Best Short Films

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1. Simon of the Desert (1965)

Not Rated | 43 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Simon, a deeply religious man living in the 4th century, wants to be nearer to God so he climbs a column. The Devil wants him to come down to Earth and is trying to seduce him.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Claudio Brook, Silvia Pinal, Enrique Álvarez Félix, Hortensia Santoveña

Votes: 9,888

2. Night and Fog (1956)

Not Rated | 32 min | Documentary, Short, History

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: 18,402

3. Un Chien Andalou (1929)

Not Rated | 16 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí present 16 minutes of bizarre, surreal imagery.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Pierre Batcheff, Simone Mareuil, Luis Buñuel, Pancho Cossío

Votes: 48,161

4. A Trip to the Moon (1902)

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

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

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

Votes: 46,710

5. 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: 31,864

6. I Miss Sonia Henie (2009)

Not Rated | 20 min | Short, Comedy

At the 1971 International Film Festival of Belgrade, Yugoslav director Karpo Acimovic-Godina instructed seven other directors to shoot less than three minutes of film footage inside a ... See full summary »

Directors: Karpo Acimovic-Godina, Tinto Brass, Mladomir 'Purisa' Djordjevic, Milos Forman, Buck Henry, Dusan Makavejev, Paul Morrissey, Frederick Wiseman | Stars: Brooke Hayward, Sonja Henie, Branko Milicevic, Catherine Rouvel

Votes: 357

7. World of Glory (1991)

14 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

After witnessing an act of unprecedented violence without even flinching, an emotionally numb real-estate agent visits his ailing mother at the hospital, and then, the graveyard. Is there a speck of happiness in this cruel and short life?

Director: Roy Andersson | Stars: Klas-Gösta Olsson, Lennart Björklund, Christer Christensen, Bernard Eiger

Votes: 2,341

8. Film (1965)

Not Rated | 20 min | Short, Drama

A twenty-minute, almost totally silent film (no dialogue or music, save one 'shhh!') in which Buster Keaton attempts to evade observation by an all-seeing eye. But, as the film is based ... See full summary »

Directors: Samuel Beckett, Alan Schneider | Stars: Buster Keaton, Nell Harrison, James Karen, Susan Reed

Votes: 1,988

9. Taze-nafas-ha (1979)

Documentary, Short

first days after 78's Iran revolution. young filmmaker filmed the atmosphere of Tehran the capital of Iran.

Director: Kianoush Ayari | Star: Ahmad Rasoolzadeh

Votes: 34

10. 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.

Directors: Saul Gilbert, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Ruth Michelly | Stars: Denise Brossot, Rolande Polya, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Saul Gilbert

Votes: 1,842

11. 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: 12,457

12. Entr'acte (1924)

22 min | Short

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: 3,802

13. Scorpio Rising (1963)

28 min | Short, Music

A gang of Nazi bikers prepares for a race as sexual, sadistic, and occult images are cut together.

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

Votes: 4,917

14. The Walls of Sana'a (1971)

13 min | Documentary, Short

Documentary footage of the city of Sana'a in Yemen, one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world, with a voice-over calling for UNESCO to protect the city's architectural heritage before it is destroyed by development.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Star: Pier Paolo Pasolini

Votes: 334

15. The Great Train Robbery (1903)

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

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: 18,330

16. Glas (1958)

11 min | Documentary, Short

Documentary about Dutch glass production in the 50s.

Director: Bert Haanstra

Votes: 997

17. 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: 2,281

18. 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: 6,713

19. The Grandmother (1970)

Not Rated | 34 min | Animation, 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: 6,579

20. Elephant (1989 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 39 min | Crime, Drama

A depiction of a series of violent killings in Northern Ireland with no clue as to exactly who is responsible.

Director: Alan Clarke | Stars: Gary Walker, Bill Hamilton, Michael Foyle, Danny Small

Votes: 2,404

21. Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954)

38 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

Historical, biblical, and mythical characters gather in the pleasure dome and become part of a visual feast of superimposed images, hallucinations, and decadence.

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

Votes: 1,923

22. The Alphabet (1969)

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: 7,502

23. 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: 4,452

24. Carne (1991)

40 min | Short, Crime, Drama

After a dreadful incident coupled with an ungovernable paroxysm of violence, a butcher will fall into a downward spiral that will burn to the ground whatever dignity still remained in him.

Director: Gaspar Noé | Stars: Philippe Nahon, Blandine Lenoir, Frankie Pain, Marie Berto

Votes: 6,884

25. Albatross Soup (2018)

7 min | Animation, Short

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Director: Winnie Cheung | Stars: Zak Engel, Allie Hess, Vit Horejs

Votes: 94

26. Doodlebug (1997)

Not Rated | 3 min | Short, Action, Fantasy

In his squalid apartment, a man tries to squash with his shoe an insect of some kind that is moving around the room.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Star: Jeremy Theobald

Votes: 17,258

27. Vincent (1982)

G | 6 min | Animation, Short, 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: 22,541

28. The Red Balloon (1956)

Not Rated | 34 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

A red balloon with a mind 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: 17,556

29. Hotel Chevalier (2007)

R | 13 min | Short, Drama, Romance

A prologue of one heart-breaking history of love and the prologue of the travel told in The Darjeeling Limited (2007).

