Top 20 Short Films

NOTE: Please see here for my latest list. This list might not be up-to-date.

Lately, I’ve been watching a lot of short films – knocking them out here and there whenever I can – increasing my total film count. But since I don’t write reviews for shorts, I thought I should at least share my 20 favorite. Though please keep in mind the films on this list go into the 300s in terms of overall ranking, so they mostly don’t hold a candle to my 20 favorite feature length films.

1. Autumn Fire (Herman G. Weinberg, 1931)

2. Brumes d’automne (Dimitri Kirsanoff, 1929)

3. La Jetee (Chris Marker, 1962)

4. Mirror of Holland (Bert Haanstra, 1950)

5. Rain (Joris Ivens & Mannus Franken, 1929)

6. Vivian (Bruce Conner, 1965)

7. Aimless Walk (Alexander Hammid, 1930)

8. The Scarecrow (Buster Keaton, 1920)

9. The House is Black (Forugh Farrokhzad, 1963)

10. Small Deaths (Lynne Ramsay, 1996)

11. Antoine and Colette (François Truffaut, 1962)

12. Hedgehog in the Fog (Yuriy Norshteyn, 1975)

13. Meshes of the Afternoon (Maya Deren & Alexander Hammid, 1943)

14. Sari’s Mother (James Longley, 2006)

15. The Land Beyond the Sunset (Harold M. Shaw, 1912)

16. The Skeleton Dance (Walt Disney, 1929)

17. Pacific 231 (Jean Mitry, 1949)

18. A Day With the Boys (Clu Gulager, 1969)

19. Valse Triste (Bruce Conner, 1977)

20. Arrière-saison (Dimitri Kirsanoff, 1950)


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