a monk named Torquemada, Grand Inquisitor of the Spanish Inquisition.

Director: Stuart Gordon | Stars: Lance Henriksen, Stephen Lee, William Norris, Mark Margolis

Votes: 4,582 | Gross: $0.00M

7. The Masque of the Red Death (1964)

Not Rated | 89 min | Horror

77 Metascore

A European prince terrorizes the local peasantry while using his castle as a refuge against the "Red Death" plague that stalks the land.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Vincent Price, Hazel Court, Jane Asher, David Weston

Votes: 13,547

8. The Black Cat (1934)

Not Rated | 65 min | Adventure, Crime, Horror

American honeymooners in Hungary become trapped in the home of a Satan-worshiping priest when the bride is taken there for medical help following a road accident.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Julie Bishop

Votes: 10,385 | Gross: $0.51M

9. The Cask of Amontillado (2017 Video)

5 min | Animation, Short | Completed

The classic story by Edgar Allen Poe

Director: Jim Betz

11. The Beast in the Jungle (2019)

87 min | Drama

The enigmatic love story of John Marcher and May Bartram. Their duet around an ominous secret is captured in a style both physical and poetic.

Director: Clara van Gool | Stars: Sarah Reynolds, Dane Hurst, Claire Johnston, Larisa Faber

Votes: 133

13. In a Grove (2011)

Unrated | 40 min | Short, Thriller

A series of witnesses are summoned to give their accounts of the events leading up to the death of Mike Green and the disappearance of his girlfriend.

Director: Mike Bazanele | Stars: Joel Albrecht, Rebekah Bazanele, Gregory Stanley Black, Debrah DeMirza

Votes: 7

14. Rashomon (1950)

Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

98 Metascore

The rape of a bride and the murder of her samurai husband are recalled from the perspectives of a bandit, the bride, the samurai's ghost and a woodcutter.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura

Votes: 160,011 | Gross: $0.10M

15. The Judgment (2016)

45 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Adapted from the short story by Franz Kafka, The Judgment is a psychological drama exploring themes of alienation, memory, and the lines between fantasy and reality. The film follows Georg ... See full summary »

Director: Connor Doyle | Stars: Carlo Brady, Rachael Cowan, Connor Doyle, Gershon Eigner

17. Winesburg, Ohio (1973 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

An Ohio town and its citizens trying to escape an apathetic and wasted life.

Director: Ralph Senensky | Stars: Gary Barton, Joseph Bottoms, Curt Conway, Norman Foster

Votes: 18

19. A Missa do Galo (1982)

24 min | Short

It's Christmas Eve and country boy Nogueira wants to see the Missa do Galo ("Rooster's Mass) while he stays on his uncle house located in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's capital back ... See full summary »

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos | Stars: Nildo Parente, Isabel Ribeiro, Elza Gomes, Sergio Otero

Votes: 25

20. A Cartomante (1974)

83 min | Drama

The eternal love triangle in two different times. In 1871 and a hundred years later. Costumes change but the sentimental conflicts remain the same.

Director: Marcos Farias | Stars: Ivan Cândido, Maurício do Valle, Valmir Dulcetti, Jota Guerra

Votes: 24

21. A Causa Secreta (1994)

93 min | Drama

Theater director asks his actors for a research on human cruelty and misery in Brazil, while trying to raise funds for his next production, a play based on a story by Machado de Assis, "A ... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Bianchi | Stars: Renato Borghi, José Rubens Chachá, Rodrigo Santiago, Cláudia Mello

Votes: 60

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