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Natalie Portman, Waris Ahluwalia, Michel Castejon

Votes: 32,531

30. Rabbits (2002)

43 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

In a nameless city deluged by continuous rain, three rabbits live with a fearful mystery.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Scott Coffey, Rebekah Del Rio, Laura Harring, Naomi Watts

Votes: 7,476

31. Next Floor (2008)

TV-PG | 11 min | Short, Comedy

During an opulent banquet, eleven pampered guests participate in what appears to be a ritualistic gastronomic carnage. In this grotesque universe, an unexpected sequence of events destabilizes the endless symphony of abundance.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Simone Chevalot, Luc-Martial Dagenais, Kenneth Fernandez, Mathieu Handfield

Votes: 4,890

32. Room 8 (2013)

7 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

A prisoner discovers a magical box with a baneful secret that he falls foul to.

Director: James W. Griffiths | Stars: Tom Cullen, Michael Gould, Yuri Klimov, Franc Zalewski

Votes: 2,754

33. Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (1980)

20 min | Documentary, Short

A short documentary in which directors Werner Herzog and Errol Morris make a bet which results in Herzog being forced to eat his own shoe.

Director: Les Blank | Stars: Werner Herzog, Tom Luddy, Michael Goodwin, Alice Waters

Votes: 2,453

34. Hassanlou Chalice (1964)

20 min | Short

Story of the Hassanlou chalice, which becomes the story of Halladj.

Director: Mohammad Reza Aslani | Star: Manouchehr Anvar

Votes: 29

35. Women's Quarter (1966)

18 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Kamran Shirdel

Votes: 113

36. Nimic (2019)

Not Rated | 12 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

A professional cellist has an encounter with a stranger on the subway which has unexpected and far-reaching ramifications on his life.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Matt Dillon, Daphne Patakia, Susan Elle, Sara Lee

Votes: 4,565

37. Roadkill: The Last Days of John Martin (1994)

15 min | Short, Horror

A man named John Martin offers a couple with a broken-down car a ride to the nearest gas station, little do they know he's actually taking them back to his place for dinner.

Director: Jim Van Bebber | Stars: Mark Gillespie, Marc Pitman, Maureen Allisse

Votes: 397

38. My Sweet Satan (1994)

19 min | Short, Crime, Horror

A group of directionless, bored, drug-using teenagers get involved in a cult, resulting in a murder.

Director: Jim Van Bebber | Stars: Jim Van Bebber, Terek Puckett, Alydra Kelly, Sherri Rickman

Votes: 668

39. A Corner in Wheat (1909)

G | 14 min | Short, Crime, Drama

An unscrupulous and greedy capitalist speculator decides to corner the wheat market for his own profit, establishing complete control over the markets.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Frank Powell, Grace Henderson, James Kirkwood, Linda Arvidson

Votes: 2,352

40. The Conjuring of a Woman at the House of Robert Houdin (1896)

1 min | Short, Horror

As an elegant maestro of mirage and delusion drapes his beautiful female assistant with a gauzy textile, much to our amazement, the lady vanishes into thin air.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Jehanne d'Alcy, Georges Méliès

Votes: 1,769

41. The Man with the Rubber Head (1901)

3 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

A chemist carries out a bizarre experiment with his own head.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 2,763

42. The Music Lover (1903)

3 min | Short, Comedy, Music

The leader of a marching band demonstrates an unusual way of writing music.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 1,770

43. The Making of a Man (1911)

17 min | Short, Drama

A young woman becomes infatuated with the leading man of a traveling theatrical troupe. She sneaks away to join him in the next town, but her father forces her to return home...

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Dell Henderson, Blanche Sweet, Edwin August, Kate Bruce

Votes: 68

44. The Girl and Her Trust (1912)

17 min | Short, Drama, Thriller

Some tramps assault the telegraph office trying to rob $2000 delivered by train. The telegraphist girl, trying to help, telegraphs the next station and then the men are captured.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Dorothy Bernard, Wilfred Lucas, Alfred Paget, Charles Hill Mailes

Votes: 1,169

45. Rescued from an Eagle's Nest (1908)

Not Rated | 8 min | Action, Short

A family is terrified when an eagle carries off its young child.

Director: J. Searle Dawley | Stars: Miss Earle, Jinnie Frazer, D.W. Griffith, Henry B. Walthall

Votes: 743

46. Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906)

Not Rated | 7 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

The fiend faces the spectacular mind-bending consequences of his free-wheeling rarebit binge.

Directors: Wallace McCutcheon, Edwin S. Porter | Star: Jack Brawn

Votes: 1,819

47. Execution of Czolgosz with Panorama of Auburn Prison (1901)

4 min | Short, Drama, History